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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2011!

>> Saturday, December 25, 2010

Dear PerutBesi's readers,

Here's wishing all of you a very merry Christmas & a great year 2011 ahead!

I'll be away for camp during this last week of the year, so I won't have the internet connection. The Ruthless Eater will be back next year with more food places to share!

Stay tuned with PerutBesi!

Out to camp & back in year 2011,


Best Char Kuey Teow in Kuantan for RM3.00 - Halal

>> Monday, December 20, 2010

I just realized that I haven't posted this post on my blog. It's one of the best char kuey teow in Kuantan! I MUST introduce this stall to you!

It's just at the market area in town...excellent taste, SO fragrant, & for my Malay friends, it's halal! Oh, I just fell in love with this fried kuey teow....really!

For just RM3.00/plate, you'll get an excellent plate of fried kuey teow!
Prawns, eggs, tauge, cockles, & smooth, delectable kuey teow, fried in the uncle's special dark sauce. PERFECT!

Oh my, I'm SO tempted to eat this now! It's supper time, but cis, I'm currently not in Kuantan!! :(

Longing for uncle's char kuey teow,


PerutBesi's Article Featured at BFJ.com's eMag

>> Saturday, December 18, 2010

 *delighted!* I was very glad when Esther informed me that my article has been published in BFJ.com's eMag! It's an article that I've written previously on this blog & I've rearranged it for the purpose of publishing in BFJ.com eMag. Ah...bliss!

Here it is *smiles*:

The best part is that Nihon Kai, the Japanese restaurant that's featured on my blog & on BFJ.com's eMag is currently popular among working adults & those living around the Sunway Mentari area! I was there 2 days ago for lunch & my, my, the place was packed & it was very much alive with laughter, conversations, & satisfied patrons! (it was more 'serene' when the restaurant 1st started...haha.. *woots!*

I'm very glad to know that business has picked up tremendously & that the quality of food has been very consistent as well :) Kudos to Nihon Kai!

The Delighted, yet still Ruthless Eater,


Review: Christmas Light-Up @ Impiana KLCC Hotel

>> Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas is just a week away! Malls are packed with people purchasing gifts for their loved ones, while hotels are just as busy offering delightful ranges of food & entertainment.

It was a pleasure to be invited to the Christmas Light-Up at Impiana Hotel, KLCC last Thursday, 9th December 2010. Sharifah & Jihan have not only been the PR personnel whom I got to know, but friends whom I can sit down for a laughter-filled chat :)

The Christmas Light-Up began with carols filling the air, sung by a group of young carollers, followed by the lighting-up of Christmas trees in the hotel. It was indeed a beautiful occasion! Santa Claus was also around to give out candy canes, while Santarinas were moving around with baskets of teddy bears to be sold for a charity fund-raising event.

Loads of cookies

And the Christmas Stollen Cake

After all the hustle & bustle at the lobby, all guests were invited to a Christmas buffet spread, specially prepared by Impiana’s team of chefs. You’ll find the much awaited Christmas turkey, roast lamb, & a good array of other meat (the chefs at Impiana are somewhat meat-lovers, hence the abundance of meat dishes!), alongside the all-time favourite salad bar. There were also more than 7 types of cakes & cookies, much to my delight!

Spread of "Christmas dishes"

Here's some of the food that I savoured that evening:

"Seafood Chowder"
I enjoyed having chunks of fish & whole medium-size prawns in my creamy soup :)

(from top left, clockwise) Turkey with Prunes Sauce (I like!), Roast Lamb with Mint Gelee (Thumbs up!), Baked Mashed Potatoes with Seafood (Not too bad ;)), Spicy Prawns (acceptable)

Assortment of cold dishes
The smoked salmon with tangerine sauce was my favourite! Their chicken salad wasn't too bad either :)

Ah, I'm so thankful for the invite from Sharifah :) Good food, good fellowship!

