Sunday, August 30, 2009

Malaysian Food In USA

It has been quite a long since I been going out continuously for 2 days. I have been staying at home for some time. We went downtown today to meet with a friend of my dad. They just been here for around 2 weeks from Malaysia. It was quite a boring morning ( reaching their hotel, chat a while *nothing special* ) Out tummy was making funny sound by the time we finish talking. Our eating destination had been decided since a few days ago when my dad found out about a Malaysian Restaurant in downtown. OMG. How is it even possible to find a Malaysian restaurant in the United States. It is defintely something amazing and superb. The name of the shop is Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine. Its address is 9889 Bellaire BLVD. #311, Houston, Tx 77036. What amaze me the most is that some of the people working and the owner, Alex are from Ipoh, which is my hometown. What a major suprise.

It was quite a small shop as they had difficulties buying the shops beside due to some agreement problems. The feel gives you a Malaysian feel, and it feels kinda cosy which made us feel very comfortable. I was awe and stunned when I heard someone speaking Bahasa Melayu outside the restaurant. I was thinking in mind how long has it been since I heard someone say it. It is defintely not common for someone to speak that unique language. There are really a lot people that goes to that restaurant. It made us felt very comfortable as the servers and the owner also speaks Cantonese. How lucky? The view of the restaurant are basically shown in the picture below. I am very sorry that I only have a 7.1 mega pixes camera which gives off such a bad image. ( I know it is very noob )

It has been quite sometime since I have been in the states. Human beings are actually a mere realistic type of living creature. When you have something, you won't thing that it is important. Once you miss it or don't have it, you will use all different kinds of ways to crave for one. I still remember that I use to eat these kinds of food back in Ipoh. It is too easy to buy it. I can find it nearly anywhere ( Not talking about the taste, just the food ). We are really fortunate to find a restaurant that serves these food. They have Penang Laksa, Penang Prawn Mee, Ipoh Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Curry Mee, Indian Mee Goreng *what we known as Mamak Mee Goreng*, Belacan Malay Kangkung, and also Ipoh famous coffee. The ones I mention are the food we ordered. Well, basically they have all Malaysian food. You just name what you want, and they will have it. The price was reasonable and it was of course affordable as its portion was quite large especially for the rice. We were funny enough to make a rating for the food we ordered. All the rates are 1 to 5 which varries with the taste. 5 is the best. Each of us tried all of them to our hearts content.

The first picture is the Penang Laksa. We rate it 3~4 as they should have use 'Lai Fen' instead of the slender 'Mee Hoon.' The soup was quite delicious and it has the sour and spicy taste in it. The noodles makes all the difference.

The second one was the Seafood Curry Mee. My dad rate it a 3 as the 'Hor Fen' used was too broad and thick. Who put 'Hor Fen' inside curry mee? We use 'Yellow Mee' instead back at home. The soup was also very good. It has the taste of a curry mee ( pardon me if it sounded kinda weird )

The third one was the 'Penang Prawn Mee.' It was unanimous that we all voted it was 1. If you look at the picture, it defintely has the look of it. We, Chinese use to say a phrase "Got Look, No Interior." That is basically what I mean. The taste was awefully plain. It doesn't even has the taste of the prawn shell. Abolutely lack of skills and experience. DAMN IT... The people working told us that it was good. We got cheated. =(

The fourth one is the Hainanese Chicken Rice. It was a 3.5 out of 5. The taste was quite good and the rice was steam beautifully. It couldn't get a 5 was because of the chicken. It wasn't smooth and tender enough to get the rating. It was basically because of the water supply we had in Ipoh that we had such good chicken. Why do you think Ipoh is famous for 'Tauge Ayam'?

We also order a Ipoh Char Kuey Teow. We wanted a Penang one, but they don't have. Well, better than nothing. The taste was okay or you can say it regular. Nothing special about it. Even the 'Belacan Chilli' wasn't at the taste of it. We gave it a 3 if I remember correctly.

Haha...It is finally the turn of the Roti Canai. We all gave it a 5 as the taste was absolutely fantastic. It was crispy from the first bite to the last bite. It was made very evenly and thin. The dough didn't stick together like a lump. The real reason we rated it so high was because of the little bowl of curry beside it. The curry is very thick and it taste better than a lot of the ones I had tried before in Malaysia. We even try to drink it after finishing the Roti Canai.

