Murni’s @ SS2

If you are a youngster living around the Klang Valley, you would never have missed this place. For the benefit of those who do not know, Malaysia’s best hang out spot, besides our malls, are the Mamaks. Mamak means the Indian Malay Mixed community. However in plural, Mamaks, it is a sort of only-in-Malaysia charm.

In essence, these are the places where you get cheap food, good food (though possibly unhealthy), similar food in ALL mamaks, (worry not about what to order because we have the entire menu in our heads), 24 hour service, available at every corner of the country, and the best atmosphere to just sit around and, well, talk cock. That’s how Malaysians de-stress after a long, exhausting day of work/study and getting caught in massive traffic jams.

Murni’s is deemed to some as the ‘epitome’ of all mamaks. It is located in SS2, Petaling Jaya, one of the busiest places when it comes to good food. One very interesting characteristic about this place is that the place is HUGE! It occupies two separate shops, both side by side. One furnished with air-condition and the other is your usual adopt-the-Malaysian-weather’s temperature. However, due to its massive popularity, the tables and chairs available for its customers extends through the corridors of the shops. Indeed Murni’s is two shops in the entire row, its table and chairs however, are lined up right outside other shops for the entire row! When first visited by our MFD’s agents, we were indeed shocked! Even more amazing is the fact that ALL the tables and chairs are filled up!

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And rightly so! Here are some pictures of the food we’ve tasted while we were there! Some of their popular food includes:

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Chicken Napoleon. In that roll there, you will discover (and in this order) a layer of beautiful crisp on the outside, a layer of chicken slices, a layer of ham and a nice, fat cheese sausage right in the middle! Say no more, let the your eyes feast on the picture!

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Cheese Naan is a bread made in a tandoor (hot furnace). The cheese here is generous, the portion was huge, the curry were complimentary and for those who prefer less curry, condensed milk (on the right) to be dipped in. For some it’s unhealthy and hence they avoid it. For us, it just brought wholesome-ness to a whole new level!

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Here is the chicken chop! Crisp outer layer, say hello to the tender insides!

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Murtabak – the Indian Pancake with a swirly twist!

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Seafood fried rice, huge flavourful squids, large portions, happy faces!

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The signature Murni’s colourful range of juices in jars. You HAVE to try their ribena with lychee and nata de coco! *Slurrrrrp*

We have come to the conclusion that Murni’s is the extended Mamaks. It is by itself so unique and popular among Malaysians that google map Murni’s or Waze it, you’ll definitely find it! Here are some details to assist you:

SS2 MURNI
53, Jalan SS2/75,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opens until the late hours of the night everyday.

Wait no more, stop tempting yourself with pictures! Go forth, explore it! Savour it! Experience that Malaysian taste!

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Embrace that eating monster within!

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Tang Yuan 汤圆

Tang Yuan is a kind of dessert, they are traditionally eaten during Winter Solstice Festival or Chinese Wedding day. We usually call it “sweet soup ball” in English.

“Gang Kou Tang Yuan”(港口汤圆) is a famous stall in Klang which sells sweet soup ball for years. Originally, they sell sweet soup ball in Port Klang, but now they have branch in different places and it is still very tasty.

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The soup base of sweet soup ball is ginger. There are large tangyuan fulfill with peanut, small tangyuan and mochi.

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26112012212You can choose either you want the big sweet soup balls which fulfill with peanut and sugar or small sweet balls without any filling or you can mix both! Majority will choose the mixture sweet soup balls.

Address 1: 112,Jalan Pekan Baru, Kawasan 17,Off Jalan Meru, Klang, 41050, Klang, Selangor, 41150
016-229 3710Address 2: Restaurant HoBee, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, 41200 Klang.

Business Hours: 8pm-1030pm (except Sunday)

 

 

 

Beef Noodles @ New Seaview Restaurant

Beef noodle soup is a Chinese noodle soup made of stewed or red braised beef, beef broth, vegetables and Chinese noodles. Some history behind this cuisine:  it was first created by the Hui people (a Chinese Muslim ethnic group) during the Tang Dynasty of China. The red braised beef noodle soup was invented by the veterans in Kaoshiung, Taiwan who fled from mainland China during the Chinese civil war.

After this article was published in the local newspaper, The Star, our MFD’s agent decided it is a MUST TRY. And so, there went the brave little reporter to New Seaview at Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya for the tasting adventure!

Boy oh boy, it was good!

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Beef Noodle! The broth was so flavorful! It was perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of herbs and intensity. One sip and you won’t be able to control your actions, one spoon leads to another. The meat was incredibly tender. Our MFD’s agent swore she had never tasted beef this tender, every bite feels like it could melt in your mouth. The noodles however was a little bit of a let down, it felt a little too springy. However on the overall basis, it was a fantastic dish!

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Just another picture from another angle to make you feel the love 🙂

Though this bowl of noodle cost RM7.00, which is rather expensive considering the location. However, beef noodles tend to be a little pricier compared to your normal Kueh Teow Soup or Curry Mee, and our little MFD’s agent says it was worth every penny!

