Sight, Sound & Taste of Diwali in Brickfields

26 10 2008

I adore everything under the category of Indian food. The sweets, the snacks, the banana leaf rice, the curry, the rotis, the chutney. Yum~ In this time of Deepavali festive mood, I just had to take a stroll along the length of Jalan Tun Sambanthan :D Brickfields is a bust of activities with the street lined up with stalls selling everything from muruku to sarees to cater for this festival.

homemade cookies

It is so refreshing to see striking colours in the form of food, clothing, greeting cards and decorations adorn the area. Hip and upbeat Bollywood music fills the air. The crowd, bargaining and walking away with new items in their hands tells you “yup, Deepavali is here”.

laddu
laddu

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Weekend in Malacca #1

25 07 2008

stadhuys

Last weekend I spent the time with a bunch of couchsurfer‘s in Malacca. Couch surfing is a project where the member offer his/her couch (@ a place to overnight) to another member traveller. This way, as a budget traveller, you can experience the culture through the local host and make friends along the way :)

fish paste noodle stall

We departed from KL at 7am. When we arrived in Melaka, the rain was pouring mercilessly on us. We waited, and waited, before the rain subside a little. Then head for breakfast with a grumbling stomach.

fish paste noodle

Dried style fish paste noodle I ordered. Seems like fish paste noodle can be found everywhere in Melaka.

tea

Mr. Ken “Chairman” was our organizer. He brought us to Mr. Yee’s teahouse for a demonstration of traditional Chinese tea preparation. His teahouse may not be as glamour as Boh’s in Cameron Highlands, but it is stocked with teapots of all kinds and tea leaves ranging from RM20/100g to RM80/100g. Then, Mr. Yee kindly became our guide for the day ;D

The Eight Immortals House
22, Jalan Laksamana,
75000 Melaka, Malaysia
yeetea@pd.jaring.my

rice

We just walk around in the town.. jumping in and out between food shops, free museums and souvenir shops.

street snacks #2

Some snacks and dried food stuff

street snacks #1

More snacks – dodol and nyonya kuih

Indian food

At around 3pm, we stopped at an Indian restaurant for banana leaf rice.

Indian food - puri

It is opposite Discovery Cafe where we were staying. For affordable yet comfortable accommodation, this place is it. I only paid RM15 for air-conditioned dorm :D

Discovery Cafe & Guest House
Mr. Teng Kim Sia
No. 3, Jalan Bunga Raya,
75100 Melaka
discoverycafe_1999@hotmail.com/yahoo.com

street - fried radish cake

After we have checked-in, the walk continues in and around Jonker Walk. Because of that refillable banana leaf rice, I was too full to try the fried radish cake ^.^;

trolley of pineapple tarts

A trolley of pineapple tarts left in the street.. keke. *evil instincts to cart it away*

street - cendol

I accompanied a couple from Mumbai, India and we had 2 bowls of cendol and a bowl of ABC. They’ve travelled East Malaysia, got a tattoo from the Iban, conquered Mount Kinabalu, hiked a couple of mountains, flew to Penang before meeting us in Malacca. Amazing! I’m so inspired after hearing so much travel stories. I want to travel and conquer each country’s food!





KL Gastro Adventure: Day 5 – Brickfields and Bangsar

2 07 2007

Two of us are unrestless when there’s no food surrounding us. We were overnighting in my dorm room where the only thing edible is sadly, dispenser water ;( The next day, we targetted Little India that captivated our tummies with their amazing array of foods before moving on to posh Bangsar ^_^

Indian food in my opinion, is the most flavourful cuisine. Richly characterised by layers of herbs and spices used in their cooking, I love everything Indian food could offer. Even something as simple as this currypuff

Currypuff

Dhal vadai

to this dhal vadai.. made from dhal pulp and bits of lentils and spices like cardamom seeds, cumin seeds, then fried until crispy golden brown. It is so delicious! Interestingly, most of the Indian eateries have a stall selling these snacks set up in front along the pathway. 70¢ each.

Sweets display

Unresistable Indian sweets are sold at specialty stores and also restaurants. Colourful stacks of vadai, ladoo, halway and burfi in a display case is like naked eyes drawn to diamonds.

Milk cookie

Jian had to had their milk cookie! Hehe. 70¢ per piece. Suitable for milk-lover as the flavour of milk is so evident!

Halwa cake

I tried their halwa cake which is simply flour and lots of sugar! For a mere 50¢ a piece, it was extremely fulfilling. The texture is very crumbly and hard, nothing like cake :P Do not attempt with denture!

While waiting for a bus to Bangsar, we learned about the newly changed bus system from a lady who’s uncontented with the changes. Apparently, the busses are servicing a wider area now and it takes a much longer time to wait. All the bus numbers have been revised as well. Nonetheless, we made it to Nam Chuan coffeeshop for Sarawak laksa and abacus seeds.

Abacus plate

Abacus seeds

I’ve never tried this Hakka dish before. It’s quite tasteless to me. While Jian thinks the Sarawak laksa is close to Penang curry mee minus the oomph. Haha! RM 3.00 for the abacus seeds dish.

