Friday, March 30, 2007

Vietnam Kitchen at Cheras, Leisure Mall

This is another CNY post. Again, an overdue post. Went out for lunch with my friends during CNY at Vietnam Kitchen. Well, I've made a Vietnam Kitchen post before this some time ago.

At first, we do not know where to have lunch. Since we are at Leisure Mall, it will normally be Vietnam Kitchen or Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. The moment we reached Wong Kok's main entrance, the waiter asked us how many people. Looking at the huge crowd inside the place, we knew we will have to wait for seats. So, we decided to jump over to Vietnam Kitchen for lunch.

Well, this is the first time I'm having Yee Sang at Vietnam Kitchen. Their Yee Sang looked so colourful~! Priced at RM38.80, there were lots of vegetables and some fruits like cucumber slices, chestnuts, carrots, dragon fruits, and many more.

After all the wishes being thrown in while mixing the Yee Sang, all of us munched on it. It was okay, but not fantastic. It tasted quite funny at first. I think the pieces of crackers "keropok" being served spoiled the Yee Sang. The crackers were actually not crispy anymore and tasted quite weird.

Moving on, below are what we had for lunch. I forgot to take photos of other food as I was too lazy. Moreover, I wouldn't be able to try them if I take the photos. So, I better take photos that I actually tried eating them. LOL

This is what my friend ordered. Lemongrass Chicken Chop with Rice. Priced at RM9.90, I think it's pretty worth it because of how well it tasted. My friend gave me a small piece of the chicken. I tried and loved it~! It was blasting with flavors and so tender. It was just so tasty. I wish I ordered that. :)

But, I'm still happy with what I ordered that day!!! Since I'm not into rice that afternoon, I decided to order the Sliced Chicken and Spring Roll with Vermicelli. Priced at RM10.90,the bowl consisted of vermicelli, lots of shredded cucumbers, raw bean sprouts, green veges, slices of chicken, one whole fried spring roll, and being topped with crushed roasted nuts. I must say that I really love it very much.

Again, the chicken were very very flavourful and tender. I don't know whether they grill them or what, but they're just awesome! Mix everything up together, I find it a very healthy meal to be with all the greens and wonderful chicken, spring roll mixed with aromatic peanuts.

Another friend of mine ordered the Vietnamese Fried Rice which costs RM9.90. At one glance, the plate of fried rice may look plain and ordinary. Without looking any further, I tried one spoon of the rice. I would describe the rice as savory, delish and enough of "wok hei". A nice plate of fried rice should be accompanied best with a fried egg. Yummy~ (Especially if it's a sunny side up~!) :P

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

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sek Yuen Restaurant at Pudu

Went for a dinner with my family during CNY. Forgot which day, but it isn't important. The most important are the food. Wahaha..I'm so happy that I get to eat at Sek Yuen cause it's one of my favourite restaurant. So, let's get on to the food!!!

First to arrive was of course the famous "Yee Sang"! The Yee Sang was full of blasting flavors, every bite of it was just so good. From the raw fish, crunchy bites, to fresh shredded veges, tasty sauce. It was just so amazing. I don't know how to say it but they got extra unique flavors than the others. This is absolutely the best Yee Sang that I've ever tasted since last time until now.

My dad had pre-ordered two dishes as there were some dishes that need to be book a few days earlier (I think) upon your actual dining date. The two dishes are known as (杏花鸡) Almond Chicken with fish paste and (八宝鸭) Eight Treasure Duck. So, here they are.

Almond Chicken. This dish was a little different from the one I had from another stall. At Sek Yuen, they only have the chicken skin on top, and the bottom was fish paste with almonds. Where as the other stall I tried was chicken skin, with half chicken meat and fish paste. The other one is called (白花鸡). Back to the Almond Chicken. The skin was really crunchy and the fish paste was flavourful. At one bite, you could taste the soft and spongy fish paste with crunchy skin and aromatic almonds at the same time. I like it. :)

Next was (八宝鸭) Eight Treasure Duck. At first look, it was a normal cooked duck being presented on the plate. After a while.

Voila! The duck was stuffed with many different ingredients such as (白果) "bak guo", (连子) "lin ji", mushrooms, and many more. The meat were tender, the ingredients inside were soft and flavorful too. Plus the soup was so nice to drink as it was kind of sweet with rich duck flavor and other ingredient's fragrant. Yummy.

Next up was stir fry fish with spring onions and ginger. This is another nice dish as the sauce was prefect with the fresh fish. It has the "wok hei" too~! I love stir fry with enough wok hei. Very nice, another delish sauce to go with your rice.

This dish is called "蟹 jou". I don't quite remember but I think there were crab meat inside since the name of this dish has "". :P I think inside there were some vege too. Sorry for the "I think" cause I actually don't quite remember, it tasted like some hand made meat balls but delicately it was tasty and delightful. It's crunchy on the outside, inside was hot and a bit soft too.

Prawns!!! This prawn dish got another vote from me. I think it's called "gon jin ha lok". The prawns were covered with enough garlics and aromatic sauce. It was very nice as the prawns absorb the sauce and you could taste the freshness of the prawns too. We brought over the prawns for dinner and asked them to cook for us. (My mom bought these prawns for CNY~!).

Last but not least, it is the (排骨皇) Pork Ribs King. My dad ordered this specially for my cousin bro cause he loves this very much. The taste was again, it was savory. But, some of the meat were tender and some are not. I think it's because the differnet size of the meat pieces, hence some were overcooked and some were just nice. But, overall it was still ok. Again!!! This dish is a very nice dish to go with your white rice. The meat were very well marinated too. Yummy-licious.

