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Shanghai Yummies pt2

Posted by Bee on May 22, 2009

Here comes my part II culinary experience in Shangahai.

WARNING: Tons of photos!!Viewer adviced to take lunch before read this.

First day breakfast cum lunch at office canteen, pathetic western food with the burger patty sweet taiwanese hotdogs, mash potatoes, seaweed soup, salad and fruits. Its nice and filling but nothing much to shout about. A bit expensive though, the whole set comes at RMB28 (RM14).

Went to the famous Shanghai Shopping street- Nanjing street on the first night. Even though its nearly 10pm, the place was still congested and flooded by sea of shoppers. To some extent, the scenery and the cool breeze reminded me of the pedestrian shopping street in UK, but with a mix of local (Chinese advert, colorful neons lights) and foreign (branded clothes, shoes and the fast food restaurant) scent, and of course the major difference is that in UK, all shops closed at 5pm, but in Shanghai, the city never sleep.


Nanjing Shopping Street

Found some old looking chinese restaurant at a corner of the street. Without much expectation i just walked in for a bowl of beef noodles to warm up my body.

To sit alone in a table of four is a bit funny though, as i’m surrounded by families of Chinese people eating and chatting happily among themselves with a full table of food.

I went for the beef noodle (RMB 10) and of course a tray of siao long bao (RMB10). The portion of the beef was pretty generous, a bit raw but tasted fine. A bit similar to Vietnamese’s Pho but with Chinese yellow noodles and lacking the fragrants taste of basil and mint leaves.

Here comes the second day luxurious lunch which causes RMB200++

My first impression of the first dish is: Sze Chuan style meat! as the ‘花椒’ (a type of chinese pepper) smell and the layer of spicy oil floating on top reminds me of the sze chuan’s steamboat which i had once in Liverpool. Turned out to be i’m half correct, yes, its sze chuan style, but its not pork or chicken, its

FROG MEAT!!!

I’m at horror when the host told me that its not even frog (田鸡) but bigger frog (toad??) (牛蛙). Chinese describe it as the cow frog, which is bigger and unglier than the green color frog which we usually saw. Nevertheless, The meat was tendy but quite bony though.


Here is my favourite PORK with a big layer of juicy fat! it tasted heavenly with the chili oil

The ‘lobak’ 酥 with yummy shredded lobak inside and coated with sesame seeds outside, very crunchy and hot

豆鼓猪肉丝(fermented bean pork) with alot of onions slices, but a bit too salty


莲藕 (lotus roots) with sweet glutinous rice inside the hole of the root, yummy.


Toufoo soup with alot of corriander


Stir fried beans with 丝瓜, looks simple but surprisingly sweet and fresh

Of course and a good cup of tie kunyan chinese tea to wash off the fats and oil

i skipped the second night dinner as my heart was tormented and churned by guiltiness for eating so much for lunch, as an act of repentance, i ate …….. siao long bao instead. hahahaha… no difference.

The third day i was in a rush to airport so only managed to catch a fast meal. This is so called the chinese fast food restaurant, 东方既白,i have no idea why it was named in that way as it sound like rude words actually (pronouced as ‘tong fang ji bai’ in chinese, geddit?). The environment was similar to KFC and McD and they served food in seconds! However being a fastfood restaurant, it also came at fast food restaurant price, RMB 25 (RM12.50), a bit expensive though.

I went for a simple meal with the 卤肉饭 (pork cooked in soy sauce for long long time) and the Black Glutinous rice desert. The rice was so tender and it came with an 卤蛋egg and chicken wing as well. The desert is similar to the Malaysian Nyonya black glutinous rice deserts, except that its used cream and was cold , rather than with Coconut milk and hot.

Overall, it was alright. I am very much enjoyed and accustomed to Chinese food but for some reason, during that 3 days trip, i missed nasi lemak sambal more than ever!

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Shanghai Yummies-Pt 1 Small Bites

Posted by Bee on May 21, 2009

Chinese food is one of the major highlight of my recent Shanghai trip, which i really have to thank my company business counterparts who had generously hosted me for good lunch. I’ve always aware of the fact that luxurious meals is a custom for the Shanghainese to welcome the guest. However its still a big shock to me when i see a table full of 6-7 different dishes for 3 person meal, its enough to feed a team of hungry footballers! Frankly, i’m actually abit annoyed to see so much of leftovers went to waste as the table is still quite full of food even after everyone done eating.

Nevertheless, food is a major element in Chinese culture, hence the best way to understand China is to hunt for its street food, which i think was much more enjoyable and adventorous.

中国人说,民以食为天,这话真是不错。这次的上海之旅的确让我大开眼 界。虽然一直以来已风闻有关中国食品的种种负面报导,例如猪肉“瘦肉精”,谷类食品和腐竹中“吊白块”,及最近的中国毒奶粉等。但美食当前,我也管不了这 么多,怀着视死如归的精神,赴汤蹈火寻街头美食去了!

早餐 My Breakfast-小龙包 small dragon bun,肉馅饼,乳酸奶 (草莓口味) yogurt drink

There are a variety of cheap packet drink available in Shanghai compare to Malaysia. Even for yogurt! i tried the strawberry flavor, tasted not too bad.