Coming to think of it, the true meaning of Christmas has somewhat dwindled to commercialism. Amidst the lovely food, joyous laughter, & love-filled gift exchange, Christ-followers around the world will be remembering the greatest gift to all mankind, Jesus Christ, who came into the world more than 2000 years ago, in the form of a human, yet fully God, to save us sinful mankind from eternal death; all for His glory. God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the greatest gift given, & the greatest gift to be received.

Have you opened that gift that has been given to you... a long time ago...even before you were born?

Have a blessed Christmas & a great year ahead!

In the Christmas mood,


Review: Snogurt, SS15 Subang

>> Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Almost everyone loves something sweet & icy-cold every now & then. Who wouldn’t – especially on a hot day (all year round in Malaysia!)? With the Malaysian government going full-on with advertisements & campaigns for all citizens to lower their sugar intake (thanks to the spiking-high rate of diabetic patients), I’m sure many Malaysians are caught in a dilemma on whether to satisfy their sweet tooth, or to abide with the “angelic advices” given by the government.

Hear ye, hear ye! Especially girls & ladies, & of course the gentlemen as well!

Snogurt may be one of the best solutions to our dilemma! You’ll get your dose of icy-cold dessert, packed with wholesome goodness of vitamins & good bacteria that helps in digestion, all in a less-fattening, less sugar-packed cup of frozen yougurt! Snogurt could be your next best friend, especially if you’re an ice-cream lover + a health conscious citizen ;)

Snogurt started its first outlet at SS15, Subang on the 10th of October 2010. Kicking off its business at 3pm on the day of launch, Snogurt has had a steady flow of customers, mainly students from neighbouring colleges & of course residents from Subang Jaya itself. This brand is the brain-child of 2 business partners, Mr Lau & Mr Yap. As frozen yogurt is very popular in Indonesia, Mr Lau decided to bring the revolutionary dessert to whet the appetite of Malaysians (who just enjoy eating)! Snogurt is a self-owned outlet & both gentlemen will consider licensing their brand name in the near future.

This 1st outlet could accommodate an approximate of 30 customers at one go, but most of their customers are take-aways customers. If you prefer to sit in & enjoy your cup of Snogurt, go ahead & sink your teeth into cold yogurt, while surfing on their free Wifi service!

Snogurt boasts of its 3 simple DIY (Do-It-Yourself) steps/concept for your cup of frozen yogurt. Firstly, grab your cup, and then pick your choice of Snogurt. After that, select your preferred topping(s) & finally, weigh your cup of Snogurt (RM4.90/100g) & pay at the counter! Snogurt’s alike a smooth ice-cream, but with yogurt as its base. So, anticipate the slightly sourish wake-up call in your humble cup of Snogurt!

Here are some fun facts of Snogurt:

1. The yogurt powder mix is imported from Italy.
2. The R&D team at Snogurt has added fresh yogurt & liquid/concentrated/powdered flavours to the original frozen yogurt mixture (the one from Italy) for an improved & more satisfying indulgence :D *woots!*
3. Currently, there are 6 flavours at Snogurt i.e. Just Snogurt (Plain), Shy Lychee, Chich Chocolate, Screaming Apple, Strawberry Smooth, & Mango Tango; the 1st three in the list being the most popular flavours.
4. The Snogurt mix can only be kept for a maximum of 3 days, after which the frozen yogurt will be discarded. You can expect fresh Snogurt everyday ‘cos they have been making new batches of Snogurt everyday!
5. The Snogurt dispensing machine is also imported from Italy where the parts are manufactured, but the parts are assembled in China. What’s important is that the engine & compressor of the machine are from good-ole-reliable manufacturers!
6. The Snogurt dispensing machine is washed TWICE daily, once in the morning & another time after the shop closes at night. You can definitely be sure to have clean & fresh Snogurt each day :)

