Sunday, July 22, 2007

What's For Dinner Tonight Love?

A daily question B and I pose to each other.

B & I are always on the lookout for new eating places. When we first moved here, we were pretty excited to check out all the new restaurants mushrooming in our area. But now, after a year of living here, we're running out of places to eat. You’re probably wondering why we're constantly searching for places to eat when there's a well-equipped kitchen and a reasonably good cook in the house, but let’s save that thought for another day shall we?

In our quest to find the best restaurants to dine in, we sometimes win and we sometimes lose. The last time I tried to be adventurous by picking a recently opened restaurant that really looked inviting from the outside, we ended up spending RM50 on a miserable dinner of extremely salty fried rice, watermelon juice that had more water than watermelon and teeny-weeny mushrooms disguised as some sort of appetizer! Never again will we patronize that restaurant!

Anyway, in view of all my dining experiences – the good and the bad – I’d like to answer Mike’s meme on 5 great places to eat, which are local to me. Thanks for this meme Mike!

Fatty Crab, Taman Megah – A favourite amongst the locals and foreigners alike, this restaurant definitely gets 2 thumbs up from me! It's famous for its delicious chilli crabs served with toasted bread. When dining here, we usually have the crabs, yummy garlic prawns and Chinese fried rice, which to me is the best one in town. Top it off with a glass of cold Chinese tea and you’ll have a meal set for a King!

D’Tandoor, Damansara – This restaurant serves authentic Northern Indian curries and Tandoori cuisine. Once you’re seated, your waiter will arrive with a plate of papadam served with tasty green chilli dip. My favourite dish here is the seafood biryani, which is absolutely divine. D’Tandoor also serves some of the best Indian desserts like Gulab Jamun (picture above), which is ultra sweet so even one is sufficient to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Gulab jamun - A popular Northern Indian and Pakistani dessert, made of a dough consisting mainly of milk solids, in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom seeds and rosewater or saffron.

Steven’s Corner, Uptown Damansara is the first place that comes to mind whenever I get a sudden urge to devour black pepper steak! Seeing that this is more of a stall rather than a restaurant, Steven’s serves reasonably priced Western food. The best part about their steak is the thick black pepper sauce that comes with it - spicy and very tasty!

FAM Char Kway Teow, Kelana Jaya – I was first introduced to this place by a friend years ago and now, it's one of our favourite choices for Sunday brunch. This stall is managed by two lovely aunties, who dish out the best tasting kway teow ever! I usually have my kway teow (small extra spicy) with a nice tall glass of Nescafe Ice.
Char kway teow is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore. It is made from flat rice noodles, fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chili, prawns, cockles, egg, bean sprouts and Chinese chives.

Paddington House Of Pancakes, The Curve - This is the best pancake house I've come across, with more than 100 types of pancakes from all over the world served including pannekoeks, galettes, American stacks, poffertjes, blitzes, blinis and so on. The best part about this restaurant is that it serves both savoury and sweet pancakes. Savoury pancakes might sound a tad weird and I was initially skeptical to try out their savoury Full Monty but now it's actually my favourite choice on the menu! The brown gravy that goes with this is absolutely divine!

Okay, that was fun! According to the rules of this meme, I'm to list others who have done this list and tag some other friends for this meme, before listing my own name (see below). Here are my picks for this yummy meme: Adrian, Emila, Janice, Jean, Bobby & Barrett.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas[ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles,california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Joe (NE Tennessee, USA)
10K Monkeys (Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA)
Big Stupid Tommy (Athens, Tennessee, USA)
Newscoma (Weakley County, Tennessee, USA)
Russ McBee (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)
Atomictumor Mrs Eaves (Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA)
Oh Really? LissaKay (Oak Ridge, TN, USA)
Mark Steel (Knoxville, TN, USA)
Fracas (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Sugar Queen’s Dream( Palm Coast, Florida,USA)
Christy’s Coffee Break (Ontario, Canada)
Ordinary Folk (Nowheresville, NY)

Mariuca (Malaysia)

This is a miracle (Singapore)

Emila’s Illustrated Blog (Malaysia)

Revellian (Mississippi Gulf Coast)

A Great Pleasure (Malaysia)

Adrian (Malaysia)

Anything Goes! (Malaysia)

Mumblings (Malaysia)


Bobby Revell July 22, 2007 4:02 PM

Ok Jean Jr. Now I'm in the mood for something unavailable here. Guess I'll settle for a hamburger, though I would really like to try those pancakes!!

