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JTean Kitchen, SS2 PJ

If you are a regular foodie and you follow most mainstream (and non-halal) eating floggers, you must have heard of JTean Kitchen. Located in SSTwo Mall, this place markets its cuisine as fusion bak kut teh. C’mon, that sounds pretty awesome right? A few weeks ago, I rounded up some kakis and we decided to sample the food so many flogs out there have been raving about.

The interior, its signature BKT pork burger and view of the kitchen.

Firstly, service here wasn’t fantastic. We booked the place for 11 pax but a few cancelled. As it was close to lunch time and more people were streaming in, we told them in good faith that they can split the tables for other diners. In return, the waitress gave us super rude attitude, yo. She was muttering to herself, yelling at other staff to help her carry the table, looking extremely annoyed. Another waitress took our order and she didn’t speak English. That posed a problem for bananas like me but I didn’t expect this to happen in a restaurant with an English name + menu and located in affluent PJ. But she was helpful regardless and Mandarin speakers in the crew took charge of the ordering.

The JPork BKT Burger (RM7.90). We came with high expectations based on several blog reviews but were sorely disappointed. The patty only had a hint of BKT taste. Otherwise, all I could taste was the peppery, tangy mayonnaise sauce. What is it even doing in the burger? Boo.

Tean’s BKT that had a mix of ribs, pork belly and stomach (RM20.90). Sadly, it was nothing to shout about. It was like any other average BKT and tasted quite plain.

The Pork Leg (RM10.90).

The J-Ribs served with wedges, side salad and a special sauce (RM34.90). I thought this was the ‘yummiest’ tasting one, relative to the other so-so dishes. The ribs itself were charred nicely and retained some juiciness of the meat but the flavor did not really come through. I was convinced the special sauce was just ordinary black pepper sauce.

Stewed Chicken Feet, Tofu and Mushrooms (RM12.90). This was also pretty average. It had no real oomph to it – no sharp herbal notes or a heaty, flavorful kick.

We all left the place feeling kinda disappointed and our bill for 7 of us came up to RM215.00. Don’t think any of us will be going back anytime soon. I had to eat in Hungry Hog for dinner just to make myself feel better. The redeeming factor for this place perhaps was the decently-priced drinks list with quite a nice selection of ‘fancy’ tea (although I like to kick it old school with pu er in a clay teapot that you make yourself). Oh and SSTwo Mall’s parking is still free.

JTean Kitchen (www)
G-58, Ground Floor
SSTwo Mall
No. 40, Jalan SS2/72
47300 Petaling Jaya
Selangor DE
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10:00pm (opens daily)

Tel and Fax: 03 7954 0819


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Happy City Seafood Steamboat, Kepong

A sudden urge to eat hot, soupy steamboat took over me a few weekends ago. I ended up at Happy City Seafood Steamboat, located near Carrefour and Happy City Food Court along Jalan Kepong. This place does live seafood steamboat and the ingredients are as fresh as you can get.

This place offers ala carte and some set meals for the indecisive – like me πŸ™‚ We settled for the RM79.90 set that feeds 2-3 pax. You also get to pick your soup. There are several options ranging from porridge to the free ‘yin yang’ soup based. I picked the Drunken Pot (RM15) that had Chinese herbs in it like goji and dong quai. There is also a bottle of Chinese wine on the side for the y’know, drunken effect πŸ™‚ So in this particular set, you get …

… clams

… red snapper

… awesome live prawns that jump out of the plate

… and their ‘steamboat set’ x 1 of meat/fishballs, seafood, vegetables, noodles and egg. Yup, one of everything. Have fun splitting and halving the quail egg, mussel, tofu etc. lol.

With each round of adding ingredients into the pot, I added more and more Chinese wine to the soup. By the end of the meal, the soup was sweet and tangy with herbal notes. It was easily the BEST soup I’ve ever had with my usual steamboat finale of yee mee and three-quarter cooked egg. Ended the meal by downing a glass of honey sea coconut drink, it was an amazing meal, yo.

Service was quick and top notch. I initially had trouble finding a table but one of their Burmese waiters spotted me waiting and cleared a table meant for storing spare pots and cutleries. Very cool. The gas tank also died on us and they replaced it in no time. My only beef with this place? They don’t do mud crabs 😦

Parking wasn’t easy that night as all of Kepong and outsiders converged to eat in this area that also houses several other steamboat restaurants. But trust me, after having such a huge, scrumptious meal – I appreciated the short walk back to the car. I am already planning to take my family here to try this place. Heh.

Happy City Seafood Steamboat
Jalan Metro Perdana Timur 2,
52100 Kepong,
Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: 5:00PM – 1:00AM

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Restoran OK Kari Kepala Ikan, Imbi

It’s funny how I missed out on this row of restaurants whenever I was in the Imbi area. Thanks to my good friend who stumbled upon this place, we found ourselves here over the weekend to try the dishes she raved about.

