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 →
My first night in Singapore we decided to hit the ground running and head out at night for shopping and some delicious food. This was a Friday night and we jumped on the incredibly efficient MRT system and after about 10 minutes we were in the middle of bustling orchard rd. This was an assault on my senses, everywhere I looked there were either neon signs, people shopping or people eating. We were pretty hungry at this stage so we headed into one of the malls to grab something for dinner. One thing about Singapore is that they love to eat, so most of the places that we wanted to go there were considerable queues to get in. The queues at Shu teppan didn’t look too bad so we decided to give it a go. 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.
Researching places to eat before you go on a trip can be a bit of a hit or miss affair. From doing research i knew that one of the things that I would have to have on my holiday is a traditional nyonya meal and a place that seems to have good reviews online is a place called cottage spices restaurant. I looked up where it was on google maps in relation to my hotel and it was about a 20 minute walk. I decided to go and try it for lunch on a Tuesday so i set off on foot in the dense southeast Asian heat.
After the 20 minute walk I find the restaurant and it’s closed.
I pondered what my next move should be and I decided to just go for a walk and see if i could find a place to go for lunch. From walking around i found a place serving ‘bak kut teh’ and as i was about to walk into that particular restaurant i spotted something in the corner of my eye. What i spotted was a group of 4 Malay people on scooters that were clearly on their lunch break walking into a nondescript corner stall. I have a theory that if you want to try the true food culture of a place you have to go where the workers go so i decided to cross the street and see what this place was like.
What i noticed when i crossed the street was a restaurant called restoran madinah where absolutely zero tourists were eating and 90% of people eating were wearing uniforms of some description. As soon as i noticed this i knew that i was going to eat well, I was whisked over to the counter by the very friendly staff member as he mentioned that this place specialised in ‘Nasi campur’. Nasi campur roughly translates to ‘mixed rice’ where there is a beau marie filled with delicious dishes and then you have a plate to steamed rice to load up with any number of dishes (a little bit like the self service counters at chinese places in food halls in perth but with stuff that looks a lot tastier).
There were a few different things that i wanted to try from the smorgasbord of different flavours so i picked whatever looked the tastiest and sat down with my plate of deliciousness as the aforementioned friendly waitperson dropped a teh tarik off at my table. The teh tarik was a very refreshing respite from the heat. 8/10
I think i will break down each individual thing that i have tried from here as they all had their own individual flavours, the first thing i tried was the little mixture of red onion, birds eye chillies and fermented shrimp paste. There was also something else, I am not sure what it was but it gave the mix a slightly floral taste. I didn’t like this at all (you can’t see this in the picture but it was kind of behind the chicken).
While i didn’t like the first thing i thought “i might like the second thing” and i did, oh yes i did. The second thing i tried was the beef rendang and it was amazing, this one little cube of beef was the best curry (if you can call it that) that i have ever had in my life. What I didn’t realise from having western beef rendang dishes is that there shouldn’t be any sauce at all and the beef should be tender and packed such intense flavour that you shouldn’t need any sauce. Seriously. Amazing.
The next thing that i tried is the long beans stir fried with eggs. This was something that was simple and very tasty, while eating it i thought to myself that i could probably make this. So when i get home i am going to try making this.
The final thing i had was the ayam goreng or fried chicken, each culture seems to do their fried chicken slightly differently. In the case of malaysian people it is rubbed with a rich tomato and chilli paste before being deep fried without any batter on it. The flavours of this chicken were also really pronounced and while the chicken wasn’t completely juicy the flavours more than overcame this and yet again it was amazing.
In terms of how i should rate this, I think that it easily gets a 10 due to the amazing beef rendang. 10/10
The universe works in strange ways sometimes, If that nyonya place was open i wouldn’t have had a chance to experience this extremely authentic and delicious meal in fantastic company.
Before i get to the breakfast part of this review i have a little story to tell. The night before i was using the hotel wifi to look around and find a place to have breakfast the following morning. On google maps i saw that there is a jetty that is a bit like canary wharf where there are restaurants, bars and different things like that. That sounded fantastic so in my head i thought “This will be great, I will go for a little walk, have a great breakfast on the jetty looking over the straits of melaka and it will be a beautiful thing.” Read more →
This was a meal that has been in the works for a little while. On twitter a few of us have been discussing where to go and your favourite spots. Hawker’s cuisine seemed to be a particularly popular choice, even for just one dish which we will get to later. I hadn’t been to hawker’s cuisine before, although i do love Malaysian hawker fare so i would be interested to see if this is another place to add to my shortlist. Read more →
I was arranging catching up with my friend S for dinner. It had been a while since we caught up and she let me choose where we were going to go to eat. I actually had quite a hard time choosing where to go for dinner, I knew that S wanted to go somewhere that has the familiarity of suburbs pub dining but at a inner city location. After thinking for a few hours about this i finally decided on the Captain Stirling! Read more →
When i first started my blog i had this idea of reviewing every single place that i go to, i didn’t want to only review proper restaurants. On a wonderful Sunday i met up with one of my friends Adam in northbridge, I let him choose what to have for lunch and he mentioned that he didn’t feel like Asian food and suggested nandos was only around the corner so why don’t we go there. Read more →
For my birthday I decided to go out to lunch by myself, I decided to treat myself to some yummy hawker cuisine and I knew just the place to go to. I was on the way to spencer village and I was thinking about how I would write-up this review. I mean if you look at the above picture you can see that there are such a wide range of stall with different cuisines that it isn’t fair to group them all in one review. Read more →