Smoked Duck Caesar Salad gets our thumbs-up at Eatlicious Restaurant

Smoked Duck Caesar Salad gets our thumbs-up at Eatlicious Restaurant

I seldom give anything a “highly recommended” rating but the smoked duck at Eatlicious Restaurant deserves my highest appraisal.

They call it, “Smoked Duck Caesar Salad” (RM17.90) but I think it should be renamed “Miss Smoked Duck Universe” because it is a winner dish.

I do not know how they do it or what they use for the duck, but the moment the first piece reached my taste buds, I just fell in love with it.

As I told my wife after the food tasting session last night, to take the first piece of the smoked duck is like seeing a pretty girl and falling in love with her at first sight. The best part is: I want my one and only wife to enjoy the dish on our next visit since she missed it!

This is not just my feedback but at least, this was the way most, if not all eight ordinary food tasters, could say of this soon-to-be bestseller dish, if they can maintain the consistency.

I loved it so much so that I cannot resist but to set aside other reviews to do this one piece first. Maybe, I will just forget about the video clip that I was planning to do for the sake of getting the news out first before anyone does!

Although the restaurant located just beside Sunway University is barely one month old (they were officially open on October 10), the chef has been around in the food and beverage business for the past 20 years. That explains it!

They also have lamb shank priced at RM38.90, Baked Chicken Curry Cheese Rice (RM16.90), Chicken Wings (RM13.90) and Set Cheese Ball (recommended, price: RM15.90).

You can also try their Fried Oyster Mushroom (RM8.90) as a snack if you are a fan of mushroom. Targeting mainly at students, they also have Chicken Carbonara (RM14.90), which my six-year-old daughter, who is normally a small eater, finished to the last bit.

Explaining the concept of Eatlicious, manager Lee Ek who invited us here said their Chinese Herb Chicken Rice (RM11.90) and other à la carte dishes are to have a place where they can have at least a nutritious meal.

Their Thai Style Fish Chip also comes with rice and priced at RM13.90. According to Chan, a student had finished the whole lamb shank by himself, but most people would share the dish.

So far, the prices are reasonable but the only downside is that the restaurant is not open on Sundays due to lack of workers.

Eatlicious Restaurant is located at No 41, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway

Tel: 03-56118328

Business hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Closed on: Sundays

Waltzing to J&D Espresso

Waltzing to J&D Espresso

Next on our Waltzing Matilda food trail, we waltz over to J&D Espresso in Bandar Utama, where they claim to serve ‘bloody good coffee.’

Located at the Mini Oasis Centre at the traffic light junction between Lebuh Bandar Utama and Persiaran Tropicana, I admit having passed by the place umpteen times, but never thought that behind the façade of what appears like a pub is, in fact, a cosy place with some good Aussie cuisine for breakfast and brunch.

They are closed in the evenings, but for those who can swing there before 6pm, the one thing that I can recommend is their Porky Lasagna. J&D’s Lasagna is one of the better ones that I have tasted around town. It gets my thumbs up. Besides me, two other invited guests also gave it the thumbs up!

Memories

Although I was looking for a real good Quiche Lorraine the way I liked it, without that, the lasagna would do to bring back memories as a student who would order almost the same items every day for two weeks in a row at the university cafeteria.

For me, a quick lunch was either the Lasagna or Quiche, or sometimes the German Shepherd’s pie, for just a couple of Aussie dollars back in the 80s. I hope the next round when I visit J&D, they would have their Quiche; it is worth tasting it, if you have never tried it before.

For a start, since most quiche is still not that popular in Malaysia, let’s begin by learning how to pronounce the word. It is not pronounced as ‘kuey-chi’ or ‘quee-cheh’ but ‘[keesh]’.

The next time you visit J&D, ask for Quiche Lorraine and let us know how you like the taste.

It is impressive that one of the invited guests, Raquel Ho, a young lady who has lived in Melbourne for a number of years when she was young, said that she “really likes the pizza”. I never expected her to also say that she likes the fries the way it is prepared.

Although a pizza serving in Australia is unusually larger and rich in ingredients by comparison, J&D’s Aussie with an Egg Pizza (RM25) which features pork bacon, cheddar, mozzarella and fresh farm egg, is good to try out.

Several guests including 11-year-old Ariel Mak, also enjoyed the pizza as well. I was not so much a pizza type of person while living in Australia; therefore, I would not comment much except to say that the first time I had a real good Italian pizza was many years down the road when I was on a holiday trip to Melbourne.

