Saturday, May 18, 2013

Seong Kee Hack Ka Young Tau Foo, PJ Old Town

Back in 2004-2005, I used to work around the PJ Industrial area. What I love about that area is the plentiful free parking at work (save a lot of moolah) and cheap good food nearby (PJ Old Town). Although our lunch hour is one hour, we still manage to drive out and have a good lunch.

One of my favourite places to eat is Seong Kee Hack Ka Young Tau Foo. They are located inside the medan selera (food court) of PJ Old Town, next to the wet market. They've been around for decades I would say. It started out with the parents selling yong tau foo and now that they have retired, the children took over with the help of their own kids.

Recently, I revisit my favourite stall with my family so dinner. And yes, they are open for dinner.

Selected fried yong tau foo. I love the dried dumplings here. A bit salty but then again most Hakka food are.

Fish head curry. In this case, we order the sting ray fish curry.
Selected yong tau foo. If you love chilli, you should order the ones here. It's spicy alright and taste so good.
Fried chicken wings. Feels like homecooked fried wings. Yumster.

Fried Abacus (a Hakka delicacy). In case if you have no idea what it's made of, it's yam. Or known as "Shuen Pun Ji" in Cantonese.

Pork trotter cooked in vinegar. For porcine and vinegar lovers.

If you're looking for cheap and tasty eats, you won't go wrong at this place. It's a bit hot because it's an open air food court. Most of the stall owners here are probably your grandparent's age. And there's lots of stray cats roaming around. 

Don't forget to check out the Ais Batu Campur (ABC) with red bean at a nearby stall. The lady owner look like a stern school teacher wearing glasses. Her red bean ABC is the best. 

 Gerai Seong Kee @ Medan Selera PJ Old Town
 35, Taman Selera, (beside the market)
Jalan Othman,
Petaling Jaya
03-7781 0946 / 016-254 9454
  Opens daily from 12pm - 9pm. Close on Tuesdays.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Doraku @ Life Centre *CLOSED DOWN*

My colleague and I worked late last Friday and decided to have dinner together. We heard so much about Doraku that we had to give it a try. Doraku started out in South Beach, Florida by Kevin Aoki. He is Steve Aoki's older brother.

Doraku is located on the Mezzanine Floor of Life Centre. And yes, Life Centre is well and alive. They have re-brand themselves as your friendly neighborhood destination for food, drinks and entertainment located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, on Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our seat. We opt to sit outdoor for the view of Jalan Sultan Ismail. And we heard that at 10pm, the resident DJ will be spinning. Wow! A japanese restaurant with a DJ deck? Awesome! It's so uncommon in KL to have this kind of environment.

Doraku's neon signage

Our view for the night

The outdoor sitting area. Bar in the background.

DJ booth in the middle of the outdoor dining area 

Iced Green Tea

Sake Sangria - taken from my Instagram

White Tuna Carpaccio

Grilled King Oyster Mushroom.

Tamago Sushi

Doraku Roll

Sashimi Moriawase

Emperor Roll - no rice and the sauce is lightly spiced

Chicken Teriyaki

HMH Wafu Burger. According to my colleague this is nice and his go-to order everytime. I've stopped eating beef this year so I can't taste this.

It was a rather humid night and we did not stay long. But I thoroughly enjoyed myself there because I love EDM (electronic dance music in case you're asking) and that was played all night long. Heard some great mix of Chris Lake's Sundown and Sade's Kiss of Life.

A final note, despite the look and feel of this restaurant, the price is very affordable. If you're in the area during lunch hours, they offer set menus. For later in the evening, it's a great place to have dinner and enjoy some alcohol and good music.

Lot M-03A, Life Centre Building,
20, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
03-2181 4828
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