Sunday, December 24, 2006

Hotz Cafe at Yulek a.k.a Taman Cheras

Gosh~! It's been 7 days since I started working as a CSP (Customer Service Professional) at SRG Asia Pacific. I'm working on afternoon/evening shift until midnight. I don't have much time to go out and have fun, talk to my parents and not to say blogging!!! Well, I have to work today as well as tomorrow. Although I couldn't hang out with my friends and celebrate Christmas but at least I got triple pay. Yay~!

Well, back to food. I've been to this cafe once which is located at Taman Cheras. It's at the same row as the Flydance Cafe. I made a post on Flydance Cafe before on October 2006. The cafe was packed with patrons during lunch time. But luckily we got our seats as there's still a few empty tables outside.

I ordered honey milk which was one of my favourite. Okay, the good side is they put in a LOT of honey into the drink where other places try to put in as little as honey they can into the drink to save costs. The bad side was it's tooo SWEET cause they put in too much honey. :P Aniways, the drink costs RM5.50.

Shujin had the Ice Blended Mocha which costs RM6.90. The ice blended mocha was very rich in coffee and the aroma was great. The cream on top of the drink though wasn't as nice as those in Starbucks or Coffee Bean. But I can't ask for more cause the price here and the price at Starbucks or Coffee Bean was different~

But one thing that I think was, it's better if they serves their drinks on tall glasses instead of those plactic cups.

We ordered one snack to share along. We had the steamed radish cake. The radish cake costs RM2.50. At first it looked quite normal. Later did I noticed they actually sprinkled some crushed dried prawns on top of the radish cake. The radish cake was soft and warm, plus the spring onions and the dried prawns it was absolutely aromatic.

I ordered the claypot Loh Shu Fun. It costs RM6.90. When my food came I was like, okay....3 small prawns, minced meat and that's it??? One more complain is that it was tad too oily. The oil was enough to fry one egg. LOL I stopped complaining and start to eat. I was quite surprised cause the food looked really common but I find it very tasty. It was delicious. They add in spring onions and a dash of pepper into the loh shu fun. The aroma of the minced meat was really nice. I think they mix something with the dark soya sauce which they used to put into the loh shu fun.

Shujin had their Kung Po style chicken with rice. The rice came in a claypot style too which costs RM6.90. As usual, there were cashew nuts and dried chilis. Their kung po chicken was okay. I liked the cashew nuts they put in. Quite crunchy. But I still prefer those at the "dai chow" one. Forgot where I ate once at a "dai chow" stall and their kung po chicken was very very nice.

The bill came with a 5% of government tax. Overall, I think that their food were okay. I think I'll go back to this cafe to try out their other food. I didn't know that the one at Taman Cheras was a branch until I get their name card. If I'm not mistaken, according to the address given there's one at The Mall.

Hotz Cafe
(Taman Cheras Branch)
Lot33, Block G, Jalan 3/101C,
Cheras Business Center,
56100 Kuala Lumpur

Hotz Cafe Sdn Bhd
Lot G.43, Ground Floor, The Mall,
Putra Place, 100 Jalan Putra,
50350 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603-40447118

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Vietnam Kitchen at Leisure Mall, Cheras

Shujin and I were walking around Leisure Mall and we were hunting for food. We had no idea at all on what to have for our lunch. As we were walking and walking, we passed by Secret Recipe. I thought, nah..I'll have them the next time cause not in the mood in having any western food. Everytime I visit them I'll choose either spaghetti or the chicken chop rice. I wanted something different.

Opposite Secret Recipe was Vietnam Kitchen. We tried at this branch before and ordered set dinners. I don't quite like it that much as most of the dishes were like pre-prepared ones. But somehow it allured me to give them another try. Shujin and I then went in to the restaurant.

Shujin had the Water Chestnut with Egg drink. It was priced at RM4.90. It's a cold and refreshing drink. With the egg pieces and chunks of chestnuts, it's quite fun to drink this down while eating the chestnuts.

I want to have some hot drink, thus I ordered the hot Lemongrass Tea which was priced at RM4.90. It was nice. I loved lemongrass tea as it tend to give me a soothing and comfortable feeling. Shujin didn't really like it though. Some people cannot stand the smell of it. But I think it smells superb.

We had one side order which is the Fresh Prawn Spring Roll. It costs RM6.90. It came in 4 pieces and a plate of dipping sauce. The spring rolls were wrapped with fresh shredded carrots, and cucumbers. There were also chives, vermicelli, prawns and some vegetables(smell like herbs) to wrap together with very thin "cheung fun".