Mariuca July 22, 2007 4:09 PM

He he.. Jean Jr! Emmm, u should really try the char kway teow some day, it's really yummy and you said u like spicy food right? The pancakes are divine, they have so many items on the menu I normally spend 10 minutes or more just to pick one! :)

J@n!ce July 22, 2007 10:42 PM

Marzie, I LOVE chay kuay teow too :)
Thanks for the tag. This may take me sometime to do.... LOL.

Mariuca July 22, 2007 10:58 PM

Jan, next time u and hubbs come to M'sia, must try the one in my post, you won't be sorry! :)

Take ur time with this meme, just like how I'm taking time with the one u tagged me on he he he ;)

Mizohican July 23, 2007 4:51 AM

Ah foodies! :) I missed those days I used to check out every restaurant near my place... now I just eat the most simple dish that can be cooked in 10 mins *GRIN* Seriously, you should try out one of my cultural delicacies. Its really amazing, and different! :)

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) July 23, 2007 8:19 AM

Hey Marzie, I'd have to agree with you on D'Tandoor and Steven's Corner, tried those places and it's pretty good. The palak paneer is one of my favourites ...

Adrian July 23, 2007 8:32 AM

Marzie! What a Yummy post! :) This is the one you've been talking about for a while, right? :)

I will certainly enjoy this passing meme and already have a few places in mind! :) Like the place I had my Kueh Teow at last night! To me that one is the best hehehe Janice this is the one you must taste LOL

Bobby, We live in a food haven! :)You must come here one day and get a taste of Malaysia! :)

Have a nice day folks!

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious July 23, 2007 11:03 AM

wow, marzie! these places looks great. the food looks yummy too. thanks for the tag! im so excited to get this post up but it will take some time, ya! ;)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 11:50 AM

Sandman, I would love to try out one of your delicious delicacies! As it is, am always adventurously trying out "new and exciting" places! :)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 11:52 AM

Nick! Oh.... what about Fatty, no like? ;)

Yeah!! D'Tandoor is my fav place for Indian dishes yummy! And Steven's... so cheap and yum, what else can I say abt that place? LOL! :)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 11:55 AM

Adrian! HUGS :)

Yummy post ain't it? Am looking forward to your picks since you are a mighty fine cook, so I've heard! ;)

Bobby you heard that? Adrian wants to play host to you when u come down to our food haven LOL!!

Jean, naturally I'd have to tag you too - the professional cook mah! Would love to see your picks for this tag, maybe get a new place to eat from your list?! :)

Bobby Revell July 23, 2007 12:24 PM

I've never had authentic Malaysian food. Of the Asian foods I have tried my favourite so far is Thai(real hot Thai food)Where I live, seafood is the most popular. Maybe one day I will go there, but Jean said I could stay at her place:)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 12:29 PM

Hi Bobby!! HUGS :) Thai is food is ok too, are u sure it's really hot? Cause I sure have a high threshold for spicy stuff! LOL :)

J@n!ce July 23, 2007 2:57 PM

Marzie/Adrain : I would love to try those that you mentioned of course. That is if I get to travel over there. It would be good if got franchise over there..... LOL :)
Actually, in Sg... there are quite a few places with good char kuay teow too.
The more I look at your dishes, my stomach is making all those noises.

I better run ;)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 3:00 PM

Oh u must Jan!! You'll be back for more! I wonder where is this kway teow place of Adrian's though...

Adrian July 23, 2007 4:02 PM

It's under a tree in Old Town! :) That's all I'm saying :) I'll save the rest for my post LOL

Anonymous,  July 23, 2007 8:07 PM

I love Steven’s Corner, Uptown Damansara. Especially their Chicken Chop. Man, you really make me hungry hehe

confessing7girl July 23, 2007 8:15 PM

ahhhhhh that food looks sooooooooooo good!| ahh its lunch time hummmmmmm im drooling!!!!! i just cant resist a blog with food pictures on !! specially yummy ones!! hummmmmmm:D

Mariuca July 23, 2007 8:17 PM

Adrian, that's all ur giving away? Better write your post quickly then and let the cat out of the bag! ;)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 8:19 PM

Syaf!! Hey, maybe we bumped into each other at Steven's and didn't even notice he he he... Next time u see me at Steven's come over and say hello! :) Oh, I like their chic chop too, YUMMY! ;)

Mariuca July 23, 2007 8:22 PM

CGirl!! They do look yummy don't they? Lunch time there? It's dinner time here!

