Pau Bantal – A Twist On Traditional Steamed Buns

17 04 2008

Further down from Lam Kee wantan mee is a shop called Pau Bantal. I find the name quite cute so I went in to check it out. Whee~ Assorted type of pau with an interesting twist of flavours!

pau #2

Pau bantal (pillow steamed bun) is not for you to sleep on or hug at night ^o^ The dough is rolled out flat and the paste is slathered on, then rolled back into a log shape and steamed in bamboo steamer. There are chocolate, corn, coffee, etc flavours to choose.

pau #3

They also have the regular pau containing savoury fillings. If you like petai (stink beans) or nam yue (fermented bean), they have it too :P

Pau Bantal

Click on the pic to have a larger view. You can buy the pau bantal in a whole baguette shape or individual smaller piece.


The pau dough in kneaded in this big mean machine. Everything is handmade and fresh from this kitchen. *ting!* *extra point*


This leng chai kept teasing me why take pics of pau and not his good-looking face ^.^ Alamak~ *shy* So I bought 4 paus from him. Green tea (I must have this flavour!), pumpkin, peanut and tai pau (big bun).

I gave 2 away to my college mates and I had the delicous green tea. The paste tastes a lot like those green tea fillings in mooncake. Quite good as the bun is soft even when I ate it the next day. Unlike some that make you choke on it because it sticks to the roof of your mouth. The tai pau I cut into half and snap a few pics then kept for dinner. Hehe. The filling is quite dissapointing. I was expecting an egg but none to be found. However there are tender chicken slices in there and the sauce is tasty.

pau #1

Pau Bantal
Jln Bunga Tanjung 10, Taman Muda
Open from 7am – 8pm daily

Taman Muda location


Lam Kee wantan mee @ Taman Muda

12 04 2008

Taman Muda folks are lucky! And I repeat that 10x!
Lucky, lucky,
hungry, hungry,
cari makan, sini sana ada lagi!

There’s a nice morning market there and a double stretch row of stalls selling different food. At least to my observation, none of them repeats!


I was craving for wantan mee so we dropped by this stall, hoping the price has not increased too much due to the recent hike in noodle prices. A pan mee stall is just beside, with the word PAN MEE screaming at me but I couldn’t read the varieties they offer there as they are written in Chinese.

Making wan tan

We stucked by wantan mee although the stall seems almost going to close up for the day. The reason is because of this ah pak (uncle) :P Not to say he’s handsome but I just want to watch him wrap fresh handmade wan tan ^.^ Hehe

Wantan mee

Yummy looking wantan mee is served. If you are wondering, “eh, where the char siew slices go missing?”. Apparently they are sold out already by 12pm! They have some spare ribs left and they have wantan mee with chicken feet and mushrooms. Since me and my friend don’t eat chicken feet, we asked him to make us a vegetarian wan tan mee. Hehe. Oh btw, pai kuat wantan mee? I never knew! It looks dry and not much are left, so we were not bothered to order.


The noodle is excellent (springy enough!) while the mushrooms are delectably delicious! Must have been braised for a long time in a vinegar and soy sauce mixture to obtain that flavour, that resistance to the bite and smooth texture! Looks cute as a button~

wan tan

We also ordered extra wan tan soup to share, it came with 5 pieces of wan tan. The wan tan are disappointing though. The skin wrap has an odd flavour and the pork filling is rather bland and not well seasoned. But the soup makes up for it. Somehow all the flavour is in the soup!

I think I have to make a revisit since there are many more things to eat around here :)

Lam Kee wantan mee
Jln Bunga Tanjung 10, Taman Muda
Open from 6.30am

Taman Muda location

Taman Connaught pasar malam

6 01 2008

Last week my parents were in KL with me for a holiday. But it ended up to be more like a gastronomic holiday. I introduced them to foods they never tried in KL and made them reconsider their belief that KL does not have good food :D Before I started reading food blogs to make good makan place decisions, we would always patronize food courts in mall. Not that they are bad, but there are so much unusual and delicious foods to explore out at the streets.

On Wednesday, I knew we had to make it to the Taman Connaught pasar malam even the sky was showing signs of rain. With the help of Jason (I sms-ed him, but he called and explained the direction. Thank you so much!) we found the night market with ease. The sky has turned a deep grey when we got out of the car but we persisted.

First, 6 Tokyo pancakes for RM2 to start. This stall sells Bangkok biscuit as well, which is the crispy version with coconut, and Tokyo crepe with many flavours to choose.

Tokyo pancake #1

Tokyo pancake #2

We also pass by a stall promoting hairy crabs, which is left steaming in a bamboo basket set on top of a wok. Sadly nobody is buying from him.

Lok lok

I saw a couple of Fatman Steamboat vans. I think it’s a franchise business, because there is one behind Sg Wang and some other places.

Grilled cuttlefish

This man is preparing dried cuttlefish to be grilled. We bought grilled tofu from him which is really yummy.

Put chai ko

After walking for what I felt like a long time, the end was still not to be seen. I could have rounded any Penang pasar malam twice already. Then I saw rows of cute red bean put chai ko (I learned about this snack’s name from Jian ^_^) at this stall, hygenically wrapped in plastic. There are also pandan and corn flavours. We had red bean and pandan but I personally prefer red bean, it’s not too sweet and melts in the mouth. So nice!

Nyonya kuih

I was attracted to the colourful nyonya kuih but decided to leave my stomach for something else. Looking back at the pic, I should have bought the kuih talam ;)

Taiwan pizza #1

Then I came to this pizza stall? It looked paper thin to me.

Taiwan pizza #2

Apparently it’s Taiwan pizza! My sis with the Taiwan fever had to buy it ;D It’s savoury, unbelievingly crunchy and I loved it to bits! Wished I can dial 7552525 to have them sent over any time n.n

Stinky tofu

Finally, the one and only chow tofu in KL. It stinks so bad, they proudly claim the title aroma across a thousand miles. Lol. It began to drizzle and we had to stand in line while waiting for the stall to start deep frying the fermented tofu. I cannot describe the smell, it is so not pleasant at all and I stood there inhaling it for 15 minutes @_@

Sorry I didn’t take picture of the tofu. Had to balance between pinching my nose and holding the camera :P It simply looks and tastes like deep fried tofu. IMHO, nothing special except its thousand miles smell. At least I can say I tried it.. hehe.