Petaling St – Taste, The Annexe Gallery – The Rest of 5 Senses

23 07 2007

Workshop #1

I was at The Annexe, Central Market last Saturday for the exhibition Sharing Space – Contemporary Photography of Malaysia + Japan. Based on the idea “to reveal the reality behind the visible”, the photographers invite us into the visible and invisible spaces they have captured.

Admission is free
Until Sunday, 29 July 07
11am – 8pm

Workshop #2

I attended their workshop which is only RM15 for students. The workshop brings the participants around the gallery, briefing on the photos and the concept behind capturing them in such a way.

Workshop #4

This is my favourite work, by Minstrel Kiuk. Entitled “Pursuit”, it is a 27 series postcards comprising images from an F1 race. Each postcard has two images, which is continuous from the previous series. By overlapping the similar image and arranging them from 01-27, they appear to chase after the next image and thus the title. Brilliant eh :)

Workshop #3

Everyone there was so artsy-fartsy while I was just a lost deer in the art world. But I truly enjoyed the experience and gained greater insights in art photography (very different from commercial and amateur photography).

Petaling St chee cheong fun stall

Of course then, I found myself at Petaling St before I went for the exhibition :P I keep coming back here because of the endless selection of food I have yet to try. For example, the chee cheong fun shop tucked at a corner, hidden from view by a fruit stall. It is located across the famous longan drink (air mata kucing) stall. I found it when I was walking along the walkway inside, oppose to the road where vehicles are also using it in the morning.

Petaling St chee cheong fun

For RM 2, the portion is extremely big for a chee cheong fun. There are a few spring onions here and there, which is something new I’ve seen :) They serve without the additional yong tau foo stuff. Down to the basic! I ordered minus the curry. It comes with tim cheong and topped with plenty of sesame. They have a bottle of soy sauce on the table. Curiously I asked if I could have it plain, then douse the soy sauce as I please. That was how my grandmother used to order for me when I was small. The taukeh said yes, and that would be my choice when I revisit the stall :>

I was very full after I cleared the plate. The chee cheong fun at Jalan Sayur is still the yummiest I’ve had though. Later I heard a customer asked for har mai. So I supposed the crispy shrimps must be ordered separately.

Petaling St sweet potato ball

The sweet potato ball that I must have whenever I’m at Petaling St ^_^ RM 2 for 10

Madras Lane market cendol

I walked into the wet market and explored a little before reaching the food stalls section. Feeling thirsty, I ordered cendol. But I was disapointed when the cendol was presented to me like that :( I want cendol in a bowl! I was basically drinking coconut milk with cendol and not eating it. No red beans in sight too. Hmpph! I should’ve ordered ABC. It has all the essential ingredients plus cendol scooped on top. RM 1.80


KL Gastro Adventure: Day 1 – Chinatown Night Out

9 05 2007

At night, our stomach lead us back to Chinatown for dinner. We went in search for the much acclaimed Seng Kee claypot loh shue fun. For the sake of trying good food, we looked for the shop from one end to another end, and perhaps unconsciously rounded Petaling Street area a few times already ^_^; Only foodies like us where the tummy rules over the brain… would search for a particular shop for an hour!

After asking around and with the presence of lady luck, we found Seng Kee located along a rather dark street where the people are quite scant. We ordered for two persons and this was served. Wah, so huge!

Claypot loh shue fun

Loh shue fun, cooked in the claypot with some dark sauce and topped with a good amount of minced pork meat, scallions and a crack of egg. Yummy to a hungry stomach but we realise that it wasn’t as delicious as we expected. It is too normal in fact, like the usual dried loh shue fun you can order at coffeeshops. Taste wise, I find it a bit too bland… not flavourful enough to my liking.

Claypot sunny

The raw egg looks pretty though. A point for that :P Mix and fold in the egg for a smoother gravy. RM12 for a pot.

Portuguese grill stall

A few more steps down the road, we chance upon Hong Kee! Staying true to a foodie’s nature, we had to try yet another famous stall along Jalan Sultan. After all, dinner is followed by supper mar :P

Portuguese grill start

We ordered the Portuguese grill – stingray encased in an aluminium pouch and grilled over charcoal fire. The fish is fresh and the spicyness is just perfect. But it’s a little too spicy for Jian. Keke. The okra is so good eaten with the hot sambal.

