Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur

This ninth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city. 

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In my three years of food blogging, I have been impressed with some restaurants to the extent I blogged them twice to give readers a perspective about the different dishes I tried on both occasions.

But never have I blogged about the same three dishes at one particular restaurant twice.

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Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

This eighth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“We want to bring you to Klang to eat seafood” she tells me.

“Is that not a little too far for a simple lunch?” I reply.

“No where is too far when it comes to good food” she says.

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Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur

Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur

This seventh blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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It’s thick and heavy
It’s greasy and slippery
It’s full of calories and it’s bloody tasty
It’s freakin’ …

Malaysian style hokkien mee

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Kam Kee Seafood Restaurant, Petaling Jaya

Kam Kee Seafood Restaurant

This sixth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“I told them not to slaughter the live fish until you get there” my cousin KK says.

“Great, I’ll make sure my camera is ready” I reply. “We don’t get to see this in Australia.”

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Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur

Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur

This fifth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“Be careful, street food in KL is not what it used to be” The Maestro warns.

“Really?” I ask.

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Petaling Street & Madras Lane, Kuala Lumpur

This fourth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“Laaaii.. Sir! carter lonjeen lolax, cheap cheeeeeeeap!”
yells the street hawker.
Yes, you heard right ~  Cartier, Longines & Rolex watches..

Welcome to Petaling Street

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Restoran Setapak Teochew, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Setapak Teochew

This third blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of
ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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Good restaurants serve good food. But great restaurants serve iconic dishes that set them apart from their peers. This sang har meen is iconic Malaysian for many reasons.

In the dark and cold morning hours on 15 April 1912, RMS Titanic hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage and sank within two hours and forty minutes, its wreckage plunging 1,517 lives into the icy abyss of the North Atlantic ocean.

It is also in the year 1912, that a young man started a restaurant which stood the test of time for three generations. Today, his seventy four year old grandson, Mr Ng Soo Teng and his wife (cover image above) are running this century old Malaysian eating house.

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Restoran Soong Kee, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Soong Kee, Kuala Lumpur

This second blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 - a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“These beef balls are fresh and firm yet they elicit the tenderness of springy fish balls.
Whether it’s part of a food safari or otherwise, I will eat at Soong Kee in a heartbeat.”

It’s difficult to fathom it was way back in the year 1945, when the reign of Adolf Hitler and World War II came to an end, that a tiny restaurant called Soong Kee in the heart of Kuala Lumpur began its life journey.

And for the next sixty nine years, this restaurant will have served millions of beef balls to cement its reputation as one of the finest of its kind in Malaysia.

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Pasar Basah Kuala Ampang & Naan Corner, Selangor

Pasar Basah Kuala Ampang (Kuala Ampang Wet Market)

This first blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah hu Akhbar!!
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

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Chinta Kechil, Double Bay

Chinta Kechil, Double Bay

Kechillax brotha!!” says the man who needs no introduction around Sydney’s restaurant scene.

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MoVida, Sydney

“What do you feel like for lunch?” I ask my parents during their recent visit to Sydney.

My mum replies with a question “Any new restaurants in town?”

“Lots, it’s whether they suit your taste buds” I say.

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Pho Tau Bay, Cabramatta

What’s in a bowl of noodles that can make all your troubles go away?

Yes, I do love a piquant bowl of curry laksa or my own decadent version of pork belly prawn noodles. On the same token, ramen is definitely an option when this Japanese noodle craze is ravaging Sydney right about now.

But when I feel a little sluggish after that infamous ‘one for the road’ G&T or when howling wind splashes cold rain against my window seal on a dark wintry day, I look to a cure for all ills. I long for a revival that rivals the warmest of hugs from Mysaucepan while listening to Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1.

I yearn for a heart-warming bowl of Vietnamese beef pho.

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Cocktail Sunday on Cockatoo Island, Sydney

“Taking a harbour cruise is definitely the more expensive option than
paying a mere $12 for a return ticket from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island

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Pizza Autentico, Surry Hills

Pizza Autentico, Surry Hills

 ”Too much of a good thing is wonderful”

~ Mae West, legendary American actress, singer and sex symbol

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She’s Always a Woman

This blog post is dedicated to all the beautiful women in my life.

Wherever you may be around the world, you know who you are and you will always remain ever so dear in my heart.

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La Scala on Jersey, Woollahra

“I’ll meet you at the top of the stairs …..” is the catch phrase on its website.

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Rengaya, North Sydney

Firstly, there are Japanese restaurants. Then, there are Japanese restaurants that serve good sushi. And then, there are Japanese restaurants that only do ramen. Still, there are also Japanese yakiniku restaurants.

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Photography & Food Styling Masterclass

“Be imaginative and challenge established norms.
An eye for detail and respecting time-honoured traditions will never lead you astray.

Chopinand, on creating beautiful piano music

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The Enigmatic & Extraordinary World of Martha Argerich

The World of Martha Argerich

 ”Audiences are never important to me now and they never were”

Martha Argerich, legendary Argentine concert pianist

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Bill Granger – Community Garden Initiative

“The taste of a cherry tomato, picked fresh and warmed by the sun
is hard to beat even in a top restaurant”

~ Bill Granger, celebrity chef & Australia’s king of breakfast

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Pork Belly Prawn Noodles

Pork Belly Prawn Noodle

“I know this prawn noodles I cook at home in Sydney is absolutely lethal
compared the meek ones at food hawkers in Malaysia”

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ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary

ChopinandMysaucepan ~ Our Third Blogiversary

Our spanner crab salad with pink grapefruit, flying fish roe & crisp duck skin

“Life is not about the length of our time but moments in time that give us peace and joy.

By capturing these moments on this blog, I hope it will also
help you to relive your moments in time that make life worth living”

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An Restaurant, Bankstown

An Restaurant, Bankstown

“I have been to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on numerous occasions and I can confidently say the best pho in the world is not in Vietnam but right here in Sydney, Australia.”

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Arabella Restaurant & Bar, Newtown

Arabella

Sydney’s dining scene is probably at its most vibrant in the last thirty years. Eatstreets abound where many have become a melting pot of exciting restaurants for locals.

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Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dainty Dumpling House

If you are a fan of Chinese dumplings, there’s good news because the craze in Sydney continues since the opening of Lotus Dumpling Bar and The Argyle in the city.

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