New Seaview coffeeshop (GPS N 03°06’37.3” E 101°37’38.0”) is located off Jalan 20/7 in Petaling Jaya and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast!

Breakfast is the first meal taken after rising from a night’s sleep, (in essence, to break-your-fast) most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day’s work. Well, that’s the definition from Wikipedia.

As for Malaysians, breakfast (sarapan pagi) is one of our happiest hours (especially if it is the breakfast of a holiday!), and we’ve got a variety of breakfast available!

If you’re finding for a nice Malay cuisine for breakfast, 99% of Malaysians would suggest our favourite food of all time, also unofficially known as our national dish, Nasi Lemak!  For the benefit of those who are new, it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and “pandan” leaf. Here are a few suggestions that our MFD agents has personally visited:

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Doesn’t this just makes you drool?

This particular Nasi Lemak is from Syed Bistro PJ (No. 13 & 15 Jalan Barat, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel : 603-79555753), your typical mamak restaurant with a 24 hour service! However, Syed Bistro is more known for its Nasi Briyani, which is usually not a breakfast choice, but since we’re on the topic, a little picture wouldn’t hurt! 😉

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A super generous portion of Nasi Briyani! Comes with huge chicken/lamb, a while egg, some appetizing ‘accah’ and dhal!

Besides Syed Bistro, many other mamak restaurants out there offers Nasi Lemak but the degree of how good it is definitely varies on a large scale!

Another place we’ve visited for Nasi Lemak is at Seapark, popularly known as Nasi Lemak Bumbung. Take a look at the pictures!

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The artistically cooked egg placed on the roof of the fragrant rice gives it the name ‘bumbung’

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Happy eating duo hehe

The rice was beautiful, the chicken crispy yet tender and the main ingredient of the dish, the ‘sambal’ wasn’t too spicy, neither was it too mild. To our taste, it was just right! Topping it off with the beautiful teh tarik was just the most satisfying meal. However, this place opens during the night, so it might not be appropriate for breakfast.

For other suggestions on the best Nasi Lemak we would suggest you look into this link!

On to our brethren Indian cuisine for breakfast, we’ve got a wide selection of stuffs! Firstly, and most popular amongst the rakyat is our Roti Canai:

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Your typical Roti Canai

It is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread, where you can find it almost anywhere, as long as a mamak restaurant is there, there it will be! It is typically served in these silver trays. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may choose Roti Telur, Roti Bawang, Roti Cheese depending on the capabilities of your local mamak! Of course, Roti is not the only option in these places. Thosai, or Dosa is another popular choice! It is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.

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Masala Thosai

And again, your thosai may be mixed with cheese, onions or egg, depending on the place!

Capati is another popular choice. Also a type of flatbread, but this one is unleavened, originated from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Capati with the chutney and a little sides. Good for all meals of the day!

If you are craving for some Chinese breakfast, here is the most traditional of all kinds:

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Half-boiled eggs, coffee, and steamed bread with Kaya and Butter!

You may find these in any Chinese hawker shops. For some, it takes them down memory lane. This simple breakfast that costs less than RM5.00 added the flavour of nostalgia to this agent of MFD. This particular picture comes from a hawker shop opposite Public Bank at Old Town, Petaling Jaya.

Other Chinese breakfast could be consumed for lunch too, if desired. A few examples are Wanton Mee:

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Typically served ‘guan low’-styled, (which suggests dry), with some honey roasted pork, ‘choi sam’ vegetable, and soup with ‘wantan’, dumplings

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Curry mee, thin yellow noodles or/and string thin mee-hoon (rice vermicelli) with spicy curry soup, chilli/sambal, coconut milk, and a choice of dried tofu, prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, egg, mint leaves and Cockle.

Curiously, curry mee is only found in Malaysia and Singapore. Curry laksa is another favourite (added with laksa soup base). Perhaps it is our special heritage of baba nyonya that gave birth to this special dish!

We are fine with eating light for breakfast, as suggested by our selection of Roti(s) in Mamaks. We are also fine with a nice, big portion of chicken for breakfast, maybe a good fried chicken to top with our Nasi Lemak, or a moderate ones such as a bowl of noodles. Klang’s residences even have Bak Kut Teh for breakfast (a dish which will be highlighted in a separate post), which is rather heavy for the morning. Anything is fine! Everything is loved!

For our multi-racial, multi-cultural society, unity is an ideal that is difficult to achieve, however, if we’re on the topic of breakfast, this website, MFD, sincerely believes that the true integration of society is manifested most clearly here. When it comes to breakfast, we’re simple folks who enjoy every single type of it without any racial prejudices! 😉

Cameron Highland’s Treasure

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One of the MFD’s agents visited Cameron Highlands recently. The glorious land of Cameron Highlands, or Tanah Tinggi Cameron, is one of the popular holiday retreats of the busy urban Malaysians, and according to Wikipedia, it is the size of Singapore, 712 square kilometres (275 sq mi), so… TAKE THAT SINGAPORE!

