Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tien Pin Restaurant - Hainanese Taste

This small unassuming restaurant has been around for a few years and we have actually passed by on numerous occasions without really giving it a try. It was only a few months ago that we started patronizing this restaurant.
The unassuming facade of Tien Pin
Our first choice was Mee Pok (stated on the menu as Mee Pork-sic-RM6.00) which is similar to Hakka Noodles, something thats not so common in Kajang. Its basically flat wheat noodles topped with minced pork with a nice dollop of crispy pork lard and some spring onions. Mee Pok is common in Singapore whilst Seremban has my favorite Hakka Mee stall at the market complex. At Tien Pin, the mee pok is served with a bowl of soup on the side containing fish ball and fish cakes. They take pride in their handmade fish ball and fish cakes which contain no preservatives. These have a nice springy bite and a clean taste.
Mee Pok aka Hakka Noodles
 We also had their Curry Noodles (RM6.00). Pretty decent version with the same fish ball and fish cakes but with added tau foo pok and foo chook.
Curry mee (with green spinach noodles)
On return visits, we discovered the real star of this restaurant - the Fried Fish Noodle and Chee Cheong Fun (RM7.50). Fish noodle is their homemade fish paste formed into the shape of noodles. This is then stir fried with rolls of chee cheong fun (flat rice noodles), bean sprouts and spring onions very much like the ubiquitous char kuey teow. The result is a truly flavorful dish with varying textures - soft rice noodles, springy fish noodle, crunchy bean sprouts etc. I like to take my time, unrolling each piece of chee cheong fun to soak up the tasty gravy. Highly recommended. 
The highly recommended Fried Fish Noodle & Chee Cheong Fun
You can also order Stuffed Tau Foo or other Yong Tau Foo items which are stuffed with their signature fish paste.
Yong Tau Foo items
The coffee here is kopitiam style-thick and sweet. It's a great place to have breakfast, especially on hot days when you really appreciate the air-cond environment. Tien Pin is located behind the AmBank Kajang Branch at Section 10, Jalan Bukit (near the Kajang Convent school).

Friday, 8 February 2013

Takuya Japanese Restaurant

Our first visit to this new Japanese restaurant in Sg Chua:-
The set with salmon sashimi and stir fried beef (RM22). Came with salad, miso soup, cold tofu and chawan mushi. All were decent but not particularly outstanding.
Ros had the set with tempura prawns and unagi (RM28) with the same side dishes. Unagi was good but tempura was oily and the oil has a certain smell (overused oil?).
Close-up of the unagi
We also tried the a Spider Maki (RM22) which is a crispy fried soft shell crab roll with avocado slices. The soft shell crab was crispy but the roll was not well made, causing it to break up when picked up. Overall, it was pretty average.
Spider maki
They had some sad piano music playing when we got there and it depressed me to the point that I had to ask them to change the music. Not the right music for a Japanese restaurant.Overall the food and experience was pretty average. They won't beat Koya in Bandar Mahkota for the crown for best Japanese restaurant in the Kajang area.

Location : No 9-G, Jalan Berjaya 11, Taman Berjaya, Sg Chua, Kajang
Contact : 03-8734 1818
No pork served