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Friday, July 1, 2022

Restoran Choong Kee "Pokok Besar" 兵如港忠记大树头炸料粉

One of the popular destinations in Ipoh will be the eating places called the Big Tree Foot or Big Tree Hawker Centre. While the environment may not be as clean as the restaurants, one may not be used to the hygiene here. 

The pouring rain during my visit had left me more impression of this place for the floor was flooded by rainwater in its perimeter with sand running through my toes. The pitter-pattering of the rain hitting on the zinc roof and the experience of walking through the greasy ground of Hawker centre being wary that I might fall the next second was definitely one of a kind adventure to someone like me that comes from a clean and green environment where these scenarios had been long gone.

Stall 

There are two sides of the hawker center at the Big Tree Foot. No doubt it was a weekday afternoon and the unfavourable weather - raining heavily, the place was still almost full house like nobody's business. While the roof was not 100% water proof, there are still some water leakage dropping onto the table. We headed for this Yong Tau Fu Stall and start picking the selected fried items into a basket.

Picking Yong Tau Foo

The variety of YTF was mostly fried staff and items were not as much as what I can usually find from a YTF stall in Singapore. 

Picking the fried items YTF

The queue for Choong Kee was long but fast clearing with the teamwork and efficiency of the staff. 

Writing down the details

One of the staff will start to calculate the number of items taken, while the other will start to write down our table number and additional orders of noodles. 

Behind the Scene

Shortly after, the other staff will start sending the orders to our table. Unlike the Singaporean YTF, this YFT were not re-fried but served at room temperature. 

My Order

Its just that the items were cut into smaller pieces only. I had fried beancurd skin, dumplings, green chilli, brinja and Ngoh Hiong etc.

Well, some may question the standard of hygiene here for items had not been heated up thus this place may not suit all. For me, I'm easily adaptable to environment like this.

Fried YTF
 
Despite the run down environment, I braved myself to have a bowl of spicy noodle ~ the Ipoh hor fun with laksa. The laksa has good hints of lemon grass fragrant and coconut milk was not too cloying. Laksa has a certain level of spiciness. Texture of hor fun was smooth and narrower in size as compared to Singapore. Tau Geh aka Bean Sprouts were also part of the Laksa.

On a side note, the common sight in overseas will be those foot peddlers that go tables after tables to sell their tissues / souvenirs / snacks. As much as I wanted to enjoy the food in the open, we had to be at high alert at all times especially in such crowded area.

Hor Fun in Laksa

The minced meatballs were tender and served in soup. The tad spicy laksa and this minced meatballs soup were the only hot items that kept my stomach and body warm during such rainy weather. 

Minced Meatballs

Even though the taste to me was quite ordinary, it was a good experience to have sank into the local culture, experiencing the environment and food there.

Rating: 3 / 5

Restoran Choong Kee "Pokok Besar" 兵如港忠记大树头炸料粉
Location: 1213, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Restoran Do Do Do

We had a stopover in Tangkak for breakfast before reaching Ipoh. Restoran Do Do Do is just located next to the North-South highway exit. 

Restoran Do Do Do

We were planning to have BKT (Bak Kut Teh) in Tangkak initially but the shop did not open at the designated hour and thus we had an impromptu stop for Beef Noodle here.

Preparation Counter

Looking at the menu, we wanted to order simple food for the breakfast.

Menu

We decided on the noodles page and there were a variety to choose from.

Menu

I had a conservative small bowl of Beef Kueh Teow Soup and was rather pleased to see the colour soup was dark in colour rather than plain. The soup was tasty and beef cubes were uniformly cut. No doubt that the size was indicated as small, but I still find the portion rather filling.

Beef Kueh Teow Soup - RM 9.50 (Small) 

The beef tasted fresh and yummy.

Beef Cubes

To enhance the taste, I dipped the meat into their house chilli.

With Chilli

For the adventurous party, you may want to order the 3-in-1 bowl with beef, tripe and tendon. Similarly, you can opt for Kueh Teow, noodles or bee hoon for the noodles. Garnishing like spring onions and preserved vegetables can be found within the bowl. 

Beef, Tripe & Tendon - RM 12.50 (Big)

Beef Tripe

The Kueh Teow is broader in width and the texture was smooth. This goes very well with the beef soup.

Kueh Teow

I like it best when the beef has no gamey taste and the soup was delightful.  Environment-wise, it's spacious and clean, including the toilet. 


Environment

Service is also friendly and ample parking spaces in front of the shop.

Environment

If there is a chance that I am on North-South Highway again, I would very much like to exit to Tangkak and have a try of their beef noodles or other dishes.

Spacious Dining Environment

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Restoran Do Do Do
Location: 
No. 90 & 91, Jln Teknologi 1, Kawasan Perindustrian Tangkak, 84900 Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

En Sushi

En Sushi is known for its high ratings on google and is popular for its freshness as well as quality Japanese food that goes easy on the wallet. It was an impromptu visit to En Sushi and even though I had passed by their walkway numerous times, I have never noticed such a place. 

En Sushi

The restaurant is located on the 2nd level of the building. Upon stepping into the area, I feel that the environment is neat and the peaceful atmosphere makes me feel comfortable. The place is equipped with some warm decorations of modern Japanese furnishings.

Dining Area

When it comes to sashimi, my order will definitely go with the swordfish aka Mekajiki. The swordfish was served on a plate of 3 thick-cut slices. Though the texture and bite is there, I find that the sword fish was a tad fishy.

Mekajiki - $9.30

I was looking for some cold sake and was recommended a few by the server. This is one of the recommended sake on the menu. It has a great fragrance of fruity flavour and rich sweetness with the aromas of ripe grapes and apples. It gave a balance of acidity. 

