Sunday, May 29, 2011

Klang Bak Kut Teh (BKT) Crawl - Teck Teh BKT on Jalan Stesen 1.

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Today we're continuing our exploration of the Bak Kut Teh capital of the world - Klang! We're in a BKT place over on Jalan Stesen near the KTM Komuter station named Teck Teh. It's an old and run down shop, and there's only a small signboard that's utterly unreadable from all the black soot/dirt/whatever that's caked on it.

But hey, being a true Malaysian means that none of that matters if the food's good, right? Just keep a look out for this uncle and you'll know you're at the right place.

When eating here, you've got the following choices:
1. Bak Kut Teh (1 person's portion)
2. Bak Kut Teh - Ribs only (1 person's portion)
3. Chinese Tea
4. Rice.

Yup, nothing else but the basics. No vegetables, no 油炸鬼 (You Zha Gui), no tau foo pok, nothing. Heck, they don't even provide you any light/dark soy sauce, garlic, or chilis. If you must have your BKT with any of these add-ons/condiments, then you have to bring your own from home.

That's OK with me though, cos the BKT here is delicious. The broth is more of a gravy rather than a soup, and is thick and flavorful. It's also a tad bit on the salty side, and you don't get much of it - so those of you who like to drench your rice with soup until it's like porridge are out of luck.

For this trip, we weren't in control of the ordering, so we got a lot of 'fatty' portion of the pork - trotters, etc. I prefer a mix that leans towards lean meat. Nevertheless, this is the third BKT place in Klang where we've eaten at and it turns out to be the best - as long as you're aware that you'll get great BKT and nothing else.

Don't know how to give you road directions, but if you've got access to google maps or a GPS, punch in Jalan Stesen 1 and you'll be golden.

Our updated Klang BKT rankings:

1. Teck Teh BKT
2. Fong Keow BKT
3. Teluk Pulai BKT

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sauce Exploration ::: Dry Shrimp Chili Oil

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How important is a sauce to a dish?

I would say very important! It gives a twist of flavour to the dish. It brings it to a different level. It adds extra boost to what you’re having. For this recipe it gives you a kick to the dish.

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1 small bowl of dry chilli (Chopped Finely)
½ small bowl of Shallots (Chopped Finely)
½ small bowl of Dry Shrimp (Chopped Finely)
2 small bowls of Cooking Oil

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1. Heat cooking oil in a wok with Low-Medium fire. (Preferably as you will have to use less cooking oil then a pan.)
2. Put Dry Shrimp in for about 5mins, you will see it bubbling, stir occasionally.
3. When the Dry Shrimps turn slightly golden put in the dry chilli for 5mins, stir occasionally.
4. Put in the Shallots, and cook until the aroma fills your kitchen. That will be another 10mins, in between remember to stir occasionally.

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5. Let the Sauce rest to cool in the pan for about 30-40mins then transfer it into a glass jar to store and be use when needed.

***Bland it in the blander for a more fine chilli sauce.***
I can't find one around so................I didn't!

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Match with these recipes:
1. Pork Filled Dumplings / 水餃 / Shuigao
2. Chicken Filled Dumplings / 水餃 / Shuigao
3. More suggestions to come!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Appetizer Exploration ::: Pork Filled Dumplings / 水餃 / Shuigao

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Better taste then most of the common restaurant serving this out there! Once you start eating you can't really stop but take another and another!

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A sudden craving of home-style Tom Yam & Chicken Stock steamboat! Made a need for some 水餃 / Shuigao!

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How i came up with this idea?

Dear has a few user name / nickname "Shuigao" which he told me before that he and his secondary school mates all have cute weird name after food. This makes me want to make this dish to go long with our steamboat dinner! So, I can eat him up!!! Just kidding~

If you do not believe me, try asking uncle google... Have taken a screenshot of the results which has his face of the photo he submitted for his iMas Travel head shot!

Steamboat Project Joke

Getting back to this marvelous recipe, that should be share!!!

