"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Zi-Cha 煮炒/大炒

Restoran Win Yin 容原宮保田雞粥

This is the place where my cousin has always been wanting to bring me to. She claims that the frog porridge here is better than the one I brought her to.

We ordered the frogs in “gong bao” flavour, sliced fish in spring onion and ginger, stir fried lala, peanuts and preserved vegetables, together with 5 servings of porridge. Each frog is RM7.50 and the whole meal cost RM$66.50.

I felt the frogs weren’t as flavourful as that I had here. But the sliced fish were not bad. The lala was not bad too.

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Preserved vegetables 咸菜

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Shellfish “Lala”

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Frogs, sliced fish and porridge

The only bad part is we were really thirsty after our dinner. Probably too much MSG in the food.

Restaurant: Restoran Win Yin 容原宮保田雞粥
Address: 68 Jalan Toman 4, Kemayan Square, 70200 Seremban Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 630pm – 0430am

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U Crab Wang Restaurant 柔蟹皇海鲜饭店

Had supper at this place yesterday at Seremban. We ordered 3 crabs cooked in 2 flavours – mushroom and chilli (辣子). We were quite apprehensive about the mushroom one at first but since the waitress said it is one of their most popular flavour, we decided to give it a try.

We couldn’t really tell how they made the mushroom gravy, but guessed they probably used Campbell’s canned soup and added onions, garlic and cheese. It was quite flavourful.

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The chilli one was not bad either, with curry leaves, dried shrimps, garlic and chilli. I felt it was not spicy enough.

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The crab was meaty but had a slight tinge of muddy taste. Price – RM$63 per kg.

The restaurant offers 28 types of flavours of crab. Besides this, they also have a “zi char” menu.

Note: Mosquitos are abundant at night. Spray insect repellent first if you are eating supper.

Restaurant: U Crab Wang Restaurant 柔蟹皇海鲜饭店
Address: 259 Jalan Haruan 5/7 Pusat Komersial Oakland 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Tel: 06-632 7833; 016 906 6591
Email: ucrabwangrestaurant@yahoo.com
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm; 6pm – 12am. Closed on Tuesdays.


Ah Yat Seafood

My family and I came here for the first time to celebrate my mum’s birthday. They had this set promotion at the time and we ordered the $198++ set. This was very worth it because the portions were big and they were not stingy on the seafood ingredients. Every dish served onto our table was a “WOW”.

My favourite was the braised e-fu noodles with Boston lobster. I would expect lobster to be tasteless when cooked in this manner. However, it was so sweet and full of the sea flvour on every strand of noodle, sauce and the tender lobster meat itself. Suckling pig did not have the foul “piggy” taste so I could eat it! Shark’s fin was generously seen in every of our bowls. The fish was well accompanied with the  fragrant soy sauce. It was the first time I’ve eaten Alaska king crab too. This is where the authentic long crab stick meat come from! We were given a special pair of scissors each and I had fun eating them!

As for the dim sum I had with CP on another occasion, there is nothing worth mentioning. Dim sum is obviously not their forte.

Har Gao $4.20
Steamed dumpling with scallop $4.20
Siew Mai $3.80
Deep fried banana ball with red bean paste $4.20
Deep fried scallop in yam paste $3.80
Baked Mini Egg tarts $3.80
Pan-fried turnip cake $3.20
Steam ricesheet roll with shrimp $4.80

Dim sum items at 50% off from Mon to Sat and 40% off on Sundays and PH.

Tea/Water/Nut/Towel at $2 per pax.
Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Ah Yat Seafood
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #03-01, Main Grandstand, Turf City, Singapore 287994
Tel: 68832112 (reservations recommended)
Fax: 68832022


Westlake Restaurant

This has always been one of my favourite places since young. My dad used to drive the family from the east to the west just for their kong ba bao. But over the recent past 10 years, we only went back once. Dad explained it was too far away. CP stays in the west and one very fine weekend, we were all at his house for majong. However, I wasn’t one of the majong kaki since I had alot of work to complete. Hence, while they were having their majong fun, I was sadly working away at his dining table. After they finished one round, I suggested Westlake for dinner! So we drove down and had a little trouble finding the place because Google’s search results didn’t indicate that it was a BLOCK. We ended up driving around Crown Centre along Queen’s Road. Westlake is wrongly mapped on Google Maps, so please ignore that!