Here's what I thought about the 6 different flavours offered at Snogurt:
  • Just Snogurt – Plain & simple sourish yogurt, for those who prefer something with no-frills.
  • Chic Cholate – I personally find this flavour “comforting”. It has adequate taste of chocolate with a tinge of sour yogurt. Quite a pleasant combination, actually. It left a yummy chocolate after-taste in my mouth :P
  • Strawberry Smooth – If you’re a strawberry fan, this is for you. I find this quite sour compared to the Chic Chocolate. It also tastes more “milky” than the Chic Chocolate & the Just Snogurt.
  • Screaming Apple – It was an instant “ding!” moment when I first tasted this flavour – Granny Smith! The taste of green apple is so evident & fragrant that you won’t mistake this for some other flavour ;)
  • Mango Tango – I felt that the mango flavour wasn’t pungent enough. It wasn’t a flavour that made me get up to my feet & do the tango...hahaha...
  • Shy Lychee – This certainly isn’t a shy flavour! In fact, it’s no doubt one of the most desirable flavours of the 6 flavours available! I enjoyed the pleasant sweetness in the slightly sourish & milkfish frozen yogurts...it kinda reminded me of some melon taste!

Snogurt is opening its 2nd outlet at the end of the month at Taylor’s Lakeside College. Students, lecturers, & administrative staff – look forward to the revolutionary Snogurt stepping into your campus soon!

Snogurt Sdn Bhd
9, Jalan SS15/7
Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 5638 7898


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Loving this "new" dessert in town,


Solo Travel Part 11 - Ipoh

>> Monday, December 13, 2010

If I were to really blog about my Ipoh trip in detail, I think I will need more than 3 posts! Just to save some time, here are some good food places that you should try out while you're in this lovely town :)

1. Funny Mountain's Tau Fu Fah

Address: Jalan Theatre
GPS: N04 35.682' E101 5.057'
Business hour: 10:00a.m. - sold out
Tel: (+6016) 595 0369, (+605) 546 9968

One of the best, if not the best tau fu fah I've ever had in my entire life! Indulge into a gingery-taste syrup with smooth tau fu fah for just RM0.70/bowl :P You may just have to line up (either in a human-line or in your car) for your bowl of dessert, but it's sure worth the wait ;)

2. Hong Kee Mah Chee (Peanut Gruel/"Fa Sang Wu" & "Mah Chee")
Address: 550A, Jalan Queen, Pasir Pinji, 31050 Ipoh
GPS: N04 34.392' E101 5.246'
Tel: (+6012) 3828 651
Business hour: 1.30pm-6.00pm

Price: RM2.00/plate of mah chee, RM2.00/bowl of peanut gruel

Try not to miss out sinking your teeth into the famous peanut mah chee at Pasir Pinji while you're at Ipoh. The "mah chee" is chewy, not too soft 'til it sticks onto your teeth, & not too chewy 'til you find it tough to swallow. It's my 1st time having such lovely mah chee (unlike the ones I get from pasar malams/night markets). The grounded peanut + sugar that goes with the mah chee is also fine & not over-powering with sugar, which was excellent!

The peanut gruel/"fa sang wu" is also smooth, slightly salty, & pleasantly sweet! Oh, so delicious...I could have bowls of it!!

Not too far from Hong Kee Mah Chee's stall stand the crispy "siew yoke"/roast pork stall & the deep-fried cempedak+sweet potatoes+"nin kou" stall. You can get pretty delicious tea break goodies here!

Siew Yoke Pasir Pinji
GPS: N04 34.559' E101 5.213'

Fried Cempedak Pasir Pinji
GPS: N04 34.538' E101 5.214'

3. "Dai-Sai Kiok"/Big-Small Feet @ Kum Kee
Address: 798-799, Jalan Sekolah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak. 
GPS: N04 34.303' E101 5.335'
Business hour: 6:00p.m. - about 2:00-3:00a.m.
Note: It's located directly opposite the Pasir Pinji police station & isn't too far from the wet market.

