Would you believe it if I were to tell you that in Manhattan, somewhere at 5th Avenue, there is a rooftop garden that serves Ramly Burger, Lontong and Jalan Alor Chicken Wings? Overlooking the fantastic Manhattan skyline 230 FIFTH awarded the Best Rooftop Bar 2009 by NBCNewYork.Com serves fantastic Malaysian fare in the form of bar snacks and main meals. We got the owners on camera for a short chat!
"The fish burger has real chunks of fish!"
Jackson's Burger in Section 14 PJ has been around for decades but it was only recently that I came across this gastronomic find. Run by Mr and Mrs Han, many might wonder how did the name "Jackson" end up in the equation. No, the couple are not ardent fans of the late King of Pop. But they do flip hundreds of those juicy burgers every day of the week.
The Hans" business partner, Jackson, started the burger stall in the 70s but has since moved away and left the couple in charge. I was quite pleased when I found that I can come here for lunch. Yes, they only open during the day from 11am to 5pm (provided it's not raining). Needless to say the Hans are giving Ramly a run for his money. The plus side of Jackson's burgers is that they not only have chicken and beef patties, but crab and fish are also tossed on to the grill.
While you might think the patties are your garden variety, factory mass-produced meat, I have to regale that they are actually not. The source of the special home-made patties is however unknown. The van is parked under a tree opposite two houses along Jalan 14/29 in Section 14 and plastic stools are laid out for customers to go al-fresco. While enjoying my crab cheese burger topped with fresh onions and cucumber between two toasted buns, the lunch crowd started coming in for their feed. You can also choose to add egg or cheese with your burger. Canned drinks are also available to quench your thirst. Mrs Han's cool composure was endearing. She handled the grill while Mr Han took the orders and did the packing, with a bit of bickering thrown in when one of them messes up.
Ok let's face the facts, as wonderfully delicious as nasi lemak is, it's terribly unhealthy. This is mostly due to the rice that is cooked with santan and the ikan bilis that is fried. So this got us thinking, if we could eliminate the unhealthy elements could we create something that tastes just as good?
The verdict? Our healthy… More »
Right, first on the menu. When it comes to the plethora of horror characters none is hungrier than the zombie
. All they do is shuffle around looking for some brain to slurp. And though one of my mates has a point in saying,"there's no redemption in a zombie film,"I beg to differ.
Of course the Romero films are the classics, my favourite… More »
"A heaped plate of roast meats and Yorkshire pud!"
Having studied in York in the twilight of my teen years, I discovered that I have a soft spot for Yorkshire pudding. In York they sometimes serve it giant-sized, about the size of your plate with sides curling over to contain the ridiculous amount of gravy poured inside. It's like a Yorkshire pud bowl with gravy soup. The crusty exterior is crisp yet tough enough to hold liquid while the inside is soft, doughy and because traditionally its supposed to soak up meat drippings, always has a hint of beefiness. It was delicious and decadent. So for me a Sunday roast is never, ever complete without Yorkshire pudding. To my delight they make the puds fat and large here at Chinoz, just by the roast counter so you can take as many of the little beauties as you desire.
Chinoz serves its Sunday roast buffet style and let me tell you this, it's very, very good. I always loved Chinoz's buffets. I used to go to its Ramadhan buffets which was good value with just the right amount of choices. Everything was usually good. Now, they have a breakfast buffet too with free-flow continental breads and cereal plus a hot egg dish and something local. I like the fact that Chinoz manages to bring the mass appeal of all-you-can-eat into a more refined surrounding and on top of that... Do It Well. The Sunday Roast buffet starts off with soup, it was chicken chowder last Sunday and was delicious. I can imagine how good a clam chowder here would be.
Then there's a nice array of appetizers like sashimi, some sushi rolls and tasty salads like eggplant in oil, salmon gravalax, green bean, mozzarella basil and so forth. Even their humous is good with soft pitta. You can eat well just at the appetizer table. However since we are here for the Sunday roast, contain yourself and attack the meat.
I want to blog a bit about the recent 'hoopla' when our Tourism Minister Dato Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen said that we needed to protect our food heritage. This came to light when someone posted a thread on FriedChillies on some news coverage about this
. I thought that it's probably best to wait until the heat has died down a little before putting this up so here it is. You see, if we Malaysians are really interested in getting people to know about our food on a global basis, this will be a more like a marathon instead of a sprint. So a month or two worth of delayed posting I think would not matter much.
Firstly, it's about time we heard kick a** statements like this from our Government instead of being all 'lets try to negotiate and see'. Sometime we have to take the bull by its horn and not worry about what comes out the other end of the horn, usually down South. I would like to personally thank our Minister of Tourism for such a bold and brave statement. Timing is a bit off but nevertheless, I am glad that she said it and took a stand. We have been waiting for this for 5 years! Yes my friends, if you have followed us that long (we've been around since 1997), you'd know that we were so pissed off that Anthony Bourdain passed off OUR Ampang Yong Tau Foo as Singaporean that we wrote that in the first edition of the FriedChillies Foodsters Guide. That was in 2005.
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Penang in New York has been around for years. Here, you can have a nice Malaysian sit down meal with roti canai, char koay teow and other familiar Malaysian fare that strikes your fancy. It has a nice cozy ambience and great food, right in the heart of New York City.