Sunday, 29 July 2012

Spaghetti Grill @ Mid Valley, KL

Spaghetti Grill @ Mid Valley, KL

This restaurant was recommended by my friend. She told me that Spaghetti Grill is offering value set meal. Since we went Mid Valley last night to catch a movie, we decided to have quick dinner there. Ya, Spaghetti Grill is quite suitable if you are looking for a quick lunch or dinner even a place for a beer.

The exterior design of the restaurant, with the bricks and stones wall. The tall tables and chairs enable you to have a beer with friends too.
The interior design of the restaurant, a different design from outside, targeted to provide a warm and quiet environment for family dinner.

Baking pizza with brick oven and wood fire.

They provide 2 course lunch for RM9.95, and 4 course dinner for RM 16.95 only. Really worth to have a try. The set meal menu is separated from the ala carte menu,so if they forget to bring you the set meal menu, kindly request the set menu from the waiter.

We ordered 2 dinner set meal, which consist of 1 bottomless drink, 1 soup of the day, 1 main course and 1 dessert respectively. Each of the set meal only costs us only RM 16.95. The prices display below is according to the price in ala carte menu.
Coca-Cola Light  RM7.55
 Bottomless beverages
Soup of the Day - Chicken Mushroom Soup  RM5.95
The restaurant is unique to serve 2 slices of biscuit instead of bread, along with the chicken mushroom soup.The soup is rich with ingredients like chicken cubes and various mushrooms.
Seafood Pasta  RM25.95
 Spaghetti topped with marinara, bell peppers, and mixed seafood (prawns, clams, mussels and squid). Sprinkled with Parmesan cheese served with a sliced of garlic toast. Available with Alfredo or marinara sauce
Hawaiiwan Pizza  RM26.95
Topped with marinara sauce, marinated chicken, diced pineapples and mozzarella cheese
I like this pizza very much, cheesy enough to satisfy me taste bud!
Vanilla Ice Cream
Available only with set menu.

Set Lunch (11am - 5pm)  RM9.95++  >>>  Beverage + Main Course
Set Dinner (5pm - 11pm) RM16.95++ >>> Beverage + Main Course + Soup of the day + dessert 

Address : Spaghetti Grill 
Lot No G(E)-017, Ground External Floor,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Business Hour : 11am -12am Daily
Tel : 03 - 22872220

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Freshly Made Puchong Yong Tau Fu @ Batu 14, Kampung Baru Puchong, Puchong

Freshly Made Puchong Yong Tau Fu @ Batu 14, Kampung Baru Puchong

On the previous post, I actually said that the mother of Yong Tau Fu was from Ampang. However, there are many attempts from other Yong Tau Fu stalls around the country to do variations and improvements to get over Ampang one. I get to know this Puchong Yong Tau Foo from one of the Singapore TV show. They feature up for their daily fresh made Yong Tau Fu on-the-spot, which means that you can pick up any tau fu and vegetables from the table, and your selection of tau fu and vegetables will be stuffed immediately before served on your table.

This place is kindly hidden and have less landmark compare to other place. Its located at the area of Puchong New Village. Situated at a junction connecting Jalan Puchong Batu 14 and Jalan Tembusu, opposite of a primary school SK Puchong. 

Various choices-- Fu Zhok, Tau Bok, bitter gourd, eggplant, chilies, lady fingers and many others.
Put your choices into the colourful basket and proceed to next station.
Hand in your selection to any waiter there, they will ask if you need any extra fish balls or fried dumplings.
Stuff in the fresh fish paste on the spot after placed the order.
Deep Fried version of Yong Tau Fu 
Was served piping hot from the kitchen. Crispy and crunchy, even nicer to dip in some their special made sweet sauce or chili sauce, or to be extra special to mix two up.
Yong Tau Fu soup version  
Don't underrate this soup version ya, although the soup broth looks clear, indeed it is very powerful after you taste it. The leaves of pucuk manis give extra sweetness to the soup. As you could see by your naked eyes on the picture above, the kitchen actually very generous in stuffing big portion of fish paste. Very filling and a satisfactory one.
Every pieces of Yong Tau Fu cost RM1.20/piece
Wan Zhai Kao RM1.20  
Besides normal white rice, they also provide chee cheong fan, curry mee, dried mee and this "wan zhai kao", a famous street dish from southern Malaysia. The wan zai kao is made from rice flour, just like a steam version of cai tau kueh, served with pickled radish and the sweet sauce. Surprise to find this street food in KL.
Paper Wrapped Chicken RM3.60  
As many other Yong Tau Fu in Ampang and Serdang did, Puchong Yong Tau Fu also provides wrapped chicken. The taste is not much different from Ampang and Serdang's. Ginger, sesame oil and oyster sauce play the main role. Good to go with white rice as it is quite juicy.

