Wednesday, January 31, 2007

King Crab + Marco's Pizza

We met up with Hubby's friends, thereafter refers to Makan Gang, for dinner at King Crab at Taman Mewah Jaya. Yah...AGAIN!! Since last month, Hubby and I have been visiting King Crab very frequent, 4 times to be exact!! An average of once per week!! After telling the Makan Gang how good their Claypot Butter Crabs and BBQ Fish were, we decided to bring them there to prove it.

Must order dishes of course were the much-talkabout butter crab with bread rolls. Ooo...the bread rolls is so soft..almost like cotton candy, mmmmm...melts in your mouth. Somemore dip with the butter sauce.....HEAVEN! From the way the Makan Gang scraped off the butter sauce from the claypot, I knew that they agreed with me too.

The Yummy Fried Rolls (RM3)...tasty on its own
Amazingly delicious pot of butter crabs! (RM33)

I came across a blog sometime back and he/she recommended this dish called Deep Fried Salted Egg Yolks Squids (RM15). The smell was so aromatic...and tastewise?? FANTASTIC! The salted egg yolks were mashed and then mix with the batter, so each and every pieces of squid were covered with egg yolks and a very thin layer of batter.

Makan Gang very very very dissappointed with the Steamed Frog with Chicken of Essence. As I was too busy with my crabs, I only get to taste it much later while they were commenting on this dish. The Makan Gang very picky on their food, only insist on wild frogs instead of reared ones as according to them, wild frogs meat are much nicer and sweeter. But I do agree with them, this dish which is the most expensive dish we ordered (RM48) definately a big no-no to us. The sauce tasted funny too, furthermore, am not a big fan of essence of chicken.

Next came the BBQ Fish (which they names as Snowing Mountain Flying Foxes) which certainly gets the Makan Gang approval. The fish was fresh and juicy. However, one of the Makan Gang was a bit disappointed that the fish skin which is laden with lots and lots of salt could not be eaten. Hahaha...aiyooo..just take the meat only lor!!
While walking to King Crab....Makan Gang already spotted Marco's Pizza which is just a few shops away. The possibility of having 2nd rounds of dinner with Makan Gang is normally quite high...and true enuff, we decided to walk in to try out a few dishes. By the way, am already full but amazingly can still stuffed myself with 3 slices of pizza!
A little fountain outside the shop. The mascot looks a bit like Mr Potato, don't you think so?

I quite like the beverages served here...lots of choices but not cheap though. I immediately spotted the PassionFruit Italian Soda in the menu (RM8.90) all-time favourite wonder am such a passionate person. Hehehe! The Makan Gang ordered Iced Coffee and Ice Blended Grape while Hubby ordered Fresh Orange Juice.

Ice-Blended Grape, looks yummy!!
Iced Coffee and My Passionfruit Italian Soda!

Makan Gang was curious when they saw this in the menu: Ginger Beef Pizza. Ginger??? Ahem, well..since it's recommended, can try I guess? The pizza turned out a bit funny. They actually spread ginger sauce on the pizza, topped with beef ham, olives and cheese, then sprinkled with diced ginger. Very very odd combination and taste. We didn't like it at all as the ginger taste too overpowering.

After the disappointment from the first pizza, they decided to give them one more chance and so we ordered Marinara Pizza. Again, no big deal as we still prefers the Marinara Pizza from Sure Pizza at Hartamas Shopping Complex.

Last item we ordered was Rosemary Chicken which was served with wedges, chutney and salad. The Chutney was really heavy with capsicum smell which of course not my cup of tea at all. A big disappointment again cos the chicken was really dry and I certainly can't taste any rosemary at all.

Hubby's friend suggested dessert but decided not to as we do not want anymore further disappointment. Couldn't remember how much the 2nd round costs as Hubby's friend paid for it. Probably won't be less than RM100, which I feel would be better spent at King Crab.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Kuala Selangor - Fishfull Shopping (Part III and The End)

Reached home almost 6.30 tiring but yet got to unpack the seafood that we bought. Luckily Hubby was so helpful during the unpacking process, doing whatever I demanded him to do, for example, "bring me the plastic bag, hand me the container, put this in the freezer, throw this paper bag away"..etc etc etc. While unpacking and repacking the seafood, I was also busy snapping away some photos. Ooo...i just love seafood!