My parents ordered a Belacan Malay Kangkung as they missed it a lot. I don't eat kangkung so I didn't taste it. They did all the tasting. I don't remember about the rating for this dish. I remember vague about them saying it was good. Argh~~~ Whatever...Can't remember...

The coffee was also another one that we gave it a 5our of 5. A FULL MARK. It was really tasty and I had one for myself. Wakaka~~~ My dad told me they didn't use the 3 in 1 instant coffee which is very famous in Malaysia. They made it themself by adding condense milk in it. It was the skills that made the taste superb. We all like it for sure.

I ordered a Chicken Curry Mee for myself. I gave it a 4 when they asked me about the taste of it. The smell was very good and the taste was at satisfactory. It tasted better than the one my dad had, which was the Seafood Curry Mee. It was all because they listen to me and change the noodles to 'Yellow Mee'...Nah~~~ Just kidding. It was very special as they use different kind of noodles for different dish even though it is still the same Curry Mee.

My dad friend's wife ordered an Indian Mee Goreng. The taste was quite okay and it suited our tongue. It was quite wet actually. They should have fried it with less sauce or water. Overall it wasn't bad. It was a 3 out of 5.

Just a view of the table with all the food packed together. We couldn't get a bigger table as it was all full of people. Too bad. We had to quickly finish some of the dishes to make space for all of it.

This is the kid of my dad's friend. His name is Hong. He is really adorable and cute. Normally I don't really like babies or kids as they tend to cry easily. Well, he is a special one. I never seen him cry before and he smile and move around all the time. He is hyperactive. Maybe too much sugar?

My sister kept on saying how cute he is in the car. He has dimples when he smiles, and his eyes are the type that can communicate with people. A chinese way of saying it. Don't really know how to explain it. My sis told me he has the eye smile which is very sweet and cute. My parents keep saying that he will become very handsome when he grows up. Too bad for me.

Just another ordinary picture of my tearing up my Roti Canai. Nothing much about it too say. My dad was siting beside me. Still have that lame and stupid face of mine after such a long time.

My sister took a picture of me while I was going to bite on my noodles. I was starring at her like 'What the heck are you doing? Can't you see I am trying to eat peacefully?' Haha~~~

It might be stupid for me to say, but I just notice it today. A lot of people might already know, but it is new for me. The first picture was taken without the flash, and the second one was with flash. It amazed me when I saw the difference of the fan. The picture without the flash shows that the fan is still moving at a high speed which could cut of my head. The one with flash was stopped completely in the picture. My physics theory are always the worst, but I guess it is because light travel faster than the stupid fan, which made it look like it stopped. I was wondering if a fan at such speed would cut off my head, what about the light? Could it shred me into tiny pieces? Hmm~~~ Don't want to thinking about it...

My parents also took the Chok family to the Viet Hoa Supermarket to show them around. They were quite shocked about the size of the whole supermarket. It was basically to tell them what we can get, and what we couldn't get from there. The picture below is the main entrance of the supermarket, but I took it from the inside. Hehe~~~
It is defintely near the Mooncake Festival if my guess is correct. I saw many boxes of mooncake for sale. Miss the festival quite a lot where we have lots of different kind of things to eat.

They are imported from Hong Kong. Never seen the brands before.

The supermarket also sold things that chinese to pray to god like those little cups for oil or tea, and also quite a lot. Don't remember clearly. Memory got problem. Amazing right?

They also sell these kinds of lantern which I use to play when I was small. The battery ones and the ones that need a candle to light it up. It really bring back a lot of the old memories from deep inside my brain. I still remember I used to burn those paper lantern quite frequently when I was a kid. Playing with fire was fun for me at that time. It still is for me, but haven't touch it for quite sometime.

They also sell all sorts of herba tea and chinese traditional medicines. They also have those chinese pictures which is shown at the back of the picture below. I also found out that they sell Canned Bird Nest. Maybe I should get some for myself.

A lot of big Chinese Lanterns are being hung around in the whole place.

Look at what I found? Ipoh Old Town 3 in 1 White Coffee. Lucky Me. Well, we hadn't finish the ones we brought from Malaysia as we bought in quite a lot. Now I know that I can get it there. The price is actually quite affordable if I don't convert the money back to rinngit.