Sek Yuen Restaurant

313 and 315, Jalan Pudu
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: +603 - 9222 9457/+603 -
9222 0903

Other Blogger's Reviews:

  • masak-masak (Part 2)

  • A Whiff of Lemongrass

  • Eatinout

  • masak-masak (Part 1)

  • Food4Thot

  • Technorati Tags:

    Friday, March 16, 2007

    Year 2007 CNY Cookies

    I know it's a bit too late to post about CNY stuffs as it's a past now. But, I still wanna share it. :)

    Anyways, I've made quite little cookies this year. I've only made two type of cookies and helped my aunt to do another three types of cookies.

    For the two cookies that I made, I used the recipes from All Recipes . The two types of cookies I made was Beth's Chocolate Chip Cookies and Crisp Oatmeal Cookies .

    I have no regrets using a different recipe for my Chocolate Chips Cookies as there're yummy! Everytime I bake a cake or have cookie session, I would reduce the amount of sugar from what the recipe stated. If I were to follow exactly to the recipe, my bakings would turned out too sweet for me and my family's liking.

    Same goes to these two recipes, I deducted almost quarter or half of the amount of sugar the recipe stated.Well, I must admit that I don't bake that often.

    The Chocolate Chip Cookies actually turned out to be quite soft, or uncooked cause the recipe said do not over bake it. Moreover, my kitchen's old oven had problem telling me what exactly the degrees are. So, adjusting the correct heat would be a problem. After feeling dissatisfied about what turned out to my batches of chocolate chip cookies, I lost confident in baking Crisp Oatmeal Cookies. But I need to move on cause there isn't much time left for me to bake. CNY is coming very soon at that time!!!

    I baked the oatmeal cookies as well. So, I did exactly from what the recipe tells except for reducing the amount of sugar. This time, the cookies turned out really crispy and light. I was quite happy with it. It's not that sweet, so it'll be suitable for my dad, a diabetic to consume it. But, I felt that the oatmeal didn't really appear to be what oatmeal should be. As in, the cookies was ok but lack of aroma. Perhaps I should heat the oatmeal up or give it some roast first before baking them.

    Back to the chocolate chip cookies. I decided to re-bake them. Attention, I re-bake them 2 days after they're made ~! LOL. I have no regret again to re-bake them at all. This time, I baked them in my aunt's new oven. As this new oven allows me to adjust which directions the heat comes out from, it makes better baking...I guess. I started to re-bake the cookies on the sides where I placed them at the bottom of the oven, then shift them to an upper layer in the oven and to bake the center part of the cookies. The results, the cookies were super crispy and nice!!! :) I'm so glad about it.

    This is what my aunt baked. The old and traditional Butter cookies that we used to had since I'm young.

    It's definately one of my favorite for butter cookies. :)

    Peanut cookies that my aunt won't fail baking them every single year. This time around she used a different recipe though.

    This new recipe is not bad, but I preferred her old recipe as the old ones were more moist (not so hard), more aromatic and soft. She used to make flower shaped peanut cookies last time.

    My aunt also baked Famous Amous type of cookies but I forgot to take pics of them. :) My aunt didn't give me any of her recipes too. So, no recipes for her cookies. But I guess no one would bother want recipes for cookies now as CNY are already over. :P

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    Fish & Co at One Utama

    Been to One Utama for lunch one day. It was quite long ago. Anyways, at first my friends thought of having lunch at Manhattan Fish Market but couldn't find any. So we went to ask at the information counter, only to know that there isn't any Manhattan in One Utama. @_@ How blur are we. So the restaurant that serves food closest to Manhattan was of course Fish & Co. Since I've never try Fish & Co before, so why not.

    I had the Pink Passion. It was a mixture of pineapple, orange, cranberry, and honey. It's priced at RM5.90. I felt weird when drinking it at first. But, after that it was all ok. Quite nice and refreshing drink.

    Another friend of mine ordered Insomnia. It was actually coffee with milk, honey, and salt. It's then topped with a swirl of whipped cream. Priced at RM5.90 also, I thought it was not bad. But I prefer those with strong caffeine ones.

    One of my friend had the "so called BEST" Best Fish & Chips in Town. Priced at RM15.90, I think it was ok. Crunchy, but the batter was too heavy. The batter overpowered the fish. You can merely taste the fish but batter~!

    Another friend of mine ordered the Sweet & Sour Fish. Priced at RM16.90. I think that those "dai chow" Chinese restaurant serves much more better sweet & sour fish than them. But, how come they have this in their menu? I felt so strange. I think the rice tasted SUPER weird to me. I don't know why but I don't like them.

    As I normally order platter for two at Manhattan, this time I decided to order it also at Fish & Co. Me and my friend ordered the Seafood Platter for two. It consists of seasonal fish, calamari, prawns, and mussels in creamy garlic and lemon butter sauce. It's priced at RM48.90. It was really huge. Hard for 2 people to finish this whole lot!

    Here are the close up pic of the calamari, mussels, prawn, and the rice. Seriously, I thought it was ok only. And guess what!!! There were bones in the calamari....why they didn't clean them properly! I really didn't like it. I was a little bit pissed off actually. If I were to compare them with Manhattan, Manhattan was much much more better than them.

    To be honest, the prawns weren't fresh. I didn't really like the rice. I don't know what rice was that. I think the rice was the same with the side dish from sweet and sour fish. Is it some rice with herbs or don't know what thing..How I wonder. I prefer butter garlic rice. The sauce was ok only, not flavorful and creamy enough for me. Ok, I should stop now cause I complaint way too much.

    I didn't even know my Pink Passion had a cherry at the bottom of the glass! Hidden treasure huh...luckily I like cherries. Lol, the cherry thingy did cheer me up a bit cause of the food served there.