300g Minced Pork Meat
3-4 tablespoons of Shallots (Finely Chopped)
7-8 tablespoons of Water Chestnut (Finely Chopped)
3-4 tablespoons of Spring Onions (Finely Chopped)
Wan Ton Skin (Round Shape)
Egg White

2 tablespoons of Light Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil
2 teaspoon of Chinese Cooking Wine
1 teaspoon of Cornflour
Dash of Pepper


1. Put Minced Pork Meat, Shallots, Water Chestnut, Spring Onion in a big bowl, and mix till even out.

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2. Add all the seasonings, then mix them properly using two teaspoons.

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3. Shift all the mixed bowl of minced pork mix, bring along a container with the base covered with kitchen towel and dusted with cornflour. Also, the Wan Tan Skin! To a comfortable place for your wrapping process to start.

Bare with me... I love having fun + humming any random while preparing food, which believes that will make the food taste nicer...myths myths...hehe~

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4. Take a piece of Wan Tan Skin, curve your hand in a "C" shape and place 1 1/4 teaspoons of minced pork mix in the center of the "C" Curve.

Wondering how i get mine so perfect?
Shape it with the teaspoon to make it round and centered. Like shown in the picture below.

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5. When done, use your index finger or thumb to rub some egg whites on the full edge.

Note: Be generous by rubbing about 1cm - 1.5cm deep from the edge as we want it to fully seal nicely.

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6. Seal from the Center Top then one side to another. Try to avoid any air bubbles trapped inside.

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7. Place it in the container prepared.

8. Remember if you wanna make more for another day, pack them up separately in the air tight bag (*Wan Tan Skin will dry up) or container and store them in the freezer. Reason is the Wan Tan Skin will actually be moist and if left in the open. Since I am preparing fresh for the steamboat dinner, I left it in the fridge.

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9. Boil chicken stock soup or tom yam soup, it all works. When it's boiled place the Pork Filled Dumplings and wait for it to float (*means it's done)!

10. Dish it out to serve HOT!

it looks irresistible

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To make it more marvelous. Serve it with either............

Ginger Vinegar Sauce - for Non Spicy diners!
Recipe link Here...

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Dry Shrimp Chili Oil - for Chili diners!
Recipe link Here...

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I love both !!!
Sorry for the blurry picture, busy busy gabbling down hungrily.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Family Firearms Fun Time at the Klang Shooting Club.

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If you've been following the pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East, you might have come across a small little sidenote about Yemen, where more than half the population own a gun. That's a pretty scary statistic, and according to Gallup, even higher than the U.S.'s 40% (The U.S. has the right to bear arms enshrined in their Constitution).

No worries about that in Malaysia though - thankfully gun ownership (whether legal or otherwise) is very much controlled. If you'd like to get some gun action on a recreational basis, there are quite a number of gun clubs/associations around the country that'll let you get your fix in a safe and controlled environment.

So anyways a bunch of us got together the other day and took a short road trip to the Klang Shooting Club along Jalan Paip, for an introductory teaser to the world of recreational shooting. No problems for the newbies in our group - the club members were on hand to give us some basic training/pointers, and to also keep a watchful eye. No hanky panky allowed as the 'shooting range' ammo we were using can still cause a pretty bad case of death if used improperly.

For rm99.50 per person, we got to shoot 6 shotgun shells ...

... and 20 9mm handgun rounds.

What surprised me most of all was the amount of recoil coming off the shotgun. Even with the proper stance, firing off 6 shells managed to give me a slight bruise on the chest/shoulder area. Was still great fun, though :)

If you're interested in joining the club, it's MYR500 entrance fee plus MYR180/year - which then gives you free gun and booth rental, you just need to pay for your ammo (MYR50 for 80 9mm rounds). Among the guns they have are 9mm handgun (Glock 17), .22 handgun, .308 revolver and a couple of shotguns. No rifles or anything exotic, though :) Otherwise if you just want an introductory class/session, get in touch with Mr Liang at 016 205 8877.

