Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Bamboo Land Seafood Restaurant 翠竹园海鲜饭店 @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

Bamboo Land Seafood Restaurant 翠竹园海鲜饭店 @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

Having casual dinner in Bamboo Land Seafood Restaurant, a famous tzu-char restaurant in Kulai. The restaurant is located in a residential area, so it is always crowded with families for dinners, especially during weekends. It is also popular due to its reasonable pricing and decent food portion. Let's see what we had for our dinner:

KungPo Lala 宫保啦啦 RM22
Ordered this KungPo (dried chilies) Lala, which the tangy flavour definitely goes well with rice. Anyway, Bamboo Land's version of KungPo Lala is rather sweet, suitable for everyone in the family, be it adult or children.
Qing Long Cai 青龙菜  RM18
Qing Long vegetable has been a regular vegetable dish we often order and we have not missed it out for this round too.
Sizzling Beancurd 铁板豆腐  RM16
It was a family dinner and hence the sizzling beancurd was ordered. Sizzling Beancurd has always been one of the all time favourites, a simple yet savoury dish to go with rice. We normally opt for Japanese egg beancurd, which is more flavourful.


Teow Chew Steamed Red Snapper  潮州蒸红潮  RM70
To make the dinner slightly more sumptuous, we ordered a steamed red snapper too. There are few flavours of steamed fish to choose from, and we get the Teow Chew steamed, which is lighter in flavour and minimum seasoning, but definitely enable us to enjoy the freshness and natural sweetness of the fish.

Dinner for five pax (including a big fish) only costed us less than RM150, I consider the pricing quite reasonable and the decent portion of the dishes definitely worth the price. This is indeed a good place for family dinner if you are not looking for a super big feast, but simply want a rest from daily cooking at home. The dishes taste very close to home-cooked foods, which are lighter in flavour and not too sinful to eat more. 

Address : Bamboo Land Seafood Restaurant 翠竹园海鲜饭店
5229 , Jalan Matahari 34/4,
Bandar Indahpura,
81000 Kulai, Johor 

Business Hour: 5pm till late
Tel : 07-660 8063 / 012-768 7255 (阿烈)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅 @ Vivocity, Singapore

Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅@ Vivocity, Singapore

Hai Di Lao steamboat is originated from China, but has been expanding its business territory to many other countries around the world. Hai Di Lao has been the leader and benchmark of premium steamboat among the competitors of the same trade for many years, and it is definitely deserved its fame and reputation. While Hai Di Lao is not available in Malaysia, the nearest place to enjoy the premium steamboat would be our neighbour land -- Singapore. There are several branches in Singapore, but almost every outlets are packed with patrons at all times.  


So what is so special about their steamboat which makes patrons willing to queue up for hours? You may think that it is just another trend and will fade over the time. To me and many other patrons who have visited Hai Di Lao, it is actually due to the premium food quality and their tip top service. 

Before even starting your steamboat session in the restaurant, patrons get to enjoy their service. There is a waiting area outside the restaurant, which provides free flow foods and drinks while waiting for your queue number. Manicure service is also available free of charge. 

When you are seated, ladies will be given a rubber band to tie up hair and each of us gets a handphone cover, so that we can still use our handphone while enjoying the steamboat. The waiter and waitress are friendly and answer to patrons' request speedily. 


We opted for the mixed pot with four flavours, i.e. herbal chicken soup, mushroom stock, pickled vegetable soup and tomato soup. 


There are several choices for sauce and condiments too. The patrons can perform their own mix and match at the condiments bar.


There is also a snack bar, which patrons can start off the meal with some China local delicacies.


Pumpkin pancake is one of the signature desserts, which has sticky texture. The sweetness is just right to our taste.


Sliced beef is a must for steamboat.


Seafood balls made of fresh seafood and fish roe. 


Fresh fish slices.


Vegetable platter.


The overall dining experience is pleasant although the price is slightly on the high side, the cozy dining environment and high quality ingredients definitely worth the price and our re-visits in near future.

Address : Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅
Vivocity #03-09 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

Tel: +65 6250 7557 / +65 6250 7667

Business Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

Baan Na-na is a hidden gem in Taman Pelangi, located at Jalan Kuning which has few other famous restaurants on the same street. Baan Na-na is not easy to be identified, as it is located at the first floor above a Thai steamboat restaurant.We found this place through friend's recommendation.


Lemongrass & Roselle Drinks
During our first visit here, the restaurant is still very green and not very well known. They were having promotion where every patron gets a complimentary house drink, either lemongrass or roselle juice. Although the promotion is no longer available, almost every lunch set meal comes with a beverage.

We ordered for a set meal for 2 pax, comprising a chicken tom yam, stir-fried minced meat with century egg and basil leaves. The set meal also includes 2 sunny-side up and white rice. 

Tom Yum Chicken
Even I always prefer tom yam seafood more, the tom yam chicken turned out to be better than expected. Chicken thigh was used and stir-fried before cooking it with the tom yam soup, hence the texture was soft and springy. The tom yam gravy was great too, the non-excessive hotness did not overwhelm the fragrance from the spice and lemongrass.  
Stir Fried Century Egg with Basil Leaf
We have been big fans of Pad Kra Pao, especially love the aroma of basil leaves with a hint of spiciness from the chili padi. The version here is slightly different, which came with century egg. The combination was new to us but indeed a good try. A very flavourful and savoury dish to go with white rice.  
Mango Sticky Rice  RM 7.50
We added on a mango sticky rice to complement the meal. It marked a perfect ending to our lunch, the serving was very decent at a reasonable price. 


Address : Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine
33A & 35A, Jalan Kuning 2, 
Taman Pelangi, 
80400 Johor Bahru

Business Hour : 10.30am - 2.30pm / 5pm - 10.30pm
Tel : 07-336 0980