The weather so cooling that it just brings your mind off worries that plague you the entire year, working alongside the weather is the tranquil and calm atmosphere, where all you want to do is smile at the situation you’re in. Cameron Highlands however is more importantly the land for crops, specifically vegetable hydroponic farms. Much of the vegetables found in supermarkets that are of a higher grade comes from our proud Tanah Tinggi Cameron.

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Hydroponically grown crops

Most popular of these crops are the Strawberries! It is an industry of its own there. Everything you see in Cameron Highlands are inspired by strawberries. All souvenirs ranging from hair clips to key chains are strawberry themed. There are abundant farms that allows for strawberry picking, purchasing strawberries, hiking up rows and rows of strawberries. All the food there are strawberry inspired, and this is where the MFD is most interested in!

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Strawberries waiting to be plucked!

This farm is the Big Red Strawberry Farm. MFD’s agent had to hike up a rather steep hill, and on the pilgrimage up, the agent saw many different crops, all hydroponically grown, blooming in neat rows with vibrant colours. After awhile, the agent finally arrived at the land of strawberries. All sorts of shapes and sizes were dangling off the hydroponically grown plants. Arriving in the cafeteria, here’s what the agent tried.

The first is known to the agent as the Seductress (or Strawberry Sundae). With its slender figure and sassy mix, you’ll be enticed immediately to dig into it! Ice cream and Strawberry, who can resist?

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Strawberry Sundae

Next is Seductress’ Voluptuous friend, who is a little shorter but definitely much more curvy than her friend. Mixed with cold, fresh yogurt and honey, it is a dessert that leaves you refreshed, ready to take on the world!

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Strawberry Yogurt

We also had chocolate fondue. Or as the agent like to describe as little beautiful newbies of different shapes and sizes ready to be dipped into the sinful melted chocolate. So simple, yet you can’t get enough of it! The agent testified as the entire bowl of chocolate was so clean that washing it is perhaps unnecessary.

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Chocolate Fondue

…It was of the most satisfying desserts. These three are the popular desserts served at Big Red Strawberry Farm. Be sure to check it out if you happen to visit Cameron Highlands!

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The Temptations

Red Chicken (Ayam Masak Merah)

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Ayam Masak Merah, or Red Chicken, is a common dish found in Malay food eateries. In general, Ayam Masak Merah is a sweetish savory dish made from tomatoes and spices.

As a Malaysian-Chinese,  curry is nothing uncommon in our daily meal. Ayam Masak Merah has many names when translated to English. Some have called it as ‘Red Cooked Chicken’, ‘Chicken in Red Chili Sauce’, ‘Chicken in Red Sauce’… I have named it as Malay-Style Red Chicken Curry. Ayam masak merah is a very popular and tasty curry dish amongst all Malaysians across all communities. Ayam masak merah is a typical malay dish that is usually served with tomato rice (nasi tomato) and nasi lemak (coconut scented rice).

It is a dish that goes very well with rice but during the Ramadan months in the Ramadan bazaars (in Malaysia, every race celebrates every festival as far as how I was brought up!) you will find Ayam Masak Merah Madu, which is Red Honeyed Chicken. That means on top of the already sweet dish, it is sweetened some more with caramelized honey.

*Recipe of Ayam Masak Merah
Ingredients Serves: 4
1 (1 1/2 kg) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 pinch salt, to taste
1/4 cup dried red chillies
3 fresh red chilli, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red onion, diced
1 (3cm thick) slice fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise pods
5 whole cloves
5 cardamom seeds
2 tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste
1/2 cup (125ml) water

Preparation method
Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 35 mins
1. Rub the chicken with turmeric powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Soak the dried red chilli in hot water until softened. Blend the softened dried chilli, fresh red chilli, garlic, onion and ginger in a blender to a paste.
3. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken in the hot oil until golden on all sides. Remove the chicken from the frypan and set aside.
4. Remove excess oil from the frypan leaving about 1 tablespoon. Cook and stir the chilli paste with the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamom seeds until fragrant. Return the chicken to the frypan.
5. Stir in the water adding more if needed. Toss in the tomatoes and stir in the tomato sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear; about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

♡Resipe credited to: http://www.rdasia.com.my/recipe-ayam-masak-merah

Nasi Lemak Bumbung @ Petaling Jaya

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First impression of the nasi lemak which is layered with a beautiful half-cooked egg and the look of that plate of nasi lemak just waters the mouth. This nasi lemak let me feel amazing, especially the rice is cooked somehow similar to chicken rice, the sambal is a slightly dilute style with a generous portion of onions. Although the chicken is fried but overcooked in my opinion, Ikan bilis and nuts were just the right crunch. However the cream of the crop of the dish was the egg. The yolk so precious and vulnerable, any sudden movement will ignite a lava of golden sun!

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During the peak hours, you could see the long queue and all of them are waiting to try this nasi lemak. Their tables and chairs are arrange in a long alley(picture show as below). Don’t worry about you couldn’t get something to eat during midnight, you can have your supper or early breakfast in this shop! Nasi lemak bumbang is just RM5 per serving.

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Adderes: Jalan 21/11B, Seapark, Petaling Jaya,Petaling Jaya (North), 46300.

Business Hours: 1530-0400