Majlis Berbuka Puasa @ Grand Dorsett

3 09 2011

On 24th August 2011, I attended a Majlis Berbuka Puasa organised by Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel. This was part of the Grand Dorsett’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative where orphans from Kanak-Kanak Rumah Kasih Rawang were invited by the Dorsett Community Care Committee to join in for the berbuka puasa (breaking of fast) event.

Mr. Leo Kuscher (General Manager for Grand Dorsett Hotel) gave a welcoming speech followed by a heartwarming Nasyid performance by the talented orphans from Rumah Kasih Rawang. Mr. Leo also presented a mock cheque to one of the caretaker from the orphanage before adjourning to the grandballroom for the breaking of fast.

The Ramadhan Buffet was very enjoyable with over 100 type of home cooked food to choose from. The Soup Gearbox which was served from a huge pot was unmistakably the highlight among all the local dishes available that night. I was told that the soup was cooked with spinal fluid which made the soup thicker and creamier.

I also enjoyed eating the Roti Bom which goes well with the thick spicy sardine gravy. Other dishes such as grilled lamb, ikan bakar, Nasi Arab, Popiah Taiping, Tempura and the mouth watering Ais Krim Goreng were some of my personal favourites.

On this note, I would like to thank Ivy (Create Studio) and Zarmila (Grand Dorsett)  for inviting me to this wonderful event.

Uncle Seng Restaurant @ Subang Jaya

3 03 2011

Having heard so much about the famous handmade noodle at Uncle Seng Restaurant, I managed to try it out a few months ago. What makes Uncle Seng’s noodle special is that apart from being hand made, the noodles are cooked without any ‘black sauce’. Hence, if you order a plate of Char Siew Wanton noodle, you will definitely see the texture of the noodle in its original colour.

The place was crowded during Sunday morning and it is easy to see why as Uncle Seng is very well know among food lovers. While the noodle comes with a choice of curry chicken, chicken feet mushroom, shredded chicken, deep fried pork and etc, I chose the Char Siew Wanton which costs RM 5.50 for a large portion.

The char siew wasn’t the best I have tried so far but I like the way it was prepared at Uncle Seng – plain and simple. The wanton also tasted as how I expected it to be.

The highlight was the noodle of course. It has a thicker texture and you can tell that it was freshly made. Overall, the dish as a light and natural taste to it. The absence of black sauce does not detriment the taste at all!

Personally, I like the noodle at Uncle Seng. As I have mentioned before, the number of people eating there is an indication of how popular the place is.

Uncle Seng Restaurant
No, 68, Ground Floor, Jalan SS15/4B
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Business Hour: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily (Closed on Monday)

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Brother Yat @ Subang Industrial Park

16 12 2010

My colleagues decided to hold a farewell dinner for me end of last month and after reading some blog reviews, we headed over to Brother Yat for their famous Sauna Prawn. Sauna Prawn may sounds rather intriguing and it was since we get to see how it was prepared. Live prawns ( RM 33 – 400gm) were put inside a steamy pot and together with a glass of beer.

According to the staff, the bottom part of the pot contains hot stones (it could be volcanic rock) which emits the steam once the beer touches it surface. The prawns were being cooked for a minutes or so and voila… fresh prawns with a hint of beer taste.

Honestly, I was expecting more beer aroma but it wasn’t the case. Nevertheless, the prawns were fresh indeed.

We also took the Pork Knuckle with Mongolian Sauce (RM 40) which will certainly delight pork lovers. There was a generous serving of pork meat (a mixed combination of fat and lean meat) and the sauce has a unique taste to it.

The Green Curry with Fish Head (RM 36 – 800 gm) was my least favourite. Not that it tasted bad but I supposed we had too much of the pork and our stomach couldn’t take any more food. It was also spicy with lots of ingredients inside.

The stir fried ‘lin ngau’ or lotus roots (RM 12) has a light taste to it which was certainly a welcome change after eating all the ‘heavy stuff’.

I also like the Homemade Tofu (RM 12) as as good as it gets. I always enjoy eating tofu and this dish has a thumbs up from me.

