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Grand Steamboat Garden

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

I love steamboats. My friends used to tell me that maybe it’s a Klang thing. Perhaps it’s true to a certain extent. I come from a big family and when there’s a cause for celebration, we dine out. In a town like Klang, there’s only 2 places you can go if you have a family of more than 10. You either go to a seafood restaurant or a steamboat restaurant.

And I guess that why I grew with a certain preference for chinese food … and trust me, steamboat is as chinese as it can get.

I still remember the days where steamboats were served on aluminum pots heated up with charcoal fire. And to top it off, most steamboat restaurants were open-aired. The heat … the sweat … yet we enjoyed our food. These days, air conditioned steamboat restaurants are normal and steamboat pot were heated using gas or electric source.

One such outlet is the Grand Steamboat Garden in Taipan USJ. I was there recently as an invited guest by Wilson from PlacesandFoods.com to try out their new concept which I find quite interesting. Imagine a cross between sushi and steamboat. Well, you don’t exactly dip sushi’s in the hotpot! What I meant was … a conveyor belt. Choices of food were displayed along a conveyor belt, just like those you see in fast food japanese sushi restaurants. You pick your choice and eat your heart out. And that’s where the similarity ends.

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Tasty Pot Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

It’s been a while since I organized any group review/foodie gathering sessions and I must admit, I miss those days. Well, I haven’t been very active in the ‘scene’ lately due to my other business commitments and I do hope to make a comeback, anyway possible.

I still remember meeting fellow foodies such as A Whiff of Lemongrass, Masak-Masak, Kampungboycitygirl, Tankiasu, Teckiee, WMW …. among others. There were many others which if I list them down, would take many pages to complete. I enjoy the company of fellow foodies simply because we speak the same lingo.

FOOD.

I mean, what more could a foodie ask for? There food. There’s company. And then there’s more food. And that is why I’ve decided to organize group-makan sessions again. The most recent one was held at Tasty Pot Restaurant, in Sunway Mentari.

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Vegetarian Sushi @ Shiang Hai

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

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So here I was, sitting here feeling a little tired and fatigue. Perhaps too much eating and not enough exercise. A friend suggested that we go try some vegetarian food for lunch. And usually I would shudder at the thought of vegetarian food but I just remembered having just a little too much ‘meat’ for the whole of last week, so I decided to go with the vegetarian lunch.

We went back to Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurant which I’ve visited before, about 2 months ago.

We decided to try vegetarian sushi. Yummy ….. ugh. Well, that was before I tried these stuffs. I mean, just look at the name of the sushi. Orchid Sushi ……. Banana Sushi ….. sigh. Anyway … the dishes were served and I picked up a piece and dipped it into the wasabi, lot’s of ’em … just in case. I took a bite and guess what … it’s actually delicious ! Purple rice wrapped around a slice of sweet mango with some crunchy carrots. And the taste …. it’s a little like eating salmon sushi … except it’s sweet.

As for the Banana sushi, I don’t really like it very much. Probably because of the Alfalfa Grass … or that’s what my friends call them. Tasted a little raw … you know, the green grass smell and taste.

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So what the benefit of eating vegetarian sushi? Would eating vegetarian sushi equals eating vegetarian food? Studies have shown that vegetarians (following a well-balanced low-fat high-fibre vegetarian diet) often have lower incidence of coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity and some forms of cancer.

And here’s where you can fit in if you ever want to be a vegetarian.

  • Fruitarians: Avoid all animal products and processed foods.
  • Vegans: Avoid all animal products.
  • Lacto-vegetarians: Eat dairy products but not eggs.
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians: Eat both dairy products and eggs.
  • Semi-vegetarians: Eat fish and/or chicken but no red meat. They are not officially classed as vegetarians.

A vegetarian diet can be a very healthy option but it is important to ensure it is well balanced. You could stuff your face with chips and chocolate at every meal and be vegetarian but you wouldn’t be doing your health much good.

Anyway, if you feel like having some healthy, vegetarian sushi .. do check them out.

Contact Details
40-1, Ground Floor, Jalan PJS 8/2,
Mentari Plaza, Bandar Sunway,
Selangor.
Tel : 03 5621 1016

Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurant

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

I just can’t shake off this feeling that …. my vegan friends just don’t visit 3-meals.com.

But I don’t blame them.

I don’t. Seriously.

I mean, just look at the amount of bah kut teh outlet’s I’ve reviewed for the past year. It’s no wonder I scare the vegans away. I mean, I heard this from a friend of mine, Siew Cheng. A vegan, obviously. I guess, I owe this article to her … I mean, it’s because of her that we frequent this vegetarian restaurant often enough for me to write an article about them.

Else, she is never visiting my site, ever.

Anyway, Shiang Hai … not Shanghai as most people mistakenly refer them as … is located in Sunway Mentari … directly opposite of Sunway Pyramid. It’s the same row as Mc Donalds too. Well, I can’t comment much about the setup since I don’t exactly frequent vegetarian restaurants that often. Well, the last one I went to had very elaborate decorations and obviously their bills were very well decorated too!

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Ren Ren Hokkien Bak Kut Teh

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

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Sunway Mentari is located right opposite Sunway Pyramid, yet I’ve asked many and they are unsure where is the exact location. I wouldn’t blame them for not knowing … particularly because there isn’t anything interesting in that part of Sunway. But right across the NPE highway is where Sunway Pyramid and one of the busiest areas in Bandar Sunway, the Sunway Metro commercial area, which is adjacent to the shopping mall.