Oh and of course we had a little competition. 10 shots from 5 metres - the darling scored 66, I scored 44!

Klang Shooting Club
Near SRK Meru 2,
Jalan Paip,

Monday, May 23, 2011

J Tean Kitchen - BKT and other Porcine delights at SSTwo Mall

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New malls can sort of be like a chicken-and-egg thing - if there are no shops, nobody comes, and if nobody comes, then shops don't open. And for now, it seems that SSTwo Mall (in ... dun dun dun ... SS2!) is in danger of falling into that catch-22 as it's got barely a third of its' shoplots occupied.

Which is a shame, though, because there are some pretty good new makan places - J Tean Kitchen opened its' doors a month ago and are currently running a 20% discount off everything until the end of May.

No idea where the name comes from, but anyways J Tean is basically a pork lovers paradise, with dishes like ribs, pork pies, bak kut teh and dongpo pork. Deco is nice and airy, although indoors is a bit noisy due to the nearby gymnasium blasting techno music.

Drinks - Rose Flower Tea (MYR4.50) and Jasmine Green Tea with Honey Longan ($2.80).

We try the J Porky Pie (MYR19.90), a fusion dish combining braised chili pork with black sauce, in a pie crust (quite similar to a crossaint-type pastry). We liked this dish quite a bit - it was like a more moist "dry Bak Kut Teh" with a nice chili aftertaste.

Combo 1 Bak Kut Teh (MYR20.90) has pork belly, ribs and stomach in a herby Bak Kut Teh soup. We felt that for KL standards the BKT was above average, however there was a distinct lack of pork flavor in the gravy - understandable since J Tean is not a 'dedicated' BKT restaurant (hence they wouldn't have boiled enough piggy parts to get a really strong taste).

Total bill after 20% discount came up to MYR42.90 for two, which is pretty cheap! If you're in the area, do head down to SSTwo Mall to give J Tean a try - go fast though, the discount is only running til the end of the month.

Other reviews: eatdrinkkl

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Remedies for Home Curing::: Cold and Flu - Honey Lemon Ginger Tea!

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Who is down with cold and flu this time around? The Dear. Warm cup of home remedy to cheer him up!

Flu Remedy - Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

Time for some vitamin C ~!!! A very common in intake that needs to be doubled when you’re having Cold and Flu. However, dear and me have not been taking enough dosage of vitamin C to strengthen our immune and reduce the risk of catching a cold.
1000mg every 3-4hours at times like this.

Flu Remedy - Honey Lemon Ginger Tea 1

Along with the Melilea Apple Orchard once every 3-4 hours, too!
The reason of this post is not to promote this, so if you want to know more about it click here and to purchase here!

Flu Remedy - Honey Lemon Ginger Tea 2

Regimen of restoring ones health, a lot and I mean A LOT of liquids should be consume when you’re down with cold and flu.

Somehow, this old old cold and flu tea remedy is pretty common to be consumed at times like this...

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One-inch piece of Fresh Ginger
4 tablespoons of Honey
4 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
500ml of Water
500ml Thermos

you must be wondering why...there is reasons behind these ingredients!!!
WHY Ginger & Honey? Both are good to help the immune system.
WHY Lemon? They are high in Vitamin C.

Here’s what you do:
1. Fill up your pot and get the water boiling.
2. Grate the ginger or chop them up in thin slices.
3. Put the ginger, lemon, and honey in the thermos.
4. When the water boiled, pour it in the thermos.
5. Close the thermos tight, do a little shake-shake, and let it sit for 20mins to brew.
6. Strain into a tea cup and enjoy!

