Pork-free @ Lorong Seratus Tahun, SS2

Buddha knows that it can be difficult to get good hawker food at not-too-ridiculous prices in PJ. Of course there are corner kopitiams galore, but not all their food are tasty. Sometimes the emphasis on availability compromises the quality, especially when you have non-locals doing the cooking. Sorry if I’m biased, but I firmly believe that there is no way a Vietnamese/ Cambodian/ Burmese etc can cook great tasting local food. Edible and acceptable perhaps, but it won’t be anywhere near to what and how some of us know it.

That was why one of my favourite restaurants was Lorong Seratus Tahun in SS2. Lorong Seratus Tahun is a famous lane in Penang where one could get your favourite Penang fare. I’ve never been there, but it’s quite well-known. Granted, the LST in SS2 may have lifted the namesake for popularity purposes, but they have good tasting food. Lots of people go there for the curry mee and proclaim it to be delicious. I don’t know since I’m not a fan of curry mee. But I loved their char kuey teow, which I think is the closest to what Penang has to offer in PJ. Other food items in LST SS2 that I’ve tried were pretty delicious as well.

Lorong Seratus Tahun SS2 underwent a renovation, probably wanted a facelift to bring in more customers. Fair enough. Last week we decided to go there for lunch post-renovation. It was not bad, though it resembles any Old Town franchise. New tables, new chairs, new uniforms and a new menu with uninspiring copy, some lifted off Wikipedia (I checked). New prices as well, up by RM1.50 – RM2.00 depending on what you want. We knew what we wanted and placed our orders quickly.

While waiting for the food, we re-examined the menu. To our horror, the cover of the menu says, “PORK FREE”.

FAIL - Pork-Free Penang Chinese Food
OMGWTFBBQ! (The background is Kerol’s copy of a Chinese daily, coincidence!)

You “CAN” have pork-free Penang Chinese food. You can call it whatever you want actually, it will just be an oxymoron. Coming from someone who consumes pork, have been to Penang and consumed Penang fare, it will not taste anywhere remotely the same as Penang Chinese food. You can also make nasi lemak by immersing the rice with soy milk instead of santan. You can have char siew rice with vegetarian char siew. Whatever floats your boat, right?

But changing from pork-friendly to pork-free in the same restaurant selling the same food items? The char kuey teow I ordered was not nice at all. By removing the lard and lap cheong (Chinese sausage), they also added in extra chilli (when I didn’t ask for it to be spicier) which made it quite difficult to eat. It was also slightly wet, about 75% away from being kuey teow basah. It also costed RM7+.

I am just expressing my shock and disappointment here. As I said, LST SS2 used to be one of my favourite restaurants. Perhaps they will have a huge boost of clientèle after the renovation – good for them but this customer’s out of the picture.

Also blogged: KY

original bootcamp malaysia: 2 more sessions!

… because I stopped counting how many I’ve attended. Anyway this is the last week for August 2009 intake. Next month’s intake starts next Tuesday, and I’ve signed up for that too. I know someone who should not sign up because that person is always AWOL! :P

This morning was all cardio then a couple rounds of ‘recovery jogs’ after. I still do not see how jogging after a series of exercise routines counts as recovery, but I’m not the fitness expert here. In an odd way, I suppose it helps with the muscles and stuff, but at the point in time I just wanted to go home.

This morning’s session was tough, but easier than last Saturday’s. That is saying volumes. If you’d remember, last Saturday was ‘Bring a Friend’ day for the PJ platoon. I’d asked on my blog if anyone would want to come along. Lots of enquiries but in the end, only WY and Fireangel answered the call. The latter only agreed to come after she thought I merajuked. Hah, evil plotting worked.

I thought it being ‘Bring a Friend’ day would mean easier stuff to do. You know, don’t scare off the newbies. On the contrary it was single-handedly the most difficult part of OBM for me (so far). We were divided to 2 teams, each with a huge ass and damn heavy tyre to carry and flip over. I think I ‘helped’ to carry the tyre only for 100m. We had 3 guys in our teams and they did most of the carrying work. Okay lah it wasn’t fair but you do what you can do.

The tyre-flipping part was for everyone, and that was how we got our assorted bruises.

Original Bootcamp Malaysia aftermath - Jida Original Bootcamp Malaysia aftermath - Fireangel's thigh
Jida’s bruised arms and FA’s bruises thigh. Confirm black and blue one!

I took a quick glance at FA when she was flipping the tyre. It was quite funny because the tyre was almost as big as her! I would have laughed if I had the energy. I don’t think she likes me very much at the moment :P

Original Bootcamp Malaysia aftermath - Fireangel and WY
More bruises on FA and WY

As for me, I think I am getting used to the pain. Heh. WY blogged about the Saturday session, you can read it here. Great work guys ;)