Tuesday, March 24, 2020

YummY! - Giant Seafood Platter @ Grandma Restaurant Sasaran Selangor (奶奶海鲜餐厅)

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As I sit at home to write this blog about a meal we had almost nine months ago, the world is facing a dangerous pandemic, the Covid-19. To help slow down the spread of this pandemic & have it eradicated, I am STAYING HOME and not going out unless really necessary.

Giant Seafood Platter @ Grandma Restaurant Sasaran Selangor (奶奶海鲜餐厅)

Jeram, Selangor, Malaysia - June 2019
We were on a cycling group ride from Ijok to Pantai Remis in coastal Selangor. These regular group rides to different destinations are usually organized by two teachers ("cikgus" in Malay language). I try to help out in their organizing by arranging for FB notifications of the ride, and also arranging for meals. For this ride, I was at a bit of lost of where to have lunch when the kindly Cikgu Chin suggested Restoran Grandma in Jeram.
Since there was a big group of over fifty of us, I called up to make reservations and spoke to Ms. Chris and also requested for recommendations. This restaurant is located in the coastal belt of Selangor, and one can expect good seafood at reasonable prices. I was expecting her to recommend some good fishes and other usual seafood dishes, but she surprised me by recommending just one dish. Yup just ONE dish, she confirmed; and directed me to their FB page to see what it's like. I went helter-skelter to their page and liked what I saw, yes it's just one dish..... but it IS a HUGE, giant platter almost a metre across (see photo above)!

Grandma Restaurant is located at Kuala Sungai Buluh on the outskirts of Jeram and sits within a ramshackle but cozy timber building that stands on stilts overhanging the mouth of the Sungai Buloh river.

The surrounding area is a mangrove swamp, and some of the trees have grown quite tall with many egrets coming to roost and nest.

 DISH 1: We kicked of with a seafood soup made from a combo of prawns, pomfrets, flower crabs and some clams. Only a little embellishments were added - some slices of ginger and a sprinkling of coriander - which was better as then the pure essence of the sea-food came come out.

The serving in an aluminium bowl was a bit misleading, it made the dish looked simple. But don't be misled, there were a lot of oohs and aahhs as we downed the soup, and then "attacked" the prawns and crabs!

Aaaaaaannnnnnd.... Here comes the GIANT PLATTER!

It's a huge platter holding seven dishes. Usually it's eight dishes as the seafood soup is usually served together and put on this giant tray too. They had served us the soup earlier as many of us were already hungry from our cycling. It's a heavy load, the waiter serving this must really have very strong arms.
Our cycling buddies, didn't realized the food will be served this way, and when the platters were brought out, their grins showed that they were pleasantly surprised.

Okay, let's run through those dishes.
But first a disclaimer - some of the photos are not that clear; the platter was huge and unlike a normal small tray, could not be spun around for better photography. And often I could not run over to the other side of the table as I didn't want to interrupt my counterparts sitting opposite me 😂.
DISH 2: The above was the stir-fried mixed vegetables fried with slices of cuttle-fish. Taste-wise it was good with some cuts of dried chili to give it a bit of spiciness.

DISH 3: Deep fried fishes - pomfrets and sole fish, both slightly salted to bring out the fish flavours. I liked the sole more as the meat was sweet and easy to get off from the bones.

DISH 4: Stir-fried Lala (Asian clams). Simply done with garlic and ginger.

DISH 5: Squid, deep-fried with batter and coated with a light lime-caramel sauce.

DISH 6: A mountain of Chilli Crabs; the crabs were a tad small but their flesh were firm and fresh; sauce of just right not to thick or too chill hot.

DISH 7: Stir-fried Har Lok Prawns; sauce was a bit lacking, not in taste but in quantity.

DISH 8: Assam Curry Pomfret. It's a huge Silver Pomfret, super fresh with the meat going well with the assam curry.

It was a wonderful unique meal, I won't say it's the best but it was definitely a unique style. Pricing came to RM400 inclusive of soup and Chinese tea; that's RM40 per head, quite reasonable seeing that it include a large, expensive Silver Pomfret and a total of eight seafood dishes.

While there, don't miss out their home-brewed Chinese Herbal Tea; thumbs up for that too!


631/B, Jalan Tokong, Bagan Sungai Buloh, 45800 Jeram, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +6012-2323787 (Chris) / +6012-5311688 (Jack)
Mondays to Fridays - 7:00am to 9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays - 7:00am to 10:30pm
(except on Chinese festival days, do call first)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sasarangrandma
GPS & Direction Map: 3.2589, 101.30446

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

YummY! - Wagyu Beef @ Gyukingu Japanese BBQ (牛大王)

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Kota Damansara & Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - February 2019.
Of late I seem to have a penchant for Wagyu beef (和牛), just about a couple of weeks ago I had tried the imported Japanese Wagyu at Shin Nihon. This time round, or should I say this two times round I went to try the Australian Wagyu at both branches of Gyukingu in the Klang Valley. One must think I was greedy, but then they were having a special promotion of the Australian Wagyu at RM28 per 100gm less than half the usual price.
We had it the Kota Damansara outlet, found them to be good and as such went to their Sri Hartamas outlet while searching for good food around that area. The only difference is that the later outlet don't serve pork, but never the less both serve an excellent wide range on their menu.
Also please don't find it odd that my first photo (shown above) of the place is not of their beef, but of a seductive looking squid; what can I say I am a SUCKER for squid after trying good grilled squid and octopus during a cycling tour in Portugal.