If you're a fan of pig's trotter or even braised chicken feet, you wouldn't want to miss stopping by at Kum Kee, Pasir Pinji. This humble coffeeshop sure has much delightful 'delicacies' to offer! Apart from their "big-small feet", they also serve steamed chicken/"pak cham kai" & yong tau foo, alongside the unforgettable kuey teow soup! The soup's base is soya beans, which makes the soup very sweet & yummy :) I didn't have the kuey teow soup as I prefer my noodles to be dry with dark sauce. Don't forget to end your meal with a delicious bowl of tau fu fah as well! (of course Funny Mountain's still the king of tau fu fah...hehe, but this isn't too bad either)

4. Pak Kong Chicken Rice
Address: Jalan Theatre
GPS: N04 35.680' E101 5.018'

Fluffy & fragrant "oily" rice served with roast/steamed chicken...it's so good, you'll have to line up for your dose of Ipoh's famous chicken rice! You'll also find some of the most famous food items around the area e.g. Funny Mountain's Tau Fu Fah, Aun Kheng Lim's Salt-Baked Chicken, & Sin Eng Heong's Kaya Puff...just to name a few.

5. Chang Keong Dim Sum
Address: 34, Jalan Raja Ekram (Cowan Street), 30450 Ipoh.
GPS: N04 35.842' E101 5.142'
Tel: (+6012) 467 7841 - Chang Keong/ (+6016) 541 5877 - Sakura Ng
Business hour: 5:30a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In my personal opinion, the dim sum here is much better than Foh San's. The last time I had my breakfast at Foh San, I was quite disappointed. Not only do I have to wait for a long time for a place to sit, I also need to wait for the food to come by *sigh* The only down-side at Chang Keong is the lacking of air-conditioner. Apart from that, the dim sum here is good! The fish ball/paste is recommended, plus their variety of dim sum is also quite commendable :) It doesn't have as many "fancy dim sum" like Foh San, but it's good enough for a satisfying meal of Chinese dim sum for the PerutBesi!

I had so many other good food, thanks to my top-notch host, Yi Pa! Here are some other places for good food:
  • Makanan Laut Delight: N04 35.984' E101 4.930'
  • Yik Sun's Hakka Mee: N04 35.803' E101 4.687'
  • Ipoh's Famous Pomelo: N04 35.209' E101 8.074'
  • Toong Keng's Toast: N04 34.646' E101 7.404'
  • Ipoh Yee Lok's Pan Mee: N04 34.673' E101 7.365'
I hope this post will help you when you're food hunting around Ipoh ;) Stay tuned with PerutBesi for I've more food post to come!

    Chomping away,


    Solo Travel Part 10 - Tanjung Tualang

    >> Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Tanjung Tualang is yet another area not too far from Kampar...it took us also another 40+ minutes drive from Kampar town for a lovely seafood dinner :)

    As we didn't know which seafood is THE best, we just ended up at a restaurant, which WY felt was familiar (her brother's friend recommended 1 restaurant last time, but she couldn't fully recall which is the exact one). After eating there, I found out that it's the better/best seafood restaurant at Tg Tualang after all! Woots :D

    Fresh prawns!

    Restoran Luen Fong was our chosen one!

    Special "home-made" chilli mix to accompany the seafood, especially the fried ones

    There were just the 2 of us for dinner, so we couldn't order too much. Furthermore our late lunch didn't give us any opportunity to indulge into more seafood....and ahem...our cholesterol level is at stake as well :P

    1/2 kg Steamed Prawns
    The prawns were really fresh...they were still swimming before their life ended...hahaha. The flesh is sweet, "crunchy", & the whole dish's taste just felt very naturally pleasant :) I will recommend the prawns to be served steamed than fried. You'll get to taste the "originality" of the prawns!

    Just check out the ooze!

    And the roe?

     Deep fried squid rings
    Crispy, light battered squid, deep fried 'til golden brown. Oolala...! The batter wasn't too thick, which went very well with the chewy squid rings. Thankfully the squid rings weren't too tough nor too soft! Yums :)

    Stir-fried Sweet Potato Leaves with Belacan
    We enjoyed the taste of the dried shrimp belacan. It wasn't too spicy, & the fragrance of the dried shrimp complimented the almost tasteless vegetable very well :)

    In total, we spent RM45.00 for the whole meal, inclusive of tea (we didn't have rice as we were quite full from a late lunch). I thought it was quite a worth-paying meal - simple, delicious, & considerably cheap. But oh, I still miss the seafood in Sabah (CHEAP & FRESH)!!