Brother Yat is certainly a noteworthy place to go. Apart from the fact that it is located in an industrial area (which may sound rather strange for a chinese restaurant) just opposite Mydin, food was good enough to warrant a second visit.

Brother Yat Restaurant
Lot B1-765, Jalan Subang 4
47500 Subang Jaya

Tel: 012-6846276

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Nyonya Colors @ Empire Subang Gallery

7 09 2010

One fine day, my colleagues decided to try out the food at Nyonya Colors. Located at the lower ground floor of the newly opened Empire Gallery Subang, the food was comparatively cheaper than some of the more swanky outlets there. Nevertheless, it was still considered pricey as I could get the same kind food at any Chinese coffee shop.

First up was the Mee Rebus (RM 8.90).

Honestly, for that price I would expect at least a decent meal. Instead, the gravy did not have enough ‘umph’.

For half the price, albeit without the comfort of air-conditioning, I can find a better tasting meal elsewhere.

The Asam Laksa (RM 8.90) did not fare much better.

It was disappointing to say the least. Again there wasn’t much ‘kick’ from the dish.

Honestly, I don’t think I would eat at Nyonya Colors again. Carrying the word ‘Nyonya Colors’ certainly has a lot of expectations to be met as Nyonya food is generally known to be really rich with flavours.

Sadly, this outlet fails to live up to that expectation.

Nyonya Colors
LG29, Ground Floor Jalan SS16/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-5632 2010

Restoran Ten-Tien Fatt @ Subang Jaya

10 07 2010

A while ago, my colleague introduced a famous pork noodle stall at Restoran Ten-Tien Fatt located opposite of USJ 6 along Persiaran Kewajipan. Ten-Tien Fatt is one of those local coffee shop which consists of many small stalls that are commonly seen around town. When we arrived there during lunch hour, the place was already packed with people which is a good indication of its popularity. Apparently, the pork noodle shop is single handedly run by a foreigner which I presume is employed by a local Chinese.

Since the coffee shop is situated right on the ground floor of an apartment do expect limited tables and lack of air-conditioning. We sat at the back of the coffee shop which is an open area with make shift ‘pasar malam’ type of umbrellas to shield customers from the hot sun.

But for what it is worth, the pork noodle (RM 4,30 for a big bowl) was really good. It came with a generous amount of pork lards which definitely gave a distinctive flavour to the soup.

The pork balls have a springy texture and tasted fresh. Thumbs up.

Besides the pork ball, the stall also included mince pork meat which goes very well with soy sauce with sliced chilli.

Overall, I am really happy with the meal. The soup has the right amount of taste (sweet and flavoursome) with a healthy dose of lards for the extra ‘kick’.

Restaurant Ten-Tien Fatt
Subang Perdana Apartment
Persiaran Kewajipan
47600 Subang Jaya

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Ka Fei Tiam @ Subang Jaya

4 07 2010

Having been to Ka Fei Tiam recently, I thought it would be a good idea to eat there again, albeit trying something different this time around. After ordering their Western dishes, my impression of this place wasn’t as positive as compared to my first visit.

I should have know that Ka Fei Tiam being a local coffee shop isn’t going to offer any good Western dishes. The Mongolian Chicken Chop (RM 13.50) didn’t taste great at all. In fact, for the price I that I was paying for, I would have expected something better.

The Oriental Chicken Chop RM 13.50) also failed to impress me. Whoever came up with the dish must have a good explanation of putting the word ‘Oriental’ into a Western menu. The chicken tasted as if it just came out from the freezer for deep frying. The tomato sauce was the same as the sweet and sour pork gravy. Talk about using the same type of sauce for cost cutting measures… or a good reason for having the word ‘Oriental’.

Both dish came with the usual french fries and coleslaw which were at least edible compared to the meat.

Ka Fei Tiam
Lot No. G-30, Ground Floor
Nineteen Digital Mall
Jalan Persiaran Kewajipan USJ 19
47620 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 03-80238551

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The Loaf @ Empire Subang

27 05 2010

Last week, I had lunch with Josephine and Wee Kin at The Loaf. Despite only being my second visit there and I already fell in love with their breads and pastries. The Loaf is a bakery bistro co-owned by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahatir Mohamad. Using Japanese style baking techniques, their breads and pastries are a class above the rest of the other bakery outlets around town.