The operator went to lengths to make their outlet warm and welcoming with a Japanese touch - the ground floor entrance of their Kota Damansara outlet outlet looked like a typical eatery in Japan (complete with timber flooring) even though this outlet was located at a shop-lot!

For both outlets, the interior was simple, approaching Spartan in fact, but were warm and cozy - AND clinically clean with stainless steel exhausts hanging down from the ceiling above.

We sat down and the waiter brought over a pot of burning coal to put into our stove before covering it with a steel mesh BBQ grating. This mesh was changed frequently along the way to ensure a clean barbecuing experience and also to avoid burnt residue.
The red embers of our stove warmly awaiting meat to be grilled.

But first an appetizer to rile up the palate; a bowl of Kimuchi (キムチ). Kimuchi is the Japanese variant of the popular Korean Kimchi (김치), it is a toned down version which is not so spicy and less sour.

First to come was the beef tongue; this is one of our favorite cuts and we seldom miss it while dining at Japanese restaurants.

A closer look at the beef tongue, with sprinkling of pepper.

These were soon being grilled.

While waiting for the tongue to cook, we tried out another starter; this one was the Octoupus Kimuchi. This was not as good as the plain Kimuchi; I guess that the two, Kimuchi and Seasoned Japanese Baby Octopus (Chuka Idako, ちゅかいだこ) should be eaten separately; mixing them together just don't work for me.

And here's or tongue looking very good AND indeed tasting very good!
We had left the cooking to Neeks our son, he's a accomplished chef, and had done the tongue just right; nicely grilled yet still tender.

Other than grilled meat, we ordered a plate of mixed mushrooms for grilling too. This was a potpourri of Matsutake, Enokitake, Shiitake, Awabitake (abalone mushroom) and stems of the King Trumpet Mushroom.

And a mix of Enoki wrapped in a slice of pork belly, a good blend of crunchy greens with tender, tasty meat.

Aaaaaand here comes our main, the Wagyu beef. This one presented in a long tray was from the Kota Damansara outlet. The cuts here were thicker with slightly more fat ....

..... when compared to this slightly thinner cut from the Sri Hartamas outlet. Both served very fresh beef.

And onto the grill they went, in the expert hands of Chef Neeks!


Super yummy!

Getting away from the grill, a plate of stir fried mixed vegetables.....

And bowls of Japanese Garlic Fried Rice (ガーリックライス); I like the ones from Gyukingu not fried overly dry using Japanese uruchimai (粳米) fat, round rice. What gives this a kick was the really generous dose of garlic!

It's back to the grill with these cuttlefish that were a good 6 inch long (excluding the tentacles) and had half slits along their body. The dotted skin were not torn out but were left intact, perhaps they add the aroma when grilling?

The squids should be cooked fast, cooking them too long will make their meat tough and rubbery.

Mmmmmm..... looks good and really taste good too!

It was a good meal in a cozy place.

A testament to the good food, the "AhPek Biker was here!" sticker. I leave these stickers at restaurant where I have enjoyed their food, and at places with scenery or culture that I like. So do look out for these AhPek Biker stickers.

Although they have a good range of desserts at the Sri Hartamas outlet, we decided to take a short walk over to Mykōri Dessert Cafe to try out Japanese Kakigōri (かき氷), this one is their Chocolate Tiramisu Kakigori.

Another testament to an enjoyable food.

Below are the Gyukingu menu (pricing are at the time of this blog) :
Starter, Salad & Yakitori Menu.

Sashimi, Soups, Side Dishes & Noodles Menu.

Japanese WagyuAustralian Wagyu, & Beef Menu.

Chicken, Seafood, Vegetables, Mushrooms, & Rice Menu.

Beer, Japanese Whisky & Cocktail, and other drinks Menu.

Sake & Ice-cream Menu.

Beef, Meat & Seafood Set Menu.

Gyukingu Signature Menu
(A Yakinniku & Yakisuki combo set)

Australian Wagyu Promotion Menu.

Matsuzaka Beef (Japanese black cattle) Promotion Menu.

Tsubo Tsuke Rosu Promotion Menu.

Hokkaido Oyster Kimuchi Soup Promotion Menu.

Squid Promotion Menu.

Gyukingu Kota Damansara
28-2, Jalan PJU 5/17, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +603-6143 7750
Hours: Mondays to Sundays: 11:30am–3pm     |     5:30–10:30pm
GPS & Direction Map : 3.1517, 101.59121
(Click here for Gyukingu Kota Dmansasra Google Street View)

Gyukingu Sri Hartamas
42, Jalan 28/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, W.P. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +03-28560828
Hours: Mondays to Sundays: 11:30am–2:30pm     |     5:30–10:15pm
GPS & Direction Map : 3.1623, 101.64856
(Click here for Gyukingu Sri Hartamas Google Street View)

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