Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dinner - Aunty Cherrie's Kitchen @ Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia [Dish: "Pagoda Chicken Wings","Steamed Baby Kailan", "Sour Plum Fried Hong Chou", "Saucy Shrimp over Chinese Glass Noodle", and "Charcoal-boiled Lotus Soup"]

Date: 25 February 2012
Place: Aunty Cherrie's Kitchen Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Dish: "Pagoda Chicken Wings","Steamed Baby Kailan", "Sour Plum Fried Hong Chou", "Saucy Shrimp over Chinese Glass Noodle", and "Charcoal-boiled Lotus Soup"

Appointment for dinner was already set three weeks in advance, and it was to be at my sister's home. Both my sister, and her husband (my brother-in-law) would invite us for dinner every now and then (I can't recall now how many times it has been) at their place, for the best home-cooked food! The chef responsible for the food is none other than Aunty Cherrie, my sister's mother-in-law :-) 

It is no exageration that it is really yummy. We always look towards the dinner, as every dish is special in itself. Hence, each time we receive an invitation, the answer is always a YES in unison!! And all other dinner appointments will take second place, haha.

When we arrive at the gate, Julius (their miniature schnauzer) came running, and jumped in excitement. He's such a cute dog!! (Scroll all the way down to see his picture!).

Tonite's dinner consisted of "Pagoda Chicken Wings", "Steamed Baby Kailan", "Sour Plum Fried Hong Chou", "Saucy Shrimp over Chinese Glass Noodle", "Braised Mushroom and Squid", and "Charcoal-boiled Lotus Soup".

The preparation starts early in the morning, and she single-handledly prepares all the dishes, including her signature "Belacan" Sauce!. Every dish is cooked to perfection, and you could almost see the sense of satisfaction in her face when dinner is ready, and she would invite everyone to the table with her embracing motherly smile!

When dinner is finished, we will be enjoying her coffee/ tea in front of the television:-)

Thanks Aunty Cherrie for another Wonderful & Sumptuous Dinner!

P/S: While we are enjoying dinner, Julius would be prancing up and down the table to see what he is missing :-) 

Pagoda Chicken Wings
- Fried Chicken Wings, marinated in McCormick Chicken Seasoning, soy sauce, and toasted sesame seed
Sour Plum Fried Hong Chou
- Fried Red Snapper in Sour Plum sauce, topped with Onions, Pickled Onions, Fresh Chillies, and Spring Onions

Braised Mushroom & Squid
- Braised Mushroom, with "Sotong", Oysters, and Spring Onions.
Steamed Baby Kailan
- Steamed Chinese Brocolli, topped with Fried Shallots, and Oyster Sauce
Saucy Shrimp over Chinese Glass Noodle
- Shrimp fried with Chicken Slices, Capsicum, Tomatoes, Water Chestnut, Peanuts, Pineapple, over Chinese Glass Noodle!
Her Signature Belacan Sauce!!
- Lots of hard-work here! I will blog a separate post on how to make a Belacan Sauce :-)
A Sumptious, Wholesome Dinner @ Aunty Cherrie's Place

And here's a picture of Julius!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Famous Steamed Fish @ Serdang Lama, Selangor, Malaysia

Date: 24 February 2012
Place: Serdang Lama, Selangor, Malaysia (near SJK (C) Kung Man)
Dish: Steamed "Tilapia", Fried "Fu Chuk" Roll (Bean Curd Roll), "Kung Po" Sotong (Squid), and "Yew Mak" (Chinese Lettuce)

Price: RM74 (include rice and jasmine tea for 5 persons)

I was told of this really popular place for steamed fish in Serdang a few times before, and finally decided to eat here for lunch today. The person who informed me seemed quite confident that I will not be disappointed. Not wanting to miss the chance of tasting this famous dish, I trailed along, in spite of the scorching afternoon heat.

