Thursday, March 31, 2011

100C steamboat - USJ 19 Citymall

Suyin suggested to dine in USJ 19 Citymall while I can check out the bazaar. I need to survey some good bazaar location so that I can participate. It was a rainy day, the bazaar was quite empty and the shops were not so attractive.

We chose 100c steamboat. This restaurant rang a bell in me as I can fairly remember it is the same restaurant in NZX last time and I heard some negative comments on it back then. Indeed it was the same restaurant as after dinner I went back and google search it, the logo is the same.

Erm, I forgotten what is this dish called liao as it was recommended by suyin. It a bread stuffs with fish paste grilled with massive amount of cheese if I am not mistaken. The taste was good, but I do hope that they can burn the cheese more and add more garlic to it.

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We ordered a 3-5 person set (RM60 something). A warning to you guys, do not attempt to order this set if you are dining 3 person, the portion was freaking huge even 4 of us could not finish it. They were very generous with the amount. Ingredients were fresh too.

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There are a few type of soup that you can choose. So 2 of us chose fish head soup and 2 of us chose pumpkin porridge. I think the soup was full of MSG as I finished my drink (big glass of it ok) half way dining. Seriously. Cant they lower down the MSG? Super thirsty the whole night.

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There are a lot of condiments for you to choose.

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They have tatami seating. It was indeed unique but I dont like the fact that there is nothing for me to lye to the back, I have back sore while dining. Service was un-attentive too.

100C Steamboat
The USJ19 City Mall,
Subang Jaya,
47630 Selangor Darul Ehsan.

03-80249850

Tiny Ratings:
Deliciousness: 6/10 (minus a point for adding too much MSG)
Service: 5/10
Ambiance: 4/10

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Minmax - PNB Darby Park

What do you think of dim sum without pork? Well, it is halal dim sum served in Minmax. Decided to give it a try since there are some good reviews on it and near to by office too. It was the week after the CNY finishes and we decided to go there.

I know it would be packed during lunch time, so I called and tried to make a reservation. The guy who picked up my phone was very rude, he kept on saying that he couldnt hear me even I am shouting to my phone. He said no need reservation for 3 people, just walk in will do.

So we went there, the restaurant was very crowded. The guy who attended to us was the same guy who picked up my call (I can recognise his voice). He asked us to wait around 30 minutes for table and asked why we didnt make reservation. When I wanted to fire him back, AL took the lead and said that he was the one who didnt let us make a reservation. His attitude was very bad. PY and AL keep on talking back to him. I just kept quiet because I know if I were to open my mouth and complain, the restaurant and hear my voice.

We waited outside and true enough, we were seated 30 minutes later. A captain (another captain-level guy) gave us a dim sum menu and he was waiting for us to order. We told him that we will take a look at the menu first. He walked off. Before we came, Annie told me that we have to order the fried teochew mee but we couldnt see it in the menu. We called the captain to gave us another menu, he 'black' his face, walked to the counter, took the menu, and slammed it on our table, "PAKKK!". What the hell! This restaurant is really testing my patience.

We kept our calm and ordered a fried mee and some dim sums. It took quite awhile for them to serve. This was our fried mee. It was not oily and the taste was just right.

This fried beancurd thingy was a failure. The sauce (pepperish sauce) does not even match the bean curd. For a pepper person like me, the sauce to me was very weird. I wonder how they come out with such combination.

We ordered prawn dumplings, siu mai and fu chuk. All three dishes were nicely done. Siu Mai without pork was good as well. The prawn dumplings have big chunks of prawns in it. The steamed fu chuk was very good as well.

Fried prawn fu chuk. Another good fried stuff, but a bit oily.

Loh Mai Kai (Chicken glutinous rice). Very soft and the taste was good.

That day, the restaurant has a few tables booked for some tour buses that fetches the youngsters. We suspected it is from some outskirt area college students coz the way they dressed was out of the world and it is not even fashion (what fashion to talk about when we can obviously see your whole bra from the side). Despite that, they were extremely noisy! Until the a lady beside our table told the owner (I assumed she is the owner coz she was not in uniform but collecting money) to asked these immature kids to keep quiet because they are annoying.

Well, I can say I enjoy the food, but with this type of service that this restaurant gave me, I would not return there again. I can find elsewhere that serve much better dim sums. Oh, did I mentioned that the dim sum price starting from RM3.90 and above? Still dare to charge me service tax some more!

MinMax Restaurant

PNB Darby Park
Jalan Binjal
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tiny Ratings:
Deliciousness: 6/10
Ambiance: 3/10
Service: 1/10 (sux big time! can I rate a zero?)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Champs - Centerpoint

Went to Centerpoint to search for food and decided to try the infamous prawn mee in Champs.