Feel free to come over and drool at the yummy pics here anytime. And if u ever come to Malaysia, you should definitely try out the stuff I mentioned here! :) :)

Becky C. July 23, 2007 11:58 PM

I want to delve into the curious question of why you two are always seeking some place to eat out--LOL:)~Becky

Mariuca July 24, 2007 12:10 AM

Oh no Becky you didn't!! LOL :) Ok, it's not like I'm a bad cook or anything, but I prefer to eat out for variety sake (yeah right!)

I know, I know.. I should start cooking more often and I will...I soon as we get a new fridge! Now we can't keep a lot of the meat and stuff cause our fridge is seriously gone! When will we get the fridge? He he ... definitely soon! Thanks for dropping by! :)

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) July 24, 2007 9:22 AM

Marzie, surprisingly I have never tried fatty crab b4 but then, I'm no crab lover but there's this one place near Sunway Mas that dishes out pretty mean crab dishes. Can't remember the name of the place though ...

Mariuca July 24, 2007 10:41 AM

That IS surprising Nick! For that, u MUST try Fatty this weekend. They have other dishes besides the crabs, like the yummy wummy garlic prawns! ;)

Anonymous,  July 24, 2007 12:26 PM

Oh man, black pepper steak :-o *drools* Take me with you next time you go? ;P

Mariuca July 24, 2007 12:36 PM

Mikey! Abaden... LOL! You will be my guest of honour! And you definitely won't regret flying all the way here to sample this exquisite black pepper steak.... now I feel like having it tonight ;)

Franco July 24, 2007 10:27 PM

If you have not tried King Crab at Kelana Jaya. Try it. You won't regret it. It is just by the Kelana Jaya LRT station. I think they have a website,

Mariuca July 24, 2007 10:38 PM

Hi Franco! So happy to see u here again! Hmmmm, I've heard of that place but have yet to try it out, will most definitely put it on our "dinner list" now! Thanks for the tip! ;)

Trix July 25, 2007 12:23 AM

Hi to you Marzie, in reply to the comment you left on my blog...I am glad I could be of some little service .I havent been able to get on your technorati train as yet, as I was just so busy with all kinds of things. I know I also owe you a tag ! :) I shall do both of them this week, I promise. In the meantime, stay sweet and hugs of love to Phoebe... and a Meow right back !P.S...i HAVE TO GET AWAY FROM YOUR BLOG RIGHT now BEFORE i go stir crazy from all the delish food !!!!!!! :)_ BYeeeeeeeee

Mariuca July 25, 2007 12:33 AM

Hi Jesse! Pls don't think of it as "some little service", your blog has been very helpful to me! Take your time doing the train dear and remember to give me a holler if you need some help. Glad u enjoyed the delicious pics, maybe one day you'll get to try some of them ;)

Loads of love and HUGS from Phoebe and me!

Bobby Revell July 25, 2007 11:34 AM

Everyone that comes here always gets lots of love:)That's why I come here plus to give you comment love:) Good morning Phoebe! Where's the breakfast menu?

Mariuca July 25, 2007 6:41 PM

Morning Uncle Bobby! Where's the breakfast menu Master?! MEOW ;)

PS. Bobby, I'll be coming by later to give u some comment love too :)... this msg is from ME and not Phoebe btw!

NIHAL July 26, 2007 12:59 AM

What a way for me to come back and read a post about food, you've done it again, Marzie :)

I'm seriously gonna try out the pancake place you mentioned as I've still not found a place that serves good ones here in KL thus far.

Mariuca July 26, 2007 1:52 AM

Hi Nihal, miss u la ;) Hope u put Streamyx in its place and ur back online again! :)

Oh you seriously must try Paddington, it's yummy with a capital Y! Ambience is nice too :)

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Mariuca July 27, 2007 12:37 AM

Hey Haris, happy to c u again! Thanks for the tag (oh no, more facts on me? LOL!!) and I'll be by to take a peek. Wonder what your 8 facts are :)

Mariuca July 27, 2007 12:38 AM

Hola Francesco, thanks for the update. Of course I'll add you in! Will be by later and do the necessary on my end, have a great day! :)

Trix July 27, 2007 1:36 AM

Hello M, I really do hope to get the chance to try some of your cuisine out one day.The local foods they serve here really are quite terrible.I have stopped going to restuarants as the stuff the serve cannot be called food! But by the look of all the lovely dishes you have put up here, I could get totally lost ....dreaming of those yummy delights....

Mariuca July 27, 2007 1:41 AM

Meow Jesse! I hope u do get to taste them one day, this is just a glimpse of the delicious food haven awaiting u here in Malaysia!

Seriously abt the restaurants there? Good thing I didn't tag u on this meme then LOL! :) Always good to see u here, HUGS!

