The Malaysia Eat List 2010


My friends and I made a short trip north of the border over the Easter weekend to Seremban and Kuala Lumpur. It’s become an annual food pilgrimage for us. And despite the traffic forecasts of alarmist pundits with a journalistic bent, the travel up at 4pm, via the North-South Highway, was smooth; even with a short stop at a roadside collection point for the Malaysian Police Daily Wage Supplement.

It was a fun trip where we observed the little differences like how Malaysians like light soy whereas Singaporeans tend towards the dark; the standardized usage of the genteel “Tandas” (as opposed to the vulgar “Jamban”) versus the Singaporean thesauric “Gents”, “Washroom”, “Toilet” and yes, in rare cases “Jamban”; the technically competent, soft sell techniques of Malaysian mobile phone salesmen compared to our take-it-or-leave-it, tidak-apa temps. And the food, oh my…

Sin Yit Sing in Seremban


Winner of the “Best Dishes Award” in Fabulous Food One Malaysia 2009 from The Malaysia Selangor And Federal Territory Ku Su Shin Choong Hung Restaurant Association, this is the place to go if you wish to sample good Malaysian-style tze char (which most Singaporean tze chars derive from). They have the exotic Squirrel soup in a coconut but if you want something less provocative, their Hakka Kourou (braised pork belly) and Claypot Mutton is to die for. They have the smallest razor clams I’ve ever seen. Don’t forget to load up on the fiber with their wonderful Yau Mak Choy.

Sin Yit Sing is at 103 Taman A.S.T., Jalan Labu Lama, 70200 Seremban, N.S.D.K


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King’s Beef Noodles in Seremban


This is a quirky shop where the owner opens when he likes but a lot of ex-Serembanites come here for their beef noodle fix. It’s not as good as the one in Johore Bahru, which ironically, originated from Seremban. However, this is old school beef noodles which you don’t get anymore in Singapore. I had two big bowls.

King’s Beef Noodles is at 17, Jln. Dr. Krishna.


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We also rounded off our day-trip to Seremban with a small birthday celebration where, because it was the birthday girl’s favorite fruit, Maosanwang Durian cake with chocolate was featured. It took 4 Maosanwang Durians (2 for the Chef and 2 for the cake). It was stupendous.

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Max@iHaus in KL


Formerly from Charlie Trotter’s, Max has turned his small bistro into a full-service restaurant. Our friends in KL say that Max@iHaus is one of, if not the, best modern European, fine-dining restaurants that is not in a hotel. We had a great time, especially when Max loosened up with a few drinks in him. Wonderful dinner with old friends, new friends and classmates. Included was a slightly tipsy Maori dance and a brief on the unofficial doctrine of the Singapore Armed Forces on arachnid intercourse. Details of this dinner to follow soon.

Max@iHaus is at Lot No 32 Jalan Jati, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.


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Gu Yue Tien in KL


This is an up-and-coming Chinese restaurant, whose Chef (Frankie) likes to dabble with western cuisine to create his own fusion menu. And it works mostly with a few misses which is quickly dismissed with sufficient lubrication. The menu changes regularly. On the balance, I like it and I hope it survives because it is located in Chulan Square which is an area of dead calm. Details of this dinner to follow soon.

Gu Yue Tien Chinese Cuisine is at Chulan Square (just opposite Pavilion), Jalan Raja Chulan, For reservations, please call: 03-2148 0808, Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm (daily), Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm (daily)


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Soo Kee Mee in KL


It’s also a tradition that we load up on good food before the long trip back home. Our usual lunch place is Restoran Green View in Petaling Jaya, but this time, we decided to check out Soo Kee on Jalan Imbi which is also famous for their noodles. What blew me away was the sauteed pork intestines (fantastic wok hei!) and their paperbag chicken (juicy and big!). Comfortable casual lunching. Be sure to try the place opened by the son just across the road. Details to follow soon.

Soo Kee Mee is at No. 14, Medan Imbi, 55100, Kuala Lumpur.


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One of the characteristics that sets us apart from most tourists is that we tend to drink wine with our dinner and we do drink very well. Not all first growths but decent, good-drinking wines.


Not exactly a wine but it does bring back good childhood memories













Clink klink!

I don't want to have to dust this everyday...


Slept well too…

Posted on 11th Apr 2010 in Drink, Makankaki, Malaysia, Tze Char


There Are 4 Comments


Camemberu commented on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

WOW!! What a trail of good feasts! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the detailed posts!


Crystal Lim commented on April 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

i haven’t been homesick since i left home, but i’m seriously foodsick from seeing your photos!!! nice to see my dad in good form too. keep up the good work Ivan!


ivan commented on April 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

@Crystal: That’s because the fastest way to the heart is via the stomach. See you in June. 🙂


Jeff commented on April 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

@Crystal: don’t forget to bring Dylan and Finn.

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