Kuala Lumpur: Coco Steamboat “Pork Bone Soup” @ Old Klang Road

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I hardly eat steamboat back in Singapore, but whenever I travel to Kuala Lumpur, I would crave for one of its steamboat restaurants. I think one of the reasons is that the steamboat in KL is so much more authentic and genuine and worth my while, compare to the cheap and low food quality steamboat restaurants lining Beach Road in Singapore. Well, Coco Steamboat just blows me away with its soup base.

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This time round in KL, my friend brought me to a steamboat place along the old Klang Road. It is a strange place right in the middle of a long stretch of road, right next to a Hyundai service center (I think). Nothing else really around us and apartment blocks are a distance away. Yet at about 7:30 pm, the place is packed! You can see that is not a small place, but every table has someone sitting there. We were about 5-6 in line and waited till 8 pm before we were seated. When we finished around 8:30 pm to 9 pm, there are still people waiting for seats!

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What makes the steamboat so special is its pork bone soup based, which I guess is boil for hours until the soup turns white. I am very sure no milk is added because I cannot taste milk and the soup is so tasty and we almost drank up everything with refills some more! Also it is not laden with MSG, because I did not get an MSG high nor had a sore throat the next day.

For 2 persons, we ordered the 2 persons set which was lot. We also ordered a plate of century eggs, fried chicken wings, additional plate of pork belly meat and some meat balls. Just the 2 person sets is more than enough actually because it also comes with noodles for the end of the meal.

The century egg was of superb quality, soft in the center and really delicious without a strong ammonia smell. However, the fried chicken wings, which we saw a lot of table orders, was no up to par; not worth ordering.  I did not like the pork belly also, because it was cut with the skin and even though you cooked it, with the skin, it was hard and chewy to bit. Maybe some people like it, but I don’t. As for the 2 types of meat balls we ordered, I totally forgot to note them down because we threw everything into to pot to cook! lolz

All in all, this is a must go place for good steamboat. I already missed it and cannot wait to go again on my next trip up!

I hope this map gives a better idea, its along Jalan Klang Lama, right next to the Hyundai Service Center, along Lorong Jurga

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Taiwan Street Food – 盐酥鸡 The deep fried everything stall

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Okay, I know there are many street food in Taiwan that I must have, but this one is one that I will not miss not matter, even if I am too busy I will get it at midnight! Another reason is there is a stall like this right below my Taiwanese friend’s the place where I usually stay when in Taipei.

First, these stalls are easy to find in any night market. For some, you don’t even need to be in a night market to find them. In other words they are everywhere. Even though the stall may say 盐酥鸡 (salted crispy chicken), it also sells 炸鸡排 (friend chicken chop) AND a variety of food from livers, chicken backside, squids, tofu and including vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, sweet corn and even cucumbers! Everything that you order is thrown into the deep fryer and then season with salt and pepper and chili powder.  The recipe is so simply and yet the combination is so potently delicious that I wondered why no one is selling this in Singapore! Actually there are some shops doing that here, but they are mostly only mushrooms and pre-fried, totally not worth your while.

In all honesty, this is a weight-watcher’s nightmare, but my guilt is somewhat lessen by the fact that I can order vegetables instead the crispy chicken or chicken chop which is coated in flour. Next time you are in Taipei, just walk up to on of these shops, pick some stuff and try it. Fried vegetables never tasted any better than this! Note, you don’t have to pick all of them, just one piece of what you want and the stall owner will top up your choice to the correct weight.

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Sorry for the bad photo, but you can see in here that I have order broccoli, one stick of chicken back side, fried chicken skin and green chili. Yum!!

Taipei: 維格鴛鴦綠豆糕 – Vigor’s Mung Bean Cake with Red Bean Filling @ Ximen Station

Vigor (維格餅家) is another of those award winning pineapple cake shop in Taiwan which is very popular with tourists, especially from Hong Kong. Also they are conveniently located at exit 4 of the Ximen station.

I had tried their pineapple cake before and so have some of my friends in Singapore. Most of us felt that its nice, but just ordinary. Not much different from what we can get here back home.

Their mung bean cake however is an entirely different story!

I am not really sure if we have any equivalent in Singapore, but I am sure there are. What makes vigor’s mung bean cake really good is how smooth the pastry is and it crumbles nicely into your mouth. It is especially good when you pull it out of the refrigerator. Yes, it is even nice as a cold dessert. The pastry is mildly sweet and it has a very flavorful mung bean taste. The red bean fillings doesn’t really do too much, but maybe add a bit more bean sweetness to this. I can hardly taste the red bean, but I guess without it the pastry may look a bit boring and lack a layered sweetness.

Totally recommended.