Eventually I called up the place to ask for more specific directions. So readers, drive all the way down Queen’s Road to the housing blocks (towards Empress Road). Westlake is located on the second floor of the carpark Block 4.

JH loved the Yam basket the most while CP and I devoured the fish maw soup delightfully. Von’s bf enjoyed the kong ba bao the most. They even went back there twice without us after that! CP also went back for their fish maw soup without us!!

The yam was so “yammy” and tender! Frog legs were so full of ginger and onion flavour that none of the ginger or onion (besides the frog legs) were spared. Fish maw soup was generous with prawns, crab meat and thick fish maw. The soup was well divided into 6 portions for each of us. The beancurd was also very good, the red garnish that came with was very appetizing and went very well with rice.

Chinese Tea – $0.70 per pax
Towel – $1 per pax
Peanuts – $2
Plain rice – $0.80 per bowl

On previous occassions, I have tried their hor fun and fried rice which my Dad and I deemed the best in Singapore! Can’t wait to go back for more satisfying food!

Prices exclude 10% services charges and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Westlake Restaurant
Address: Block 4, #02-139, Queen’s Road, Singapore 260004
Tel: 64747283 / 64752982
Website: http://www.westlake.com.sg/


Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup

Ooohooo!! Alas a good pig’s kidney mee sua that is in herbal soup! If you don’t like pig’s kidney ($5) or is afraid of the “smell”, you can choose it with plain pork ($4). Really good to eat this when the weather is cold.

Seng Kee is also famous for its seafood, especially steam fish. Other popular dishes include Clay pot Sesame Chicken, Clams La La, Golden Threaded Balls and Fried Pepper Crab Bee Hoon. It was featured in one of MediaCorp’s food program before.

Just be mindful of the China waitresses there who can be quite indifferent and straightforward. You have to order the food yourself at the counter.

Stall: Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup 成基黑鸡补品
Address:  467 Changi Road Singapore 419887
Tel: 9001 4000
Opening Hours: 5 pm to 4 am, daily


Por Kee Eating House

We went to this place for my Dad’s 60th birthday. Situated near many famous eating places in Tiong Bahru, this restaurant rests in a quiet corner with humble interiors. You can see big tanks with live seafood.

The food is not bad. I liked the fish, prawns and beancurd. The prawns were big, the soon hock was chewy and the beancurd was tender and flavourful. This was also the first time I see longevity noodles cooked in such a style. The ones I have eaten uses egg noodles cooked in dark sauce, then topped with quail’s eggs.

Abalone: $40 each per piece
Steamed Soon Hock in Cantonese style: $49
Cereal Prawns: $20
Half roasted chicken: $15
Braised beancurd: $15
Deep-fried baby squids: $14
Pork: $21
Longevity noodles: $15
Spinach: $12
Towels: $1.50 each
Peanuts and Pickles: $2.50 each
Plain rice: 80 cents

Prices excludes 7% GST. No 10% service charges.

Our total bill: $218.20

Restaurant: Por Kee Eating House
Address: Block 69, Seng Poh Lane, Singapore 160069
Tel: 62210582
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 12.30am


P.J. Seafood Restaurant 人打靈興旺钓鱼场餐馆

Big Prawn Sheng Mian

Like the big prawns and taste. As I always believed, 煮炒/大炒 is always better in Malaysia.

Stir-fried Vegetables

Cheese Crab

This is the crab you have to try!! It is butter cheese crab served in a claypot. The cheese doesn’t get hard after a while, and the flavour is rich. A pity the crab is not Sri Lanka crab, otherwise it would be better.

La-la Mee Hoon

I have only eaten the soup version of la-la bee hoon. This one is the 煮炒/大炒 style. Love it!! Especially eaten together with green chilli-padi!

The place is not air-conditioned, and the roof was old. So you could see long planks of wood running all over the roof, and hiding lots of lizards. We were a little afraid that the lizards would add some unwanted “seasonings” to our food. Also, because the place is located beside a big pond, there were mosquitos. It got quite uncomfortable there. They should do up the place, and probably could attract more customers.

Restaurant: P.J. Seafood Restaurant 人打靈興旺钓鱼场餐馆
Address: Plot A, Kampung Chempaka, Petaling Jaya, 47410 Selangor
Tel: 03 7883 0177
HP: 016 3382 222 / 017 6214 707 / 012 9277 162