Monday, August 20, 2007

Hong Kee Dim Sum With Food Bloggers, Iketeru With Wife

Food at the expense of sleep. I wondered at 7.45am, on Saturday, when precious pea called me, if it was really worth it to haul my ass out of bed....especially after 4 beers, 3 single malt whiskies and 3 glasses of white wine the night before, for Dim Sum. Images of that loh mai fan in Lemongrass's, WMW and PP's blog flashed thru my mind the way your life flashes before you as you're about to die, (like I'd know the feeling), .....and next thing I know, I was on my way there. Good thing I asked where the place was, coz I was under the impression it was in Damansar Uptown. Twas nice to see all those familiar faces again, Jacskon Kah, Lemongrass, Precious Pea, Kenny, the heavenly master baker, Teckiee, ....WMW FFK.

Well, my photos dont do it justice, but the rice was darn good. Nothing like oil and grease to compound the nausea accumulated from a hangover. But that aside, it was yummy.

The egg tarts were good too. Flaky pastry, and not too sweet. I reckon they'd even be better if it were hot from the oven.


Hmmm, to finish of the greasy oily category....


I spent the rest of the day wearing off the effects of alcohol poisoning (my resistance is getting damn low these days), and promptly came up with severe diarrhoea and fever. However, that did not deter me from being the good spouse (unlike Lemongrass, and by the way, check out my durian cheesecake while you're at her blogpost) and bring the wife dating dating on Saturday night, at Iketeru, KL Hilton. If it were not for hotel discount cards, you can FORGGGETTTTT about me dating.

Spider maki roll. Yummy. Despite the runny tummy.

Grilled cod in teriyaki sauce. Nice generous slice of cod, which according to wife, would cost RM20 -ish anyway raw, from the supermarket. Oh in the name of Cod, who do these fish think they are. Just cos their livers produce good oil.


I usually LURVE a good sukiyaki....there's something savage about mindless hodge podge of beef, vegetables, , mushrooms, rice vermicelli, bean curd thrown together....much like an angry cook.... alas, the version in Iketeru was a tad too salty. I often wonder what the feedback process is like in our service industry. When I told our waiter (granted that it was after the meal) that our sukiyaki stock was saltier than the Dead Sea, he merely nodded acknowledgement as if I was telling him, "oh, merdeka day is on 31st august". Not a rectifying word, not an a whiff of an apology, let alone lemongrass, nothing. Zilch. And this is the KL hilton we're talking about, not some non descript shack in sungai buloh.


To combat the saltine invasion in a palate macha, I ordered the macha ice cream with red beans. No matter how I tried, even with flash, somehow the red bean didnt seem very red. But it was decent quality ice cream, definitely not Kings or something, and was quite alright. Wife had black sesame, but only coz I told her to.

The total damage (Aiyo, they charge RM8 per head for Ocha!!!! ACHOOO! I am allergic already) came up to RM145 after discount. Not exactly peasant fare.

Now, I have been on this long quest over the years for the recipe of this favourite childhood food of mine, that can ONLY be found as far as I know, in one of KL's oldest and most prestigious golf clubs, the ROYAL SELANGOR GOLF CLUB. Caterers have come and gone, but this recipe seems to be a prerequisite that is handed down through the generations.

These little gems are called Welsh Rarebits. While recipes abound for Welsh Rarebits, none of them seem to lead to those of this form. Delia's and Nigella's are more like melted cheese on toast...whereas these little darlings form some kind of cheesy puff over deep fried bread. Gloriously unhealthy I'm sure, but hey, whoever can crack this davinci code of Welsh Rarebits, I would be perpetually indebted. I can't even tell if its baked or fried.

14 comments:

sunshine said...

I think they are trained to nod their heads in Kl Hilton. The fancy poetically named chinese tea the waitress in Chynna recomemeded us called 'the jade princess whatever' tasted like sky juice and when i told the waitress on noticing we were billed rm7.00 per person for that tasteless nonsense that their tea tasted like drinking water, she also nodded her head!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

were u slurring when u spoke to the waiter? LOL.

Yeah, my hubby also complains abt the price of the tea. Most places serve it complimentary.

Your durian cake was damn good. I'm gonna get the whole cake for myself....someday....someday....

Tummythoz said...

What a glaring WMW FFK! Lol.

Tummythoz said...

Oh, me again. Just found out from jackson's post that you may need to share boo_licious's big brown paper bag too! CONGRATS! *Mom, look. Another celebrity who knows me!*

Jackson said...

looks like u hv a great weekend!!! the tea...again!! LOL!! its FK X!!

boo_licious said...

Sniff! I missed out on yummy durian cheesecake. I was drooling over the description LL was telling me on the phone with a growling stomach. No idea abt those Welsh Rarebits but they look deep fried and different from the ones Delia will make.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

another famous baker on newspaper..RM145 and ur complaining???? bear in mind i have to pay double that ler.. hmmm the nodding needs some change though..

Precious Pea said...

Just hop over from Jackson's blog and congrats wor!! Wahh..now famous oledi but do keep those samples coming. The durian cheesecake was fantastic. Thank you so much for making it for the dim sum that day. OK what..wake up early and you get a longer day. :)

jason said...

Wah, can actually up so early after all those dosages of alcohol?

Paprika said...

Funny how sis and I were just wondering the same thing. This is what I understand "welsh rarebit" to be after eating these little devils countless times. Must say, delia's and nigella's are quite a bit "healthier" and definitely more grown up. Don't think I would like eating this version now. I hope. Gulp.

UnkaLeong said...

ROFL...WMW FFK. Hahaha...Man, you guys should ask for a discount card, seeing as to how often you lot frequent the place ;)

fatboybakes said...

sunshine, the tea in shang is i think RM12 per head.

LL, me shlur? how can that be, hic..?

TT, i meant to write, FYI WMW FFK LOL

Jackson, what is FKX?

Boo...aiya, so shy lar, bring my humble offerings in the presence of the master baker...WHERE ARE MY CUPCAKES???!!!

Nipples, seeing as to how often you eat out, you should invest in one of those card thingies la. KL hilton got free room as well for one night...for those much deserved bonk breaks.

Precious,...thanks for the mawning call...still yawning from that mawning.

jason, yes, uncle can...

paps....eh, still quite good leh, the deep fried ones. very the addictive wor. please go eat and reverse engineer.

unkaleong...where got? i just lost my virginity there last sat. hardly qualifies for discount card.

~Christine~Leng said...

hi there... learned that your blog contents are featured in a newspaper from Jackson's blog! Congrats! also heard that u bake such fine cakes... esp the durian cheesecake! O.. this is special!!! yumm...:)

wmw said...

What's this WMW FFK about??? LOL...Coming from you, FBB....Hahaha. If it were you, it'll be FBB FFK!