For a place that has Fish head curry in their signage, it was a bit strange that none of the tables seemed to order that. Instead, claypots of beautifully cooked porridge were the centerpieces. It does make one wonder, how does their curry really fare then?

They have quite a variety of porridges, from fish to frog to prawns and our choices were fish (RM10) and the 3 eggs η²₯ (RM11). The texture and consistency was just how I like my porridge, almost like a paste. My personal favourite was probably the eggy porridge with the subtle blend of flavours of the century egg and salted duck eggs.

Another dish that wowed me was the Butter Pumpkin (RM10). There’s something about the savoury hints of the egg strands combined with the sweetness of the pumpkin that just works.

I had high hopes for the salted egg eggplant (RM10) as it sounded like a perfect combination. Yet I personally felt that the taste of the eggplant wasn’t brought out by the batter as much as the pumpkin was. But still, quite an ingenious way to deep fry eggplant!

Taking inspiration from Thai food is the kerabu paku (RM7) where blanched fiddlehead ferns are tossed with dried shrimps, chilli, onions in a sourish dressing and liberally topped with shallots.

We also had a choy poh (radish) omelette (RM8) which will go quite well with the plainer porridge.

Also had a portion of the chicken which was firm to bite. Perfect with the accompanying chili & ginger dip.

Overall, the service was quick and the food was reasonably priced. And they have other items on their menu which I would love to try. Only issue is probably the parking around the area. But Malaysians are such a bunch of creative parkers…

Restoran OK Kari Kepala Ikan ε·΄δΈœε’–ε–±ι±Όε€΄ι€εŽ…
No53-4, Ground Floor,
Jalan Barat,
Off Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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Ngau Kee Beef Noodles, Jalan Alor

Ngau Kee Beef Noodles is one of my must-eats whenever I have friends visiting Malaysia.

It is actually located along Tengkat Tung Shin which is parallel to Jalan Alor but most people don’t know the little road actually has a name. Besides, you can’t miss it anyway – not with a huge neon sign with a cow and words stating it as the “Famous Beef Noodle” placed on the rooftops while the little stall only has about 10 tables located on a five foot way!

Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles

Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles
We ordered their kon lo (dry) beef noodles. The noodles are springy the way I like them and the mince beef is as good as I remember first eating it back in 2002. And like with all good food, I don’t spend time trying to figure out what’s in it because I am scoffing it down by the mouthfuls. But if I had to put my finger on what makes the mince beef so good – I’d say some voodoo ganja. lol.

Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles
I also ordered some add ons – beef and pork balls on the side. They give you that extra chew when you eat in the same bite with the beef noodles. So what you get is an explosion of beefy goodness, best washed down with some clear soup (that doesn’t make you super thirsty, btw). Ngau Kee also does pork mince with lo shu fun and kway teow noodles in small, medium and large portions. Don’t forget to try it with their special chili sauce found on every table. Prices here starts from RM5 and add ons can go up to RM8.50.

Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles

They open til late so if you’re looking for an alternative to mamak and Bak Kut Teh, there is always Ngau Kee.

p/s: There is also a sugar cane stall next to Ngau Kee that does a great sugar cane juice with lemon!

Restoran Ngau Kee Famous Beef Noodles
Tengkat Tong Shin (parallel to Jalan Alor)
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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D’naim Nasi Kukus, Pantai Dalam

Me: “This nasi kukus is quite possible the best nasi kukus I’ve ever had in my life!”
Friends: “Sure or not?”

lol. All my conversations with friends about this little nasi kukus (‘steamed rice’) stall located in Pantai Dalam starts with that expression.

Tucked amongst a row of stalls near the Pantai Dalam KTM Komuter station, D’naim is unassuming from afar. But I have driven past the stall often enough to see that it is constantly buzzing with customers – some seated with friends and others deciding to bungkus instead resulting in a short queue.

The rice is steamed to fluffy perfection served with special spicy sauce (a mix of chili, curry and sambal), a few slivers of cucumbers and the meat(s) of your choice. My pick is always the ayam goreng (fried chicken). You make your choice at the counter and watch it get packed in brown paper and banana leaves. There are no plates so it is all eco-friendly while forks and spoons are optional since nasi kukus is best eaten with your fingers. Regular mamak drinks are readily available, so just holler for it.

D’naim opens til late πŸ™‚

Nasi kukus with ayam goreng berempah in awesome sauce

It is not too hard to find. Here’s the GoogleMap link. From the NPE from KL to PJ, take the Kampung Pantai Dalam turn off and you will see the stall on your left, shortly after the Pantai Dalam KTM Komuter station. Alternatively, if you are going through Gasing Indah, just go along Jalan 5/46 and Jalan 1/132 and Jalan Pantai Dalam (it’s a straight road) – slow down when you start seeing stalls on both sides of the narrow road, D’naim will be on the right.

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