Oh My Pork! @ J Thean Kitchen

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OMG, I was actually drooling while editing the picture above! Heard of this place from WMW about their delicious pork dishes. Best of all, it is located just a few stones throw away from my house, convenient enough to drop by for lunch on weekend or dinner.

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Still relatively new, J Thean Kitchen was a kinda quiet that evening. The overall place is painted in white (including furniture) with some Chinese influence thrown in here and there. Easy to read menu, friendly waitresses, al fresco seating for those who smokes. Oh by the way, that J-Porky Bun (RM 16.90, picture above) came in a longish shape, served together with potato wedges and fried mantou bun instead of the usual burger bun. If there were two things to compliment about this bun, it would be a) the pork patty and b) the fried mantou bun. The patty was juicy, thick enough to satiate a pork-lover’s appetite and well-seasoned. The fried mantou bun further elevate the experience with its crispy exterior. Each bite sent my mouth and brain into “food orgasm”, no kidding!

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Their fusion bak kut teh (RM 10.90) tasted just right to me, however I did not try the belly meat as they were too fatty to my liking (you can choose the cuts of meat you like, in this case, CK loves his meat fat). Having tasted so much different types of bak kut teh recently, I personally feel that J Thean’s version is slightly less greasy.

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For dessert, try the Melaka Rainbow – chilled gula melaka with coconut milk, chewy red jelly bits and sago. The mango pudding was okay too, although the colour made it looked kinda artificial, the texture is similar to a caramel custard with mango bits in it.

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SS2 Mall is still been pretty quiet nowadays even when after Celebrity Fitness Express opened its doors. Let’s hope that J Thean Kitchen would stay on and there would be increase traffic to the place soon. In the mean time, if you’re a pork-lover, you could help out as well – just drop by J Thean! (if you haven’t do so)

J Thean Kitchen
Lot G-58, Ground Floor,
SStwo Mall,
40, Jalan SS2/72,
47300 Petaling Jaya.

*Also available – FatBoyBakes and PureGlutton’s thoughts on this place.

Hoi An’s Specialty: Cao Lầu

Also known as Faifo, Hoi An is a small but beautiful old port town at the Quảng Nam province, South Central Coast of Vietnam. Listed as one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hoi An is a very good heritage preservation example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences, especially Chinese and Dutch.

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This is a good place to run away from the hustle bustle of a big city. There is not much to do here, however, except shopping (plenty of tailors here, if you want to do a piece of suit, there are loads of choices here), eat (let’s go into that later, shall we?), photography and short tour to the ruins outside of the town. Click here to get more information on how to get here.

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Food in Hoi An are generally pleasant, cheap and tasty (especially when you follow travel guides like Lonely Planet, you won’t be disappointed with their recommendations). There are three dishes that Hoi An are famous for, and that you could literally find at any cafes or restaurants around the town; cao lầu, “white rose” and wonton dumplings. “White rose” (banh bao vac) is basically shrimp dumpling made from translucent dough skin and shaped like a rose (similar like our local “ham kok chai” but smaller and round in shape).

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While wonton dumplings and “white rose” look-alike might be found at other places, Cao Lầu is a local dish only found in Hoi An. It is made with rice noodles (very similar to our “tai look meen” or the thick yellow noodle but more coarse in texture), topped with pork slices, croutons, bean sprout and greens. The ingredients varies from restaurants to restaurants though, with some include crackers and crispy pork rind. It was rumoured that the noodles are made with the water from an ancient Champa well, hence contributed to its unique flavour. These pictures were taken at Bobo Cafe, an family-run eatery that has the usual backpackers fare and local specialties, with a pleasant courtyard seating for night drinks. The cao lầu although tastes kinda plain to our palate, the accompanied meat slices gave it a balance in the overall flavour of the dish.

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Another thing you might notice on the menu is their lassi. Lassi is a popular beverage in Hoi An (surprisingly) and we had them almost everyday.

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Bobo Cafe
18 Le Loi,
Hoi An.

Opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tel: +84 386 1939
Email: thuyph.ha@dng.vnn.v