What to Eat in Jenjarom – New Double Day Seafood Restaurant

Before heading out on our day trip to Jenjarom, we searched up stuff to eat. The town has numerous seafood and bak kut teh restaurants: but since neither piqued Moo’s fancy, we decided on a place called Kim Mua Lau, which serves three cup chicken.

Drove into town following the address provided by blogs; ended up going in circles around the village area. Also why you shouldn’t trust Waze in areas beyond the usual cities and towns lol. Phone numbers didn’t work too.

After a good 20 minutes of (unsuccessful) hunting, we finally decided to fk it and just stop by a random place, just down the road from the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zhen Temple. Called New Double Day Seafood Restaurant, it looked like your typical ‘jau lau’ style establishment: air conditioned, with big tables complete with a Lazy Susan for family gatherings. During our visit, there was a big fam get together that took up four of the resto’s 10 or so tables.

Stir fried sweet potato leaves. I felt that the dish was a little too wet, but Moo liked the garlic fragrance.

Their house special is the kau yuk, a traditional Hakka-Chinese pot roast pork dish. Most versions have slices of taro, but here they only served the pork belly slices in a thick dark sauce. The flavour was good, although I felt that the lean part of the belly was too dry and rough. Good thing the fat balanced it out so it wasn’t too bad. I’d give it a 7/10.

The lady boss also suggested we order some of their steamed fish, which came in fillets. Price was measured by 100g (RM7), so two slices came to about RM28. The fish was pretty fresh and tasty, especially when paired with the light and sweet soy sauce. RM28 was cheap imo, considering that most fillets that size would cost upwards of RM10+ per piece from the market.

The food was satisfactory and very affordable – our meal came up to RM59 only. The veggies were only RM8 which is a rare find coz most places in KL would charge Rm12 per dish.

An option to consider when in Jenjarom town!

NEW DOUBLE DAY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 

Jalan Jambu Mawar 3, Taman Yayasan, 42600 Jenjarom, Selangor, Malaysia

NOTE: *Address given online is Jalan Jambu Mawar 3, but if you key that in it will bring you to the housing estate. If you’re coming from the main road, just google Jalan Sungai Buaya instead and you should spot the shop on your right.

Landmarks: It is across the road from Sin Kim Leng restaurant and Heritaste, which is famous for peanut candy. Just down the road is the FGS Dong Zen temple.

 

Famous Mee Sua @ Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle, Ximending, Taipei

On our fourth day in Taiwan, we checked out of our hostel in Fengjia, Taichung and hopped onto a two-hour bus headed to the northern capital of Taipei. A bustling city of 2mil people, this modern metropolis is a quirky mix of old Japanese colonial lanes mixed with ultra-modern buildings, like the iconic Taipei 101. The city seemed slow to wake, as the streets were still relatively empty when we got to our accommodation at Ximen around 9-ish. Time to hunt for breakfast!

Several colourful floats were on display on the street, including an anime-esque Mazu (the Taoist Goddess of the sea) on clouds, complete with cute cartoon sea creatures.

Our hotel was conveniently located next to the shopping district, which comes to life at night and carries on until the wee hours of the morning. The scene during the day is more subdued, but there are still some shops and restaurants open to explore. 

One of the most famous stalls in Ximen is Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles, which dishes out ‘meesua’ or thin rice noodles in a soupy broth. The small kiosk was crowded with visitors! There were no tables; only a couple of chairs – so most patrons stood around and had their meal.

Service was fast, orderly and efficient. Staff ladled scoops of hot noodle broth from a giant vat into small paper bowls before topping them off with sauce and condiments.

Meesua is made from rice flour, with a soft, silky texture that slips down the throat. The broth, which is thick, goopy and starchy, has a smoked fish + meat flavour, as the base is made from bonito flakes. While some places put oysters in the meesua, Ay-Chung’s version is full of chewy pieces of pork intestine.

