Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dim Sum With the Dim Sums, And My Celebrity Filled Day

Must have been my lucky day. Firstly, this hot chick, ciki, sms-es me, after I responded to her dim sum post, and told me to come for lunch, and call Jackson along.

Glamour puss

Now, getting an appointment with Jackson, (the most recognisable flogger) ......


..is even harder than getting an appointment with any of the 3 fellas highlighted here:

You see, it's the 2nd time I'm watching a play with the PM in the house. The last being Emily of Emerald Hill, when he was DPM, and he was literally in the row and in the seat behind me in Actor's studio.

I couldn't find a picture of the elderly Tiara, as the place was swarming with the minions, all waiting for PM, and I wasn't going to make my way through the labyrinth of Body Odour to get to her poster... so I got him instead. The fler who plays Hang Tuah.

And that's him there again...aitelyu, for a Brit who doesn't speak Malay, he was a darn good Hang Tuah. I couldn't get close enough to get a pic of Tiara chatting with PM....wonder if he kept awake throughout the musical....

But I digress. Yeah, such a compelling write up almost spurred us into immediate action. I was dying to try out this dim sum place. I was shocked Jackson was available. He asked, "Who is Ciki?"


Siu Mais.... well, actually, in my opinion, a siu mai is a siu mai, and one can only do so much with mince meat and a wanton wrapper right.... good enough for me.

Mmmm, yong ai kwah, (Brinjal stuffed with fish paste), excellent. The fish paste was springy and fresh, and the brinjal tender, not overly oily.

The egg tarts were sublime when warm. Flaky pastry, and egg custard with just the right wobble factor. However, like all tarts, they lose their appeal when they turn old....

Pei tan sau yoke choke....(century egg and lean meat)...why does it have to be lean meat? why not fat meat? Century eggs afterall are harddddly the epitome of health food. The congee was smooth enough, no complaints there.

We take a break to introduce to you....ta dahhhhh.......

Back to the food.... ham soi cock, ..very good. The skin texture, perfect. Not too thick, and the filling inside ...a bit sparse, but adequate.

Oooh, the piece de resistance....DURIAN BUNS....fluffy mantau like texture, with pure durian puree within. Durian lovers unite!



Another mentionworthy dish is this glutinous rice.....ABSOLUTELY LOVELY. Not too oily, fluffy basmatilike grains of glutinous rice, with loads of chinese sausage, etc etc...all the stuff that makes the world go round. (as in round in the waist)

Quite forgettable, these buns, that look like cross between a Bao and a Gyoza.

We unanimously agreed, that a dim sum meal is incomplete without the ultimate test. Char siu baos.

Check out my bun....
Actually the CSB were only passable. A whole discussion was spawned about where to get the best CSB. Where ah?


My mango pudding, which I forgot to photograph, was nothing to shout about. The texture was all wrong. The two healthier ones had the black kwai lin gou.... tasted okay.

What a delightful way to spend lunch....thanks Ciki for the treat.

On a separate note, PUTERI GUNUNG LEDANG is EXCELLENT!!! Surpassed all my expectations, and according to Tiara, we were the best audience. I guess PM being there and all surprisingly spurred the crowd on. It ended with a huge standing ovation. Way to go!!!! So proud that its a Malaysian production!

26 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

OF COURSE Tiara had to say that. The PM was there wot. Btw, Ciki wearing sunnies coz she's in the presence of greatness ar? (Jackson, in case you're unsure)

Paprika said...

Dannnng I want to watch PGL! Didn't get my act together as usual. Ciki is sooo like Jackie O! You are a lucky man FBB, basking in the glow of celebrity blogger and her royal sexiness... Who cares about the food?!

Sean said...

was that remark about tarts also meant to be your prediction for the future of the "elderly" diva? :P

J2Kfm said...

hahahah .... funny Ciki dorning the shades when she normally doesnt in other pics.

maybe the aura's too much ....

on a side note, the gyoza/pau combo is very familiar. think Taiwanese food leh ...

thule a.k.a leo said...

"Back to the food.... ham soi cock, ..very good. The skin texture, perfect. Not too thick, and the filling inside ...a bit sparse, but adequate"

hmmm... maybe u should find a more suitable word than cock!! Quite obscene la...lol! perhaps 'kok'?
I'd read this review too... and I'll head there for dim sum this weekend or latest next one. Hong Kee's standard has dropped drastically...

fatboybakes said...

thule, isnt cock a male chicken? in my days, that's what we were taught. "the cock crows in the morn"....
you mean these days it means something else??? what ah?

j2kfm, indeed, i also need to wear darkglasses in the presence of those two, their brilliance is just blinding....ah, so them baos are taiwanese!

sean, [innocent look], whatever do you mean.....??? (haha, picking that up might have earned u the invite you asked for)

paps, hahaha, so jackie O? but jackie's dead wor! yar, if it werent for those friends who planned the whole thing, i'd have dilly dallied and missed the whole thing. i even bought the CD!

AWOL, dang, and i tot tiara said it cos IIII was there. and yup, ciki was blinded by jackson's dazzling smile.