The shops there house banks, restaurants, tuition centres and business outlets, contributing to the daily traffic congestion around Sunway Metro.

While Sunway Mentari isn’t exactly popular for being a busy commercial area, there are a few good spots for food. Steamboat is a good example. Many of you may have heard of Yuen Buffet Steamboat which serves up a good buffet steamboat for less than RM20 per person, which is quite reasonable for many. There’s also Tasty Pot, another buffet steamboat joint which is equally “packed” at night. I’ve recently visited an incredibly good Korean BBQ restaurant (exactly next to Shell Petrol Station) which I can’t recall the name. But rest assured … I WILL review that place … evidently, this place is even better than my last review on another Korean BBQ joint …. Daorae.

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Alrighty, that aside .. let’s get back to the main storyline which I frequently fail to keep up to. I am writing about another Bak Kut Teh place … yes … and I know I just wrote one not long ago. But this, my dear friends … are different. Well, how different .. you might ask. Well, go ahead … ask me.

Now that you’ve asked me …. read my title. It says … “Hokkien” Bak Kut Teh. Yes, that’s right. I clearly said it …. Hokkien Bak Kut Teh and it is different from the Teow Chew counterpart. As I’ve mentioned in my previous article, the difference is in the soup … and I happen to prefer the Hokkien version is has thicker and darker soup with stronger herbal taste.

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Not only do they serve my favorite BKT style … they are pretty generous with the portions. To-date, I’ve been there twice and on both occasions …… stuffed to the rim ! Apparently, they also serve the dry Bak Kut Teh but I have yet to try that one.

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Whichever flavor suits you … that’s your choice but a piece of advice though. Always make sure you have your chinese tea with your Bak Kut Teh meal. Reason ? Simple … Bak Kut Teh meals are known to be quite “oily” (plain chinese direct-translation) … or contain quite considerable level of “fats”. And chinese tea are known to have a counter-effect on the fats.

Nuff said. Trust me on this. I grew up in Klang.

Kedai Makanan & Minuman Ren Ren
No.3, Grd Flr, Jln PJS 8/10, Sunway Mentari,
Dataran Sunway Mentari, 46150
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact :
Rueben Chua 012-6252220

Subang Teow Chew Claypot Bak Kut Teh

Posted by Timothy Low under Sunway

Ladies and gentlemen …. this is my first article, on Bah Kut Teh. There’ll be more to come… in fact, I have one in mind right now …. just that, I haven’t visited that place yet .. hehe.

It’s not easy for me to write an article on Bah Kut Teh, especially when I practically grew up on these stuffs. I could tend to be a little biased … since I prefer Klang Bah Kut Teh over any others.

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Anyway, almost anyone and everyone who can take “non-halal” food may have tasted Bak Kut Teh … one way or another, especially when it’s widely available in Malaysia. Go way up north to Penang … and you can find “Klang” Bak Kut Teh there. And zip back down south to Melaka or Johor, chances are you will also find “Klang” Bak Kut Teh available. Another advantage of being a Malaysian … good food is available anywhere, anytime. Once I had Ampang Yong Tau Foo in … err.. Penang. Don’t ask me why …. ha ha.

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Since I am writing about Bak Kut Teh, I might as well add this article snippet about the origin of Bah Kut Teh … which was an excerpt taken from Foodvenue.com (dudes, don’t mind I “pinjam” your article)

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Bak Kut Teh was invented by a gentleman from Quanzhou of the Fujian province in China. The secret recipe was passed to a friend who later went to Klang and became the first person to commercialize and sell Bak Kut Teh. The dish went on to become a famous dish and was copied and improved many times over. So according to this version the Hokkiens were the inventors of the dish. The Teochews came later and the main visual difference between the Hokkien and Teochew version of Bak Kut Teh is that the Hokkiens use dark soy sauce and thus the soup base is characteristically darker in colour. It is up to the individual’s taste buds which one tastes better.

Here’s another article that claims Bak Kut Teh originated from Singapore. Hmmm.

Done with that and now to the main topic, which is about Subang Teow Chew Claypot Bak Kut Teh stall … not in Klang, but in Bukit Jelutong .. Shah Alam. This place came highly recommended by one of my close buddy and we’ve been planning for AGES to go there. Having said that … the anticipation buildup was quite unexpected.

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Anyway … the plan came through and we visited the place finally. As we arrived pretty early, there were not many customers … and we chose a good place with good lightings (for my sake). The place looks pretty much like a construction canteen shack but otherwise, quite clean.

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Well … to cut it short, there were not much of a choice when it comes to ordering Bah Kut Teh …. it’s served in claypots, hence you only get to select the serving size (depending on the headcount) and what extra ingredients to add or not to .. i.e. mushrooms, dried bean curd skins etc. Then there’s the extras such as steamed vegetable dishes and there’s even Assam Fish (didn’t order that one though). We ordered a cold Tofu dish instead … which is surprisingly good. Then again, it’s a very simple dish to prepare … light soy sauce, green onions with a sprinkle of dried prawns …

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I think I might be a little one-sided especially when it comes to reviewing this place. Reason ? I prefer Hokkien Bak Kut Teh … which has thicker, and more herbal tasting soup. It has more soft, fatty meat with huge bones whilst Teow Chew Bak Kut Teh has clearer and not too herbal taste. But having said that, some may like it otherwise. So, don’t quote every word from me ….

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Location 

Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam
(Opposite the Esso Petrol Station along the main road heading to Sungai Buloh)

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