The restaurant is located in front (or is it at the back?) of SJK(C) Kung Man. Since it was a hot afternoon, we proceeded straight to the air-conditioned area, but alas, though there were empty tables, these were all reserved. We had to resort to sitting outside where even though it was shady, it was rather hot.

The first dish that we ordered was their signature steamed "Tilapia", followed by Fried "Fu Chuk" Roll (Bean Curd Roll), "Kung Po" Sotong (Squid), and "Yew Mak" (Chinese Lettuce). All tasted good, but the dish that stood out best was no doubt the steamed "Tilapia" fish. The fact that it was the common dish on every table should speak for itself. The tastiness of the fish could be due to the way it is prepared. I was told that the fish is first steamed for awhile, before rinsing it in cold water, and then steaming it again until the fish is cooked. The result is a fish that is very fresh and juicy, and with a gingery taste coming from the ginger topping.

Food aside, the place is quite old. However, looking at the number of people eating there, I guess they do not mind this at all, even if it means sitting outside and perspiring while eating your meal! Definitely worth a try if you haven't been here :-)

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Chong Siew Lam Restaurant
55 Jalan Besar, Serdang Lama, Selangor
Tel: 6016 2732096/ 6016-6906979

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dinner- Portobella Beef Burger @ Home

Date: 23 February 2012
Place: Home Sweet Home
Dish: Portobella Beef Burger  (Home-Cooked)

It was one of those days when you feel like having fast-food for dinner. McDonalds came to mind, but my better half decided something even better for dinner i.e. Portobella Beef Burger and he was going to prepare it! :-)

It took only half an hour, and when I finished my swim, dinner was already ready:-) It tasted really good, but maybe a tad salty. With carbohydrate (bun), protein (beef pattie, cheese), and fibre (tomatoes, lettuce, onions) in one serving of burger, it is a balanced meal which is relatively easy to make!


Below is a step by step instruction from the "Cook":

1. Fry the beef pattie (seasoned with black pepper & onions) in a pan. Make sure not to overcook it.
2. Put aside the beef pattie on a plate.
3. Stir- fry Portobella Mushrooms (diced) in sweet soya sauce and Italian dry herbs. Add a bit of water.
4. Serve the burger with onion rings, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. Add tomato sauce/ mustard.
Note: Do not add salt, as the beef pattie is already salty in itself. 

There you go! One simple, balanced and delicious meal that you should try at home !:-)

For mushroom lovers, I found a site which has a long list of mushroom recipes, including the type of mushrooms to use in your mushroom recipes. Check it out! -->

Bon Appetite :-)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Supper @ Sate Kajang Hj. Samuri

Date: 6 February, 2012
Place: Kajang
Dish: Sate/ Satay (Chicken, Beef, and Mutton) RM0.70 to RM1.40 per stick
Price: RM13.15

It was almost 12 midnite, and a bit hungry as dinner consisted of some snacks (quarter portion of curry laksa noodle, and biscuits left from Chinese New Year). I have always just heard of people talking about "sate" Kajang, but have never tried it myself. Today, of all days, I was in the mood for "sate".

On the way to Kajang, we were lucky enough to enjoy some fireworks display, lighting up the dark sky. It was a smooth and pleasant ride as traffic was simply smooth!

The place was a big double-storey building, situated just next to the Kajang Stadium. We chose to sit on the upper floor, to enjoy the breezy night.

Our choice of  "Sate" was Chicken, Beef and Mutton. "Sate" is a Malay dish. It is actually barbecued meat, served with peanut sauce, cubes of rice, and cucumber. Of all the 3 choices, my favourite was mutton "Sate" :-)

I was pretty satisfied with tonite's (or rather early morning's) supper. What better way to end the meal than with a cool watermelon juice. Burp! (Oops, excuse me!)

