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Songket Restaurant - putting the “Mmmm…..” back into Malaysian food
Songket Restaurant - putting the "Mmmm….." back into Malaysian food
Malaysian is a food paradise, and offers countless little nooks and crannies where good food can be found. But some do stand out, even amidst the plethora of choices, and I found one in Kuala Lumpur, which was able to stick out even in the middle of the capital of the Malaysian cuisine landscape.
Located in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, behind Tony Romas, this place is a quiet rather non-descript place on the outside and a simple local of décor. But don't let this deter you.
When you venture inside, you will notice a small clearing in front of the main dining hall, more on this later…
If you are into Malay cuisine, then you will not be disappointed, as most of what you can get in Malaysia, is represented here and more. What is not typical is the taste and the quality of the food. Even for the most discerning and fussy local diner, this will awaken dormant taste buds. A good friend's father is a man who seldom gives out compliments, and he is more likely to say " it's ok" than to give positive comments, but even this man of few words was also won over and spent most of the evening digging into dish after dish.
Satay - Skewered chicken and beef fillet marinated in spiced honey & grilled over a charcoal fire -
Meaty, with the fillets bigger than normal, it is accompanied by a sauce which has enough peanuts and texture.
Masak lemak udang nanas - Prawn and pineapple chunks cooked in a lightly spiced coconut milk
Sotong sambal kicap istimewa - squid cooked with onion, sambal tumis, lemon grass, soy sauce and squid ink
Rusuk panggang - Chargrilled marinated short ribs served with pegedil, spicy sweet soy sauce and sambal belacan
Ikan bakar kuah percik - Red snapper fillet marinated with tumeric and ginger, chargrilled and drizzled with a spiced coconut gravy
Otak-otak - Steamed seafood mousse with kaduk leaf
Ayam sambal petai - Fried chicken cooked in a spicy sauce of chilies with tomato and stink beans
Pucuk paku goreng - Wild fern shoots stir fried with chili, shallot and garlic
Cucur udang - Crisp morsels of deep fried prawn and vegetable strips in light batter and served with homemade chili sauce
For those concerned about whether the stuff is too spicy, you can get it with less kick and yet still enjoy a flavorsome meal. But if you wish to load up on the chili scale, the waiter will gladly give you the seriously hot chili paste too.
Now, I did mention a little clearing ahead of the tables? Ah… at the magical 9pm mark, you find dancers all togged out in the local tribal wear parade out and give a performance, which will make you whip out your cameras. So now that you have been forewarned, you can bring along that DSLR too and capture the energetic dances and the smiles and even take photos of the extraordinary food that you can get at the Songket.
Be prepared to give even the most weary taste buds a rejuvenation.
Every now and then, Dynaudio will issue some special edition speakers,
and this time they are taking some of their best bits and making a pocket
rocket, in the form of the “Special Forty”, a standmount speaker conceived to
celebrate their fortieth anniversary.
Fans are one thing that a home in the tropical country will need, and you may even have a few of them, either table top ones, or floor standing.
They can be purely utilitarian, or they can come in fancy designs. Sometimes, you find a fan which combines both form and function, and to top it off, it is also energy efficient.
In choosing a fan, you will need to decide which of the above matters more, and also take into account your budget before making a decision.
The cheapest are table fans, which are simple, cheap and portable. The downside is a lack of power and may not suit your decor, and many come only in a standard design.
There are some retro options:
And some of the retro theme stores locally will also carry them. Ironically the price is higher for these, and if you compare to the 30-80$ for the basic ones, these usually cost 50-100% more.
As for floorstanding fans, they usually come with timers and are more powerful. Some even come with remote controls.
Bear in mind, the more …
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