Thursday, 19 July 2012

Dynasty Dragon @ Brem Mall, Kepong

We celebrated my sis-in-law's birthday at Dynasty Dragon last Sunday. Hubby chose the venue due to its crab promotion. However, when we got there, we discovered that the crabs were small and not worth the hassle of cracking the shells to get to the flesh. Too much work for too little meat.

We passed the crab and opted instead for their specialty dishes.

Barbecued pork ribs in plum sauce - RM18

The pork in plum sauce was tender with a tangy taste. Mother-in-law found it hard, though. Perhaps it's not an appropriate dish for someone without their natural grinders.

Double-boiled Spinach in Herbal Soup - RM12

The waitress recommended the Double-boiled Spinach in Herbal Soup when mother-in-law asked for soft, easy to chew vegetables. The soup was full of flavour. Not of herbal, but of anchovies and century eggs. There's nothing herbal about the soup at all, other than the presence of some kei chee (wolfberries).

Steamed Egg with Crab Meat and Diced Fish - RM12

The Steamed Egg with Crab Meat and Diced Fish had a layer of gravy on top, unlike any other steamed egg we've ever had. Although it had plenty of crab meat and was delicious, I could hardly find any diced fish in it. Perhaps it was one of those strips of meat in the egg??

Claypot Beancurd with Salted Fish - RM15

This was the only non-specialty dish on their menu, and was chosen by hubby. Although the name of the dish sounds a little exotic (salted fish with beancurd is not  a usual combination), it turned out to be a rather ordinary fare. A little disappointing, I think. 

Other than this little letdown, I loved the others, with the spinach and steamed egg being my favourites.

Level 1, Brem Mall
Jalan Kepong
52000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (03) 6258 5848

Monday, 9 July 2012

Pancake House @ Paradigm Mall

Last Sunday, while checking out the newly opened Paradigm Mall at Kelana Jaya, we took a reprieve from all the walking to indulge in some pancakes at Pancake House.

I ordered the Banana Walnut Pancake with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Besides the banana toppings, the pancakes themselves had an aromatic banana flavour to it. Sinfully delicious.  

Banana Walnut Pancake - RM9.90 for two pieces

Hubby opted for the classic pancakes, with maple syrup, whipped cream and a helping of vanilla ice cream as topping. It was good, albeit traditional. Something anyone could whip up in their own kitchen. Or maybe not, since I could never turn out such nice pancakes. 

Classic pancake - RM6.50 for two pieces, RM1.90 for vanilla ice-cream

We ordered a pot of Jasmine tea to go with the pancakes. A pot could be shared by two, and you get free refills.

A pot of Jasmine tea for two - RM6.90

If I have to compare, and I can't help doing so, I'd say Pancake House is better than Paddington Pancakes. The pancakes at Paddington are too dry and tasted more like mop pads, or at least, that's what I think mop pads will taste like if one were to eat them. Pancake House, on the other hand, serves better quality pancakes at a fraction of the latter's price.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

myElephant @ Sec 17, PJ

MyElephant is a small, nondescript but cozy little eatery at a housing estate in Section 17. I'd never have discovered it if a friend had not taken me there.

I was told their main business comes from the lunch crowd. They have a separate menu for dinner, but for lunch, it's a one-dish meal set lunch thingy. 

I ordered the Tom Yam Noodles. I couldn't help it, even though V, my friend recommended some of their other items. My saliva had started to pool at the corner of my mouth as the image and taste sprung to the forefront of my mind. I'm such a sucker for Tom Yam.

It was superb, light, not too heavy or milky, with the right taste of lemon-grass, galangal and spice. 

The set came with a lovely mango salad, a slice of watermelon and a glass of pandan drink. I forgot to take a picture of the drink, something I tend not to remember to do all the time.

And I just discovered from their call card that they have an outlet at Jalan Sri Hartamas 8!! Yay! I know that area very well as I used to live in that area before I got married. It must have opened after I moved out. It'll be easier for me to go to that outlet as I'm not too familiar with Section 17.

Blcok C-G4, Happy Mansion
Jalan 17/13, Section 17
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 0101 - 220 1283
Open: Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
Dinner: 6pm - 10pm

Durians, A Thorny Delight

My lunch yesterday

Durians, you either love it or hate it. It's smell is overpowering and lingering and many a public places banned the fruit from its premises. I've heard it described as 'unwashed toilet' before. 

I'm not big on the smell, but I love the taste and texture of a smooth, creamy, slightly bitter durian. I don't like the sweet ones. And one stall in Kepong has such durians, whose quality rivals that of the premium, branded 'Musang King', at a non-premium price of RM7/kg. The seeds are small and flat, yielding lots of creamy flesh....yumm....

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Goon Wah Fish Head Noodle @ Kuchai Lama

I sent my car to an air-con workshop in Kuchai Lama some time in April and stumbled onto this eatery by chance. It's located next to the workshop, and the tables along the five-foot pavement were full. There was hardly any space to walk into the workshop let alone drive the Chevy in. But I managed.  :)

When asked, the mechanic said the shop is famous for their Claypot XO Fish Head Noodles. Since the shop was crowded with customers queuing for the next available table, the mechanic cleared his desk and suggested we eat in his office. 

It took forever for our orders to be delivered. Fortunately, it's worth the wait. The soup, not too milky, had a distinct XO flavour to it. They were generous with the chunks of deep-fried fish fillet. This is a must-try dish.

We also ordered another house specialty, claypot lo shu fun (rice noodles). Although it looked interesting, with all the various ingredients, I found the taste boring.

G13 & 14, Jalan 3/115C
Taman Kuchai Lama
Tel: (03) 7982 0048 / (03) 7984 0722
Closed at 3pm