Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani

Nasi Lemak stalls are everywhere, as almost anyone who can cook can simply set up a small stall by the road. Basically no set up cost is needed, since one can use their house dining table for the stall, plates for putting the dishes, and most important, usually just a few dish will suffice. However, it’s very rare that these types of stall will success as usually they won’t have enough business and hence enough revenue to cover their cost of cooking materials. I don’t know if it’s because their cooking sucks, or did they think that it’s really so easy to simply just set up 1 stall in front of their house and expect customers to fly in.

HOWEVER, there is this 1 stall, just outside Cinta Sayang Golf & Country resort, whose business is really growing rapidly. Initially, they are also just another nasi lemak stall by the road side, but their business boom in just 1 year ++ and from just 1 more stall, it became something like this.

2010.03.28 Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani-4

Amazingly, all their workers are also wearing uniforms! How professional! Besides uniform, this nasi lemak stall is clean too especially if you compare to their competitors. Well, sometimes I do think, referring them as a stall might be a bit underestimating them, but it’s ain’t a restaurant either.

2010.03.28 Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani-3

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Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani

Since Kedah is located by the border of Malaysia and Thailand, and since it’s only 2 hours ++ of driving from Sungai Petani to the border, there are loads of Thai people who had stay in Malaysia permanently and are setting up restaurants selling Thai food, which is good for me since I love hot spicy and sour food! However, not all Thai people are good in cooking Thai food (just as many Malaysians don’t know how to cook), and luckily, there are a few restaurant here that serve some nice Thai food.

The owner of this stall actually shifted few place when they just started business, and finally they had settle down here at Restaurant 398 at Taman Intan for some time. I still love their Thai style steamed fish here. They use charcoal to make sure the soup of the fish is always hot. You can also always ask for extra soup if you wish, as that’s what I do all the time, as I absolutely love it. Thanks to the chef choosing not to skip the ingredients, the soup is wonderful, hot spicy and sour enough, although there’s sometime I wish it was even more spicy. Besides, they do have white cabbage under the fish, which is really nice. 8.0/10

2010.03.27 Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani-1

Besides the fish, the otak-otak here is something I love too. Again, thai style otak-otak is totally different from Malaysia version one, as they use more seafood to cook it instead of fish only. Thai style otak-otak usually have prawns, squid, fried fish and sometimes even crab meat inside. Marvelous! I actually love the otak-otak itself more rather than all the seafood in it. 8.3/10

2010.03.27 Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani-4

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Bi Ah Dong (Mabrown) Restaurant @ Sungai Petani

Bi Ah Dong? Mabrown? I always find that this restaurant name is very funny. In Chinese the restaurant was read as “We Ye Tong”, or “Bi Ah Dong” in Hokkien, but in English it was known as Mabrown, and which I always read as “Mabolo” when I was still small, err….what? Well, in any case, this restaurant had started their business for a long time already, as long as Restaurant Sai Gao, and if not mistaken, they are 1 of the 1st restaurant in Sungai Petani that provide air-corn room for their customers.

However, in terms of customers, Sai Gao always had the upper hand. I had also notice most of the time Sai Gao is the first choice of most customers, and only if they can’t find a place there then they will only opt for Restaurant Bi Ah Dong. Besides, whenever Sai Gao is off, the business here will be tremendously good.

However, I still love both restaurant, and I find that both of them got their specialties that make me always come back to them.

They had a few ready cooked dishes, such as those you found in economy rice stall, and the beancurd below is 1 of them. Although it’s cold already (duh obviously) but it still taste nice. Even though the skin is not crispy, but the gravy is good. I take it as an appetizer before my meal. 7.5/10

2010.03.26 Restaurant Bi Ah Dong @ Sungai Petani-2

The eggplant is another ready made dish. However, I find that it’s so-so only as it’s a bit tasteless. But still, ok la. 6.2/10

2010.03.26 Restaurant Bi Ah Dong @ Sungai Petani-3

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Red Pearl Restaurant @ Sungai Petani

Curry fish head, yea, many of my closer friends will link curry fish head to me, as I am such a huge curry fish head fan. The same goes to the owner and waiter of this particular shop – Red Pearl Restaurant in my hometown, Sungai Petani. Whenever I visit this shop, they will know for sure 1 of the dish I order will be curry fish head, and 99.9% of the time I never fail them. There is once I went and didn’t order it, and they were sorta shocked and asked again, you don’t want it?