巧克力口味 chocolate flavor drink (its so weird to see different type of chocolate drink other than the usual dutch lady and milo)

Shanghainese drinks ‘wong lou kat’ like mineral water

油葱饼
肉包子
迷你汉堡 small hamburger, 肉馅饼


Popiah look alike wrap


浙肉夹摸


Muachi-Sweet Glutinous Rice ball


大娘水饺


肉包子


肉棕子 Chinese Dumpling


小龙包

The funny thing about 小龙包 is that the price varied so much compare to the one you get in high class chinese restaurant in Malaysia (such as 鼎泰丰), which is around RM20. In Shanghai, it cost me RMB 10 (RM5) for a tray of the 8 pieces small dragon buns in common chinese restaurant. When i went for the street side 小龙包, the same amount only cost me RMB5 (RM2.50)!

I went….. stoned, on the spot.

The realization had made decided to eat 小龙包 for:


Breakfast

Tea Break


Dinner
….. and whenever i am hungry!

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Beggar Chicken @ New Heong Kee Restaurant

Posted by Buu on March 27, 2009

For my sister-in-law’s birthday last weekend we patronized this hidden gem that is situated pretty close to where I stay. It’s main attraction is the beggar chicken (or duck upon request).  Beggar chicken is a dish where a marinated whole chicken is wrapped with lotus leaves, aluminium foil and a layer of dough and baked for 3 hours in an oven. That’s the modern way. The old school way is here (along with some back story of its origins) where the chicken is wrapped with mud and baked for a longer period of time. As the sign says, we had to make reservations a day in advance for the chicken to be prepared.

Restaurant sign board

The establishment was decently packed and was served with Acar (pickled vegetables) as an appetizer.

Crowd Acar
The food did not take long to arrive at our table. We ordered pork ribs in herb sauce, romaine lettuce in creamy sauce and a fish dish that was not worthy to be elaborated on. The portions were decent for a family of 4. The pork was amazing. It was herbish in flavor, tender and moist which is how a good roast should be.

Pork ribs Vege

The next is the star of the show. I eagerly made my way to the preparation area and got a shot of a worker ripping open the wrap of the chicken. It doesnt look pretty but I assure you it tastes good.
Chicken!

…..

…….

……….

tada!

The meat is so tender that you could rip the flesh with a mere scooping action with a spoon, like so

Drumstick

Upon the arrival of the chicken, the table of food was cleared in a span of 10-15 minutes for that something that took 8 hours (this is what the  worker told us) to prepare

Done

The entire meal of 4 dishes costed us RM 110. Here’s the contact details of the establishment

New Heong Kee Beggar’s Chicken

446, Batu 7½, Jalan Ulu Kelang, 68000 Selangor (near Zoo Negara, just after the Shell petrol station along the MRR2 highway)

Tel: 03 4106 8698 / 016 393 2632

Business hours: Noon to 10pm

Close: Open every day

Terms: Cash

Budget: $$ (RM10 to RM20 per person)

Type of food: Chinese

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Anzen Organic Shop/Restaurant

Posted by Buu on October 28, 2008

KL has seen a slight increase in healthy eateries and supply stores. With the news of contaminated goods going on for the past few weeks, these places provide an alternative source of healthy goods. Anzen is one of them and it lies in SS2.

Anzen

On top of being an organic store, it is a vegetarian (Buddhist kind) store. This is different from the usual affair. I won’t go into specifics but organic food does not mean vegetarian but actually growing vegetables and rearing animals for consumption in the most natural way possible.

Mushroom fried rice Close up

This was what I ate, Mushroom Vegetarian Fried Rice. Very healthy as you can see the unabashed amount of salad garnish. I didn’t mind the salad but my gripe with this dish is that its tasteless. I know vegetarian or organic food can have more flavour but this establishment missed the point. Price wise is alright. The average price for a dish is RM 8.50. Bottom line is, I won’t be going back to this shop to eat.

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We’re back!

Posted by Buu on April 26, 2007

We are aware that our last post was 3 months ago. Since then we have been busy with life. What matters now is that we are writing again! We were in Sarawak in February and had gone to town to look at how much the city has changed in 4 years. What I can say is, nothing much but food wise there were a few new surprises.

Brisket noodles with roast chicken Happy Bee

Spicy noodles with crispy fried chicken Happy Buu

We had our lunch in a Hong Kong like restaurant that specialized in noodles. Bee had the Brisket noodles with roasted chicken and I myself had the Spicy noodles with crispy fried chicken. As you can see,we had the same kind of noodles but the only difference between the two were the side dishes and sauce. The taste and portions were acceptable as each plate costs RM 5.00 .

We crossed the road and entered into the only “Malaysia made” coffee franchise we’ve ever seen. It is called Bing Cafe. The ambiance and feel of the cafe is really soothing and calm. With soft lighting, comfy sofas, pleasant music and a wonderful looking toilet area, there is nothing much to complain about this place. I dare to say it feels better hanging out here compared to Coffee Bean and Starbucks.

There were a slew of things to order ranging from coffee to juices to sandwiches to cakes and to non coffee like drinks such as this one…

The delicious “white caramel” . It is a mixture of whip cream, caramel and vanilla. This costs RM 13.00 . The portion is big so don’t worry .

This is the end of part 1 of our Sarawak adventure. Stay tuned

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