Cendol stall

On the way to Bangsar Village, we passed a cendol stall manned by an Indian. We were already bloated, so we asked when he closes. Around 6pm. So, we just have to make sure that we come back here by 6 ;)

Putu piring stall

Putu piring

We had a bowl of not very satisfying cendol each (RM 1.20). It’s like drinking diluted coconut milk. Fortunately, the putu piring stall we spotted saved the day. By the look of people patronising this stall, we knew it must be good. Standing there watching the mother and daughter team working non-stop, they gotta be churning out 20 pieces a minute. 40¢ a piece.

A road block due to Wesak Day procession led to a longer than usual trip back to KL Sentral. But it was blessing in disguise, as the bus driver dropped the passengers in front of the drop-off/pick-up gate. Just in time, we maneuvered our way passed devotees with candles in their palms and snap away at these beautiful floats!

Wesak Day float - the reclining buddha

Wesak Day procession

Wesak Day float - monk & buddha

It was a fantastic day! ^_^


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Day 4 Part 1
Day 3
Day 2 Part 2
Day 2 Part 1
Day 1 Part 2
Day 1 Part 1





KL Stroll: Day 1

2 04 2007

24 March, Saturday – Wasn’t much assignment that week and I just finished Test 2. I took the chance to stroll in KL, overnighting at a relative’s place then continuing with the exploration the next day :)

Sarawak laksa stall

I went to Bangsar to try the authentic Sarawak Laksa as claimed by many. Finding Nam Chuan coffeeshop at Lorong Ara Kiri 2 was surprisingly easy. It was the uphill walk from Bangsar LRT station that took every ounce of my strength :P Nonetheless, the moment I had a mouthful of the slightly santan tinged curry broth, I would do it again and again! The native Sarawak lady’s stall was easy to spot, with newspaper clippings featuring her famous laksa pasted on the stall front. It was 10am-ish, and I was half expecting a noisy crowd at the coffeeshop on a Saturday. On the contrary, the atmosphere was rather relaxing… the air filled with classic Chinese songs playing on the her radio ;)

Sarawak laksa

I like how she meticulously arrange the ingredients (shredded chicken, omelette strips, bean sprouts), then topped with prawns and Chinese celery to create this wonderful presentation. This is the first I’ve encountered in kopitiam food. I find the prawns to be tasteless. I guess the broth is what makes the whole difference to this bowl of laksa.

Place: Nam Chuan coffeeshop, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar.
Price: RM 4.00

The drinks here are unjustly expensive. I had a cup of badly prepared barley for RM1.30.

With a full stomach, I walk around Jln Telawi area to discover many fine dining restaurants on specific cuisine, probably to cater to the expatriates and rich folks.

Banana leaf rice #1

After I made my maiden visit to Bangsar Village I and II which I find nothing interesting of sort (cause can’t afford 3/4 of the things there :P), I find myself in a less classy environment at Jln Tun Sambathan. This place is like Little India… shops selling spices and kitchenwares used in Indian cooking dot every lot along the road. There are a few Indian restaurants there and amusingly, a Chinese coffeeshop (New Lay Sin) tucked away at the corner. I decide upon Sri Paandi (which I spotted a branch in Seri Kembangan) to try their banana leaf rice. The rice comes with papadum (unfortunately not crispy anymore), keropok twisties, tangy and spicy brinjal, curry bitter gourd and an additional plate of chicken curry I requested.

Banana leaf rice #2

Half way through my meal, the worker added more to my leaf – potato chips fried with curry powder, some sort of green chutney and mild long beans with lentils which I like very much ^_^ Then, he proceeded to put one salted fried chilli for me to try (pictured brown in colour beside the potato crisps) and smiled at me. Haha.

Place: Sri Paandi Restaurant, Jln Tun Sambathan, Brickfields.
Price: RM 4.00 + RM1.00 teh tarik

Aus lobster sign

Next place to hit was Jln Imbi. I wanted to try the mini egg tarts at Wing Hing coffeeshop but unbeknownst to me, they are already closed by 4pm. Along the way, there was a shop selling live lobsters imported from Australia as big as the size of a kitten!

Aus lobster

Miao~

Beef noodle #1

I shopped for a while at Low Yat and Sungei Wang before wondering off to Jln Alor to search for Sarawak kampua mee which I’ve read in a newspaper. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find it. It gets more heart breaking when I notice there was nothing special to eat there :( With the day getting dark, I settled on a bowl of beef noodle at Meng Kee’s. The lou pan was such a friendly person! I enjoyed my meal there even though the food was just average. The broth tastes like what you get in fish head noodle – clear soup cooked with ginger. The beef slices were really tender though and quite nice.

Beef noodle #2

The noodle on the other hand, is worthy to be mentioned. It is al-dente and just the right amount of springy-ness. Absolutely delicious when paired with a slice of beef :3

Place: Meng Kee’s Grilled Fish Restaurant, Jln Alor, Bukit Bintang.
Price: RM 6.00





Puree

28 05 2006

Price: RM 1.20

Location: Medan Selera, Taman Free School Road

Two pieces of crunchy puree accompanied by two types of curry. Puree is a type of Indian dish made to the texture like that of deep fried crackers.