Yong Tau Fu at Yap Hup Kee, Pudu

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Pick your favourites

I vaguely remember eating the yong tau fu in Pudu – my first time was probably 8 years ago, before I started this blog. And before I developed a passion for food. But I was never lucky with this outlet; rif and I went there three times, only to find it closed on two accounts and another, closed for renovation. So I didn’t bother visiting thereafter.

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It was by chance that our favourite curry noodle shop was closed, forcing us to drive around the area. That was when we spotted Yap Hup Kee – open for business and without the lunch crowd, yet. He parked the car while I ordered the food and settled for an available table.

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Chee cheong fun with black sauce, and curry chee cheong fun

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Curry goodness

The chee cheong fun is good here (albeit too small a portion) – both the black sauce version and curry broth. I liked the texture of the rice sheet noodles; silken and thin. Both came topped with a sprinkling of dried shrimp. rif and I thought the shrimp tasted better in the curry version.

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Loh shi fun

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Dry curry chicken noodle

We also tried a portion of dry style loh shi fun and dry curry chicken noodles, both popular with the lunch crowd. I liked the dry curry chicken noodles best as the noodle were cooked just right, tossed in a drizzle of dark soy sauce and topped with thick curry gravy and chicken pieces.

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Fried yong tau fu

As expected, the yong tau fu was good. While portion could have been bigger, the fish paste filling was tasty – no additional sauce needed. The stuffed chilli and ladies finger came with a tasty broth, which I couldn’t stop drinking. Of course, there was MSG inside so I felt quite thirsty after the meal.

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Tasty lunch

Lunch came up to about RM34 for the above, inclusive of two drinks. Not cheap (partly why some of my colleagues banned this place), but the food is good.

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Good yong tau fu and chee cheong fun. I like the dry curry noodles too.

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Yap Hup Kee in Pudu

Yap Hup Kee
45, Jalan Brunei Barat (off Pudu),
Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: 9am to 5pm, 5.30pm to 11pm
(closed on every alternate Tuesday)
Tel: 03-2148 9220

KariGuys, Bangsar

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That famous Sempalit chicken curry restaurant in Raub

Sempalit curry chicken is new to me — it was only a few weeks ago that I heard about it from my in-laws and a colleague of rif, who comes from Raub. According to them, the curry chicken from that town is laden with spices and worth the trip. When the owner of this famous chicken curry establishment opened a shop in Bangsar, I was very excited to give the place a try.

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Curries on display

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Sempalit Fried Chicken

KariGuys opened in Lucky Garden a few months ago, by the same family whose grandfather started the original outlet in Raub. The star of the show is of course the Kari Chicken Sempalit, family recipe of blended spices, curry leaches and coconut milk. Unlike most chicken curries I’ve tried, this one is more diluted, said to cater to the Chinese community at that time.

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Kari Ayam Sempalit (RM6.50 per portion, RM12.75 per dinner set)

I haven’t tried the original one from Raub (rif has) but this one didn’t knock my socks off. It was fairly tasty, but I prefer the chicken curry from Ratha’s. Those who grew up in that town would probably have a different opinion about this curry. Good thing is, it isn’t overly spicy so this is a curry that caters to everyone.

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Sempalit Fried Ayam (RM6.50)

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Sempalit Mutton Peratal (RM8.50 per portion, RM13.75 per dinner set)

We also tried the Sempalit fried chicken, marinated in 8 types of spices for 12 hours and deep fried to crispy perfection. This was pretty good — the chicken was well seasoned and juicy within. Also decent was the Sempalit Mutton Peratal, a spice laden dish of tender mutton cubes.

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Stir-fried cabbage and potato curry

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Sotong Sambal (RM8.50)

The squid sambal looked good but it somehow lacked that rich flavour often found in squid dishes. This was spicy with a sweet undertone from the onions. The dinner set comes with a drink and two vegetable sides — we had the sambal brinjal, thai style beancurd, curried potatoes and stir-fried cabbage. Try the brinjal and potatoes; these were good when I had them.

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Sambal brinjal and Thai style beancurd

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Iced lemongrass

You get a choice of lemon tea or lemongrass tea with the set — boiled using natural ingredients and served without sugar. You can opt to have it just like that or use the syrup provided on your table to cater to your preferred sweetness.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Decent curries, but I like the Sempalit fried chicken better.

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KariGuys
24, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,
Lucky Garden,
Bangsar
Tel: 03-2201 9388
Business hours: 8am till 9pm daily.
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Melanie

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Melanie was 4 months old when my brother brought her back to our family home. That was the middle of 2009 and he found her amidst a construction area almost mulled by a dog. Her brother cat did not survive but my brother managed to save her. He took her back to his campus and later that week, to our family home where she would live the next 6 years of her life in comfort.

She was killed last night when a moron ran over her and left her to die. :cry:

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4 months old

Unlike Miko (a Persian), Melanie is independent and a wanderer. I reckon it’s her nature since she was a stray and was used to walking around. She grew well with us. Too well, I reckon because she became rather overweight after 2 years. My parents feed our cats with only the best and that includes cheese crackers, salmon treats and vitamin cookies. Melanie loved them.

She liked having her behind pat head massages make her purr. Each time those bright blue eyes starred at us, we knew she wanted to be caressed and we always made sure we did. She was a great cat — no air and albeit shy, she was friendly to the family members especially my dad.

Melanie loved durian and I was always happy to give her my portion of the fruit since I’m not a fan. And she ate them like a pro. Even knew how to eat the thin layer surrounding the seed.

Last night, we let her out for her regular walk at 8.30pm. She would usually come back within an hour for her treats. But she never returned. My brother found her dead just a few doors down the road; her body cold.

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She was such a well behaved cat

I can’t believe she’s gone. That when I go home to my parents tonight, she won’t be at the porch doing her thing. And that the bells from her collar will never tinkle again. That she won’t be growing old with us. We buried her in the garden, next to Adrianna, her old pal.

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RIP Melanie. I hope there’s plenty of salmon cookies and durian where you are now. And that you’re able to wander around without a worry that cars might run over you. We love you and will miss you loads.

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