The dipping sauce was quite special. There were some crusted peanuts, fried shallots, and some shredded vegetables on top of the sauce. Mix them up and dip the spring roll before eating. The dipping was very sweet. The spring roll was very fresh as the vegetables together with the prawns gave a very healthy feeling as there isn't any oily food in it. I wonder will I slim down if I consume it everyday, minus the dipping of course. :P

Shujin ordered Chicken Curry Rice. It costs at RM9.90. The curry looked very redish. I was a little surprised when I took a piece of the potatoes. They aren't using potatoes, but sweet potatoes. I find the curry quite special, just that it's a little too sweet. I'm not sure if it's because of the sweet potatoes. But overall, it tasted quite special and it gives more flavor to the curry as the potatoes are sweet.

At first, I thought of ordering the XO Fried Vermicelli (I tried it once at One Utama outlet and it was delicious! But very oily and spicy too) but I wanted something with gravy. So I opted for the Seafood Fried Noodle which cost at RM11.90. I find the prawns very fresh and the broccolis were very crunchy. The chicken meat was tender too. I loved them adding sliced capsicums and onions. But, I don't know why the sauce was a little too sweet. Another thing that I found it surprising was that the mushrooms tasted very buttery. Haha, I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because they sauteed the mushrooms with butter?

I am wondering if Vietnamese food tend to be a little sweeter than other cuisines. Can someone enligthen me on that?

Vietnam Kitchen Restaurant (Leisure Mall Branch)
Lot L2-26-01 Level 2,
New Wing Cheras Leisure Mall
Jalan Manis 6 Taman Segar, Cheras

Tel: +603-91309530

Opening Hours: 11am to 9.45pm daily

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Golden Bread at Sri Petaling

I've always wanted to try out at this restaurant. The restaurant have a very nice signboard with a pair of the "yau tiu". :) The environment was not bad. The wall were full of large printings of the food pictures. They serves snacks, set lunches, and desserts.

There was a paper printing the set lunches available. It was quite a wide choice that they had. I didn't know what to order too. The waitress recommended me this one, Chicken in Garlic sauce with Rice. Priced at RM8.99, it includes one drink. I had iced lemon tea.

The rice was okay. The chicken meat was quite tender. They deep fried the chicken strips first, then only add in the garlic sauce. Garlic were fried too. The garlic sauce was not too salty nor too plain. It was just nice. But I would prefer it to be more flavorful. The sauce was too watery though.

Shujin and my friend both had the Cheese Chicken with Rice. Priced at RM8.99, it also includes one drink. At the first look, I was a little worried about it cause the cheese rice looked quite different from other restaurants that serves it. The cheese were a little burnt. But, I was wrong! It turned out to be quite delicious. There were some vegetables ingredients in it. Chicken meat, and I forgot what's inside. There were some tomato sauce underneath the cheese too. Mix it up together with the cheese, I find the Cheese Chicken with Rice quite yummy. :)

My another friend had the Yong Chow Fried Rice which was priced at RM6.99. The set lunch also includes one drink. There's nothing to shout about the fried rice. The rice have only some diced "lap cheong" waxed meat, and little fried egg pieces. The rice were topped with some shredded vege which were already turned into yellow, and one sunny side up. I don't think it's worth it.

Other than the set lunches, we also ordered the "Char Kui Combo" which the waitress claimed to be one of the most popular item on the menu. Priced at RM8.80, the combo came with Hong Kong "Char Kui" rolls, Salad Golden Treasure, and also one huge plain "char kui".

The "Char Kui" rolls were nice. The "Char Kui" were wrapped with "cheung fun" and sprinkled with some spring onions, black sesame, and some soya sauce.I really liked it as the crunchy "yau tiu/char kui" wrapped with the soft and tender "cheung fun" gives it a unique combination. The sambal/chili sauce given was yummy too.

Salad Golden Treasure, inside were some fish paste. I supposed outside were the "Char kui". The side of the "char kui" were being dipped with sesame. Black sesame and mayonnaise were drizzled all over the "Golden Treasure". I must say that this is delicious too. It was very aromatic. The combination of the mayonnaise with the fish paste and sesame were totally perfect. :)

Next was the huge plain "char kui". I was so happy to see such a huge "char kui" but wasn't very happy when I eat them. It wasn't really that crunchy although it looked like they are crunchy. It's ok but I'll prefer the one selling "yau char kui" at Yulek's "Wai Sik Kai".

I was already very full and guess what...We were also given a plate of complimentary fried chicken wings stuffed with glutinous rice. The waitress suddenly came and said that this was given to us by the chef. I guess it's because they saw Shujin taking photos of the food?? Hmm, they thought that Shujin was some kind of food reviewer for magazines? LOL :P

Well, although I'm very full but the fried chicken wings were really crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They make it to become like, chicken must be crunchy and the glutionous rice inside must be pipping hot and soft and aromatic. There were diced waxed meat inside the rice too. :)

No.48, Jalan Radin Anum 1,
Sri Petaling
Tel : +603-90591998