    If you're around Kampar/Ipoh area, you might want to try out some seafood at Tanjung Tualang ;) It's relatively easy to find...if you've the GPS, just check out on Market Street, Tg Tualang & you'll get there without much hassle!

    Restoran Luen Fong
    19, Market Street
    31800 Tanjung Tualang
    Perak Darul Ridzuan
    Tel: (+605)360 9267/ (+6012)533 6166


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    Seafood chomper,


    Solo Travel Part 9 - Kampar (Part 2)

    >> Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    Pusing is a very small town around 40 minutes from Kampar. The drive from Kampar to Pusing town was truly enjoyable as the weather that day was really lovely.

    Journey towards Pusing town

    Kelly's Castle @ Batu Gajah
    You'll pass by Kelly's Castle on your way to Pusing town

    Some Indian temple on the way...
    Notice something unique among the crowd? ;) I zoomed my camera in to capture this!

    Apart from the famous fresh prawn noodles ("sang har mee") at Pusing town, this town is also well known for its variety of dumplings/"kuih". Right across Restoran Ming Feong, where you'll find the delectable fresh prawn noodles are dumpling stalls with a colourful variety of dumplings!

    One of my favourite dumplings is found here! (around RM0.60/piece)
    Their "dark green dumpling" (I've no idea what it's called, but the dumpling is made from some leaves + flour) is not too sweet, nicely chewy, & not too oily as well :D Lip-smacking!

    Assortment of dumplings with & without fillings

    Pusing town's dumpling
    GPS: N04 29.641' E101 0.606'

    The only reason why people like us will drive 40 minutes out of town for lunch is what this restaurant has to offer. Many have traveled far & wide for this restaurant's "sang har mee". Several newspapers & magazines have also written about them, but hmm...I find the food here just so-so *shrugs*

    Even after 2pm on a weekday, this restaurant still has a good crowd!

    "Kao Zhai Ngap" in Cantonese/literally translated as "Puppy Duck" (RM24.00/serving for 2 persons)
    The duck meat isn't very tough, but not very tender as well. I guess, from the name itself, I will assume that this duck has much exercise at the farm/have been chased around by dogs every day! :P The gravy is quite salty, but quite fragrant as well. Leek (I think) were thrown into the claypot to give the duck some extra fragrance, but I doubt it's delicious :S Overall, I didn't enjoy this dish very much as I didn't order rice to go with the "quite salty" gravy. Hehe...

    Sang Har Mee (RM8.00/small bowl for 1 person)
    This is the much-loved noodles here...hmm...I felt that it didn't have enough wine! In my opinion, the soup/broth was a little bland, although I admit that ginger was aplenty. The only thing that I have no complaints for are the noodles, which were smooth & not too soft...RM8.00 for a bowl of fresh prawn noodles that isn't up to PerutBesi's standard? Hmm...I may not bother going back there for another bowl. Heh.

    Restoran Ming Feong
    37, Main Road
    31550 Pusing
    Perak Darul Ridzuan.
    Tel: (+605) 288 1362
    GPS: N04 29.613' E101 0.581'

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    Back in Kampar, claypot chicken rice is a must try for dinner ;) The stall here opens from 5pm onwards. This is the best claypot chicken rice stall in Kampar!

    Kampar's Claypot Chicken Rice (RM6.00 small without egg/RM9.00 medium without egg/RM12.00 large without egg)
    I dare say that the claypot chicken rice here is good :) The rice is just nice, not too wet, not too dry. The amount of chicken served with the rice is also quite generous, & oh, the salted fish just gave the rice some extra fragrance :) Overall, it's dinner worth having! A small claypot feeds 2 persons just nice :)

    Heng Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
    Restoran Weng Lok Yuen
    123, Jalan Idris
    Business Hour: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    GPS: N04 18.841' E101 9.124'


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    Stay tuned for more posts on my solo trip, yeah? I'll try to keep this blog updated with more goodies! :)

    The Ruthless Eater,

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