If you’re itching for a dose of Banana Leaf Rice in Subang Jaya, look no further that Abirami.
When I had my off day 2 weeks back, I drop by Subang Jaya to get some stuffs and initially I wanted to head over to the food court near Sunway College for their Nasi Lemak but decided otherwise since I need to wait for the shop to open so I decided to eat lunch at Abirami instead. The first time I was here was many years ago back in my Amex days and I vaguely remember that the Banana Leaf rice was ok, being hungry and all I quickly seated down and order a portion of banana leaf rice.
The waiter was quick to serve it with rice, assorted vegetables and curry gravy!
Never really know what is this, but I assumed that it’s Fried Bittergourd? Crunchy and always a great supplementary for the meal.
Not to miss out, cucumbers and potatoes.
I would like to order more but since I’m the only one eating, I ordered just the Chicken Masala which is pretty good. The dry gravy is deliciously spicy, but prepare for some booby trap (star anise!). You can also opt for a lot of other dishes like fried fishes and all and the selection of dishes is pretty good too.
It’s always nice to find a good place to have a good meal of banana leaf rice and Abirami certainly is one of those places that I wouldn’t mind dropping by again when I’m around that area.
The price is pretty reasonable, RM5.50 for a serving of rice and RM5 for the Chicken Masala.
No C1 Ground Floor
47500 Subang Jaya
Kuchai Lama nowadays is famed for having numerous eateries, some special in it’s own way like Win Soon Fish Head Noodle and Fu Lai Dim Sum. 2 weeks back while I was driving back to my office, I took a detour here to locate a Fish Head Noodle shop that’s been posted by a few FB friends, since it’s lunch time anyways.
The restaurant only operates on weekdays as they are also a food caterer during the weekends, I was there about 11-ish, and the place is almost full. I quickly find myself a spot at the very end and order what’s famous there, which is the XO Fish Head Noodle.
First time being here, I was puzzled why do they give me a bowl because normally you’ll just eat it off the bowl right? The chili that’s serve is different from others with the lack of sambal belacan, but still packs a punch.
Barley with Bean Curd (Fu Chuk Yi Mai) to drench the thirst.
I’m seated at the edge of the restaurant, with numerous tables being reserved for the lunch crowd.
By the time my pot of Fish Head Noodle was served, I knew why they gave me a bowl, because you can easily feed 2 person with it. It’s somewhat different from the normal ones that I’ve eaten before, the soup is sour and almost taste like a non spicy version of Assam Laksa. The noodles are thicker than the normal vermicelli (mihun) and it comes with a generous portion of fish head, as well as bits of Ham Choy (Pickled Mustard Cabbage) with tomatoes and bean curd. There’s also a few slices of yam, which is a good addition to the noodles.
Taste wise, it’s quite refreshing since the soup is a bit sourish, although I didn’t really tasted the XO or anything in the soup. The portion is definitely big enough for 2 person, and I noticed that the place do serve other dishes as well such as Guiness Chicken Wings, Claypot Loh Shue Fun and a few others but I guess I will ask a few friends to come along if I wanted to give it a try. The whole meal costs RM16.50 which is alright for a pot of XO infused Fish Head Noodle, too bad they don’t open on weekends, if not I can drop by again with May and the kids. Well I guess for now, I would have to find someone who’s free on weekdays to try the other dishes that it’s famous for.
Goon Wah XO Fish Head Noodle
G13 Jalan 3/115C
Block KP2 Taman Kuchai Jaya
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No : 03-7982 0048
Opening Hours : Monday till Friday, Closed on Weekends
For the past 6 or 7 weeks, me, May and the boys went back to Kepong normally during the weekends to have a look at May’s parent’s house as they were away in New Zealand, have always wanted to try this Chinese Nasi Lemak that KY mentioned in his blog post before but every time that we were there on a Sunday morning, the place is normally closed. However, 3 weeks back, we managed to drop by the place on a Saturday morning to give it a try.
The restaurant is a corner shop off Jalan Segambut (Jalan Segambut Selatan to be exact) and the easiest landmark would be the RHB Bank diagonally opposite the shop. It houses quite a selection of stalls, from the Nasi Lemak to Jawa Mee.
The stall is manned by a Chinese couple, and the selection of dishes is spread around the stall. Being a Nasi Lemak lover, sometimes I like how we Chinese cooked the Sambal and Curry Chicken, there’s almost this distinctive taste that separates from the Malay ones. Of course, there’s also the varieties that can be included like pork and wild boar meat.
The rice is just nice, with a very fragrant santan that’s not too heavy. The sambal is like what I’ve expected, with lots of onion, sweet but spicy. The Fried Pork is alright, marinated with five spice but I find it a bit watery, maybe because my family version always comes with thick gravy.
Nevertheless, it’s always nice to have a good old Nasi Lemak, Chinese style. If you can’t make it in the morning, consider Nasi Lemak San Peng that operates around the San Peng area at night.
Hoi Kee Restaurant
2 Jalan Segambut Tengah
51200 Kuala Lumpur
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