My auntie and I were staring at two “small” pizzas that we had ordered, which turned out a much bigger portion or as big as our “large” pizza here in Malaysia. Both of us had a tough time to finish the two small pizzas although they tasted great!

Fish and chips brought back memories of student days. During the summer vacation, when I had more free time, I would take a walk to the nearest milk bar at Morton Street (in a suburb known as Clayton, Melbourne) to pick up some fresh milk. I would then pick up my favourite packet of fish and chips from my favourite shop operated by a Greek couple.

For only A$3, I could get a nice big packet with a big slice of fish and lots of chips to have a sumptuous meal. Sadly, there is no way I can expect to taste the same favourite fish and chips, although I did try to look out for the same shop on another visit to Melbourne.

So, when another invitee to the food tasting session, Sid Fong told me that he really likes the fish and chips at J&D, I told myself,

“Yes, I have done my job at introducing what a good dish the fish and chips really is!”

Although it is simple, the Vodka battered Fish and Chips (RM29) has brought delight to Sid’s taste buds. I wonder if it is the vodka, the batter or the dory which is served with herbed fries and salad.

Expatriates who miss their Aussie morning breakfast can try out J&D’s Big Aussie Brekky (RM34), where one can choose either the sunny side up, poached or scrambled egg. The plate comes with it pork bacon, smoked garlic sauce, cherry tomatoes, mushroom medley, baked beans, artisan bread and crispy mushroom croquet.

I picked “sunny side up” as it reminded me of how much we have failed to appreciate the sun, especially after being in a few days of gloomy winter days in Melbourne, where the weather is unpredictable and everyone in Melbourne knows that you can have four seasons in one day. The sunny side up also has a tale to it, because it reminds me of a phrase very popular during my Grandmother’s era,

“The sun is shining on your backside. You are still not awake yet!”

Now, about the Gourmet Pork Burger (RM25) which was another guest, Rich Joseph’s favourite. As Rich said, most people may think that the burger looks small, but it can be very filling indeed.

Besides the Aussie cuisine that I sought for, J&D also has its own creation. A more recent one is their Bacon and Eggs Pancake (RM25) which I kind of enjoy, as it is basically a fluffy pancake. I can actually do without the poached egg, but I would not barter the pork bacon, mushrooms and herbed spinach.

For most part of the day, I noticed that one or two older people walk into the café but it is mainly the young and upcoming professionals who come here because of the ambience, and I suspect, also for the food as well.

Check out the earlier restaurants on our Waltzing Matilda food trail: Bonfire. There are more to come. For more Australian outback songs, tune in here. Also, to read my article on the Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, click here.

J&D Espresso is located at
Oasis Business Centre BU11, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya Tel: 03 78869693/ 017 3133931

Business hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Whatsapp:  017-313 3931

Have you tasted Ayam Panggang Kenyalang in Seremban?

Have you tasted Ayam Panggang Kenyalang in Seremban?

A weekend’s trip to Seremban with the kids to visit the Jelita ostrich farm, without checking out all the good food that Seremban town has to offer, is simply unthinkable.

Most people can think of the usual stuff like siew pow, beef noodle, roast duck and so on, but what about Ayam Panggang Kenyalang on the way to the ostrich farm?

Call it a “birdy” holiday, whatever, but since it is halal, everyone can enjoy the grilled chicken for which Awang Putra Tamam, 46, is famous for is sold at a stall along Jalan Jelebu, Seremban. This road leads to the LEKAS Highway. Awang has been operating the stall since 2004.

And, coincidentally, it is named Warong Ayam Panggang Kenyalang, which comes from the colloquial name for Sarawak, “Bumi Kenyalang.” The Kenyalang is the hornbills.

Hailing from Miri, Sarawak, the father of three grown-ups used to sell about 50 birds a day, but now, the number can reach 100 on good days.

The prices are also reasonable. A whole chicken is RM20, half a chicken is RM11.

Prior to this, he was operating from his stall in Rembau. When he shifted to this outlet, located just some 500m from the junction between Jalan Ampangan and Jalan Pantai, his loyal customers have followed him.

It draws quite a crowd especially during lunch hours. Day trippers from Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya do buy a whole chicken back home, after they have tasted Awang’s sauce here.

His chicken is grilled over charcoal for a good 45 minutes and it comes with a specially concocted sauce that makes the chicken taste good, especially since he selects only chickens which are three kilogrammes and below.

