Sate Kajang Haji Samuri @ Medan Sate, Kajang

So they say the best sate is in Kajang and as far as I know the most popular place for your Sate Kajang fix is Sate Kajang Haji Samuri. They’re doing so well in fact that they now have branches in many many places. In fact they have several branches in the KL area alone so there’s probably no real reason to go down all the way to Kajang for it.

However as has been oft repeated, there’s nothing like the original which is a phrase that I find to be true many a time. On the other hand it is also true that popularity comes with a discernible drop in quality.  Those 2 sentences pretty much sums up this sate place.

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The usual sate condiments.  We have the peanut sauce, some sambal, nasi impit (literally compressed rice) and some slices of cucumber.  Usually the sate stalls I frequent also give out sliced onions.

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Chicken and beef sate sticks (RM0.60 each).

The sate was served very very quickly.  Not a good sign because it’s obvious that they did not cook the sate to order.  In fact the sate served to us was obviously cooked much earlier.  They were barely even warm.  Let me tell you, a cold stick of sate is not a tasty stick of sate.  Very disappointing.

In fact the barbecue pits they have running (with the charcoal still burning) behind the cashier counters were empty the whole time we were there.

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Rabbit sate (RM 2.00 per stick).

One thing interesting I did try when I was there that day was to try out rabbit sate.  It was my first taste of rabbit meat ever and all I can say about that is… “tastes like chicken”! :)

Sanuki Udon @ Taman Bukit Desa, Off Old Klang Road

Sanuki Udon is an udon joint run by a really fit Japanese dude who drives a really rocking classic Land Rover.  Perhaps the oddest thing about this joint is its location.  Located in a really quiet neighbourhood off Old Klang Road it’s tucked away in a row of shops which can be aptly described as either dead or dying.  Aside from Sanuki Udon theres nothing noteworthy in that area to talk of and I suppose the residents like it that way (I know I did when I used to live there a decade ago).

Look out for this sign.

It’s actually not too surprising to find an authentic Japanese restaurant in the Taman Desa vicinity as the Japanese community actually has a pronounced presence there.  If anything it’s surprising that Taman Desa is not more like Sri Hartamas where Japanese and Korean restaurants are a dime in a dozen.

House Special with Egg (RM 5.00)

Personally I think this is the piece de resistance of the menu.  This is a simple dish with really fresh hand made udon plus a runny egg and trace amounts of udon soup.  The way I eat this is to mix in the optional chili paste and stir everything up.  The taste and texture of the whole dish is like chili pan mee only with a Japanese twist (and far less anchovies).

Kitsune Udon (RM 6.00)

Now if I’m not mistaken Kitsune is Japanese for fox but there are no foxes in this bowl of udon.  On the contrary, the only extra topping you get with this udon is a piece of sweet tofu.  Didn’t try this so I can’t vouch for the taste.

Curry Udon (RM 7.00)

This is the typical Japanese type of curry, which means it’s more sweet than spicy.  Quite nice if you know what to expect.  This is not your typical curry laksa noodles :)

Dry “Cha Cheong” Style (RM 6.00).

Again, this is pretty Japanese-fied.  “Cha Cheong” is the Chinese styled minced meat with bean sauce but at Sanuki Udon their sauce is a bit sweeter than the usual Chinese variety.  Again, it’s good if you know what to expect.

Sanuki Udon comes highly recommended from this blogger.  It’s a great little shop with fresh hand made and delicious udon dishes with reasonable prices.  Where else can you get udon + drinks for under RM10 per person.  Only caveat is the serving can be a little small for some people.


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No.9, Jalan Bukit Desa 5
Taman Bukit Desa
58100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7980 3704

All Day Breakfast at Departure Lounge @ Solaris Mont Kiara

I have this unusual craving for American breakfast that pops up occasionally.  The weirdest thing about that craving is that it doesn’t just torture me during breakfast hours.  It can come at any time on any day.  Usually if one had a craving for American breakfast say in the evenings he would be screwed until the next morning.

That’s unless you knew about this wonderful invention that the folks at Departure Lounge in Solaris Mont Kiara call the All Day Breakfast.

All Day Breakfast is exactly what it sounds like.  They serve breakfast all day long so you can get your American breakfast fix at any time of the day, well at least within their opening hours.  Oh but you better make a note that they don’t open on Tuesdays.

Hot chocolate for the wife (RM 7.00).Fresh Orange Juice for me (RM 7.50)

They have this thing here called the Do It My Way (DIMW) breakfast where you get to select what you want for your breakfast from a list of 13 items (or so).  You can choose from a 3, 5 or 7 item configuration.  Can’t remember the prices for the other configurations but the 5 item one we had was RM 11.90 which feels a little bit more expensive that what I paid for previously so I think they’ve raised their prices a little.  Each DIMW breakfast comes with a slice of toast.

Turkey Ham, Turkey Bacon, Hash Brown, Fish Fingers and Plain Omelette (RM 11.90).

Chicken Sausages, Beef Bacon, Baked Beans, Canned Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs (RM 11.90)

The DIMW breakfast is really just so-so.  Unfortunately turkey and beef is ham/bacon is no substitute for the real thing (I mean pork of course).

Offtopic: natural lighting from the window on the right… needs a fill light from the left :)

Departure Lounge,
10 Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont’ Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan

+60 3 6203 0362

Mon – Sat: 0800 -1900
Sun & Hoildays: 0800 – 1700
Tues: Closed