Oct 2

I asked Micol for recommendation of supper to buy for take away in Seremban at night and the first thing that came to her mind was mix pork porridge (chee chap chuk)! It was a chilly day as it was raining in the afternoon and I thought, hey that would be a great suggestion, nice and hot comfort food for a cold day.

I was told that the mix pork porridge is so famous that it is usually finished within 2 1/2 hours, so I had to get there before 9pm. I reached there at 8.45pm and when I came to Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Kawan, it was as if they are getting ready to close. Lucky they still have some left and I managed to da bao 3 packets for my trip down to Melaka.

The way they sell the porridge here is different, cooked meat and other parts of pork are being hung on the stall. Once you ordered, they will take it down and cut out the quantity needed. They are then tossed into the cooked porridge and topped with ginger, pepper, spring onions, etc.

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Each packet cost me RM 3.50 and the serving is generous. What impressed me most is that the porridge actually taste very very good! The porridge is smooth, you can hardly feel the rice and it very tasty by it own. The mix pork is great to eat with the porridge and each part is well cooked. The fried intestines are very fragrant although its already soft soaking in the porridge.

I must say that this is thumbs up and I now understand why it is so popular. For those going for a try, they are serve chicken that’s sold out when I reach. I think the next time, I would like to sit there and try a hot fresh bowl ;).

Mix Pork Porridge @ Kedai Makanan & Minuman Kawan
Jalan Temiang, Seremban
GPS: N2 44.003 E101 56.277

Apr 3
Penang: Yi Garden Cafe
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This cafe have been around for a long time but its my first time here recommended by the local boy Julian. This place known for a few good stuff and as our first round dinner (yup, we had three round of dinner that night!), we stopped here for sar hor fun, oo-chen (fried oysters with eggs), oo-mee (oysters fried noodles) and pork porridge.

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The sar hor fun is good, something I had missed all these years, its actually just like Cantonese fried here in KL but the koay teow is different, its thicker and bigger piece and topping includes fishes and big prawns on top of pork and vegetables.

The oo-chen here is quite a wait but its very good, not too starchy and the oysters are big in size, we order the smallest for RM6 per plate.

The fried oysters noodles (oo-mee) is something you don’t find here in KL and its the same stall as sar hor fun. Yellow noodles are fried with oysters and I must say its pretty good but I was told there’s another even better famous to try it but 45-60 mins wait, that will be left for another posting when I have the chance to visit :D.

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We wanted porridge and my superb favourite chee-cheong porridge at New Lane is off that day, so we took some pork porridge here. The style is quite unique, you can choose porridge or noodles, its topped with all parts of the pig, you get pork, internal and even the pork’s brains, interesting. We choosed the porridge and waiting time is again long as it is popular, the porridge is almost like teow-chew style with a lots of water.

For drinks, well for KL folks, its always cheaper to drink ambrah sour plum up here but Julian’s favourite is “gu leng peng” which is milk mixed with syrup… I never try that… sounds too sweet to  me, hehe… maybe next time.

Overall, I am satisfied with this visit having good oo-chen plus a good introduction to oo-mee and sar hor fun, thanks Juls ;).

Yi Garden Cafe
Corner of Jalan Macalister and Lorong Selamat
GPS: N5 24.985 E100 19.446

May 24

I visited Canton-i twice so far, once at the 1U branch and another time at the Sunway Pyramid branch and so far, both are satisfied visits but its not that gentle on the wallet though. I prefer the setting at the Sunway Pyramid branch, roomier and a good view of the lagoon while the 1U one feels a bit cramp.

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Anyway, I must say the food here is good and truly hong kong flavour and dishes all the way just like how all these are served in char chan teng and small restaurants in Hong Kong. I noticed the ingredents used here are of really good quality, which makes the food good, hong kong kailan that are huge in size, cow brand milk for their tea, big fresh prawns for the wantan, etc.

On the first visit, I had a wantan mee… serving it like hong kong style meaning plain soupy wantan noodles with big shrimps in the wantan with just one or two pieces of kailan. But of course, to be a bit accomodating to the local flavour, they provided dry option (which cost more!) and green chilies too. The noodles itself is good and chewy and the wantan are a must try here with big chucky bites of shrimps in it… yummy! Soup wise… its the typical wantan mee soup you get in Hong Kong… not to our taste la..

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The sui kau or prawn dumpling is not bad too but I must say the shrimp wantan wins hands out ;). The wantan mee goes for RM11.80 for soup and RM12.80 for dry one!

I also tried their small size egg tarts… its like RM5.25 for 3 pieces but its really good, just like those you get in char chan teng in Hong Kong but… at that price, just try try ok liao la… hehe…

Today on my second visit, I tried their carp ball fish with lettuce porridge… according to my dad, in China and Hong Kong, most of the fishball or even yong tau foo uses carp fish fillings. The porridge only have 3 fishballs in it with very much soften lettuce and yau char kwai inside. The fishball is light and soft type, not the usual tender ping pong fishball, but its good, but only 3… a bit too little I feel for RM11.80 porridge. The porridge is hong kong style too… all mashed up and cooked to a starchy texture, not my kind of thing la.

I also tried their roast meat rice with a combination of honey glazed bbq pork (char siew) and roast pork belly (siew yok). The char siew is really good, soft and tender, siew yok is crispy but ok only la. The rice is also serve with quite a bit of kailan (more generous than in Hong Kong) and also half a braised egg ;).

One of the other thing I like here is their Hong Kong Milk Tea… the tea itself is full of flavour plus the good milk tea making it very good either hot or served with crushed ice but its a whooping RM5.50 each!

Overall, I think the food here is good but a bit pricey but I still see quite a full house even during the recession… I guess people are willing to pay for good food ;). Anyway, for me is just to try try… and I must say… its a good try.

You can check out their menu and branches at their website, apparently same boss as Dragon-i ;).

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