“The meat of younger birds is usually sweeter,” he quipped.

The chicken can be served either with rice or noodles. The chicken rice is normally priced between RM6 for an ordinary plate to a quarter chicken served with rice at RM7.For those who love the Sarawak style “Mee Kolok”, Awang too has his version with strips of ayam panggang as well.

To find the place, one has to really use the Waze or Google Map, as it is easy to miss the Kenyalang signboard. There are several other stalls along the same stretch of road, but we only know this one to be good.

Read also our two other write-ups on where to eat in Seremban: Seremban Seafood Village and Lucky King Bun Restaurant. More to come.

Warong Ayam Panggang Kenyalang
is located at Batu 2 Jalan Pantai, Ampangan, Seremban 70400 Negeri Sembilan.

Tel/ Whatsapp:
012-284 8086 or +60 17-213 5549

Business hours:
10am – 10pm (seven days a week)

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.

Paradiso Café, the gem yet to be discovered

Paradiso Café, the gem yet to be discovered

There is an old saying,

“Never judge a book by its cover.”

What’s more when the book comes “alive” with two “power” chefs hard at work in the kitchen of their small café in the middle of nowhere! Sounds like a folk’s tale?

Paradiso Café in Damansara Sutera is where you will find Chef Azizan Shukri, an Italian Master Chef himself and his wife, Chef Che Sue working with great passion to cook their signature dishes for the guests – all at a price that almost every middle income person can afford!

I call this the priceless gem yet to be discovered. You pay for the food instead of a posh ambience which only the rich and famous can afford, but here is some true friendliness that you cannot find with most well-attired, bow-tie and salaried waiters.

“Now, everyone can dine,” Che Sue quips, as she further elaborates on their ‘no frills’ fine dining concept. Che Sue was previously operating the cafe at Sunway Nexis in Kota Damansara, where both parking and the high rental forced them to re-locate to this place.

In fact, according to Che Sue, her latest attraction is Azizan himself. Azizan has recently decided to leave behind his career in five star hotels and restaurant outlets to join his wife.

With Azizan, clients can also enjoy the great Italian master chef’s fine dining quality dishes at the fraction of the prices that they would otherwise pay in the posh restaurants.

Besides one having the opportunity to savour their signature dishes, the two award-winning chefs are also a great delight to meet whenever they decide to emerge from their kitchen to have some fresh air. They are easy to talk to, with no air around them.

Chef Azizan, for example, was the winner of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) Special Festival Award for Chef Congeniality in 2016. Ranked among the top 500 chefs in the world, this is an enviable recognition given by his fellow chefs during the event last year.

Save for an orange goatee, the thoroughbred Taiping boy had cooked for the visiting former US President Bill Clinton while working at the Grand Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining Paradiso Café, Azizan was with Restaurant Savini Ristorante Italiano.

He brings with him a great repertoire of Italian culinary creations which one can still enjoy at their own little café.

Chef Che Sue, on the other hand, is an established chef well known for her traditional local cuisines. With the two “power” chefs combined, one can only expect the real experience of dining on Western and Eastern cuisines at the same time.

During the food tasting session, we were delighted as Azizan kept himself busy in the kitchen, one after another of his signature dishes was served. Being a fan of lamb chops myself since my student days more than 30 years ago, I must say there is nothing that can beat his pan-grilled Lamb shanks.

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Che Sue says that you will get a special dessert on the house

As a retired former editor Lee Boon Siew said: “It’s just perfect!” Azizan knows how to do it just right. I prefer taking the Lamb shank by itself, but others may prefer it served with Saffron long grain rice.

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Between his mushroom soup and pumpkin soup, I prefer the latter. It is meant to be enjoyed hot at every sip than to be consumed in a gulp just before going for the Aglio Olio Beefstripe (RM13.90).

Azizan believes in spending time on the aesthetic presentation of his dishes, so expect the children to go
“Wow! Look at this!”

Born and raised in Terengganu, Che Sue, on the other hand, delighted us with her Terengganu Laksa (RM10.90). Most people would expect laksa to be almost ‘soup-like’, red hot and spicy but Che Sue’s Terengganu Laksa caught us by surprise that it can be just as delicious and simply irresistible without being too spicy!.

Her Beef Rendang set (RM10.90) and Sotong Sumbat (which is also known as ‘Ketupat Sotong’ in Terengganu) are also two signature dishes worth trying apart from the Cucur Bilis.