Our almost-full ice box, let's dig and see what's inside...
Pomfret (Dau Jai Chong) which is very expensive in KL. The bigger one costs us RM52. The 2 smaller ones are RM29 for 2!
We bought 2.7 kg of prawns at RM50 per kilo. And the price will be up to RM60 per kilo next week. So, just imagine how much they will charge in KL.
Comparing the prawns with a fork...big or not???
Ikan Kurau...eerr...anyone know what this fish is called in English???
Frozen Scallops (RM20 per packet). Although frozen, it's still very fresh and sweet.
Scallop Sashimi, anyone?
A box of scallop without shells at RM10 per box. Good for stir fry or seafood hotpot!
This is 1kg of sotong for only RM8.00!!!
Again am using a fork to compare the size of the squid.
My freezer all stocked up with seafood. Wonder how to put in few more chickens and pork. Sounds like preparing for a war than Chinese New Year huh? Well, better to have a fridge full of food than an empty one.
I bought this cookbook specialised in seafood months ago and finally I can produce something out of it. Hmm..problem is, each of the recipe look so yummy, i dunno which to choose. How ar??

Update: Met up with Hubby's fren for dinner 2 days after our Kuala Selangor trip (will blog about the soon) and he told us he cleaned the 5kgs of Ikan Kembong he bought till 10.30 p.m!!!

Kuala Selangor - Shopping for Seafood (Part II)

We finished lunch at about 2 p.m...and we went back to the fishing village to wait for the boat to return from the sea. Extremely hot today and the air smelt of salted fish as well as rotting fishes. Certainly not a nice place to hang out for hours during a hot day like today. Finally, the boat came back at about 3.30 p.m. and we waited anticipatedly for them to unload their catchment. Dunno out of a sudden, many people started to hoard the jetty, not good for us though. Luckily, Hubby's friend know the boss well, she reserved all the prawns and pomfret for us. Wuahaha...the rest of the people only get to look.

I managed to snap a few shots while waiting...enjoy!!

Salted Fish....yumzz...
The fishing village opposite, where is the boat???
Is this the boat? It is??? YIPPEEE!!!
Another smaller boat also came back with lots of giant stingrays!!
They have to sort out their catchment before weighing it
The seller weighing the catchment before putting it up for sale. For record purposes I supposed.
Wahhhh...lots of squid!!!!
Giant Siakap! Hubby's friend bought this fish which is slightly below 3 kgs.
My Hubby, being a fan of sharks (but still eat sharks fin) was absolutely disgusted over these baskets of baby sharks. He said he couldn't understand why they catch it...well, you don't eat doesn't mean other people don't eat demand then got supply lor!
Giant Stingray!! Definately not going to buy this as it's so big, how to finish it???Chop Chop Chop!! Lady boss cutting our Kurau Fish into cutlets.
Although it's a long day today but it was worth waiting. Lucky that we came today as the price already gone up from their normal pricing and was told next week will be even more expensive. Oh by the way, most of the seafood we get from KL market are from Kuala Selangor and of course, the prices are doubled and preservative added. Do make a trip to Kuala Selangor, it's really FUN!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Kuala Selangor - Lunch (Part 1)

Wow...3 more weekends to Chinese New Year!! Time to stock up the fridge with seafood from the source! Where else? Kuala Selangor that is!! Hubby and I, together with his two frens headed to Kuala Selangor early morning. We reached the fishing village at 11 a.m. and was told that the boat is coming back around 3 p.m. Not complaining the long wait though, cos if the boat is coming back late means lots of catches today. Since we got to wait for so many hours, we went to have lunch first at Hai Chun Restaurant, our favourite restaurant. It's quite packed today, I think everyone is coming to stock up for the Chinese New Year, guess we are not the only kiasu one after all.