Anonymous,  July 27, 2007 4:06 PM

Wonderful post. I too like Gulab Jamun :p

Trix July 28, 2007 3:27 PM

yes, If you had tagged me on this meme, I would have had to put up some photos of the food I cook myself. :) In my opinion the restuarants here are highly priced and very poor quality and service.I dont mind paying for something wonderful,but I became tired of paying big money for food that was just not memorable.So, I cook everything myself...and when I am not in the mood, I get someone ELSE to do it ! :) And, maybe one day I shall taste your Malasian Delicacies, they sure look a lot better than whats on offer here ... :) That fatty crab has me dreaming already.... happy day further, J

Mariuca July 28, 2007 4:40 PM

Hi thiru, welcome to my blog, am pleased to see a new face here :)

Yay! They're delicious aren't they, but you gotta find the real nice authentic gulab jamun, then only will you get the full flavour of this sweet dessert! Yum :) :)

Mariuca July 28, 2007 4:42 PM

Hi Jesse! Oh, we have some bad restaurants here too, but there are plenty of excellent ones as well, which is another reason we go in search of new interesting places to eat.

Excellent choice on the crabs, it's really one of a kind and priced reasonably too! You're making me hungry just mentioning it LOL! ;)

Mariuca July 28, 2007 4:44 PM

Hello India! Hey Bijoy, thanks for visiting, do come again. :)

I will definitely check out the article u mentioned, and perhaps see some on cats too? Have a great Saturday!

mnowluck July 29, 2007 5:10 AM

slurp!!! You're making me hungry at this hour.. its 02:39am ..LOL

Anonymous,  July 29, 2007 12:09 PM

Those sound yummy! I am a total foodie! I love the Bravo show top chef and I love trying local foods when I travel! It is fun to be adventurous, sometimes you find great munchies at a bargain! How are things Marzie?

Mariuca July 29, 2007 5:14 PM

Hi mnowluck, thanks for stopping by! Feel free to come back and feast your eyes on these yummy pics whenever u get another late night munch attack! :) :)

Mariuca July 29, 2007 5:17 PM

Hi Barrett! So nice to see u here again. Hope u are doin well there.

Oh yeah me too ... foodie I definitely am! You must come and visit M'sia then, we are a food haven and I bet you'll find loads of yummy delights here, at reasonable prices too!! :)

Anonymous,  July 30, 2007 8:03 AM

Hey there, I am SO excited about this post! I have tried three resteraunts over the weekend! I will be posting soon! how are things?

Mariuca July 30, 2007 12:50 PM

Barrett, 3 restaurants over the weekend! Wow, really can't wait for your post now! Have a great day! :) :)

Trix July 30, 2007 11:34 PM

Hi girl, thanks for all the support you have shown me and for the comments and visits to my blog ! I appreciate it very much and shall always remember how kind you have been. :)

Mariuca July 30, 2007 11:43 PM

Hola Jesse, no worries. I love visiting your site and the comments just seem to flow whenever I'm there! ;)

FL Sam August 01, 2007 12:15 AM

I luv the Crabs, Fried Rice and Chicken WIngs at Fatty Crabs too.

Th FAM Char Kuey Teow(Halal) is definitely one of the best. When I am at that area, I normally eat it. This tall have been there for such a long time. The Curry Laksa there is also good. :)

Mariuca August 01, 2007 12:33 AM

Uncle Sam!! I just had Fatty for dinner tonight, with the yummy prawns and the fried rice :)

Am glad to see another FAM kuey teow fan, it's so delicious. I have yet to try the curry laksa though cause every time I go there, it'll be my standard kuey teow order :):):) Maybe next time I'll try something else!

Sugarqueensdream August 01, 2007 4:07 PM

Every thing looks so yummmmy!!!!

Mariuca August 01, 2007 4:23 PM

Hola sugar queen! Thanks for visiting my blog. And hey, not only do they look yummy, they taste equally delicious too! :)

Ginene August 03, 2007 8:49 PM

This food looks really good! Oh my goodness. Now you have me craving this the first thing in the morning.

Mariuca August 04, 2007 2:59 AM

Hi Ginene, it's nice to see u again! Hope u enjoyed ur "breakfast" here... :):)

Nicole August 10, 2007 8:22 PM

Firstly thanks for doing the tag...Hope you enjoyed it...Super sorry for reading it so late...will be putting you on the update list...if you know of anyone else doing the tag feel free to message me and I’ll add them on the updated list

I agree Fatty Crab at Taman Megah certainly has one of the best crabs around!!! And my Steven’s Corner seriously expanded quite far since the last time I went there..and I agree too Paddington House of Pancakes is yummylicious!