Address : Puchong Yong Tau Fu
Lot 105, Kampung Baru Puchong,
Jalan Tembusu Batu 14,
47100 Puchong
Selangor, Malaysia.
GPS : N02 59 731' E101 37.425'
Map from J2kfm
(Make sure there shop signboard is the same with the photo above)

Business Hour : 11am - 9.30pm.
Closed on Mondays except for PH and replace holiday on following day.
Tel: 012-6285311 / 0111-639 2802 

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Restaurant Manta Grill Fish 海皇铁板烧鱼 @ Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

Restaurant Manta Grill Fish 海皇铁板烧鱼 @ Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

Its has been a long weekend for me. Well.. My weekend never bored at all.. I will try fill it up all empty slot with  those activities, like food hunt, place exploration and friends gathering. While the activities mode on, I found something special and really had to share with all of you. I found this special grill fish shop. They have very good chef in house from SS2 Chow Yang Grill fish sifu, hence the food quality is expected secure with its established name since 1992.

 You can choose from a wide array of seafood, e.g. sting ray, squid, prawns to get the grilled treatment.
 The restaurant offers a transparent glass to the kitchen where you can see how your foods are prepared.
Steam Tofu In Onion Sauce
 Well.. It served in cold way, But what I prefer is to be steam hot before it is served.
Mixed Vege Sambal
 A very crunchy type cook
Sambal Grill Stingray (Chef's special)
It served with a spicy sour condiments of cincaluk and lime juice. The fish was grilled to perfection with crispy golden brown layer and the flesh was succulent and sweet. Stingray with ammonia smell is a total rip off, but we smell fresh ocean breeze out of this.

After all, I still feel that the original stall in chow yang served better and nicer grilled fish. The standard of food slightly dropped in this new branch.
Address : Restaurant Manta Grill Fish 海皇铁板烧鱼
No. 21-1, Jalan PJU 5/4,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya
GPS :  N03 09.123'  E101 35.699'

Business Hour : Mon - Sun : 10:30am - 3:00pm & 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Tel: 012 250 4499/ 012 935 3368 / 016 3644 646 (for reservation)

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Friday, 20 July 2012

Restaurant Orchard View Yong Tau Foo 甜园安邦酿豆腐 @ Ampang, KL

Restaurant Orchard View Yong Tau Foo 甜园安邦酿豆腐 @ Ampang, Selangor

During weekends or public holiday, there were always a crowd heading to Ampang for their famous Yong Yau Fu. This area was known as famous Yong Tau Fu where origin from. One of the relax-ful weekend, I purposely here for the Yong Tau Fu feast. Orchard View 甜园, one of the popular Yong Tau Fu spot.  
 See the packed scenes. Its hardly to get a seat, so be patient to wait for a empty table or table-sharing.

Besides Yong Tau Fu, they do served side dish like chicken with herbs, paper bag chicken, steam salted chicken, wine chicken, Assam fish chili fish , steam pork with yam, Tom Yam seafood or even trotters in vinegar and Hakka Roast Pork.
 Paper Wrapped Chicken 
Its is really tasty
Famous Yong Tau Foo
As common known, Yong Tau Foo is which consist of fish paste stuffed into items like smooth taufoo, ladies fingers, fried taufoo, chilies, slices of bittergourd or brinjals. Its normally served in soup.

Deep Fried Yong Tau Fu
Its may also wrapped in thin soya skin (foo chok) which then served in deep fried.
Every single piece of Yong Tau Fu price at RM0.90 per piece. If you want taste its better rather than plain Yong Tau Fu, you may dip it with their homemade sweet sauce or chili sauce. Good taste.

Address : Restaurant Orchard View Yong Tau Foo 甜园安邦酿豆腐
No. 2G, Jalan Wawasan 4/3, 
Bandar Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
GPSN3 08.666' E101 45.822'

Business Hour : Sat/Sun/Public Holiday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Monday - Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Tel: 03-42705932 / 012-2069490

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Toh Yuen 桃苑 Chinese Restaurant @ Hilton Petaling Jaya

Toh Yuen 桃苑 Chinese Restaurant @ Hilton Petaling Jaya

Toh Yuen or “Peach Garden” initiates the charm of the “new century”, reflecting an international yet Oriental feel. Few day ago, I was one of few lucky one to have a preview of their new launching a-la-cart menu. Explore into the authenticity of Chinese cuisine with a local, personal touch, by crating an extensive a-la-cart menu with recipes from China and the restaurant regulars all-time favorites.

Retaining one main concept from previous menu, Master Chef Lee emphasizes a healthy menu which consists of fresh ingredients and Chinese herbs. However, he has added something new by introducing traditional Chinese fare to local food lovers, as a result of his fruitful travel and culinary learning in China. TO get the best out of the taste, Chef Lee also keeps the natural flavors and refrains from using artificial preservatives and addictive.

For example, Chef Lee opted for more fresh fish and even included local fish such as Sarawak River Patin in the menu. Apart from it, herbs are also used liberally particularly in Chinese soup.

Offering the guests a sense of ease, Chef Lee has kept a simple approach to the Chinese authentic delicacies, with minimal adjustment to local taste buds. Some of these delicacies include Pan Fried Lamb Rack with Mongolian Sauce, Deep Fried Lamb with Cumin and Dried Chili, Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup, Steamed Fish with Dried Mandarin Skin Sauce, Deep Fried Fish with "Yu Feng" Ginger Sauce and many more.

"While we hope to get the taste as closed as to the traditional dishes in China, we also made some changes to the ingredients used, so that the dishes such as Xinjiang Fried Rice with Diced Chicken will appeal to all Malaysian taste buds" said Chef Lee, whose experiences spans over 10 years in exploring the depth of Chinese culinary tradition and culture.

The interior is a modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese courtyard with circular wooden columns, moon gates, screens with Chinese calligraphy and an open Dim Sum kitchen.
The restaurant seats up to 110 people with 4 private rooms that accommodate up to 10 people each.

Our meal was started with some appetizers which opened up the flavours very well, assorted from hot to cold and also from western to oriental.
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic & Chicken Floss
The first come up was my favourite soft shell crab, deep fried till perfect, crispy on the outer layer while moist and soft on the inside. Distinguished from what normally done by Japanese restaurant, this soft shell crab is extremely flavourful, because garlic and chicken floss are added to enhance the flavour. 
Chilled Pacific Clam with Salsa
This is one of my favourite on the night too, the pacific clam was served in cold with assorted colourful vegetables, not only nice to see, but also delicious to taste, very refreshing! 
Deep Fried Lamb with Cumin & Dried Chili
The lamb was prepared and cooked in the way of Xin Jiang, a province in China which has preference in using spices. The lamb was marinated well with various spices, especially the mild aroma of cumin, makes the dish very attracting and tempting, successfully brings in the local flavour of Xin Jiang.
Speaking of the wisdom of Chinese Kitchen, one shall not miss the soup as it is an integral part of Asian diet. The nourishing Chinese herbal soup such as Double Boiled Village Chicken with "Chong Cao Hua" Soup and Double Boiled Chicken with "Shi Hu" Soup, moisture the lungs and skin, replenish nutrients and are good for digestion.
Double Boiled Village Chicken with "Chong Cao Hua" Soup
The soup is very rich with the flavour of herbs, the soul of the soup is the Chinese herbs of "Chong Cao Hua" (Cordycerp), which is very nourishing and moisture the lung, it is extremely good in anti-aging. It is better than taking skin care products, as the soup is boiled with natural ingredients. Besides, I was surprised by the chewy texture of the cordycerp, it was just taste like shredded squid.

