When it comes to fine dining, is it only about Western food, Italian cuisine or French cuisine?! Not really as we do have Chinese fine dining nowadays.
Lai Ching Yuen 荔晶园 (or previously known as Zing 晶苑) is one of the few Chinese Restaurants that participated in Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2011 which is happening in the whole month of October. Together with the couples from Brought up 2 Share, Eat Only Lar and Citygal, we were here to sample their MIGF menu.
The interior is decorated in a modern classic way, mainly in red.
We are bored with our usual family-dining-out restaurant/ chu char place. It is time to check out some new places.
Travel a little further away from Cheras, we found this hidden gem, Hee Loy Fatt which is located inside Balakong New Village. I am sure the Balakong folks know quite well about this restaurant. During the days, it draws patrons for lunch; especially patrons who are working around that industrial or office area. Actually, it is not a new place to us as we were brought to this restaurant for few times; just happened that my camera was not with me every time I went there. Not until a family gathering recently, I was finally equipped.
Vege (RM 12)
Stir-fry Long Bean with Salted Egg Yolk (RM 15)
My last visit to Jade Pot for steamboat was a great and satisfying one. When I learned that Jade Pot serves Dim Sum daily from morning till late noon; I decided to pay a visit with my family.
Tea (RM 2 per pax)
Jade Pot Egg Tart 一品蛋挞仔 (RM 4.80 for 3 pcs)
BBQ Pork Pastry 香麻叉烧酥 (RM 4.80 for 3 pcs)
*Update: currently both Dai Be Steamed Fish and this chee cheong fun stall has shifted to Kopitiam 33, the coffee shop at the corner, just right opposite BHP petrol station.*
Besides the Dai Be Steamed Fish that is located inside the You Lee Kopitiam, there is another good stuff to try out – the chee cheong fun from the stall that tucked in one corner end in this kopitiam
This stall owner (the uncle) is very patience in preparing every plates of chee cheong fun. He will flip open the chee cheong fun and lay them flat; then add a little sesame oil and chop them horizontally to create the kuey teow-liked noodles. Finally top it with the sauce and garnish with the fragrant toasted white sesame.
White silky smooth chee cheong fan drenched with homemade black sweet sauce (tim zheong) and home-grinded chilli sauce. Toss-toss everything together to create a well balanced flavour in every strand of chee cheong fun. I find their CCF is quite addictive and will have it at least once a week for breakfast or lunch. Slurrrp Slurrrp…
If you don’t fancy tim zheong, you can try this version of chee cheong fun which is drizzled with chilli sauce and soy sauce. Not to forget the pickled green chilli that go great with the chee cheong fun, this plate of CCF is something my mum loves.
Who doesn’t know this famous Hung Kee Wanton Mee located at Jalan Loke Yew?!
Established since mid of 1960s by the Phoon family from a small shoplot and now has expanded to air conditioned shoplots and a branch in Taman Shamelin Perkasa.
I frequent to their branch; say like once a week after grocery shopping nearby and ordered myself a plate of wanton mee. Hmmm, to be specific, that will be their noodles with char siu (BBQ pork) only (RM 4.50 per plate). You can always have their noodles with char siu and wanton (come in 6 pcs) but I never like their wanton(s) as the skin may be too thick to me.
Their wanton noodles are handmade; every strand is springy in texture and tossed in well seasoned sauce. Do opt for semi-fat char siu (半肥瘦叉烧) that comes fattier (this time the char siu was not fatty enough); I enjoyed chewing the fatty charred part that gave a sweet aftertaste.
Verdict: Their char siu may not be the best one you have had; but the yellow thin strands of springy noodles are something you will love. Another reason I love coming here is, I don’t have to fight through the traffic and travel down to Jalan Loke Yew for a plate of wanton mee as we have one Hung Kee (their branch) in Cheras
Note: All photos above by iPhone.
Restoran Hung Kee (Taman Shamelin)
18 – 20, Jalan 4/91,
Taman Shamelin Perkasa
(Located opposite Pudu Ulu Park)
Where to find a good plate of Hokkien Mee / Hokkien Char?!
Well, Aik Yuen Restaurant that is located at Setapak is one that serves great plate of Hokkien Mee.
Here you go, the glossy looking Hokkien Mee (RM 13 for 2 pax) coated in dark brown colour. Came piping hot and full with real wok heil tossed with right amount of pork lard and other ingredients such as pork slices, squids, prawns and the sweet dark sauce that flavoured and coloured the thick far noodles.
Fried “Peh Ge” (Rice Cake) (RM 6.50) was another good to try. Cooked in the way same as Hokkien Mee; the only difference is the rice cake that came with chewy texture.
Cantonese Fried (Yin Yong) or Wat Dan Hor (RM 6.50) had the smoky aftertaste. Perhaps the chef forgot to season our Yin Yong; it was tasteless and unmemorable.
What comes into your mind when it comes to Shanghainese Cuisine???
Xiu Loong Bao?! Is that all???
Well, that’s not all…
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant which is located on the lobby level in One World Hotel is currently running the ‘Flavours of Shanghai‘ promotion and this promotion is only available for 10 days (23 June to 2 July 2011).
Four chefs (Chef Terry Yu Ning, Chef Fanny Le Fei, Chef Lion Yu Sheng and Chef Navy Yang Tian Hai) from The Eton Hotel, Shanghai were invited to showcase the shanghainese dishes in Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant.
Love Shanghainese food? here is an opportunity for them
At the launch event, i get to sample a few Shanghainese dishes…
Started with Three ShanghaiStyle Appetizer 上海三喜冷菜.
They were the cold dishes
Time to have some alkaline dumplings (Zong Zi) first…
and the best thing is, it is homemade