The first time i went to KL back in 2009 i found this amazing place for wantan noodles. Unfortunately i found it on the last morning before I was heading back to Australia. I remember thinking to myself if I ever was to go to KL again that i would go back to the same wantan mee place. My recent trip has provided me with the ability to fulfill this thought. I remembered the exact location of the particular restaurant so I set out at about 8am in search of the restaurant and it’s still there! Read more →
In tourist driven jonker street on weeknights there aren’t a huge amount of options for dinner available. I suppose that most malaysian people have dinner in central melaka and it’s just the tourists that stick to jonker street. So after dinner last night I was going for an evening stroll around and I walked past a nondescript little shack that had a little sign proclaiming that they have amazing laksa and i made a mental note to return the next night for dinner. Read more →
When I was planning my most recent trip to Malaysia I knew that I wanted to do one thing and that was to go to one of the traditional wet markets of Malaysia. These wet markets are a fantastic insight into how a lot of people live their day to day lives in Malaysia, interestingly the term ‘wet market’ comes from the fact that they use water to wash the floors and keep all the meat and fish fresh. The closest wet markets to my hotel in Kuala Lumpur were at Chow Kit which was only 3 stops away on the efficient monorail. I headed out their early one morning in anticipation. Read more →
I had been back from my holiday to Singapore/Malaysia for about 7 days and I started to miss Singapore. I was mainly missing the availability of fresh and delicious food around every corner. It was at that moment I decided that I needed some good hawker food in my life and I knew just the place to go and get it. Read more →
When i was planning my most recent trip to Malaysia there was one place that A mentioned that i have to go to. This place was ‘California Pizza Kitchen’, when she had been on a holiday to south east asia a few years ago she went to this particular chain of restaurants 3 times in 2 weeks. A was raving about how great their chicken salad was. After I received this glowing recommendation I went onto the California Pizza Kitchen website to see a little bit about their history. It turns out that the first location opened in California (unsurprisingly) in 1985 and since then has expanded to over 250 locations around the world. Read more →
I was looking for somewhere to go for dinner near where i was staying in Melaka, to be honest as much as i was looking for somewhere to go for dinner I was also enjoying walking around the streets of Melaka and taking photos in the beautiful afternoon light like the one above. I remember the thought of “I can’t believe i am in Malaysia” kept running through my head as i walked around. Read more →
Even before i had bought my hotel tickets to melaka i investigated what foods are famous from there. One of the most famous choices are chicken rice balls, I wasn’t sure what these were so i did a little bit of research on what chicken rice balls exactly are. Well it turns out that the only difference between standard malaysian/singaporean chicken rice and melaka chicken rice balls is that the balls are formed into the shape of balls rather than being a normal plate of rice. Read more →
At work the other day i was thinking of what i would like to do on the weekend, the thought of going to spencer village popped into my head mainly because i haven’t been there in a while. So on a very wonderful sunday i made my way to Thornlie again. While I was on the way there I was thinking that every time i go to Spencer Village I am by myself, I suppose it has something to do with most of my friends being scared of the cleanliness etc. of Spencer Village. I think that this is all perception as when I go there I don’t often see anything dirty at all.
Choosing a stall was fairly hard this time as I didn’t really know what I wanted so i lapped around the food court a couple of times. Eventually my eyes were drawn to the golden brown glow of some deep fried chicken wings and i knew that I would be having something from izyan. I place my order and sit down, relax and wait for my delicious food to arrive.
The first thing that arrived was my plate of nasi lemak, as soon as i smelt that wondefully fragrant coconut rice i knew i was in for a great meal. I tried a little bit of the ikan bilis first and I wasn’t a huge fan, rather than being light and crispy these were thick and chewy. Next up i found the omelette just average and the same could be said about the chicken wing. I really liked the chilli sambal that accompanied this meal. As I was enjoying my meal I noticed that my nasi lemak rice was green…
Why was my rice green? When i got home i had a little look around google regarding this green nasi lemak rice and it turns out that the green rice comes from adding pandan oil or pandan leaves to the rice as it’s cooking.
I didn’t mind my nasi lemak from izyan, but other places in spencer village do better nasi lemak.
The second thing that i ordered was roti prata with a chicken curry. The last time I had roti prata was when i was in malaysia so it will be interesting to compare the two. My first impressions are that his roti is more of a ‘roti lite’ as i dont think as much margarine/ghee are used in the cooking process, its not as crispy and flaky as in malaysia. The second thing is that I really liked the curry, there was a lot of flavour and it went really well with the bread.
I didn’t mind my meal at izyan but i didn’t love it. There are a lot more places that i haven’t tried yet at spencer village and i would like to give those a try before i return to Izyan.
On my holiday i had just spent the last few days in melaka and now I am in Johor Bahru. Johor Bahru is situated about a 45 minute drive from singapore and comparing it to melaka you can definitely get an idea that it’s close to singapore. You can tell from little things like the cars getting around with singapore number plates, durian sellers and signs in shops that entice singaporeans into their stores. One thing that i noticed was in johor bahru there were a lot of non-halal restaurants. It seems that the singaporean population must head to johor bahru to get their pork fix and it shows in the dining options available. Read more →
Malaysia is known as one of the best countries for tasty food and on my holiday i plan to try and find some of the best foods. When i was planning my trip i booked my hotel then after booking the hotel i knew that the next step would be finding some good lunch spots around the area. The hotel i was staying at was in little India, the thing to do in little India seems to be going to whats known as banana leaf restaurant. Banana leaf meals are fairly common all around Malaysia and you pay a flat rate for unlimited rice and vegetable curries and then you can supplement that with various fish and meat curries. I figured that a big plate of rice and vegetables would be a perfect antidote to the anemic plane food. Read more →