Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tiong Hokkien Mee, Japanese BBQ, D'Raz & Al-Safa

The spotlight shines on street food for this entry, of the Chinese, Japanese & mamak varieties.

First up: Tiong Hokkien Mee, one of multiple outlets that specialize in Hokkien Mee on a single stretch of Damansara Uptown.

Not bad, though we would have liked some liver in this, as well as lots more crispy lard.

No matter: we helped ourselves to a Tupperware of fresh garlic to punch up our pleasure.

Next up: Taman Desa's popular Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ, as distinctively open-air & outdoorsy as eating can get.

The offal truth is easily stomached here: Try the pork neck, throat, tongue, liver, heart, stomach & intestines both big & small. Squeamish patrons can choose beef brisket, rib-eye & short ribs.

Cooking is completely DIY, which some will enjoy & others might find inconvenient.

Ultimately though, the smoky succulence of this meat is something to savor, for sure.

Beer, to pair with the protein. Can't really tell whether we prefer Sapporo or Asahi.

Sake's a little more lovable, though perhaps not perfect for barbecued meat.

Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ, run by the folks behind Sanuki Udon & Maruhi Sakaba, is open 6pm through late, but not on Mondays.

It's late now, so here's our final stop: When hunger pangs strike past midnight in Sri Petaling, the only grub to grab in this neighborhood might be street burgers & mamak fare.

D'Raz seeks to capitalize on the burger bakar craze; its offerings span the regular beef patties ...

... to grilled ostrich & venison burgers (not terrible, but nowhere near outstanding) ...

... as well as rabbit ones (everyone's favorite cuddly-creature, tastes-like-chicken meat).

D'Raz closes at 2am, still might too early for some; mercifully, there's Al-Safa a few steps away.

Al-Safa offers everything from nasi kandar to tandoori chicken, but we were in the mood for the doughy deliciousness of roti telur ...

... & meat-stuffed murtabak, both competently executed here. No complaints.

Don't quail at quail; Al-Safa serves surprisingly juicy & flavorsome ones. Bear with the bones.

Al-Safa bears a poster with a distressingly stern warning: No Liquor Allowed.


Gerai Makanan Japanese BBQ @ Faber Plaza, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Tiong Hokkien Mee @ Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya.
D'Raz & Al-Safa @ Jalan 3/149E, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
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34 comments:

  1. I like the roti telor this round! Other wasnt attrative to me!

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    1. Cindy: ooh, i love roti telur, especially when it comes with creamy dahl :D

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  2. Gimme Sapporo beeru with quail anytime! =)

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    1. Ulric: or with hokkien mee also can :D

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    2. U know I need meat with beeru lar...if not will bcome red traffic light! :P

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    3. Ulric: heheh, i almost ordered a bottle of kirin beer too. but i think one each of sapporo & asahi was enough =)

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    4. I haven't tried Kirin or Suntory before...so something to note for the future...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: ah ok. i don't really recall the differences between each one, but watami serves suntory =)

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    6. Ya...Suntory is served at most Jap places (Ichiro, Coco.Tei etc) but Kirin is hard to find...hehe =)

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    7. Ulric: bottoms up to all these brands!

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  3. We love the Japanese BBQ, but quite lazy to do the grilling, LOL

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    1. CK: heheh, my friend did the grilling at first, then I took over for the last 15 minutes. Ya, I also feel quite malas to cook it myself, have to jaga the meat to make sure it's properly grilled :D

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    2. Bring me cose I never malas to do it...in fact I find it fascinating...lol =)

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  4. Can't beat roti telur for midnight hunger pangs! :) Creamy dhaal works fine too, though i'm always on the lookout for the chunky lentils + carrots + potatoes ones!

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    1. Tng: yaa, I remember back in USM, our default supper might be roti telur. Reasonably priced and satisfying. Oooh, i share the exact same sentiments as you about dhaal! I like the super-creamy ones with lotsa potatoes too! :D

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  5. More lard and liver, same here, those are the essence of Hokkien Mee ! ... And perhpas yes, some squid !

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    1. Wong: heheh, I just woke up, and now I feel like having some hokkien mee, exactly the way you described it! :D

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  6. Oooo...haven't had Hokkien mee for a long time. Loved the one at Lot 10 - what's the name of the place now?

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    1. Given a choice, I'd go for the murtabak anytime, not the burger...thank you.

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    2. Suituapui: Hutong at Lot 10! still going strong... heheh, yeah, i think between murtabak and a ramly burger, i'd go for the murtabak ... unless i'm in the mood for a lot more meat :D

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  7. I love to eat hokkien mee..
    it was one of all time favorite supper..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, i think i only eat hokkien mee once every six months or so, but i quite enjoy it. and it's nice that the shops open till late at night :D

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  8. i never quail at quail! haha.. i might quake at the knees tho.. if it is good :P nice place! I wanna try the Hokkien mee!

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    1. Ciki: you're fearless, you quail at nothing! heheh :D the damansara uptown hokkien mee shops seem to attract quite a suppertime crowd. still going strong at midnight! :D

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  9. yeah, i like ho kien mee too~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, ya, it's delicious enough for us to gobble up a whole plate in just a few minutes :D

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  10. I think our all time fave BBQ place has to be Gerai Makanan Japanese BBQ! Its at least twice a month...especially on weekends. We normally start off from Sanuki then take a short drive over to have ur BBQ fix till late night. Oishi!!!

    Hokkien mee....now you ignite the hokkien mee cravings that I have been trying to avoid...aaargh...

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    1. Missyblurkit: wahh, that sounds like a good way to go ... a nice appetizer of udon followed by smoky slices of meat. i guess we can be grateful that the sanuki empire chose to make its base in taman desa :D heheh, luckily i don't actually get hokkien mee cravings. but i do get pasta cravings, argh! =)

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  11. Pork lard will automatically enrich the noodle flavors!
    I've not tried rabbit meat b4....they are too cute ^_^

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    1. Melissa: yeah, must have lots of pork lard. yummy! :D heheh, rabbits are cute, that's true. i'm born in the year of the rabbit :D but actually they can be quite delicious also. similar to chicken =)

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  12. I don't like garlic, I'll stick to my sambal belacan mixed with Hokkien Mee :)

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i love garlic, it's one of my fave ingredients. ya, sambal belacan is nice also :D

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