"Oh come to me you sweet, icy madness!"
Imagine a hot, sweltering day. And then, imagine an ice cold ABC. So far, so good, right? Now imagine ice cold ABC with thick, heavenly chocolate sauce, sweet sugary syrup, a crispy chocolate wafer, and creamy ice cream…. This is the makings of Fradoo’s ABC Special. Drop by any time of the day at this small stall in Section 2’s foodcourt, Shah Alam, and you’ll find people ordering the ABC Special in droves. The waiters are constantly in motion, working to provide the sweet treat to its craving customers. Granted the atmosphere is quite busy – but it’s worth the experience.
The savouring experience starts at the top of the ABC, a garnish of juicy grape and lychee, followed by a scoop of ice cream (your choice of strawberry, vanilla or chocolate). It’s drizzled with home-made chocolate sauce and syrup, on top of a large scoop of ice shavings. The sensation is a delicious mix of soft, hot sweetness and sharp iciness.
As you dig deeper into the desert you’ll crunch into the salty nuts swimming in a sweet pool of coconut milk, and then a treasure trove of tasty jelly mix. Dig into the flurry of chewy cendol, cincau, sweet corn, red beans, and even some fruity nata de coco. Alternate your taste bud sensations with the crispy wafer, and lick the syrup off your fingers. We’re warning you right now – it’s definitely a sweet mess!
This is a relaxed fry up you can make at home. It is a marriage between mamak mee goreng with the use of tofu and a Malay homestyle one with ikan bilis added for a bit of salty kick. Yum! More »
A creamy chicken carbonara is not just simple to whip up as a weekday meal, it’s also going to be so much better than the majority served out there. The key is to cook your meats first so that the oil will be deliciously flavoured before you put in the cream and stock. Bon Appetito!
This is our take on those succulent sweet ‘ayam madu’ much loved by briyani enthusiasts. Use small cuts of chicken so it fries faster or even boneless thighs or breasts. Then make a ridiculous honeyed spicy glaze using just a few ingredients for fried chicken that is pretty damn spectacular. More »
"The one stop Makan shop"
30 years of experience has made Restoran Azira a food powerhouse. What started out as small cafe has grown into a favourite local hangout taking up two lots, with plenty of loyal customers. Present owner Kak Norzihan heads the family business, and together with her party of Indonesian cooks and servers, is more than ready to cater to your foodie needs. A quick and happy “hai apa khabar!” will set you up for a nice meal out.
Their menu covers almost every meal course needed, a good mix of Malay and Indonesian dishes. The main area is taken up by a long table full of lauk, to spoil your nasi campur choices. From ikan kembong masak asam, to ayam masak lemak cili api, to kerabu kacang botol. The more popular kari kepala ikan is gone in almost the first hour of opening. On a side of the restaurant, a table is set up for Ayam Pecel – the mix of sambal sauce and crunchy vegetables is enough to give your taste buds a good kick.
The star of the show is definitely the Laksa Johor though. I’ve never been a big fan of laksa but even this one gets my gold stars. Its hype from a hefty amount of media coverage doesn’t deter its reputation. The ikan kembong is blended in an exquisite mix of sweet santan and sour asam, balanced off with Azira’s secret recipe of spicy seasonings. Topped off with sliced long beans and extra sambal belacan, though with a tad bit too much of onions - a good dinner is already made.
This is one of the many varieties of sambal tumis Malaysians make at home. In this recipe, some cili padi is added in for an extra kick! The ikan bilis is also deep fried separately to keep a relatively crunchy texture. This is so addictive we are still eating it at the office. More »
"A Chiang Rai culinary curiosity shop"
First up: my current absolute favourite thing to eat in the universe, their hot and sour spicy noodles. Since their menu is either in Thai or English (none of that romanised Thai for you!), I'm going to go ahead and assume the soup base is a tomyum of sorts. Devilishly spicy and addictive, this is the soup to slurp down when you have sinuses needing clearing. Bits of meat and liver slices float in the soup amongst the nest of skinny flat rice noodles, giving you perfect meaty bites. I dream of this often at night and wake up in a fervour, grabbing my car keys and heading to Lai Thai straight away.
Lai Thai doesn't serve stand alone tomyum, as it would require a lot more ingredients (seafood, special chillies, etc) and preparation. "Other places serve tomyum too, but theirs is very Malaysianised. Ours is thick and almost oily in comparison," Pi Un, the owner points out. "Plus, we also try to keep our meats to just pork and chicken." Seafood being a touch more expensive and hard to keep, and beef-free because of their Buddhist beliefs.
My old usual order is their stir fried mince pork with basil leaf on red rice, topped with a fried egg. Also known as pad ga prao, the heady scent of basil hits your nose even before the plate hits the table. If the cook hasn't accidentally over-fried your egg - which alas happens often during busy shifts - you'll get a glorious runny yolk mixing in with your rice. A match made in heaven for the lovely morsels of spicy minced pork just dying to get in your belly.
Mondays being their green curry day, we of course had to try some. Touted by many of my friends as the best green curry in Klang Valley, the delicious creaminess of this curry is pretty much second to none. Full of chicken pieces, eggplant and those little pea eggplants, each bite makes you feel like you're sitting in a Thai grandma's home. Other notable dishes include their som tum, freshly prepared to order with generous shavings of green papaya and peanuts. Their larb moo is also an adventurous delight - minced pork tossed with pork liver, intestines and rind, then mixed with a hot yet refreshingly sour dressing of fish sauce, lime and chilli flakes. I'm from the tripe-smell-like-wet-dog school of Tony Bourdain, but I wolfed this down quite happily, intestines and all. The lime really does seem to take the dampness away from the intestines.