CUMI & CIKI said...

re lemongrass: Jackson incase your're unsure! OMG.. hahaha .. plonk! what a nortie gal u r.. (actually met jackson for the 1st time.. he's so nice)

paprika.. wow, the great jackie O! thank u la.. (so kind! dunno wot to say so will shuddup)

fbb: not ONE but TWO celeb bloggers for lunch.. wa.. lucky i bought 4digit :P

UnkaLeong said...

Ciki : Got kena r?

FBB : As a kid growing up I really used to dig the CSB from Foh San in Ipoh. Haven't been there in yonks though.

Yin said...

ROTFL at the falling asleep bit. actually to be very honest, i fell asleep too. coz as much as i loved the acting and the sets and the costumes, the music just wasn't epic enough for me. it's a musical, kan? the music's supposed to be unforgettable mah. i walked out of istana budaya without having a single tune stuck in my head.

when i read your blog, i have all those lovely piccies of dim sum stuck in my head :) now that's an epic food blog!

gfad said...

Wahh.. such a mat salleh looking HT. What do you mean he doesn't speak Malay? Mahcham mana dia chakap then?? You mean he just memorised every single word??

Some people are just so lucky. How can a food blogger be soooo slim?? And Ciki looks too young to even know who Cumi and Ciki are!! :)

Ooh.. I miss deep fried eggplant. Somehow eggplant does not taste good unless it's been drenched in boiling fat!

Interesting how names of innocent animals get desecrated - male chicken, female dog, adorable cat, Richard's nickname..

What is Enopi, do you know?

thenomadGourmand said...

...a dim sum meal is incomplete without the ultimate test. Char siu baos - YES, AGREE, very very agree!
so they r still below par o nthat one..but the rest is like soooo delish! I'm heading there tmw! aiyah..1 pax how to eat a lot a lot.. sighh..where to get makan kakis..

jasmine said...

Agreed. PGL was excellent! Almost can't believe it's a M'sian production :) find myself popping the cd into my car's player these days to relive the memories, hehe.

Ooh, I love the ham Sui kok at Jin Xuan too. Food always tastes better when the company's good ;)

Life for Beginners said...

Well, for the 3rd time running I missed PGL. Oh well. King Procrastinator and all that. :P

I'm glad I didn't miss this post though, and those couple shots of the lovely Jackie O, er, Ciki O?

So bootiful wan.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah dim sum with bloggers and pgl..would b great if the two came together on the same nite with the PM...

wondering if did he err..maybe caught a nap somewhere in between during the show? hahaha

thule a.k.a leo said...

fbb is acting naive :) u sure cock = male chicken??? I mean.. is this the only definition that u know?? Lol!!!

fatboybakes said...

thule...O:) [err, that's a halo]

nipples, thats what i wondered too, if he dozed off.

LFB, i know, if it werent for my persistent friends, who actually picked me up to go to actors studio to book the tickets there and then, i'd have missed it too. ah well, maybe the next time its staged the princess will be ...err....younger...

jasmine, yalar, good hor. i also bought the CD. but the recording quality is not that great. i am now craving the ham sui kok...

TNG, why you short of makan kakis??? i find that hard to believe.

fatboybakes said...

gfad, u can google stephen rahman hughes...he had to learn it phonetically, although his mother is malay.

what IS enopi? dunno...

yin, u fell asleep in PGL? HOW??!! WHY??? aiyo. musta been tired la. i fell asleep big time in kevin spacey's THE ICEMAN COMETH...

unka, great help THAT is, suggesting a place in IPOH for CSB....hahahah.

ya, ciki, got kena or not?

thenomadGourmand said...

actually yes.really crazy for food kinda frens not common lehh..most is eat to survive.all comments is "ok ahh..can eat" no true die-hard kakis..tat wil explore far, get up early,purposely meet for makan kind..but ever since i start bloggin i started to find more like-minded ppl..which is great ;p

Nic (KHKL) said...

best CSB? Definitely Mee Boon at Jalan Ipoh 3rd Mile. It's the nothing like those sweet HK version. Dark, lardy and salty, my kinda pau. Haha!

Missed PGL for the 3rd time...haha! looks like i'll just hafta catch it in sg, if it's showing here. :(

woah, the fbb/ciki/jackson combo. now that's one famous table for sure. ;)

fatboybakes said...

nic, yeah, that's what i said too...and the lor mai kai there rocks too...

TNG, you must join us for one of our makan outings then...hmmm, which are few and far between for me, actually....

fatboybakes said...

oops, sorry, did i call you nic! i mean HAIRY.... sheesh, too much on my mind...its like calling thamby by her name...

thenomadGourmand said...

hhaha..would b honoured to join for any makan-makan..u do Body step???

fatboybakes said...

will keep u in the loop if got any flogger outings.

yeah, i do body step, badly, like a hippo trampling on a dead gazelle...

Sze said...

some people say the best csb is in taman megah. pretty good actually. lots of inti.

am in hanoi at the moment - any recommendations of places to eat? (not bobby chinn's)

FBB said...

hey you, sexay goulash, we were justtt talking about you today at lunch, unkaleong and me. i hear i hear...until 7th. i dunno where to eat in hanoi ler...i loved the roadside pho....apart from that, my meals were unmemorable...

Jackson said...

gosh... now only i know that my picture appear in yr blog after my friend told me that.... i will be famous soon!!