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Anyway, here is one from my recent trip to Hat Yai, Thailand. Remembering how I couldn't really find good breakfast on my first trip, I made an extra effort to search the internet for info. I came across the name of a restaurant that somehow got good recommendations from others and decided to try it out.
The name of the restaurant is Daothiam. It is located just across Odean Shopping Mall in Central Hat Yai, a must go place for street foods, shopping and stay.
Here is how the shop looks like from the front.
We went there for breakfast (actually more of a brunch as we woke up quite late) and there aren't many customers around. We sat at one part of the restaurant and in no time, the staff provide us with the menu. It may not be the friendliest restaurant here in Hat Yai, but it is definitely worth it.
Here is a look of the interior of the restaurant.
If you notice, there are alot of frames hanging around and if you look closely, they are frames of money notes from all over the world. Either the owner travel alot or they are given by customers who has been here before.
We ordered three dishes.
Chicken in Basil leaves with rice. The taste is pretty good and we love how they use the teriyaki sauce to cook the tender chicken. And the basil leaves gave us that extra nice taste.
We also ordered my favourite pineapple fried rice and it definitely taste better than those I tasted in Malaysia. What makes it different is the addition of crushed peanut and the sweetness from the locally grown pineapple.
Every meal in Thailand would not be complete without a bowl of Tom Yum soup. The one that was served here are slightly different from the other two that we tried but nevertheless, still very delicious. It is not as spicy as the other two but the taste are exquisite. We totally love the taste.
They also sell snacks but we didn't have the chance to try them. Maybe you can try and let us know how it taste like.
looks like gingerbread characters
Nevertheless, we totally recommend this place to anyone who is going to Hat Yai. They open from 0700 to 2200.
Khuushuur (also read huushoor) is another nice food to try when you are in Mongolia. It is basically fried pancake stuffed with bits of mutton and onions. Another option would be vegetarian khuushuur which use more type of vegetables (like carrots, potatoes and onions) as its main ingredients.
Just got back from Mongolia and I found something special to share with you.
What you see in the above photo is a bowl of milk. It is not your usual milk and you can't find it in any other part of the world. Just in Mongolia and during summer.
As with the title, it is call airag or fermented horse (mare) milk. It is Mongolia's national drink and definitely an acquired taste as it is damn sour. If you are going to Mongolia and wish to try when you are there, do prepare yourself by getting accustomed to sour milk. If you didnt prepare yourself, the first time that you drink it, you might have diarheaa until your stomach get used to it.
Also, please be advise that even with the assurance of the seller that it is just milk, it would have abit of alcohol content in it (I guess it was due to the fermentation process). The alcohol content would usually be lower than beer. Still, if you can't drink, better don't try.
Video of me drinking airag -
Yes, that's me drinking airag. Sorry I was speaking in Hokkien in the video. I was saying "horse's milk. I am drinking".
This famous unnamed Hainan Curry Rice stall that is located behind Klang's old Cathay cinema. Well-known by the locals, this place attracts a big crowd particularly everyday.
For Hainan Curry Rice, the rice is usually served with the some curry gravy. While it is called curry, the taste is actually very mild and not really spicy. It still give your an aroma of the nice curry flavour. But if you don't like curry or don't like the curry gravy all over your rice, you can either ask the stall worker put it on another bowl just for you. I like the gravy over-flowing on my rice.
The curry rice, dishes and the soup
Serving together with the Hainan Curry Rice are a variety of dishes that customers can choose according to their liking. They have braised bean curd pork roll, braised pork meats, braised stuffed bean curd (tofu), braised hard-boiled eggs, tomato sauce fish and curry chicken. These dishes are usually cook fresh everyday.
My usual order
My usual lunch here would consist of braised bean curd pork roll, braised pork meats, braised stuffed bean curd and braised hard-boiled eggs, topping up with their tasty peppery soup of innards and pig's blood curd.
The soup with innards and pig's blood curd
The most awesome thing about eating Hainan Curry Rice here is that even by ordering so many dishes, it just cost me RM8.80 which include a glass of ice herbal tea. One word of caution, get yourself ready for the heat if you are going there on a sunny day. The heat would make you sweat a lot.
Don't be fooled by the look. The food here is really awesome!
One last thing, they only open from morning until afternoon. Try to go there before 1pm. The earlier the better.
Introduced to me by a friend more than 10 years ago, this is
a hidden gem known only to the locals, until now.
The nasi lemak stall has a very peculiar style. It only open
from 11 am until 1 pm (2 hours of business hours only), maybe slightly later if
there are customers around.
Pak Cik preparing my nasi lemak
And because of this, the boss of this stall would have to work almost nonstop during his opening hours just to get a plate of nasi lemak to all his customers.
The interior of Restoran Elaango
Now, about this nasi lemak. Like any other nasi lemak stall, you can get the usual nasi lemak or you can add anything there is to add, but the usual are chicken (ayam), cockle (kerang) or cuttlefish (sotong).
The nasi lemak with cuttlefish (nasi lemak sotong) is definitely the main attraction here and the customers love it. As far as I know, at least 7 of every 10 customers would actually order this. And from the first time I tasted it, I am "addicted".
The cuttlefish is cooked with Pak Cik's secret recipe, making its texture soft enough to bite thru easily. And with the nice hot fragrant rice plus all the other usual stuff, it is a taste that cannot be forget.
Nasi Lemak Sotong (something like a godsend for me)
The sotong is cooked to the just right texture
The presentation may not be the best but the taste is definitely heavenly
I have become a "devotee" for this nasi lemak
sotong since the first time I had one. Nowadays, I would come to have my favourite nasi lemak sotong at least
once every two weeks (due to health reason) but if you ask me to stop eating it
altogether, I would rather die than doing that. No one can stand between me and
this nasi lemak sotong.
Pak Cik packing nasi lemak for customers even after the stall is closed. Customers couldn't take no for an answer.
EDITED: forgotten to add the address for the Restaurant Elaango where you could find this nasi lemak. Well, here it is: No. 232, Kawasan 17, Batu 2, Jalan Meru, 41050 Klang, Selangor.