Mariuca August 11, 2007 2:47 AM

Hey Nicole, nice of u to drop by! You like 3 out of my 5 food places, YAY! They're all yummy aren't they? :)

Ok, will let u know if anyone new does this post. Thanks for linking me to ur post, have a nice night! :)

Johnny Ong August 16, 2007 1:03 AM

yeah, been to 4 of the places u mentioned up there, except for D'Tandoor. As for steven's corner, i have been to their first stall which is still at OUG.

do u know why our m'sian footballers cldn't perform in their matches? its bcuz of that chow kway teow stall where they sneak out to curi makan.

Mariuca August 16, 2007 1:11 AM

Hi Johnny! Wow 4 out of 5? We must have bumped into one another without realizing it! :)

I didn't know the first Steven's is in OUG! Ha ha ha, yeah the kuey teow is just so irresistible and very within reach for the footballers, how can they not curi makan there?! ;)

LadyJava September 28, 2008 6:13 AM

Wah... I'm hungry and I had just my sahur.. eh taman megah tu kat ner.. macam pernah dengar jer.. looks good lah the crab!

emilayusof September 29, 2008 8:47 AM

great review! nanti nak pi jalan2 cari makan!

LadyJava September 30, 2008 6:06 AM

Ah ah boleh replace that host..hehe

LadyJava October 04, 2008 12:37 PM

hehe gak Emila..lolzz

emilayusof October 07, 2008 2:57 AM

marzie, nak try gak gulab jamun tu..sedap tak?

emilayusof October 07, 2008 2:58 AM

i pernah makan aiskrim perisa mango kat bombay's palace...sedap juga..ada rasa indian spices...

emilayusof October 07, 2008 2:59 AM

bobby, i prefer chicken burger.

emilayusof October 07, 2008 3:00 AM

janice, i love penang char kuey teow with kerang..yummy...

emilayusof October 07, 2008 3:01 AM

nick, i sometimes go to steven's the fried sotong!

emilayusof October 07, 2008 3:01 AM

butseriously i digg peria goreng! yummee bebeh!

Elara October 12, 2008 6:44 PM

I sangat suka seafood and that crab dish looks very inviting lah!

Elara October 12, 2008 6:45 PM

Emila, I pun suka penang char kway teow with kerang and those huge prawns! :)

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:05 PM

ish ish ish.. buat i lapar lah!!!

Elara October 13, 2008 4:44 AM

I pun lapar ni, LJ! :)

emilayusof October 16, 2008 12:00 PM

oh debbie, dah meleleh air liur dah ni!!! must go and cari kuey teow kerang today!

Elara October 17, 2008 7:44 PM

Hmmm..dekat dgn tempat I ada satu gerai yg jual char kway teow yg sedapsss! :):) Dah lama tak pekena!

Elara October 20, 2008 2:21 AM

Laparnya!! Tadi makan mihun cendawan, C masak. :)

emilayusof October 21, 2008 4:56 PM

telur dengan coarse black pepper tu pun nampak yummy!

Elara October 21, 2008 5:00 PM

Semuanya nampak sedap bila lapar! :)

Elara October 21, 2008 5:01 PM

Lada hitam murah kat Sarawak. Kalau nak, bleh kirim! :) Bulan 12 I balik Sarawak lagi, yay!!

emilayusof November 04, 2008 2:36 PM

debbie, nak! nak! nanti belikan saya ya! I nak yang coarse! Nanti let me know what's the price and I'll bank in to your acc.

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:51 AM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:53 AM

why the pics so tiny one? :-P :-P

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:55 AM that's the Indian dessert! 8-) 8-)

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:57 AM

ehhh the last time u makan there was like 3 years ago ah?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* hahaha so when r u goin g there again?

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:58 AM

how come u didnt tag me? :'( :'( :'(

Monica,  October 22, 2010 5:59 AM

hahahaha just kidding la :-D :-D :-P :-P

Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:16 AM

Hahhaha tiny cause zaman dulu post kan? hahahhaha

Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:16 AM


Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:17 AM

Huhuhu dat time didn’t know u yet Monica! Hahahha!!!

Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:17 AM

Yeah it’s really sweet though so have to drink iced water after dat! :D:D

Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:18 AM

LOL otherwise sure tag u one, food meme summore.. ur fave! LOL!

Mariuca,  October 22, 2010 7:18 AM

No la not 3 yrs ago, last yr oso went! Hahah!

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