Wednesday 24 January 2018

Baan Poonarong 普娜容.泰国客家媳妇的住家菜 @ Taman Century , Johor Bahru

Baan Poonarong 普娜容.泰国客家媳妇的住家菜 @ Taman Century, Johor Bahru

Had been passing by the corner lot bungalow located at Taman Century T-junction numerous times and I was always pondering why a property at such a good strategic location was abandoned, until it was taken over and refurbished into a Thai restaurant by Baan Poonarong. 

The signature board displayed outside the restaurant has successfully served its purpose by attracting passer-by's attention-- (1) the logo is very unique with the head portrait (of Mdm Poonarong?) and (2) it was written in Chinese that they offer Thai Hakka home-cooked dishes, a brand new fusion that I would like to try. However, I have not visited them until recently, after the crowd has slightly reduced since its first opening. 

Baan Poonarong mainly provides homey dishes and the dining place ought to be homey as well. Thus, do not expect magnificence renovation and design, minimal refurbishment with simple set up were done over the abandoned bungalow and the dishes should be the more anticipated factor we are here. As it is situated at a traffic-busy T-junction, it may be difficult and dangerous to park the cars at the roadside, luckily there is a very spacious courtyard where the patrons can park their cars nicely within the compound.
Coconut 椰子  Lemon Grass 香茅水  
Coconut juice and lemon grass tea are the typical beverages in Siamese restaurants.

Tom Yum Ta Lay 海鲜东炎汤 
While most of the restaurants offer both red and clear soup tom yam, there is only one version available in Baan Poonarong. It was served in a hot pot with a candle at the base to keep the soup warm throughout the meal. The contents of the tom yam were very sumptuous and generous with assorted of seafood, mushroom and vegetables. As the colour shown in the picture, the tom yam broth was very thick and flavourful but not overly spicy. It went super well with white rice. 

Broccoli Pad Goong 西蓝花炒虾仁
A portion of green for the day, which was just nicely done and nothing more to shout about.
Ka Moo 焖猪脚
The braised pork trotter was what we came for. The portion was quite decent for 2 pax during our first visit. It tasted not bad too, the trotter was off bone soft and very savoury. I also pretty like the idea of giving additional gravy, which I could "flood" my rice with the tasty gravy.

Despite the brief introduction on the signature board, we have not tried their Hakka dishes and we will leave them to the next round of visit perhaps.

Address : Baan Poonarong 普娜容.泰国客家媳妇的住家菜
109, Jalan Dato Sulaiman
Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru
GPS: N1 29.016   E103 45.429

Bussiness Hour : 12pm - 3pm / 5pm - 12am
Tel : 07-336 3582

Wednesday 10 January 2018

GO Noodle House 有间面馆 @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

GO Noodle House 有间面馆 @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

It was a pity that Go Noodle House was only established after I left university and Kuala Lumpur to the southern part of Malaysia. Yay, this is my first visit to Go Noodle House after 4 years since its' establishment, after being told by my friends in Kuala Lumpur repeatedly about its excellent taste.

We went to the first and main shop in Jaya One in the late morning, when the restaurant was just opened to avoid the crowd during lunch hour. Our strategy was right and we managed to get seated without queuing. Other than the signature noodles, we ordered their side dishes as well. The side dishes were not very special, but all to our taste and craving. I was very surprised to have found "Bak Kwa" in their menu and as a "BaK Kwa" lover, I can't myself to add it in my order list. All of them were served hot to ensure the best taste. The fried beancurd skin and spring roll were very crispy. 

The signature rice noodles with meatball, which according to others, the meatball has a soupy and juicy filling, which will burst in your mouth. I started with having a sip of its soup and it did not disappoint me. The soup, which was made from fish bone, was flavourful but refreshing at the same time. The rice noodles were very springy, well absorbed with the soup. While others may not like coriander, I was very pleased that coriander was given generously on the top of my bowl. Anyway, if you don't like it, you may opt it out by informing the waiter.

As claimed, the minced meat inside the meatballs is soft and juicy. 

The other version with pork belly slices. I like this too. The pork belly was very fresh and no marinate is required. The natural sweetness from the pork slices is the best seasoning and to make it more tangy, dip it with the special chilies sauce!

