Restaurant Tom Yam, Serendah

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I was being brought to this place where it’s known as Serendah Tom Yam or Serendah 桥头 Tom Yam (桥头 = bridgehead). The place itself does not have a signboard. It’s kitchen is right in front of the restaurant while the outdoor seatings are at the side.

It was up to my friend to recommend the dishes with just very simple names with a delicious complex taste.

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Six-taste soup 六味汤
On a hot sunny day, let’s start with a refreshing six-taste soup. It can have it hot or cold. It’s a bowl of black grass jelly, with syrup jelly, and cendol (for those I can see). A nice bowl of herbal soup that is not very herbal-ish. I don’t think it’s meant to taste herbal-ish, though.

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Tom yam 
The famous dish of the day, Tom Yam. It’s a spicy tomyam but not spicy enough for some of my friends (that depends on your spiciness tolerance level) and it’s not the sour-ish type. It’s still good with rice. It’s cooked with 2 types of squid (white and brown), prawns, and some chicken meats.

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Foo Yong Egg 芙蓉蛋
Don’t let the plain old brownish fried egg fool you. It’s the brownish parts that makes it’s fragrantly delicious with a generous amount of sliced onions. I love the crispy sides.

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Fried chicken
This chicken is a quick snatch among us. Don’t be intimidated by the burned sides. It’s taste is well marinated and fried to a nice fragrant. The texture is not hard, although it looks so. This is like Chinese popcorn chicken. Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Fried fish
The crispy top with a soft and tender meat inside, topped with some minced sauce. The minced sauce has a sweet and herbs taste that goes well with the fish or your plain rice. I enjoyed nibbling through the side fins as you can still get the sauce taste after most of it has gone once you flip over the fish.

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Stir-fried kangkung
Stir-fried kangkung at the right texture that is still crunchy. It’s cooked with garlic and dried shrimps. Nice!

For all these, it costs about RM100.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
Off Jalan Batu Arang (Main trunk road #1)

GPS coordinates: 3.368337, 101.606927

Tel: +6012 619 0887

Operating hours:
12.00pm – 8.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Open on public holidays)

Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery, Kuala Kubu Bharu

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When you’re at Kuala Kubu Bharu or even just pass-by, drop-by this bakery shop. It has delicious Durian cake and Kaya puff. The other pastries that they also sell are butter sponge cake, egg battered cake, egg tart, peanut cake, kaya roll, and wedding biscuits.

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We came for the Durian cake and Kaya puff.

Durian cake is cream and flower decorated covered over sliced sponge cake with durian paste. The durian taste is so pungent and tasty (especially for durian lover, like me). You will need to pre-order in advance as you can’t get any if you walk in. It comes in 2 sizes, 0.5kg for RM28 and 1kg for RM56.

Kaya puff has a crunchy and fragrant skin over a nice kaya. Careful with the flakes from the skin. It would be best taken warm. It’s RM1.20 per piece.

Butter sponge cake does not have a heavy buttery taste that you can get from those condensed butter cake. This is a soft sponge cake with that you can add with jam or any other toppings you like. I love the burned top that gives a nice smell to it. It’s RM9.00 for a cake.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:

15, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar,

44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6064 1586

Operating hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Sam Hing Restaurant, Serendah

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We stopped by Serendah for breakfast before heading to Kuala Kubu Bharu. This plain looking shop along the busy road of the Serendah town area, sells some delicious noodles.

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Tan Ngan Lo Herbal Tea 单眼佬凉茶
I was welcomed surprisingly with this herbal tea in glass bottles. It is a rare view to see drinks selling in tall glass bottles. I love it! It is served chilled in bottles or your can request for hot ones.

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Wan Tan Soup 云吞汤
It’s a nice clear soup with boiled and fried wanton, and vegetables. Simple, yet delicious. The soup doesn’t taste oily nor too pepper-ish.

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Fried Wan Tan Mee (Signature noodle) 福建面 细面 (招牌面)
The english name does not represent fully what I expected. It’s fried hokkien-style noodle using noodle that used to make wanton noodle dish. They are handmade noodle. To me, the noodle tasted like thin pan mee noodle. It’s fried with squid, pork and vegetables. It’s strong hokkien mee flavour keeps me wanting more, especially when I’m hungry.

They also sell other noodles such as fried mee hoon, loh mee, cantonese fried noodle, etc. Each dish comes in 3 sizes – Small at RM5.50, Medium RM11.00, and Big for RM15.00.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
47, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6081 1804

Operating hours: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Kiat Lim Vegetarian Food, Kallang

I was being introduced to this place recently, hearing good comments of food here.

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It is located beside a famous Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee. From the first look, comparing to the neighbour, the shop looks quiet, with only 1 customer inside when we entered. We were welcomed by a straight looking uncle but soon become very jovial and friendly.

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Wolfberry soup (SGD4.00 for small)
This soup gave us a big question mark. Where is the wolfberry? You don’t see it but the soup is sweet with it, cooking with very fresh and sweet vegetables, corn, tomato and fried beancurd slices. The small portion is enough to share for 2.

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Fried mee sua (SGD4.50 for small)
I like this dish. It’s mee sua is just right with tasty sauce, stir-fried with at least 4 types of vegetables. The taste became more refreshing with a squeeze of lime juice.

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Vegetables with Bailin (SGD10.00 for small)
Bailin mushroom presented with Chinese cabbage, wolfberries and moss. Looking at the soup and then to this dish, had the wolfberries came here instead? ^_^ The mushroom is sliced very thinly making easy to eat. The Chinese cabbage is fresh and crunchy. The sauce is also nice to pour over some rice.

My overall rating: 6.5/10

Location:
4, Jalan Ayer,
Singapore, 389142
(Opposite Kallang MRT)

Tel: +65 8333 1955

Operating hours:
11.30am – 3.00pm (Last order 2.45pm)
4.00pm – 10.00pm (Last order 9.45pm)
Close on Tuesdays

Loving Heart Vegetarian Restaurant, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

There are many vegetarian restaurants around Bandar Mahkota Cheras. This time let’s try this one!

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This shop is located opposite Aeon, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, with a green decoration inside the shop presenting a green living environment. It’s a colour comfortable to the eyes.

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Veggie Bak Kut Tea (RM11.00)
A warm herbal soup that keeps you warm especially during rainy days. The bak kut teh soup is cooked with beancurd slices, mushrooms, toupok, and vegetarian pork. The vegetarian pork has a nice chew to it, a little like the real pork. The soup is also accompanied by a plate of lettuce and slices of you tiao and a bowl of rice.

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Chuk San Wan Yee Soup 竹生云耳汤 (RM12.00)
The main ingredient of this soup is black fungus, together with many other ingredients such as carrots, wolfberries, and vegetarian fishball. A hot and filling soup to the tummy.

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Hokkien fried hakka noodle (RM8.50)

I, sometimes, have the craving of some “black” noodle. This dish met satisfied my cravings. Hakka noodle stir-fried with alot of vegetables such as carrot, Chinese cabbage, mushroom, vegetarian char siew, and beancurd slices. A delicious dish.

My overall rating : 6.5/10

Location:
33, Jalan Temenggung 21/9,
Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
43200 Cheras, Selangor.

Tel: +603 9074 6661

Operating hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Enjoy!