Josephine took the Cheezy Ham Croissant (RM 12.80). I didn’t get to taste this but according to her, it is nice. The ham sure looks tasty if you ask me!

Wee Kin ordered the Mixed Mushroom Tartine (RM 12.80).

She commented that the bread was hard which makes it hard to bite. I am not too sure if this is how a Tartine should be. However, the mixed mushrooms tasted good.

Both meals also came with some chips…

As for me, I had the Tun’s Japanese Curry Chicken (RM 14.80). As the name clearly says, this must be our former prime minister favourite curry chicken.

My verdict? The curry is certainly very flavoursome with a strong scent of curry and spices. It is not spicy, just nice. The bread is also thick and can be easily dipped into the cup without ending up too soggy.

Besides that, The Loaf also serves “Mini U-Hu-Hu. I chose three flavours namely Durian, Oreo and Mango Banana. Mini U-Hu-Hu is supposed to be some sort of cheese cakes.

A closer look at them… Well, as they say, good things do come in small packages.

Definitely a place to check out for bread lovers!

The Loaf
Empire Gallery
Lot LG23A Lower Ground Floor
Jalan SS16/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Josephine & Wee Kin @ The Loaf

24 05 2010

Last Friday, I took my colleagues for lunch at The Loaf which is located at Empire Gallery. While we were all enjoying our lunch, I decided to take a few quick shots of them. It was a fun session as we shared a few laughter together while both of them were trying to look natural in front of the lens. Lol, things became a little awkward later when our little escapade  attracted the attention of other customers who gave us a peculiar look.

Grand Imperial Kitchen @ Empire Gallery, Subang

23 05 2010

Right after our photoshoot with Noel two weeks back, my group of friends decided to venture around the new shopping mall for lunch. We stumbled across this this new restaurant called Grand Imperial Kitchen at the lower ground floor of the mall. I didn’t knew that they had another outlet in Bangsar Shopping Centre (which is very well-known) but the number of customers queuing up for tables on that day was a tell tale sign of how good the food must be.

Anyway, part of the reason why the newly opened restaurant is so popular is because of their super value set meals. At RM 11.90 per set, there were ten different set meals to choose from ranging from Curry Chicken Rice, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Roasted Pork Rice and etc.

We tried the BBQ Slice Pork Noodles and La Mian with Mince Pork. The BBQ Slice Pork were tasty and there were no colouring added to it (as far as I can tell).

One of the way to gauge whether a Wanton Noodle is nicely done is by tasting the BBQ Slice Pork. In this case, Grand Imperial’s seat meal passed with flying colours.

The La Mian was very spicy and definitely not for those who does not like spicy food but for those who does, they will appreciate the extra ‘kick’.

If I had but one criticism about the food, it has to be their soup. Our bowl of soup had a heavy smell of raw pork taste. Hopefully they can improve on that.

Empire Gallery
Lot LG30 Lower Ground Floor
Jalan SS16/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Pan Mee @ Kum Chuan Coffee Shop

19 05 2010

I had a nice lunch with my colleagues at Kum Chuan coffee shop today. Situated near to 3K Sports Complex, this restaurant is usually packed with customers during noon. I was told that the Pan Mee stall here is pretty good and hence, I ordered a bowl to try.

While waiting for the noodle to arrive, I noticed that there were many customers eating Penang Fruit Rojak. Not wanting to be left out, I decided to order a small plate of Rojak as well. What makes this rojak different from the usual ones is the inclusion of dried cuttlefish to give a sweet and salty taste to the dish. I must say, at RM 4 per plate it was something different and definitely worth a try!

The Pan Mee (RM4.30) came shortly after that. There ingredients consists of mince pork, fried anchovies, vegetables and black fungus.

The noodle has a springy texture while the soup was free from MSG flavouring. This is one of the better Pan Mee I have tried so far.

Although the restaurant can be quite hot in the afternoon, the cheap food makes it all worthwhile.

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Kum Chuan
Jalan SS13/1 (Beside A&W Restaurant)
Persiaran Kewajipan
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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