Cucur Bilis is one local cuisine that unless one is good at preparing, it can be either crispy enough, or slightly too soggy. Compared to the one we had at a stall in the shopping mall, Che Sue’s Cucur Bilis (RM4.90) is a world apart.

But, what I like about the food here is that they do not use artificial food flavouring or MSG.

“We use only natural ingredients such as selected chicken, beef or lamb stock,” she said

Che Sue is also good with her bakery and confectionery. “Everything served here does not use any food preservatives,” she said, admitting that she herself is allergic to all sorts of food preservatives.

Before we left the café, there was also the hot brownie served with ice cream. Anyone likes to give it a try must learn to find their way to Paradiso Cafe and Patisserie is located at Jalan PJU 10/5B Damansara Sutera.

If Chef Che Sue had poured all her hard-earned savings into setting up this café, she and her husband will sure to make this a haven for delicious cuisines.

Business hours: 12noon-11pm Monday till Thursday and Saturday. On Fridays, open from 3pm – 11pm. Closed on Sundays

Tel/ Whatsapp: 012-223 2777

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.

Whenever you crave for some grilled patin…

Whenever you crave for some grilled patin…

When we were craving for some grilled patin fish, the first thing that came to mind was Mamimia Patin Champion in Laman Melati Kuang.

Again, with Waze and Google Map these days (just key in Mamimia Patin Champion), it only took a 20-minute breezy drive for us to the location from Taman Megah, especially on a weekend in the morning where there is hardly any traffic jam.

After a sumptuous lunch of grilled patin fish in what is a truly kampung setting, the whole family can then take a short drive to Tasik Biru Kundang for some fresh water fishing.

Kids, especially from the city, would love it when they can see monkeys playing up on the trees. It is a real good experience for urban kids.

For those who know Bukit Rahman Putra well, Laman Melati Kuang is just a short drive away although the name `Kuang’ may sound like thousands of kilometres away out of Petaling Jaya.

But like I have always told my friends, it takes just a bit of courage to venture out of their comfort zone and experience the kampung environment, where food is often homecooked, more delicious and prices reasonable.
After having lived in Australia, where getting from one suburb to another can easily take half-an-hour, a 20-minute drive on the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) and Jalan Kuala Selangor is nothing to complain about.

What is important is the trip is worth the effort when the appetite is met and the children have an enjoyable outing.

Mamimia Patin Champion is in fact a small stall operated by Ahmad Mazlan and his wife, Radziah who goes by her nickname, “Dee”. They are not the typical stall operators; both were previously from the banking industry before they retired. Mazlan speaks good English.

Because Mazlan is originally from Bentong and Dee is from Pekan, and since we were already warming up to each other and enjoyed the chat together like family friends, I dropped a punch line: “So, is that the reason why you get the patin fish from Temerloh then?”

Temerloh, located between Pekan and Bentong in Pahang, is famous for its Patin fish. They can be found either in the wild or bred in ponds or rivers but Mazlan says that they only get their supply of patin that is bred in cages on riversides in Temerloh.

Patin is their specialty. They take pride in their dishes which they prepare according to their family recipes which they love to serve to their clients. I learnt from Mazlan that he was in fact using the gerai to teach his family how to conduct a successful business.

“We enjoy good family bonding as a result,” he adds.

Since I am a fan of all sorts of spices, I particularly like Dee’s Patin Percik (RM18) because her homemade sauce gives me the `oooomph’ to compete with my family members for the leftover from the dish. The word ‘percik’ means to sprinkle, so literally it means the grilled Patin fish is ‘sprinkled’ with Dee’s special homemade sauce.

The other signature dish is Sup Tulang Hitam Warisan (RM10). According to Dee, their sup tulang is prepared using the bones of oxen. I strongly recommend clients to try out these two signature dishes of hers, besides her Patin Tempoyak Champion (RM12), which are all simply delicious.

The Patin Tempoyak Champion uses her homemade fermented durian condiment and a little of chilli, otherwise known as the tempoyak.

The dishes can be eaten with rice. This is truly a family business where the entire family are helping out with the business. “You cannot taste the Patin Percik in any other restaurants anywhere in the world but here,” Mazlan laughs.

Gerai Patin Mamimia is located at 3017, Laman Melati Kuang, Lorong Melati, Pinggiran Rahman Putra, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel / Whatsapp:
+60 12-233 7529 and 017-947 8797
Business hours:
11am – 4pm (open six days a week for lunch. Closed for dinner every day and on Thursdays).

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.

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