I also found some Tongkat Ali Coffee which stunned me for a while. What in the world is a Tongkat Ali Ginseng Coffee doing in a supermarket in USA. I didn't know they were so famous until I saw a stack of them piling together. There might be people who like it. I have absolutely no idea.

Guess what I also FOUND? My bro favourite food, Durian. Haha~~~ My dad actually forbide us to buy it as he say there might be worms inside it as it is imported from outside the country. Nevertheless, it was quite shocking to find it here in the states. It is actually quite awesome, to be honest. Maybe there will be a time where I miss it too much and don't care about the worms and stuffs. Just eat it and who cares what will happen afterwards. That might happen someday.

That funny kid was making faces at me when I pointed the camera at him. He was pulling both sides of his mouth for me to take his picture. I wanted to take a picture of him smilling adorably, but he refused. Haiz...Couldn't help it. * Cute right? Really wanted to pinch his cheek. Blek~*

I also saw some blue shell crab. We didn't bought any as it takes quite some effort to cook it into a delicious meal.

There are also all kinds of shrimps. They varries from colors, kinds and sizes. Quite a lot to choose from. Might be able to make 20 dishes using all the different shrimps there.
I also saw some crackers which is from Malaysia. I think many people recognize the brand, Julie right? How nostalgic?

My dad's friend, Steve William told us about the Tiger Beer before. We tried to find it for quite some time, but futile. As from what I know, Tiger Beer is mass produce from Singapore. I can't believe to find it here in the states. They imported the beer all the way from Singapore. Awesome man. How cool is that?

Other beers like Heineken is really common here. We also have other brands like Corona, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and quite a lot more. A lot of people should have seen the gas shape Heineken before.

Hehe~~~ My dad of course bought half a dozen of tiger beer. He said it was for showing purpose, but I doubt it. Who cares about it? I am defintely going to drink half of it since my bro isn't here, and my mum and sis isn't much of a drinker. Woots~~~ Fantastic...*Opps...Still Under Age..Shouldn't have said that*


雪红 said... nice wat..longtime din eat ler leh? is merdeka day leh..still rmb?haha...
some more mooncake festival coming soon ler...happy mooncake festival ya~
enjoy ur life there...

Cheong Hao said...

Woh..i just finsih typing and you already fast...yea long never tasted such food d..yea i remember today is merdeka...i also got write hari merdeka in facebook..haha...lame...

u also take care...seem like got some small small problem only...can overcome de lah...

Jill said...

u ar~always post the delicious food inside...
always make me drop saliva in front of the pc...

haha~I din feel so...
stayed home all the day wothout knowing anything~

Cheong Hao said...

lol..i just post what i have been doing mah...just such a coincidence i have been eating only mah...haha...

aiya merdeka is just anotehr ordinary holiday..nothing much...

misse said...

it's always nice to know that Malaysian food is around the corner especially when you are so far away. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. i hope you get to eat more Malaysian food in the States. i ate chinese alot when i was abroad. ;)

Cheong Hao said...

Thanks for dropping by.haha.yea it makes me miss the food more.I hear my friends said that there are quite a lot of malaysian food in new york and san francisco. We always find the opposite country food to eat when we are in a country. We try to find italian or french food to eat in m'sia, but when we are there, we tend to find chinese food to eat. How ironic?

Jacey said...

hey there, thanks for stopping by my blog :) Glad to see another Malaysian in Texas, but too bad I just moved to Florida about 5 months ago. Used to be in Dallas... and oh my do I miss decent Malaysian foods. Lucky to be in Houston where delicious foods are abundant!

Cheong Hao said...

yea. It is really decent to have a malaysian restaurant just around the corner *around 45 minutes drive* well, it is really better than nothing. too bad you move to florida, if not can meet up. Just dont mind me being weird. Haha. I want to go to florida at least once. My friend said it is really nice.

Anonymous said...

None of the restaurants have kangkong belacan here in NC. Apparently they have really strict laws regarding agricultural products. The last time I had any was at the beginning of the year in NY.

Ahh, looking at those pictures has me craving M'sian food again. I would kill for a good ikan bakar or mai pin har right about now.