Some might say I am crazy, for keep on repeating the same food at the same restaurant, well, can’t help it, as the curry fish head here is something I ate since I was small, and it’s definitely something I will keep on eating it until the shop close down or I no more longer live in this world, well, or at least until 1 day their quality dropped dramatically.

So here I am, AGAIN, sitting at the same table AGAIN. For the starters, we order Ice Green Tea and Chocolate Ice. Yea, the green tea is not green, neither it taste like Japanese green tea. Mainly because this restaurant is opened and operate by Taiwanese who had migrated to Malaysia. The owner of the shop is actually my ex-neighbor, but this is not an invited review, nor I get any special discount everytime I came here (and yes, food here ain’t that cheap).

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My lovely curry fish head, it’s really yummy, and really awesome to go with rice. The curry is thick, the aroma makes me fly, ah…….yummy. Yes, the meat might be mostly fish meat only rather than giving you the whole big head, but still, it’s lovely, and each time I was there, the fish served is fresh.

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Lao Di Fang Bah Kut Teh @ Sungai Petani

Bah Kut Teh….ahh….how I miss those days when I am staying in Petaling Jaya, where Puchong and Klang is so near to me, where above average Bah Kut Teh is easily to be found…ahhhh I really miss those days, as I am a huge Bah Kut Teh lover! But, once I am back in my hometown, gosh, everything change! Bah Kut Teh here is so sucks, and even the best one is just like drain water if compare to better ones in Central Region! I had rant before in my personal blog at Samlee860407.com before about how I hate them. GRrrrrrr!!!!!

I had not eaten Bah Kut Teh at all ever since my last rant (dated 8th March 2009) in Sungai Petani. Reason is I am worry about the more I had Bah Kut Teh here, I will one day become a Bah Kut Teh hater. Until recently, I had heard that there is this new restaurant serve not bad Bah Kut Teh, and they even had the dried version! Well, ok, since it’s been so long, I decided to give them another try.

Luckily, it was OK. NO, my OK is not OK for the standard of Central Region, but for the standard of my hometown. The soup is quite OK, meat is quite OK, taste OK, just everything is OK. Nothing spectacular. 4.5/10

2010.03.15 Lao Di Fang Bah Kut Teh @ Sungai Petani-1

Here comes the dry version. Well, it is the first dried Bah Kut Teh in Sungai Petani, and luckily, it was quite OK. The meat is quite tender, not too dried, but just not enough spicy. Still OK la if I don’t want to hiam too much. 5.5/10

2010.03.15 Lao Di Fang Bah Kut Teh @ Sungai Petani-2

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Dai Guan Nga Laksa @ Alor Setar

Ahh, Alor Setar, the capital of my hometown state, Kedah Darul Aman. However, I rarely visit there. Each time I was in Alor Setar is either I am going to Kuala Kedah (to go to Langkawi) or I was there to visit some temple. Besides, although she gets her city status on year 2003, I still find that my hometown – Sungai Petani is way more developed then her. Yes, Sungai Petani don’t have a port, neither sea nor air, but still, I am sure most people will wonder why such underdeveloped place is a city.

Anyway, my recent trip to Alor Setar had lead me to taste some really shitty laksa. It’s the famous Dai Guan Nga Laksa by Lebuhraya Sultan Abdul Halim. According to the person who bring me there, she says that this laksa is the one that once extremely famous until there are rumors saying that they put tissue inside the laksa soup so that it looks like the laksa is full with fish. I am not sure how true is this, but I am sure that most people will surely taste the difference of fish and tissue eh, and wonder why there’s so many people fall on it.

2010.03.13 Laksa @ Alor Star-10

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Restaurant Kolam Ikan @ Kulim

Restaurant Kolam Air, a not so hidden gem (as it was visited by Ah Xian before) was located in a small town in Kulim, Kedah. It was originally build to breed fresh water fish, and slowly evolve to a small restaurant which had attract huge amount of eaters everyday.

I absolutely love this place as it was far away from town, and gives 1 some very good feel, the kampung (village) feel.

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Happily swimming fish waiting to be catch and cooked and eated.

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The small atap house there is where the place where you going to dine in. The place is quite small with only 10 tables available, and even the land is not cement!

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