Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hokkien Mee @ Restoran Ahwa, Jalan 222 PJ

I would say that this is quite a famous place for Hokkien Mee in PJ. My parents and I often dine here. Restoran Ahwa is actually a corner shop consisting different hawker stalls such as chicken rice, grilled fish, satay, lor bak, popiah, mixed rice, soup noodles etc. But what's famous in this shop is the hokkien mee for sure. Even the shop is named with the hokkien mee in it.

Restoran Ahwa is located at Jalan 222. Well, I think it's Jalan 222, as many people I know calls it the Jalan 222 Hokkien Mee instead of saying the name of the shop.

KL Hokkien Mee

Loh Mee (this is nice too)

I've been here at least 5 times but this is my first time eating the vermicelli version. This was fantastic. The vermicelli soaked up all the sauce and aroma, very tasty indeed.

We ordered 1 small portion of 'cantonese style yee mee', it was so not nice. But others were fine.

Fried lala from the grilled fish stall. (My friend claims it's one in a million, can't find this style anywhere else)

Chicken Satay (RM7.50 for 15 pieces)

Tauhu Bakar (I like it, crispy with a lot of cucumber and bean sprout and peanut sauce inside) (RM1.50 per piece)

I can't remember how much the noodles cost. But, ahh, the satisfaction you get when your tummy is filled. Yum.

Restoran Ahwa Hokkien Mee
Jalan 222, PJ.

Directions: On the Federal Highway heading towards Klang, after you passed PJ Hilton on your left, keep left and exit at Jalan 222/Jalan Templer. Turn right at the traffic light under the flyover. Go straight and turn right at the second traffic light. You will be able to see a Shell petrol station on your right, and also the restaurant already.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

[Recipe] Dorie Greenspan's Choc Choc Cupcakes

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake

Moist and yummy! The steps are slightly complicated but the result is good! I feared Dorie's recipe before this due to my failed World Peace Cookie. But this is really a keeper! :) I skipped the glaze cuz the cupcakes were very sweet by itself already even when I cut 1/4 of the sugar! I accidentally melted the butter, but the result is still good! :)

Copied from masak-masak

For the cupcake

1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 stick (8 tbs) [113gm] unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup caster sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk (I used a mix of yoghurt and milk instead)
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the glaze

3 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Fit the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan with paper muffin cups, or butter them with flour and tap out the excess.

To make the cupcakes:

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for about 2 minutes, until it is blended into the butter. Add the egg, then the yolk, beating 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in the vanilla, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear. Scrape down the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until incorporated, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate and mix it in with the rubber spatula. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin molds.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes are dry and springy to the touch and a knife inserted into their centers comes out clean. Transfer the muffin pan to a rack and let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before unmolding. Cool to room temperature on the rack before glazing.

To make the Glaze:

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Transfer the bowl to the counter and let stand for 5 minutes.

Using a small whisk or rubber spatula, stir the confectioners’ sugar into the chocolate, followed by the pieces of cold butter. The glaze may be very thin at this point or may be perfectly spreadable. If it is too thin to spread or use as a dip, stir it over ice water for a few seconds – really less than a minute. With a small metal icing spatula, give each cupcake a crown of shiny ganache, and let the glaze set at room temperature (or in the fridge if you are in a hurry). If the ganache loses its gloss and you miss it, give the tops of the cakes a puff of hot air from a hairdryer right before serving.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Japanese Food @ Kin San Kichi, Desa Sri Hartamas

Ever since my uncle brought my parents and grandparents here, they've been praising the phood non stop! I was told a funny story where my uncle went in another restaurant and asked the owner 'owh, you renovated your shop?' only to know that he was in the wrong one! Lol!

Kin San Kichi, located in Desa Sri Hartamas, an area where you can find heaps of different type of cuisine from Japanese to Korean to Chinese to Irish. One would expect to pay a higher sum to dine in this area, but to my surprise this restaurant is not that expensive after all!

The bar

The Kitchen

There were only four of us, so we can't order much. Which means, I can't try much! But it's okay, I'll be back again!

Appetiser - Edamame (RM6)

Fresh Salmon Sashimi *drools* 10 pieces, each a centimetre thick! All round goodness! Yummy! (RM35)

Bro ordered the sukiyaki set. Kinda too salty for my liking. (RM21)

I ordered the Nabeyaki Udon (RM15) Light and nice :)

Parents shared a Miso Chashu Ramen (RM15) I think the miso soup was too salty. Ramen still lack of that 'bounciness'.

Then we shared a barbeque family set for 2. Minimum order of 2 pax (RM33 per pax) which includes:

Mixed Seafood - 2 prawns, 2 scallops, cuttlefish and butter yaki salmon (this is damn good)

The original meat given was ox tongue but we opted for pork (hmm, kinda tough)

Sliced beef (very tender and juicy! Yumm!)

Served with 2 miso soup and 2 white rice and fruits

Kin San Kichi Japanese Restaurant (Non Halal)
16, Jalan 27/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(Facing the open air carpark)
Tel: 03-23003889

Opening Hours: Lunch - 12.00pm - 2.30pm; Dinner - 6.00pm - 10.15pm