3 types of "Sate"- Chicken, Beef, Mutton, served with Peanut Sauce

Bangunan Dato’ Nazir,
Jalan Kelab,
43000 Kajang,
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8737 1853

Monday, February 6, 2012

Western Breakfast @ ChillaCup Subang Avenue, Selangor, Malaysia

Date: 6 February, 2012
Place: Chilla Cup @ Subang Avenue, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Dish: Breakfast Toast (any 5), Thick Toast Set (Double Cheese Honey), with Americano & Cappucino

Price: RM31.80

Chilla Cup is definitely one of my favourite place for breakfast on a lazy weekend, and when I am craving for a Western-styled breakfast.

My choice for brunch was the Double-Cheese Honey Thick Toast Set. The set normally comes with either coffee or tea, but we chose to top up RM3 for a Cappucino. I must say that the combination of cheese and honey is really yummy especially if you love cheese and have a sweet tooth like me! :-)

Double-Cheese Honey Thick Toast Set with Cappucino (RM12.90+ a top-up of RM3 for Cappucino)

The other choice was the Breakfast Toast (toasted bread with beef ham, omellete, mushrooms, bake beans, and hot dog), a favourite with my better half.

Breakfast Toast (Any 5) served with Americano (RM15.90)

I love the environment in ChillaCup and the staff is really friendly. Once, my better half accidentally spilled over the coffee and slightly hurt his hand while taking our order from the counter. The staff on seeing this, quickly offered to bring a freshly brewed coffee, and the rest of our order to our table.

We have also recently received our Signature Card which will give a 10% discount on ala-carte food. Unfortunately, the discount does not apply to our favourite breakfast sets. The waiting time for the card was rather long though, almost a month before we finally got our card. One can apply for the Signature Card upon spending a total of RM150.

This place is definitely worth a try. Do check out their website at for more info.

Lot sg-03a, Ground Floor,
Subang Avenue, Persiaran Kemajuan SS16,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : +603 5631 2270
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun 7:30am to 3am.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Late Lunch @ Little Star Cafe Seri Kembangan

Date: 4 February, 2012
Place: Taman Bukit Serdang
Dish: Chef Special Fried Rice (RM7.90) & Capricorn Drink (RM5.00)
Price: RM 12.90

Lunch was late, and a convenient place was the Little Star Cafe, as the car wash shop was situated just on the opposite and the car was badly in need of a wash!

The menu is nothing lack of choices, and we finally settled on "chef special fried rice", and being a bit adventurous, tried their "capricorn" drink.

Believe it or not, the rice came in the shape of a Star, maybe as a tribute to the Cafe's name. Hmmm, I was not sure if it was gonna taste good, as apart from the Star-shaped rice and lots of fried anchovies on the top as decoration, the dish did not seem to befit the title chef "special' at first glance. As you mix the rice, you then realise there are small "lala" fried together, and the smell that came out was quite something :-D

It was not a bad choice after all, and the plate was soon emptied :-) And for the "Capricorn" (which incidentally is my horoscope sign) drink, it is actually Mocha topped with chocolate chips and cream. It tasted so good and refreshing with the hot and humid weather. What more can I ask!

Chef-special fried rice


 24, Jalan PSK 3, 
Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan, 
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8943 3218

Saturday Brunch- 'Po Choi' Pan Mee @ Seri Kembangan

Date: 4 February, 2012
Place: Somewhere in Seri Kembangan New Village
Dish: 'Po Choi' Pan Mee

Price: RM 4- 4.50

Slept in today, being a Saturday. Woke up with a craving for 'pan mee', yes, again!

This time, 'pan mee' was underneath a tree in a quaint little eatery (still half- maintaining its wooden structure).

Today's choice was a cabbage variant of the 'pan mee', hence the greenish colour of the noodle. It was good, but somehow felt that it lacked the authentic taste of hand-made 'pan mee', as this was machine-made. The freshly fried anchovies with the special chilly is quite tasty, though the anchovies was a tad salty.

All in all, the dish was not too bad. The fresh breezy wind, and a cup of fresh local coffee ends the meal perfectly! :)

'Po Choi' pan mee
Enjoying the meal under a shaddy tree