Other than the signature bursting meatball, GO Noodle has the normal meatball as well. Although less significant, I still find the normal meatball not bad, especially if you prefer to go for lighter meal and taste.

The silky smooth rice noodles and the light but flavourful broth have sufficiently explained the fame of and overwhelming crowd in GO Noodle House. A simple yet refined dish -- the soup noodles offered by GO Noodle House will not burden your tummy at all and it is most probably the reason why many people (including me) repeatedly visit GO Noodle House. Nowadays, GO Noodle has its appearance in southern Malaysia as well and YEAH, I do not need travel all the way to Kuala Lumpur to enjoy a bowl of goodness anymore.

Address : 有間麵館 GO Noodle House
Unit 61- P1, Block D, Jaya One, 
No. 72a, Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya

Tel : 03-74991126
Bussiness Hour : 11.30am - 9.30pm

Wednesday 27 December 2017

Choo Choo Chicken 츄츄 @ USJ Taipan, Subang Jaya

Choo Choo Chicken 츄츄 @ USJ Taipan, Subang Jaya 

Korean Fried Chicken has become a trendy finger food due to increasingly popularity of Korean drama among Malaysian. Other than the famous Four Fingers, it is not hard to find new eateries featuring Korean Fried Chicken. 

Choo Choo Chicken originated from Singapore and for sharing their delicious crispy golden Korean fried chicken, few outlets have been opened around Klang Valley to satisfy the taste bud of Korean fried chicken's lovers. 

We visited one of the outlets in Subang Jaya. It is located in a rather-quiet street where most of the shops on the same row are not opened at night, but Choo Choo's business does not seem to be affected, there is a long queue outside the shop and we waited for half an hour before seated.

Not too sure if it is still crowded as before, but customers should deserve more comfortable and appropriate waiting area and services (need not to be on par with what are offered by Hai Di Lao in Singapore and Warakuya in Johor Bahru, but at least chairs or proper seatings during peak hours). 
Wing and Drumlet (Spicy) RM19.90
Nowadays, the Korean fried chicken has developed into various flavours and Choo Choo Chicken has most of the flavours you may think of, ranging from Spicy, Garlic, Sweet, Soy and Honey Soy. The chicken wings or drumlets are deep fried until golden brownish in colour before being coated with the selected sauce. Get the best taste by eating it while hot, spiciness and crunchiness all in a bite.
Bulgogi (Beef) Spicy Rice Burger  RM11.90
Other than fried chicken, Choo Choo also offers rice and noodles dishes to extend the varieties. Rice Burger is also one of their specialties. Creatively presenting the korean fried rice with bulgogi beef in the form of burger, its new look has successfully attracted customers' curiosity and also increase the appetite.  
Wing and Drumlet (Honey Soy) RM19.90
It tastes both sweet and savoury, a flavour which will be loved by kids! The seasoning of honey soy is a very thin coating on the surface of the fried chicken and drumlet, hence it is not very sticky and you wouldn't reluctant to eat it with your bare hands. 

Spicy Ramen  RM13.90

Choo Choo Chicken is a eatery specialising in Korean fried chicken and it does not offer full fledged Korean cuisine menu. To cater the Asian's need of having carbohydrate in each meal, Choo Choo Chicken has also developed creative modern Korean dishes, for example the rice burger and provide some noodles main course in its menu. We have ordered the spicy ramen and the kimchi  ramen. Nothing much about the spicy ramen, it is just the ready-made instant spicy ramen that we can bought from the supermarket, with additional pieces of fried chicken added to make it more filling.

Kimchi Ramen  RM13.90
Another noodles main course. 

Our experience with Choo Choo Chicken was not bad, save for queuing outside the shop. The fried chicken was nice and the variety of sauce flavours definitely gives the patrons additional option. Oh ya, Choo Choo Chicken is not of self-helped fast food concept (different from Four Fingers), hence you can sit down and make your order to the waiters, the foods will also be served to your table so that the patrons can chit-chat with the friends and family comfortably while waiting for the dishes to be served.   

Address : Choo Choo Chicken 츄츄
20-G, Jalan USJ10/1B
Taipan Business Centre, 
47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel : 03-5621 0772
Bussiness Hour : 11.30am - 11pm