November 13, 2011

Bak Moi (Pork Porridge)....so yummy

The above (picture) is a bowl of ‘bak moi’ (pork porridge).  You can see the many pieces of mince pork.  They are so juicy and tasty.
This (above picture) is coarse rice noodles (chor bee hoon) served with minced pork and pig's offal. The piece near the chopsticks (circled) is pig's brain. Yes! Pig’s brain. The piece in the centre, that is pig's kidney, sliced. There is also the pig's intestine, liver and minced pork. Urghhhh...for those who are not used to eating pig's offal. It tastes good actually. The only thing to worry is your cholesterol level.
This is by far, the best bak moi I have tasted. The broth is the yummy part. We enjoyed every morsel of it and even the broth was licked clean! I would think most uses lots of MSG but not this stall. I did not feel very thirsty after the eating. Even if MSG is used, it is minimal unlike others who sell such stuff. By the way, the man cooking, he is the third generation operating the stall. If you intend to try this, this stall is located on the street, Kampung Malabar, Penang. (at the T-junction near Penang Raod) :o)

November 12, 2011

Rὸu gῠ chά KiNG...'Bak-kut-teh'

Roh..Roh ku...erm, I had always wondered what the restaurant offered.  I am a 'banana' so I could not make out the name.   My family and I had walked past this restaurant many times before. Rὸu gῠ chά KiNG a nondescript restaurant situated among a row of shops.  We decided to pay it a visit. I had to find out what it had to offer. 
We placed our order after looking through the menu.  The waiter recommended that we take the Double Value Meal (rm31.90 for 2 pax), and it would be sufficient for us.  Right until then we were still in the dark as to the kind of food served. All I knew was it would have meat and vegetables.
All the dishes (small plates/bowls) came in pairs.  It was a different kind of dining or so I thought.  'Ewe Char Koay' (deep-fried batter), bean sprouts, and two eggs boiled in herbs.  It was so neat; the portion was good for one person per plate.
The aroma of the dish drifted out and reached us before the bowl physically touched our table.  "Oh, it is Bak Kut Teh" I exclaimed.  Now I know what Rὸu gῠ chά meant. Rὸu gῠ meant (translated meat bone) and chά meant tea.  We had a good laugh.  Moreover, I thought there was something exotic from the name. The Rὸu gῠ chά (Bak Kut Teh) was good.  The meat was tender.  It did not seem over-boiled or overcooked.  I could still taste juice in the meat.  The broth was thick and full of flavor.  
The dry version of the Rὸu gῠ chά caught us by surprise.  After so many years of eating it in soup form, the dried version was interesting.  I thought it tasted like there were some salt fish added.  I did not ask.  Hubby tasted and told me there were fermented black bean in the dish (he thought).  He did not like the taste and thought it was rather over powering.  I enjoyed it right to the last bite. The ' deep-fried fu pei' (soy sheet) blended with the thick sauce gave it a very new kind of taste. I scrapped the bowl clean. It ended up with hubby taking the remaining bowl with soup.
Hubby decided to find out if the pastry sold was good.  He ordered a plate of sesame roll (rm4.80-two pieces). The pastry was not good.  It was tough, soggy and soaked with oil.  There was some kind of bean paste inside.  We decided not to try any more of the dessert.  We were actually quite full by then.
The above is a cute container of 'Kwai Ding Gou' (black herb jelly) and it came with the set. (Free)
The time spent at this restaurant was pleasant. The young waiters were friendly.  The place is small but neat and tidy.  I would definitely go back for the dry version.  Rὸu gῠ chά KiNG is located @ Lot 4-47, Penang Gurney Plaza, 10250 Penang. Tel: 04-2287187 :o)
**10% Service Charge.

November 1, 2011

BAR B Q...This is Thai Style!

One round, two rounds...both hubby and I could not make up our minds on what to eat.  We were at the basement of Gurney Plaza, Penang looking for food.  We made up our mind when a young man who stood outside Bar B. Q. Plaza eatery handed us a leaflet.  Oh, BBQ.  We trotted into the restaurant and were seated.  In my mind (and right until the grill pan was brought out), we had the idea that we were having Korean BBQ.
Bar B Q Plaza looked clean and bright.  The interior is simple but attractive.  I liked the furniture arrangements.  There is ample walking space.
The menu showed wide array of meat, vegetables and many others for the B B Q.  Since, it was our first time we opted for the Super Mix Combo (RM33.90) which was an offer item. 
"Is this the grill?" I asked.  "Yes."  Hmmm, this is so different from the other Korean BBQ we visited. "Oh! This is not Korean BBQ.  "It is Thai" the waiter replied.  What?  How we laughed.  We did not know what we were having for dinner.  The grill pan was first filled with broth and lighted up.  This grill pan is quite special.  There is a 'longkang' (drain) for the broth. You can see the broth boiling (with bubbles) in the above picture.   
A plate consisting of different cuts of meat from the pig (we do not take beef), a few pieces of chicken, calamari, a few meatballs, prawns and shredded vegetables.
We placed the meat on the grill after it was heated.  Both of us looked quite stupid, as we did not know what we had to do. Trying to put the vegetables into the tiny 'longkang' without any spillage was quite difficult. In simple words, the groove by the side of the grill was too shallow.
I have in the picture above a piece of lard.  See how ignorant we were, we did not know what the two pieces of fats were.  Actually, we were supposed to pick the fat up and rub it over the top of the grill!  By the time we were informed, the pieces of meat we had placed on the grill; they were all stuck.  I had no complaints as I actually enjoyed myself.  I told hubby that this is like playing 'masak-masak' (child's play). The broth was nice and with the shredded cabbage added, it tasted even nicer.  Other than the yummy broth, the meat tasted ordinary even after the BBQ.  
They should have made the 'longkang' of the grill wider.  It was not wide enough.  The shredded cabbage and stuff were all over the table. By the time we finished, we were nothing but two messy people dining at the table!
The set also included a plate of deep fried (sinful) bacon.  I felt so sinful adding extra fat to my waistline.  I have to say this, the plate of bacon; not to be missed.  We behaved like we (hubby and I) were in a competition eating those tasty pieces of bacon. (laughters)
The picture above showed how the dip should be.  Pour the chopped garlic, bird-eye chilli and squeeze the very tiny piece of lime all into the sauce.  I almost asked for soy sauce when the piring (small saucer) came with only the garlic, bird-eye chilli and lime.  The brown sauce came separately in another small bowl. 
A bowl of rice and two glasses of green tea comes with the combo set.  Do not be such a fool like yours truly...asking for refill of tea.  I was not entertained when I asked for refill.  I thought all the waiter could have done was bring me another glass of tea (inform me no refill).  He merely walked away and never came back.  I got tired of waiting and since we were finishing the food, I made no fuss.
There will be refill of the brown sauce, chili and garlic and the broth.  Ask for them when you see the cart (above picture) pass your way.  I found that to be rather interesting.  

If you feel you want a different kind of dining (for a change) head to B B Q Plaza,  B1-05 Basement, Old Wing, Gurney Plaza, Pesiaran Gurney, Penang.**10% Service Charge. 6% Government Tax.  Have fun. :o)