Portuguese grill finish

Finish! Clean to the bone too n_n RM10 for a better version of perfetto wrap.

Any ideas for Mother’s Day gift? Bake or cook for mommy? Bring mommy out for mum-mum?

Day 1 Part 1

Petaling Street

11 02 2007

Yesterday, I had a bloody scare of my life! Throw me in an island with only banana for every meal, or make me eat coagulated cardbox food. Anything! But not what I had experience! I woke up 45 minutes to my exam ;o The moment I opened my eyes and I saw sunlight, I freaked out like shit. I was supposed to be up at 6am to continue with my revision. I cramped in a few more pages while changing, skipped my morning hygiene routine *ahem* and slipped into the packed bus. Oh my God, Hallelujah I made it.

Anyway, after close-eyes-and-shoot TITAS exam, KN and I made our way to Pudu bus terminal in hope that we can exchange our bus ticket for earlier time. The clerk says TAK BOLEH. We TAK NAK give in. But it was rather pointless to argue because she couldn’t do anything. However, we were told we might be able to get seats if we standby at the time we wanted. I’m praying hard we’d be able to board an earlier bus than the designated 9.30pm :]

Then, we walked to Petaling Street for lunch. Ordered beef noodle (ngau lam meen) at Lai Foong because Shin Kee Beef Noodle Specialist, which is opposite was already full. I just love the flavour of the beef which is still noticeable. I rarely have the chance to eat beef noodle, so I can’t make a comparison. The ingredients are a bit on the stingy side, with only three small slices of tripe and beef, two beefballs, some spring onions and salty preserved vegetable.

Beef noodle

At Lai Foong, how can one not try Tong Kee’s egg tart! It crumbles in my mouth and the sweetness of the curd is perfectly balanced. I’m still thinking of it as I write :3~ I wish it was made on the spot though, so I can eat it hot.

Egg tart Lai Foong

Assorted cakes and baked goodies on sale. I bought some of the pineapple tarts there (pictured in the red-capped container), RM4 for 10 pieces. I hope they will make their way to Penang before my eager mouth bite on them :P

Inside Petaling Street, we spotted flavoured muar chee on sale. It has Ribena, pandan, mango, etc. It was very colourful and ingeniously attractive! Our hearts were captured and had a box for RM3. The lady vendor has been selling ‘mix ma chi’ for 50 years, proudly announcing her successful business on an article placed there.

Ma chi stall

She let us try a big piece of ma chi. I took a bite, and she teased me not to be gentle. “Pop the whole thing in. Does it stick to your teeth?” *shakes head* Wow, I’m amazed. Very different indeed from the muar chee we are used to. It is like eating candy snacks, coated in grounded peanuts instead of sugar.

Ma chi

Petaling Street

Who is this ah? We came across some crews from NT7, filming lap cheong. Keke.

Siew pow

This is a shop beside the famous dried meat shop with a chicken in boxing gloves logo (Kiew Brothers). I was fascinated by the vast arrangement of Chinese pastry here. There were so many choices, we had a hard time choosing what we wanted. If not because we were already bloated, we may impulsively buy each of everything there :P

Our indecision leads to the grumpy old lady seller telling into our face in Cantonese, “Is that all? I’ve been waiting very long”. Um, excuse me, wtf? It’s not like her shop is doing brisk business. In fact, her shop was EMPTY, us being the only customers. Please lar, just a take a look to your left, and a long queue of customers are in line to buy bak kua. Her expression was twisted with agony, and her long face looks more ham (salty in Canto) than her salted egg pastry. I’d never be back!

McD siew pow

Finally, we walked from Petaling Street to Sg Wang ;) to burn out the excess calories. Ate the siew pow and lotus seed bun at McD with a regular Coke. Anything churns out from a sulky old lady will never taste good no matter how good it is.

That aside, it was intresting to walk about in Petaling Street when Chinese New Year is near, food being the main attraction.