AY-CHUNG FLOUR RICE NOODLES 

No. 8-1, Emei St., Wanhua District, Taipei 108
Business hours:  (Mon – Thurs) 10 am – 10:30 pm; (Fri- Sun) 10am – 11pm

 

Coffea Coffee IOI Boulevard, Puchong Jaya

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

This might sound blasphemous to ‘real’ coffee lovers, but a couple of years back, Starbucks used to be my go-to-place for drinks (mostly for the chill atmosphere, and also coz I can spend hours there with a laptop with just one drink… yeah I’m cheapo like that). Since then, Starbucks has become so mainstream that going to one now is like entering a pasar malam – children running around shouting, babies crying… thankfully, with the advent of coffee culture, there are other options to hangout at. In Puchong, there’s Coffea Coffee at IOI Boulevard.

Coffea Coffee is multi-award winning establishment,  specialising in Specialty Coffee from farms around the globe, including in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sumatra, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, El’Salvador, Nicaragua, Rwanda and Yemen. They are known for their signature Maestro and Madonna roasting and blending styles.

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Locally, this multi-award winning establishment has outlets in KL, Selangor and Penang. They specialise in specialty coffee from twelve farms around the globe, including in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Sumatra and Costa Rica. The Puchong branch is cosy and spacious, done in warm brick and wood tones with clean black and white surfaces.

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Beautiful cakes, pastries and sandwiches on display.

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Wanted to get a slice but already had dinner, so I’ll save it for next time.

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Packaged coffee beans

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Interior sports a lot of wood and clean minimalist lines. They have free Wifi so you can just chill and work on your laptop here all day.

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Ordered an ice blended chai (RM15 – regular, RM16 large). It was sweet but not cloying, with strong hints of spice such as cardamom and cinnamon.

Definitely putting this on my list of chill/hangout cafes in Puchong. 🙂

COFFEA COFFEE (Puchong) 

IOI Boulevard Puchong,, Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Open daily: 9AM-1AM (12AM on Sundays)

coffea.my 

Dimsum at Foh San, Ipoh

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While in Ipoh, one of the not-to-miss places is Foh San (pronounced as Foo San), a famous dim sum restaurant in the heart of town which has been around for many years. I haven’t been back here since I was a teenager because my parents, both Ipoh-ites, find it too commercialised and overrated.

Much has changed from the shop’s humble beginnings. Today, it is a large double-storey building occupying several shop lots, with a nicely decorated interior and high, airy ceilings.

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Unlike conventional dimsum stalls, Foh San has done away with ladies pushing carts laden with tantalising dimsum, where patrons can pick the dishes they want when it passes by their table. Instead, there are self-service counters where you go up to them and pick up what you want.

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First order of the day was chao lor bak gou, or stir fried spicy radish cakes! This is one of my dad and brother’s favourite dishes and a must-have when we have dimsum. Cooked with crunchy beansprouts, chilli, dried shrimp and topped with chopped spring onions, the radish cakes have a soft and chewy texture. Alternatively there is also the fried version without vegetables.

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Siew mai (pork and shrimp dumplings). They were okay, but I’ve definitely had better.

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The lotus-leaf wrapped glutinous rice was not too shabby. Sticky and savoury, it came stuffed with peanuts, Shiitake mushrooms, chicken and egg yolk at the center. The leaf wrapping gave it a fragrant flavour and smell.

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One of the best dishes that we ordered was the century egg porridge. Not too watery and with just the right consistency, the porridge was flavourful enough without needing to add pepper or soy sauce. The serving was generous for two people, and it was chock full of century eggs and tender pork belly. The pork belly was awesome – chewy, melt-in-the-mouth – it was almost like eating fish.

Not everyone can stomach century eggs, but I love that stuff. It’s basically made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mix of clay, ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls, which turns the egg white a translucent black and the yolk into a creamy center. Some people have said it smells/tastes like ammonia + sulphur. Westerners might find it gross, but for someone who grew up with it, I don’t find it weird at all. Like durian, it’s an acquired taste.

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For dessert, there was lotus paste mochi…

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Flaky egg tarts,…

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And Ma Lai Gou‘, steamed Chinese sponge cake which is fluffy, light, porous and filled with chopped almonds.

The bill came to just over RM60, which is very cheap considering we ordered quite a lot of food.

So what is the verdict for one of the ‘granddaddies’ of dimsum shops in Ipoh? Some of the dishes were hit and misses, but the overall quality is alright. We went during a quiet time so there weren’t many customers, but I wouldn’t line up for a few hours just to eat it.

FOH SAN DIM SUM RESTAURANT

51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan