Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sin Chua Kee @ Old Klang Road

Tucked away in a corner after turning out of Old Klang Road near FGA was a restaurant that apparently is quite famous for it's 'tai chou' and I just found out about it recently.

I found out later that many people knew about this place and I have been remiss.

Hokkien Noodles. Very good. The sauce thick and ample 'wok hei' that made feasting on it a pleasant endeavor.

Pork knuckle. Look at the coat of the glistening sauce. I'm not too much of a fan of pork knuckle and stayed away from it but the sauce was excellent. They had little pieces of bread around the plate which was used for dipping.

Pig intestines cooked in garlic and dried shrimp. It's been a long time since I had this. The crunchiness of the intestines was preserved going well with the garlic and shrimp.
For me, this was the best dish of the night. The asam fish was fresh and the asam an intense mix of sour and spice. My only complaint was there wasn't enough sauce.

Obligatory dose of fiber. 'Meh' is all I can say.

Pork slice marinated in 'Nam Yee' and deep fried. It was surprisingly tender and juicy.

Baked crab was the last dish of the day. While it wasn't bad, I still preferred the version I had in Bagan Hailam. But crabs prepared this way is always the best. You can taste the freshness of the meat.

In conclusion, a solid place to have dinner that serves interesting ways of cooking food. Perfect for family dinners.

Sin Chua Kee 
(Turn in at FGA and look for the row of shops along the vet)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Zuan Yuan @ One World Hotel

Follow up to the bridal shower post here, my friend had here wedding dinner at Zuan Yuan at the One World Hotel in One Utama.

The wedding dinner took over the entire restaurant, which wasn't that big, thus making it a very intimate affair. Wine was Shiraz from Rosemont Estate. It is actually a fantastic wine at a very, very reasonable price.

The first dish is the obligatory four seasons. I can't honestly say I know what I was eating but I loved the crispy bee hoon thing.

Same dish from the other side. Kung Pao Cuttlefish and some sort of cold scallop dish. It was definitely a good start.

This was the highlight of the entire dinner for me. Double-boiled sharkfins soup with fresh Lily Bulb and Wolfberries. The soup was lovely and tasteful with large pieces of sharksfin in the soup. Excellent.

Roast chicken in brown bean sauce. The thick sauce complimented that well roasted chicken. And topped off with nicely crispy skin.

Freshly steamed pomfret. A lovely fresh fish.

Tiger prawns cooked with spicy oats. I thought it was butter prawns at first. I ended up attacking the oats.

Sauteed celery with lotus root and gingko nuts. Since I was not a fan of celery, I was just nibbling at the lotus root. I can't say I particularly loved this dish.

The last carbohydrate dish of fried rice with seafood. It was a large portion that everyone ended up not being able to finish. It was decently prepared as fried rice went but I prefer the 'wok hei' at the normal 'tai chow' places outside.

Final dishes of dessert that was sea coconut with aloe vera and fresh lemon. I love anything with lemon in it but didn't finish the sea coconut portion as I usually find it a little too sweet.

Two types of desserts. A sweet end to an overall satisfying dinner.

My overall impression of Zuan Yuan was that it was a good place to eat that served food that are beyond the traditional 'wedding banquet' type of cooking.

Zuan Yuan @ One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Marche @ The Curve

We celebrated a good friend's birthday at Marche. And this is the first time I have ever eaten here. The other Marche I have ever eaten at was when I was on my way to the Alps in Switzerland. Same concept, same decor. Perhaps not so same food.

A bunch of us girls went around armed with those little order forms to get a feast ready.

Passionfruit juice. Sour as hell but good. I like the crunchy bits at the bottom.

Lime and orange juice. Wasn't as sour as mine.

Sauteed mushrooms that my friend said was a 'must order'. It tasted like normal sauteed mushrooms to me. Not too bad but not exactly memorable.

The thing to order at Marche, rosti topped with cheese. I am a huge potato fan so I loved this dish.

Another rosti, this time with smoked salmon. We all hated the smoke salmon for it's too fishy taste. 

Cream sauce penne. It tasted like regular carbonara.

We ordered a steak at 'medium' which came out bleeding at the top and had to be 'redone'. It came out tasting a little like rubber.

Chicken sausages with brown gravy and mustard. 

We move onto dessert. It was rather disappointing as it was rather dry.

Life isn't complete without chocolate. However, it tasted rather stale as well. 

Marche isn't too bad a place to eat but there are some hits and misses. The desserts are a definite miss but give the rosti a try.

Marche @ The Curve