Thursday, August 16, 2007

flavours Merdeka special: Restaurants over 50

In conjunction with the nation's 50th year of nationhood, flavours magazine published an article featuring 35 restaurants all around the country which are more that 50 years old.

I've only been to 6 of them. Sadness.

New goal: To eat at least once in all these places. Well, maybe at least the ones in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang.

Here are the places I've been to so far. Sorry folks very few photos I went to most of them when I was much much younger. No camera, no blog, no crazy obession with food back then. Ah, how much I've grown.


No. 1
Coliseum Cafe and Hotel, 87 years old
98-100 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

My parents used go there for dates. My grandad brought my mom there for a treat. Memories.

I think my parents brought me there when I was around 11. To be honest, I can't remember what the food tasted like. I do remember that we ordered the famed sizzling steaks. And the memory about this place that is most firmly embeded in my mind is the smell of the place, the slightly musty, smokey smell of years and years of sizziling hotplates. I read somewhere that smells are one of the things that tend to stick in your memory. It's true.

No. 2
Sek Yuen, 58 years old
313-1 & 315 Jalan Pudu

The most recent place of of the lot that I've been to. Went there to attend a birthday dinner of the Boy's dad. I was told that back in the days Sek Yuen was the 'it' place to hold Chinese wedding dinners.

What I think of the place? It's old, and it looks its age. The food was nice, not super-fantastic. Still it feels nice to know I had dinner at such a historic location. And its reputation is still going strong there was not an empty table in sight when I was there.

Song Kee Beef Noodles, 62 years old
3, Jalan Tun Siew Sin

My dad insists I've been here, I can't remember the place at all. Don't really think it should be on my list of places if I don't remember anything about it, but then again why not. After all, I "have" been there.


No. 4
Seremban beef noodles, 60+ years old
Stall 748, Pasar Besar Seremban
Jalan Pasar, Seremban

For some reason, I have memories of visiting this place quite frequently when I was younger. And waiting in anticipation for my dad to bring packets of these yummy noodles home whenever he went to see client in Seremban. It was these yummy noodles that got me over my squeamishness of eating animal innards. Hee.

I miss those noodles, haven't been able to find anything remotely similar anywhere else.


No. 5
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng, 81 years old
Seng Lee Coffee Shop,
270 Jalan Burma

Went here on a family trip last year, after my obession with taking photos of food had begun. The friendly Mamak owner there speaks Hokkien like a native! And omg the mee goreng! It's a psychedelic orange! And oh so so delicious, the perfect combo of noodles and spices. And a mountain of sotong/squid there's a mouthfull it every bite. I'm starting to drool just thinking of it...

Hmm, maybe the orange coloured plates make the noodles look even more orange.

The mee rebus is pretty good too.
Don't forget to "tambah sotong"


No. 6
Pun Chun duck noodles, 69 years old
Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant
40, Main Road, Bidor

This was a stop on the way home from the Penang trip last year. Wantan noodles in a delicious chinese herbal soup, topped with braised duck that's so tender it practically falls off the bone. I didn't forget to take back a few packets of their famous chicken biscuits (there's no chicken listed among the ingredients, I checked). Absolutely adore the thin, crispy ones, I can finish a packet by myself in one sitting.

delicious duck noodles


boo_licious said...

NST also has their own list (not sure if it's the same) but u shld also add it on to yr list of must trys. Good luck in eating!

~Bee Nee~ said...

boo_licious: ooo I wasn't aware of that must check it out. Thanks!

xin said...

wow....the mee goreng. i can feel my saliva dripping...gosh