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Found these 2 Pretty interesting websites to read for Home Remedies for Flu
14 Home Remedies for the Flu
Flu Remedy Blog

Share your home remedies with us! we'll be delightful to try it out!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Savory and Sweet at Levain boulangerie & patisserie, Jalan Delima, KL

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Levain boulangerie & patisserie (French words for bread bakery and pastry/sweets bakery respectively, for us Malaysians :P) has opened for a while now in the heart of KL. They've been making quite a name for themselves for their bread, pastries, cakes and desserts, with a special imported stone oven that supposedly makes everything just taste better. They also do food, though, so we head over for dinner and dessert - emphasis on the dessert, of course :)

Like many of the eateries around the area, Levain has been converted from a residential bungalow, which makes it actually pretty inviting from the outside.

Once you step into their doors, the bakery is on the left where there are a selection of bread and pastries. Quality over quantity/variety seems to be their selling point.

Since we're here to eat in, we place our orders at the cashier and adjourn to the dining area which, thanks to the high ceiling, feels very open and bright.

Enough about the place though - on to the food! Creamy Mushroom Chicken Soup (MYR5.40) was nice and creamy, with enough bits of mushroom to give an interesting texture. Not too salty, too!

Moving on to the Seafood Aglio Olio (MYR12.50), which comes loaded with seafood - prawns, fish chunks and sotong. Taste-wise I have to say it was just par for the course, though, and the pasta itself could perhaps be a tad bit more al dente.

Moving on to desserts, we pick out a Bartlett Strawberry Tart (MYR4.90) from the bakery section. Interesting combination of flavors as the 'base' of the tart was very similar to banana bread.

Our Beryl's Chocolate Truffle Cake turned out to be above my expectations. Mostly because I don't like Beryl's Chocolate - but the chefs at Levain have managed to conjure up a cake that doesn't overpower the palette by being too sweet or too 'sticky.'

Finishing off our dessert run with some Macarons (MYR3.60 per piece for 1-5 pieces, MYR3.30 per piece for 6-9 pieces, MYR3.00 per piece for more than 10). These were pretty good, if perhaps lacking a little 'chewiness.' I especially liked the blueberry flavored one. Macarons are only really enjoyable if you've got a sweet tooth though, cos they tend to be *very* sweet.

Overall, the breads, pastries and desserts were good. Food isn't anything to shout about, but if you need to feed your sweet tooth then the food's good enough to act as tummy filler.

Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie
No. 7, Jalan Delima,
Kuala Lumpur.
+603 2142 6611

Friday, May 20, 2011

iMASTravel - Editorial Training in Yahoo! South East Asia.

Here am I, indeed! Yuven, Emila and I, the three winners for the IMASTravel contest, travelled to Singapore yesterday to be hosted by Yahoo! SEA's editorial team!

We're hosted by Karen, the editor who'll be overall in charge of the IMASTravel website where we'll be writing about our upcoming travels - stay tuned for details of the website launch!

Back to the day at Yahoo! though, where here's Karen bringing us on a tour of the Yahoo! SEA office, together with Malini, Media Relations from Malaysia Airlines.

After the tour, we settle down in one of the meeting rooms (named after Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors), for some serious talk - check out Yuven's serious face!

So after some tips, pointers and instructions on how to write for an online audience, a short chat with Jonas on social networking, and some more touring, playing with nerf guns, abusing the free drinks and a short photo session, we adjourn to check out the nearby KTM station!

Interestingly enough, the KTM station is technically on Malaysian-owned land - which is why there's a small branch of the Malaysian police in the station. Apparently if you commit a crime in the station, you're governed by Malaysian law and your case will be handled by the Malaysian police (instead of the Singaporean police).

This arrangement is coming to and end in a couple of months though - Malaysia will be returning the land to Singapore, in exchange for some other land, probably in some prime locations elsewhere on the island.

Day trips are tiring because of the amount of time spent travelling, but this trip was really productive! Yahoo! and Malaysia Airlines obviously have very high expectations and ambitions for our travel writings on the Yahoo IMASTravel page - to which I'm hopeful we'll be able to deliver some interesting stories.

In the end though, you'll be the judge of whether we've succeeded, so join us on our journey over the next few months - more information to come, so stay tuned!