It was 12 noon and the restaurant was quite empty. Boy boy tried the prawn mee (RM20.90). They gave quite big pieces of prawns and big chunks of pork ribs. For the hefty price tag, what I could say is that it is not worth it. I find the prawn mee served in other hawker stalls are much better. The chunks of pork ribs were so tough to chew on and the broth was nothing fantastic either.
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I ordered Shanghai Pork Chop (RM18.90). It came with 3 big pieces of pork chops. The pork chops were juicy but the sauce was very very sweet. I could not eat it just like that, I have eat it with the rice. Very geli when the sauce are overly sweet.
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I dont think I will come back for a second visit. Nothing to shout about.

Champ's
Lot F10, Centre Point,
Bandar Utama
Tel: 77225800

Tiny Ratings:
Deliciousness: 5/10
Ambiance: 5/10
Service: 5/10

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tang Shifu - Damansara Uptown

Round n round Damansara Uptown to look for lunch place and stumbled around this restaurant that serves various type of healthy soup. Once we step in, it look like a 5-star restaurant, the tables, chairs and decoration was really nice. But then, I started to worry about the pricing. Luckily, the pricing was not that scary lar.

Dry scallop brown rice porridge with huaishan set (RM13.90). I ordered this as I prefer something light, and I super love mulberry and this set has a lot! Only order this if you are brown rice person. The scallops was tiny but not fishy. Quite a healthy food lor. The 2 side dishes i.e braised pork and black bean was so-so only, bland and nothing special. I would omit this 2 side dishes and take the ala-carte porridge next time.

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Shiquan Mee Suah with Ginseng and fish maw set (RM20.90). The Mee Sua was very delicious, dont be deceived by the look of it. It was springy and the broth was really full of flavour. While Boy boy enjoy his pot of herbal soup, I dont like it as I am not a herbal person.
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The Mee Sua is a definite must-try dish when you visit.

Tang Shi Fu (Herbal)
109 Jalan SS21/1A
Damansara Utama (Uptown)
Petaling Jaya 47400
03-77282772

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 6.5/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Service: 7/10

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Secret of Louisiana - Plaza Kelana Jaya

I remember there are a few outlets in Plaza Kelana Jaya that I have yet to try. So Boy Boy and I went there on a Sunday night 8pm. The Secret of Louisiana has lots of tables (more than 20) arranged outside its restaurant and beside the lake. Nicely canopied.

I know that this restaurant was always full house, but that time the tables were half full, so we tried our luck and asked the waiter whether there is a table for 2 of us. He said the front area is all reserved, but there are some tables at the back. So we said ok.

The light in that area was very dim. I hate dim ambiance as I cant see things (ya, I am exaggerating). Boy boy said "romantic muh". I said no, if romantic then ask them to lit up a candle then mai romantic lor. As if the the waiter can read my mind, he quickly switch on the lights. :P

We decided to order appetizer, soup, main course and dessert for sharing. The service was prompt and the waiters were all very polite.

Fresh and wild mushroom soup (RM13.90). Very creamy and found a few pieces of button mushroom in it, other mushrooms were all blended together. I dont think the bread is garlic bread, coz it has no garlic taste, I assumed it was just a normal butter bread, nothing special, not crunchy enough.

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Garlic Cheese Baked Escargot (RM20.90). There was 6 pieces of it. I don't quite like the cheese on top as it was geared towards Carbonara taste and the cheese was not burned enough. I am benchmarking these escargot with The Ship or Victoria's version ya. Not garlic-ky enough. Very 'jelak' after eating the cheese.

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Rack of Lamb (RM42.90). The lamb was cook to just nice, very tender and not the chewy type. Boy boy just use his hand and took a rack to eat. Taste was good.
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Louisiana's Mud Pie (RM16.90). When I see the word 'Mud Pie', I quickly ordered this as I have been missing Chillis' Mud Pie (I dont know why they dont serve it anymore). Again, I benchmark this against Chillis. Louisiana's version is no where near Chillis' mud pie, it looks like a chocolate brownie with ice cream, that's it. Not that it was not good, it was delicious for a brownie. But I was just disappointed with the name.
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View beside the lake.

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Will bring my family (especially my bro when he is back) to this place to try out other dishes.

The Secret of Louisiana
Plaza Kelana Jaya
Block D-01-01, Jalan SS7/13A
Tel: 03-7875 5230

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 7/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tai-O, Hong Kong

After seeing the Giant Buddha, my dad wanna go to Tai-O, a fishing village in Lantau Island as well. It was really convenient as the Bus Stop is just outside the Ngong Ping 360 area. Easy to spot the bus to Tai-O as well. Using our Octopus card, it was really easy.