Double Boiled Chicken with "Shi Hu" Soup
Shi Hu (Dendrobium) is a kind of Chinese Herbs as superior as Ginseng, Ganoderma, and cordycerp. It is good in improving and stipulating appetite with its mild and refreshing taste of herbs.

Braised Sea Cucumber with Flower Mushroom & Abalone Sauce
Being a lover of sea cucumber, I definitely fall in love with the thick, smooth, succulent, and big chunk of sea cucumbers, with abalone sauce clinging on it. It is also perfect matched with the classic combination of broccoli, carrot and mushroom. 
Steamed Canadian Black Cod Fish with "Yu Feng" Ginger Sauce
RM32 per 100g
While keeping regular’s luxurious favourites especially the seafood, fresh and quality ingredients are selected carefully to conjure mouth-watering fishes. My dinner was further pleased by the appearance of cod fish with the special ginger sauce.The texture of the fish was very smooth to savour with some hint of ginger shreds and assorted spices.
Sauteed Fresh Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk  RM50
Sauteed Fresh Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk is crowd favourite, the big prawns were deep fried till crispy and encased in creamy salted egg yolk, presenting with its golden brown colour. The creamy yolk is a delicious counterpoint to the succulent seafood.The chef emphasized that only egg yolk will be used to avoid the dish to be over-salty.  
Deep Fried Smoked Duck with Fruit Sauce   RM38
The smoked duck was very flavourful, the deep fry process enhance another amazing layer of crispy texture to the duck. The sweet and sour dragon fruit sauce was very impressive and added credit to the dish too. On the other hand, the tropical fruits placed underneath the duck slices balance up the diet and also provided some bright colours to dish.
Sauteed Venison Slice with Chinese Croissants & Cumin  RM50
This is a new combination for me! I can't imagine the combination of venison and Chinese croissants (Yau Char Kway) before I tucked-in, a very adventurous dishes indeed. The thin slices of venison was very well sauteed with cumin and dried chillies. It was nicely placed in claypot to keep warm of it.
Sauteed Celery with Lotus Roots & Pine Nuts  RM30
A portion of crunch green on the evening, it was simple, light and plain without much seasoning added, to preserve and retain the original and natural flavour of the lotus root and celery.  
Sauteed "Gong Bao" Vegetables Chicken with Yam Ring  RM60
Mock chicken dices were used in complete the classical Chinese favourite Yam Ring, this is one of the must on my round table. I was surprised with the texture of the mock chicken dices, which is very similar to the real chicken dices, tender and smooth. The cashew nuts play another important role in providing some crunch to munch on.

Toh Yuen Signature Fried Rice  RM35
The fried rice was not too special to shout with, but serve a portion of carbohydrates. Various fresh ingredients were added, such as prawn, ham, capsicum and eggs. The different colours derived from the ingredients furnished the fried rice very well and opened up my flavours.
(Top) Chilled Mixed Fruit  RM30
(Bottom) Deep Fried Banana with Strawberry & Cheese Cake  RM20
The dessert at the end of the dinner to satisfy my sweet tooth, Toh Yuen's kitchen never stop surprising me even for the dessert. The deep fried banana with strawberry and cheese cake is a dessert marries both Asian and western ingredients. Deep fried banana is Malaysian's all time favourite street snack, while strawberry and cheese cake are famous as western high tea snack, the combination of two definitely impact a spark on the new ala carte menu. 

Adding to the already impressive famed Dim Sum menu, the new a-la-cart menu of Toh Yuen is pleasing to the palate, health and easy to appreciate. Providing an oriental feel and a sense of tranquility, dining at Toh Yuen is perfect for family, friends gathering and business associates' casual meeting. Available daily for lunch and dinner.

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Address : Toh Yuen 桃苑 Chinese Restaurant
Hilton Petaling Jaya
2, Jalan Barat, 
46200 Petaling Jaya, Malayaia
GPS : N03 06.120'  E101 38.464'

Business Hour : Mon - Sat 12pm - 10.30pm 
Sun 11am - 10.30pm

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