Sunday, 30 November 2008

British Chinatown Food in KL.....Or Not

A few nights ago hubby came home and said, "There's a restaurant, Four Seasons, that says it's the British Chinatown food. Do you want to go there for dinner this Saturday (yesterday)?"

British Chinatown food?? Wow!! That is music to my ears.

For the uninitiated, the food in Chinatown London is authentic Hong Kong food, cooked by Hong Kong chefs. Images of Beef Tomato Rice, Beef Egg Rice, Beef Dry Hor Fun (nearly all Hong Kong food contains beef), Hot & Sour soup (it's different from our local version), Roast Duck with pancakes, all flooded into my mind. I could not stop drooling and dreaming. There is not a single Chinese restaurant in KL that could produce those Hong Kong dishes, not even places like Char Chan Teng or Kim Gary that claimed to be Hong Kong food.

Hubby called his old buddy, TC, who had also stayed in London for a couple of years before. He was equally as enthusiastic. Saturday finally arrived and we drove there full of enthusiasm and anticipation. 

This is it! Four Seasons is located at CapSquare, Persiaran Capital Square, near Jalan Munshyi Abdullah. The place is not crowded, for a Saturday night.

Upon being seated and handed our menu, all of us immediately noticed one glaring thing. The items in the menu are all LOCAL food!!!!! "Where is my Beef Tomato Rice?" TC & I both asked simultaneously. "Where is my Beef Egg Rice?" hubby asked. 

The waiter, who was very patient and helpful, explained that Malaysians want local food. Huh? He recommended that I try their Fried Hor Fun Beef in Black Bean Sauce. I acquiesced since the only thing I really wanted was Beef Tomato Rice which is not on the menu. Hubby asked if they could modify their Braised Beef Egg Gravy Rice into Fried Beef Egg Rice them to fry the egg with the beef and serve it with rice instead of their Braised Beef Egg Gravy Rice. TC settled for Steamed Beef Brisket Soup Noodles. We ordered a quarter roast duck to share. 

After we placed our orders, I reached for their feedback form on the table. I couldn't wait to make known my disappointment to the management!

One side of the feedback form

The other side of the feedback form

Braised Beef Egg Gravy Rice. RM12.80 Waiter, where's the gravy? 
Oops, sorry.....this is hubby's modified Beef Egg Rice. 

Fried Hor Fun Beef in Black Bean Sauce - RM12.80

Steamed Beef Brisket Soup Noodles - RM12.00

A quarter roast duck - RM15
Unlike their sister outlets in Bayswater  and Gerrard Street in London, this outlet in KL does not serve pancakes with roast duck.

Hubby enjoyed his meal. He said it's the closest thing available locally to what he got in Chinatown Toronto. TC did not enjoy his beef brisket noodles as much. He said the beef brisket noodles in Crystal Jade, MidValley is much better. As for me, the sauce is good, but it would have been better on rice instead of hor fun (koay teow). The Hong Kong chefs in Chinatown London would have known that.

Overall, the service is excellent. The waiters are attentive and helpful, and our orders were served before we had even warmed our seats. However, the price is exorbitant. What we had ordered were cheap Chinese food, ordered by students on limited budget, but here, they are priced as cuisine food. Definitley not value for money.

Blackie: That is your punishment for freaking me out with a Doraemon cake!!! 

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Brem Mall, Kepong

This franchise eatery chain from Hong Kong is gaining prominence in KL, with more and more outlets sprouting up. We have tried their food at SS2 and MidValley before, but were not too impressed with the quality. Maybe it's because we ordered the fusion food from their menu.

Anyway, last night, at Brem Mall (a relatively new shopping mall in Kepong), we decided to try their more 'traditional' food. Hubby ordered Tian Jin Pan Fried Egg with Ramen. It is a dish of ramen covered by a thin omelette, cooked in abalone sauce. Well, I think it is abalone sauce, so don't sue me if I got it wrong, ok?  

Tian Jin Pan Fried Egg with Ramen - RM9.80

Hubby enjoyed every single strand and drop of it. I like soupy stuff, so hubby suggested that I try the Rice in Superior Soup with Minced Meat and Dried Oysters. 

I wasn't in the mood for porridge, so we sent the waitress into the kitchen to check whether the broth texture is more porridge-like or rice-like. The waitress returned to confirm that it is rice that is cooked separately and then added into the soup. Hmm....sounds interesting, so I ordered that.

Rice in Superior Soup wtih Minced Meat & Dried Oysters - RM9.60

There were lots of mushrooms, minced pork, tong chai, salted fish and 4 large pieces of dried oysters. Yummy. *slurp* The portion was huge, despite the deceiving look of a half-full bowl that arrived at our table. I had to get hubby to help finish it.