It took around 15-20 minutes to reach Tai-O. We dont know how to walk but there was a map just near the bus stop, so we followed the map and walked.

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We walked around the village. There are several seafood restaurant around. Some does not display the prices, so we decided to forgo these type of restaurants. We walked into one seafood restaurant that has price and set meal. The most important thing is that the restaurant was quite full house.

We took the value meal with 3 dishes.

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The scallop dish. The size of the scallop was ok, not big and not too small. The taste was there, but I find the garlic was a bit too hard to chew as well as the vermicelli.

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Squid paste. This was quite a big plate. It was fresh and the texture was good. Just the chilli not nice, weird taste.

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Steam fish. Normal, fresh.
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I managed to buy the 'mak ya tong' biscuit. Super duper sticky.

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Tai-O is a place to go if you wanna have fresh seafood.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lantau Island - Hong Kong

We took the MTR and reached Tung Chung MTR station. Then we walked to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car station. We bought a ticket that consists of cable car ride (return), "walking with buddha" show and "monkey's tale theater" show. The first show was indeed good as it tells the story of buddha but the second show was a waste of money and time.

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There are 2 types of cable car, one is the normal one and one is Crystal Cabin where there is a glass at the bottom and you can look down. Of course the Crystal Cabin comes in a higher price. We took the normal cable car. The ride took around 20 minutes, but it was indeed very steep and scary.

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Ngong Ping Village. There are some eateries and souvenirs shops.

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Bodhi Square.

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Walking towards the Giant Buddha.

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In the midst of climbing the 200+ stairs.

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Going down was a lot easier! We didnt eat the vegetarian as we wanted to go Tai-O for seafood. Tai-O will be next post.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Cookbook - Sunway Giza

One CNY Friday, both Boyboy and I were on leave. Before we went to sing K, we stopped by Sunway Giza for lunch. We went into this newly opened outlet. Its menu presentation was freaking nice, all are nicely photograph. While you browsing through their menu, you will feel like you are dining at a high class restaurant. Fret not, their prices are reasonable.
Fish Fillet Fried Rice (RM15.90). The presentation of this dish was good, but taste-wise it was disappointing. I don't know it was the fried rice or the springy thingy on top of it, the whole thing has very fishy taste. The fish fillet was not spared either, it was fishy and oily as well. I am super duper pantang with fishy food. I forcefully finish the whole plate. Felt like vomitting after that.


Set Lunch Curry Mee (RM18.90). The curry mee comes with 2 fried dumpling, taufupok and their in-house specialty chicken roll. I ate one piece of the dumpling and it was really good, lots of ingredients and big piece! I don't like the chicken though. Sorry, I know this is their signature food, but I just dont like it. Curry wise, there are other better curry mee elsewhere which is cheaper.

Yam Cake (RM8.90). This yam cake is quite special where they put in the beans. The combination was good though. I would prefer them to put the chilli paste at the side of the dish rather than on top of the yam cake. Firstly, the chilli paste was super spicy (which my stomatch cant endure); Secondly, the chilli paste was oily where it 'wet' my yam cake to become oily.

Erm, I don't think I wanna pay a second visit. The taste is just not right for me. Sorry.

My Cook Book
A-12, Sunway Giza.
Tel: 03 - 6140 6113

Tiny Ratings:
Deliciousness: 5.5/10

Ambience: 6/10
Service: 6/10

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chic King - Tropicana Mall

Let me write a short post during my lunch time. Before we went for movie, we tried the newly open outlet Chic King in Tropicana City Mall. The restaurant was quite empty at 8.30pm. Basically the food is very similar to KFC, it has original / spicy chicken, chicken strips, chicken burger and some other things that I didnt really remember.
I ordered meal #1 that consists of 2 pieces of chicken, 1 coleslaw, 1 mash potato and 1 drink. Around RM9.50 I think. Boy boy ordered meal #3 that consists of 1 piece chicken, 3 pieces chicken strips, 1 rice and 1 drink.
The rice was tasteless, not nice lor. Beriyani-rice / Arab-rice look alike but taste nothing near the former 2 rice. Mash potato was good. Coleslaw was normal, I dont know why it tasted sour towards the bottom part.


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The fried chicken was ok, nothing spectacular and nothing bad. Let me assure you that Chic King chicken is definately better than Popeyes Louisiana chichen. The portion was small though, I dont think a big eater can get full after eating.
Another thing I dont like is that they do not have fork and knife, not even the plastic ones. I hate eating stuffs using my hands, except crabs and prawns. All their things are paper, I think they are lazy to wash the plates.
Tiny Ratings:
Deliciousness: 5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 5/10

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