Yoshikubo Ippin Junmai Daiginjo - $48 (300ml)

For the sushi section, we ordered the Grilled Unagi eel with teriyaki sauce and Tamago sushi. The taste was pretty decent.

Unagi Sushi & Tamago Sushi - $7.90 & $3.90

We ordered one of the recommended handrolls. This handroll was wrapped with seasoned eel and creamy avocado. Wasabi and ginger slices were given at the side of the Temaki stand.

Unagi Avocado Temaki - $10.40

There is 2 variation of Ika (Squid) to choose from. You can get it in Shio (Salt) or Teriyaki sauce and we chose the latter. The teriyaki sauce was sparingly spread on the squid.

Ika Teriyaki - $16.90

The Katsu Curry Spaghetti is the fusion of Japanese Food with Italian food. The deep-fried breaded chicken was addictive and Japanese Curry with spaghetti was non-spicy. 

Katsu Curry Spaghetti - $16.90

Potatoes and carrots are found in the curry and the dish was pretty delightful. 

Spaghetti

Although it was stated spicy on the menu, this Spicy deep-fried soft-shell crab in torched salmon rice roll was non-spicy to me.  

Soft-Shell Crab Salmon Aburi Maki - $20.40

Grab a portion of the roll and you can taste it all in a go, crispy soft-shell crab with refreshing Japanese cucumber with Aburi Salmon and the popping texture from the mentaiko. 

Cross Section of the Soft-Shell Crab Salmon Aburi Maki

The sweet-tasting Japanese pan-fried omelette is one of the favourite orders whenever it comes to dining in Japanese restaurants.

Tamago Yaki - $4.50

The En Sashimi comes in 5 types, namely Salmon, Maguro, Hamachi, Mekajiki and Tako. It will be best if the meat were more chilled. Each type of meat comes in 3 thick slices. Considering the price paid for the amount of slices, it is relatively worth it.

En Sashimi - $32.40

Having a glass of cold drink like this will definitely help a lot especially when the powerful Wasabi rushed up into my nose.

Honey Yuzu - $3.80 (Cold)

Deep-fried seafood tofu comes in a plate of 3 and was accompanied by some prune with mayonnaise sauce for dipping.

Age Kisen Tofu - $6.40

Opted for medium doneness, the 200g sliced beef steak was cut into smaller pieces for sharing and it was best to go with some cheese, fried garlic and spring onions.

Sliced Beef Steak 200g - $30.90

Similarly, this Ebi Salmon Aburi was not spicy. The strong charred Aburi taste with the sauce makes the rice rolls delicious too.

Spicy Ebi Salmon Aburi Maki - $19.40

The Deep-fried chicken with rice aka Tori Katsudon was decent, topped with seaweed and spring onions. The fried chicken layer was kind of soggy though.

Tori Katsudon - $19.40

The savoury steamed egg custard was topped with some bright orange egg roles and texture was seamless. Ingredients include crabstick and mushroom

Chawanmushi - $3.40

Let's order some Yaki / Grill Skewers! The grilled scallop was tightly wrapped with the bacon and comes in 4 pieces per plate. Squeeze some lemon juice to enhance its taste.

Hotate Bacon Yaki - $10.40

Besides having the Hotate aka Scallop, we had Enoki wrapped with bacon.

Enoki Bacon Yaki - $9.40

The grilled chicken was generously coated in its yaki tori sauce and its charred taste was good.

Yakitori - $8.40

We could not get enough of Sashimi and decided to order the mixed sashimi with rice. Besides the raw fishes, it was topped with cut Tamago yaki, cucumber and sprinkled with sesame.

Bara Chirashi Don - $20.80

The ambience of En Sushi is memorable and the food was great. Service was up to the mark and I will definitely like to bring some great company there the next round.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

En Sushi
Location:
112 Middle Road, #01-00A Midland House, Singapore 188970
Nearest Station: Bugis (EW12 / DT14)
Website

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Luke's Lobster

While the novelty and cravings for Lobster Roll have already been in the past, there was no queue seen in front of Luke's Lobster at the corner beside the escalator of Shaw House Isetan Scotts of Level 1. Luke's Lobster is quite popular and they pride themselves on using only traceable sustainable seafood. They buy directly from fishermen who fish in cold and clean waters. 

Luke's Lobster at Shaw House Isetan Scotts

Decorated in line with the shack environment with fisherman tools hanging on the faux wooden wall. What caught my attention was that smart automated wash basin that aids diners in cleaning and washing their hands before and after food. This machine is quite helpful during periods like this. 

Corner Seating Facing the Streets

Start the meal with a hearty bowl of clam chowder. It is a very filling chowder that is filled with wild sea clams, clam juice, potato and heavy cream.  The potato cubes were soft and retained a nice bite while the clams are simply fresh and chewy.

Clam Chowder - $12.50

All their rolls are made with quarter-pound chilled, wild-caught lobster. Lobsters were placed in a toasted split-top bun with a swipe of mayo, a drizzle of lemon butter and a dash of their secret seasoning. 

Lobster Roll - $29.50

The toasted split bun was crispy and warm. I love its butter with mayo and lemon butter fragrance. 

A bite on the Lobster Roll

Though the Lobster Roll's trend had gradually slowed down, there is still demand for these rolls. The generous chunks of lobsters are reasonably priced.

Crispy Toasted Bun

All in all, I do not mind splurging once in a while for such delicious lobster rolls. 

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Luke's Lobster
Location:
Isetan Scotts, 350 Orchard Road #01-K4 Singapore 238868
Website