Wednesday, August 24, 2016

YummY! - Korean Smoked Pork @ Mapo Restaurant Yongin

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Korean Smoked Pork @ Mapo Restaurant Yongin
Sanggal, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea - June 2016
While on a cycling tour of South Korea, we were heading for the Yongin Korean Folk Village after a train ride from Seoul. As there is no direct train services to the folk village, most who go there will stop at Sanggal Station and take a bus/taxi from there. We cycled and en-route were looking for a place for lunch, when we spotted this unique place...

.... "Hey! There's a piggy climbing a building! Indeed there was, a cute little fellow almost atop a two-storey shop. This is interesting and it's a restaurant, the Mapo Restaurant that specialised in smoked pork. With this unique pig calling out to us, we just have to go in and try their food. And we came out a happy lot as what they served was very good.


There were five of us and we ordered a set that cost 29,000KRW. It came with a centre tray of smoked pork, with small saucers of local condiments that's goes with the pork. Together came some kimchi, some salad leafs and a bowl of pork stew.
Each of us were given a individual eating saucer, in them were a slice on onion dipped in fruit vinegar - this seems to be the way when eating roast or barbecue meat in Korea. The smoked pork was really a generous helping, more than enough for the five of us, let's hope we can finish it.



Let's have a look at the stew first. It was a pork stew with some meat and lots of vegetable and a sprinkling of spring onions atop. It was a thin stew and was more like a soup, and was just slightly spicy. No surprises here?

There was! But a pleasant surprise - lurking below the surface were chunks of coagulated pig's blood, one of my favourites. With lots of mixed vegetables cooked till there were soft, this stew reminded me of chop suey and it was very tasty. The pig's blood was also nicely soft to bite into.



The main dish was a smoked leg of pig, deboned and cut into thin slices. Most of the slices were fat with gelatin; below these slices were strips of lean meat. Three saucers of condiment lay on one side - slices of fresh garlic, red chilli sauce and right at the top, a interesting pinkish stuff (which we will come to later).



The pork was really, really good with the skin well smoked and the smokiness permeating into the meat below. It's boneless and not all fat, the lower layer were some lean meat. It's so good that we DID finish the lot!
Overall it was tender with the meat still retaining their flavour, it was only slightly salty - and that's were the condiments come in to cater for individual tastes.



Remember the pinkish stuff? On closer look, these were salted fermented mini-prawn (called Saeujeot,동백하 새우젓) something akin to Malaysian cincaluk. Dip the pork into this and the flavours are enhanced.



The setting of the restaurant were cosy. There were two sections with a mini-garden separating them. Seating was oriental on-the-floor style, dining from low tables.



Going round to have a look at their activities, I saw these vegetables and mushrooms, plucked and sliced for preparation of the soup.



At a counter were these Twigim (튀김), Korean style tempura, ready to be deep-fried and served.



A poster advertising their menu offer (i.e. for those who are too lazy to order ala carte, or illiterate to order in Korean.... that's us!).


Their set menu ranging from 12,000 to 39,000KRW.

So if you are on the way to the Yongin Korean Folk Village and looking for good food, do stop at this place, there will be no regrets!
Mapo Restaurant
8 Minsokchon-ro Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
Mobile: +82 031-2740707





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Monday, August 22, 2016

YummY! - Big Tilapia @ Restaurant Fu Man Tanjung Malim (福满楼)

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Big Tilapia @ Restaurant Fu Man Tanjung Malim (福满楼)

Tanjung Malim, Malaysia - August 2016
 Out from a Facebook posting in a foodie group (the Makan Club) about big Tilapia fishes, came about a mini-cycling adventure from Rawang to Tanjung Malim to savour larger-sized variety of Tilapias.
I normally don't like Tilapias of the usual, smaller sizes as I find their meat too soft and slightly slimy for my tastes. But when it comes to the bigger ones, it's a different matter. The meat of the larger ones are firmer and taste better, and the thicker skin is the kicker - chewy and good to bite on. The better ones are those above 2 kg.; optimum 2.5 to 3 kg. Previously I had sample these at Laomazhi and Joe Wong's Bak Kut Teh; and am always on the look out for other foodie outlets who sell these. So here we are then at Restaurant Fu Man in Tanjung Malim to try theirs.
(... click here for photos of our cycle ride)

We started off with a simple and tasty soup - the Seong Thong Lala Soup (Clam Soup). This came with large clams and was cooked with cuts of cucumbers and a sprinkling of Chinese Wolfberries (Goji). It was a light soup, simple but with a good clam flavour, just nice to build up or appetite after a good round of cycling.



Next was a Stir-fried Mixed Vegetable In Sambal Belachan. This potpourri of vegetables (eggplant, lady fingers, long beans & bottle beans) may not look like much but with the added sambal belacan, it was indeed very tasty. And the vegetables were crunch; one healthy food indeed (which was needed to counter the next fatty food).



This dish, the Deep Fried Salted Pork Belly, should not be missed!  It's one of their signature dishes; with the salted pork (which was also seasoned with their secret ingredients) rolled up before deep frying.



Although deep fried, the meat was very tender and the skin.... heavenly, it slightly crispy but yet soft on the inner-side... just so good to munch on!



A closer look at this !YummY! dishe; the fatty layer of the pork belly used here is thicker, something which I like as it was creamily succulent - yes sinful but good!



Okay, another healthy dish - the Soft White Tofu With Fish Paste. The tofu used here is soft but not too soft, it's still firm to maintain their shape even after cutting.



Fish paste had been put into slits before steaming. The fish paste was very tasty, especially as some salted fish has been included when making them.



Now comes their pièce de résistance, the dish which we cycled all the way to enjoy: Big Tilapia in Special Chilli Sauce. The Tilapia we got was not as large as we wanted (i.e.2.5 kg.) but it was still a whopper at just under 2 kg. It came steamed and their special home-made chilli sauce added on top with just a minimum of embellishments.



AND it was very fresh with the meat firm and tasty, and the sauce went very well with the fish. The skin was thick but not as thick as the bigger varieties but it was still chewy to munch into.

Yes, it was a very nice lunch, a fine mix of simple but delicious dishes. So if looking for good food in Selangor; go to Fu Man in Tanjung Malim, they serve these big Tilapias and a host of other fantastically good dishes too.


RESTAURANT FU MAN
39,Jalan U1,Taman Universiti, Tanjong Malim, Perak Malaysia.
Tel: +605-4597620   Mobile: +6012-6541587 (Mrs. Chew)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/%E7%A6%8F%E6%BB%A1%E6%A5%BC-139017636122796/
Hours: 12:30 am to 2:30 pm /  5:30 to 10:00pm  (Days closed, please call them first)
GPS: 3.68365, 101.52999
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