Posts tagged pork

Authentic Spanish – El Meson

Having spent over a month in Spain, finding good, authentic Spanish food in Malaysia is hard to find. Maybe because Spanish food in mostly not really halal but probably also Spain isn’t that famous in Malaysia. I found a decent Spanish place once in Mont Kiara but it closed down a few years later.

Eventually, El Meson popped up on my Radar. I don’t know when they opened up in Bangsar since I don’t frequently that area but I’m a fan from day one. I didn’t try a lot of food since there was only two of us but I went more my favorite Iberico and Serrano hams. A paella completed our simple lunch. All I can say is that it’s as good as you can get if you’re itching for a taste of Spain. Olé!

I’ll be back for more, including their all-day breakfast! Dos cerbeza, por favor!


61-63 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Bangsar Baru,
Kuala Lumpur

Betty’s Mid-west Kitchen

I went to school in the US mid-west. Grain country or beef country and rolling fields in all directions and flat as a table. Besides the occasional tornado, you get scorching summers and frigid winters. When a whole bunch of tweeples on twitter went abuzz about this place called “Betty’s Mid-west kitchen”, I knew I gotta try it.

Knowing and wanting is a big difference from actually doing it. Doing it took about four months but finally I got there on a wet Friday evening where the roads were “car-parkifying”. Learnt that word on twitter. See you do learn something new everyday!

Anyways, I didn’t have any camera with me other than my iPhone for about a hundred reasons. I’ll be going back again anyways with a real camera so for now, here’s all you got. It was a work day and we wanted a nice simple dinner and then head home for a shower so we didn’t order that much. We had their roasted chicken and onion soup shared between us and for mains, we had a pork chop with country sauce and the meatloaf. Dessert was Apple crumble.

Our take; the soup’s pretty good but would be nicer if it was nice and creamy rather than looking rather “chinese” soup like with lots of chicken and onion bits floating about. My pork chop was very nicely done. Sauce is average and pretty much in line with expectations. Nothing special but still good solid food! The meatloaf was good though. Between the chops and the meatloaf, I’d probably order the meatloaf again. Apple crumble wasn’t up to snuff and it was probably the one thing I wouldn’t order again. Maybe I’m biased because I think I make a much better apple crumble but to Betty’s benefit, it’s a pretty generous serving with two large scoops of vanilla ice-cream. It’ll probably be good enough for some others but I guess not me.

Betty’s is definitely good enough to go back for and I’ll definitely be back. Good food, good value and pretty close to home. What’s not to like?

And yes, apologies for the lousy iPhone photos. Better photos to come next 🙂

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria, Damansara,
Petaling Jaya.

Succulent Roast Pork!

Many of my friends know me as a porky person. I love pork. Ribs, roasted, steamed, minced, burgers, whatever, including pork tongues… with minor exceptions such as trotters and intestines. Pork liver is fine by me. Anyways, ever since I’ve been smitten by a delicious plate of hakka noodles, it’s been a hunt for a well done plate of those noodles. Many are average. Probably it comes down to how much lard is used but also the noodles can’t be too soggy. I like them crisp but tender. The minced pork also must be finely made without too much salt or worse, monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Superbly done Hakka noodles

So here I find a lovely plate of hakka noodles, hidden away in a secluded corner of SS2, PJ. It’s fricken awesome! One big bonus. I love char-siu or roasted pork equally as much and this place has hakka noodles with char-siu. Fricken awesome number two, the char-siu is crispy on the outside and crunchy but once you bite in, it’s melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Lean meat but with bits of fat to ensure it’s juicy sweet. Simply awesome! So what’s the name of this place? Well, it’s called Toast and Roast!

Crunchy, melt-in-your mouth Char-siu (roast pork)
Little gem of a place in PJ

Porkelicious Burgers @ Cristang

Well, well, everyone’s talking about Cristang’s pork burgers… so it’s obvious we’ve to get ourselves there!

Tucked in a corner of Section 8, it was a quiet PJ neighborhood. Service wasn’t that great as the waitstaff seem to have problem understanding simple English. Food however, more than made up for it. The pork burgers come in multiple levels, from P1 to P7! As I’m no fan of petai, I’ve to stop at P3. My wife had pork chops in a delicious creamy sauce. We also had starters, shitake mushrooms in garlic and red wine. Excellent. Since there were only two of us, we had to be content with the order. Maybe next time.