The 3 hungry men....
Aaahh....refreshing coconut drink!!
We enjoyed eating here as the price is very very reasonable and food is tasty and fresh (you don't feel thirsty at all after the meal). In fact during my first visit, I was shocked with the prices that I blurted out quite loudly that "How come so unreasonably cheap?". Read on and you will know what I mean. This is what we ordered;
Stir-fry Clams with Ginger and Spring Onions (RM10)
Fish Maw Hotpot (RM15.00)
Steamed Assam Stingray (RM13.00)
Deep-fried Baby Squid (RM10)
Deep fried Prawns with Salt and Pepper (RM15)
End of Round 1!!! Waiter, menu for round 2 please!!
Kung Po Snails (RM8)
Another version of deep-fried baby squid (RM8). This is nicer than the first plate.
Guess how much is the lunch altogether??? 7 dishes, 4 rice, chinese tea and soft drink..all for only RM86!!!
The itemised bill
Burpp.....excuse me..hehe...ok now..stay tuned to my next post on the fish shopping!

New Formosa Taiwanese Restaurant with Hubby

During my 1st visit to New Formosa Taiwanese Restaurant weeks ago, I was actually tempted by two dishes in the menu which we didn't order; Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup and the Szechuan Braised Beef Tendon. We didn't order the soup as the waitress told us that the Bamboo Prawns we ordered came with soup and also one of my friend doesn't take beef. After scratching our heads on where to go for dinner tonite, I suggested this place to Hubby who of course as keen as I was especially after I mentioned beef tendon. (Pam, sorry yah dat I go without you, but I do the food tasting first mah, don't upset ok?

The waitress recommended to me the Sour Plum Juice (RM2.50) which I find very thirst-quenching and refreshing, especially after taking a long nap. Actually it tasted exactly like the sour plum juice I made at home, using the fresh sour plum in jars. All you have to do is to make some sugar syrup, mash up the sour plum, mix with water and put in some ice cubes. Simple eh? Another favourite dish of mine using the sour plum is Steamed Spare Ribs..really yummy especially if you add in some chilli padi too! Dat reminds me to get a jar during my next visit to Carrefour.

Picked cucumbers as tidbits! Nothing much to say about it but definately a healthier choice as compared to salted peanuts.

The Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup which came with a small bowl of black vinegar if you want extra ommphh!! Hubby was so-so about this soup as he finds it too hot! I agreed that it's hot, probably due to the amount of pepper they put inside but I kinda like the ingredients they put inside. Lots of soft tofu, sliced pork, crunchy shredded wood fungus and salted veggie. If only they put in shredded bamboo shoots. I quite like the soup..but definately not the best I tasted so far. My brother in law's Hot & Sour soup is so much nicer.

Next came our big disappointment. We couldn't find any tendon at all!! This was just a typical Braised Beef Brisket dish which Hubby said that One Noodle's Beef Brisket and Tendon is so so much better. I agree though. Once again, my brother in law cooks much better than this, yah, he is the best chef in my heart! See Pam, luckily I try it first, if not you will be disappointed too!

We also ordered this dish which I forgotten the name. It's a stir-fry dish which came with enoki mushrooms, sliced pork, prawns, shredded wood fungus and best of all, shredded pork stomach. Ooo..i loves pork stomach!! I find this dish quite appetising.
When I entered the restaurant, I was captivated by a banner at the side of the wall, recommending their 3 specialty dessert; Yam& Gingko Pudding, Caramel Custard Pudding and Honey Gwai Ling Go. We decided to skip the Gwai Ling Go and ordered the other two. The Yam & Gingko Pudding was served hot! From the picture, I thought that it would be cold, smooth and soft like jelly/pudding. To my surprise, it's exactly like sweetened mashed yam topped with gingko as garnishing. Hubby took one spoonful and showed me his yucky look. Ok ok..I got your message, I will finish it all by myself. It was not too bad but you can really feel like stuffing yourself with carbo.

Caramel custard..yummy, my all time No. 1 dessert. While I was stuffing myself with mashed yam, hubby was busy with the custard, which I demanded him to save half for me. See how glutton am I?? The custard was good, smooth and not too sweet. Thumbs up!!

The most memorable of this dinner was the big disappointment over the beef tendon which then triggered Hubby to plan for a trip to Hong Kong during Christmas next year for a week! Especially after my constant reminder that I have been to HK during Spring, Summer and Autumn but not Winter. Finally he got the message across. One thing leads to another, we are even thinking now of flying off to Tokyo or Osaka and then stopover HK (I did my research oledi, Cathay Pacific do offer such package). So anyone out there with any suggestions on how to trigger my Hubby to bring me to Hokkaido are kindly welcomed to do so, and if your idea works, you will sure get a nice souvenir from me, all the way from Hokkaido of course!


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