Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls @ Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka

I was debating between eating at Chung Wah Hainanese Chicken Rice and Hoe Kee Chicken Rice but during our last visit, we had the latter so this time we decided to go with Chung Wah as the waiting line is usually extremely long and we thought it indicated better food =P

Relatively short line on a working day
Although the shop entrance where the queue is is quite large, for some unknown reason the owner decided to barricade more than half of the entrance with miscellaneous boxes, chairs and stuff. There was only a small space about a person's width for entering and exiting the shop and with the queue starting immediately at the shop entrance, it was really a hassle to make way for exiting guests and more often than not, everyone was just left feeling squashed. They probably blocked half of the entrance to control the crowd but I wonder if they thought about their customers' convenience. Not a very good first impression indeed > . >

The interior of the shop is quite small comparatively even though it spans two shop lots and coupled with the inefficiency of the staff, hence you see the long queue outside. When it came to our turn, no one told us where to go so we waited around for a bit (we had expected the staff to show us to a table like in Hoe Kee) and suddenly the people behind us started walking towards the empty tables! So we rushed off to nab an empty table...

The staff did not take the order from customers who arrived first (God knows what their logic is) and were extremely unorganised, grouchy and forgetful hmmpf. There was no menu and they did not ask what we wanted, just asked how many persons we had in our group and slouched off.

Chef incessantly chopping chicken

Homemade chilli sauce
Their homemade chilli sauce is quite unique with an unusual colour of creamy orange and red, and it definitely packs a punch.

Chicken rice balls
It seems that the standard order would be 5 rice balls per person but you can ask for extra. The rice balls are smaller than Hoe Kee's but are more moist and hence holds its shape much better. It is also more flavourful (you can taste chicken stock) and did not break apart when I cut it in half so it remained essentially a rice ball and not chicken rice, if you know what I mean.

Steamed chicken
This is the standard portion for 2 pax (not sure if you can order extra as no one seemed to do so - they just ate whatever was given by the staff). The steamed chicken is extremely smooth and firm and has more bite to it (the kind which presumably had lots of exercise when it was still clucking around). However I was not impressed with the three measly pieces of cucumber > . >

There was no soup even on weekdays and the shop did not seem too hygienic to me. No doubt the chicken rice is sufficiently good but I have since concluded that the long line outside the shop is not because of its fame but rather because the staff are inadequate and slow. One visit is more than enough for me and the next time I return to Melaka, I will definitely head to Hoe Kee.

PawPoints: 3 Paws
Pawket: Dough

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
18 Jalan Hang Jebat

Monday, 21 October 2013

PawPrints' 2nd Milestone!!!

We have reached 50,000 pageviews!!! =D

BellyGood @ Sunway Mentari, PJ

I have been to BellyGood several years before when it was operating under a different name and have been wanting to revisit but because it is located at Sunway Mentari, I rarely had an opportunity to do so. However I had been craving for pork schnitzels and once I found out BellyGood does serve it, I wasted no time in dragging JS there d^_^b
Two cute piggies
Tiger Beer
Soup of the Day (RM 9.80)
The soup of the day which was mushroom soup came with lots of black pepper - just the way we like it - but may be too overwhelming for some. It has a thin consistency with little salt and therefore tasted quite homemade. The soup came with a slice of crisp buttered garlic bread which was fragrant and well toasted. There were also lots of garlic bits on it.
Trio Platter (RM 29.90)
This platter consisted of a chorizo sausage, pork belly and pork ribs with a side of coleslaw and mashed potatoes. The meat of the chorizo sausage was very moist but it is not as firm and as grilled as I prefer it to be. The pork ribs, funnily enough, tasted a little bit like Chinese cooking which I guess means that cinnamon and 5 spice was added to the marinade? Not too sure if that's the case but that's what I thought it tasted like. The pork belly was very tender and really good. It also had a hint of Chinese flavour so perhaps that came from the gravy...
The coleslaw and mashed potatoes had a homemade taste to it and were very nicely done.
Grilled Pork Medallions (RM 25.90)
As can be seen from the picture, the pork medallions (probably two combined pieces) were absolutely huge. Its breaded coating which tasted like KFC seasoning was crisp and remained so even with a ladling of thick and creamy mushroom gravy. The meat which was pounded thinly remained moist and it was just absolutely yummy.
Overall I would say BellyGood is an absolute steal with its yummy fare and affordable pricing. The owner is really friendly too and loves connecting with his customers. We'll be back! =D
PawPoints: 4 Paws
Pawket: Tomato
20 Jalan PJS 8/18
Dataran Mentari
Bandar Sunway
Tel: 03 5630 1699
Daily: 11am - 11pm

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dave's Bistro Bar & Grill @ 1 Utama, PJ

Dave's Bistro Bar Grill is one of the pioneers (to my knowledge) of non-halal eatery in shopping malls and I think this has greatly encouraged a drastic increase in porky establishments popping up across the city <thumbs-up>
The food served here is mostly Italian comfort food such as pasta and pizza topped with lots of pork, so it's not surprising that this restaurant is actually part of the Dave's Deli Group which served my first love - Shepherd's Pie...haha...anyway on with the review =)
Dave's Bistro Bar Grill
Oink :D
There are lots of piggy decorative items in the restaurant which further emphasize its specialty...
Salad with Pork Belly Shavings
This was yummy with lots of crunchy pork belly shavings and croutons. The ratio of salad leaves to meat was good too (as in high meat ratio...I'm a meat-eater =D). The sauce was also tangy with sufficient flavour to coat the leaves.

Bacon and Mushroom Bruschetta
Toasted baguette with bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes piled on top...always a fail-safe combination =P

Ham Pizza
This Ham Pizza is a must-try according to my friend. The dough is fluffy and very crispy, the cheese base is absolutely cheesy with succulent ham and juicy pineapples. Very yummy indeed =)

Close-up of the Ham Pizza

See the abundance of ham and pineapples? =D

Spaghetti Bolognaise with Smoked Pork Sausage and Peppers

The tomato sauce was rich and gave a robust flavour to the al dente spaghetti, juicy pork sausages and red capsicum. It is quite a large portion (I couldn't even finish it even though my favourite is pasta) so small eaters had better share it =P

Overall, Dave's serves good food albeit a little pricey but I would definitely return to sample new dishes and for the usual favourites. And most importantly, it's a porky place =D Think they still have the lunch / teatime promo at 50% for pastas so do take advantage of the offer.

PawPoints: 4 Paws
Pawket: Tomato

Dave's Bistro Bar & Grill
Lot G209, Ground Floor
The Promenade
One Utama Shopping Centre
Tel: 03 7725 4017
Daily: 10am - 10pm

Monday, 7 October 2013

KHAO by Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine @ Setia City Mall, Shah Alam

Good news for all you Thai food lovers out there! Were you drooling over my post on Rama V yet lamenting its high price tag? No worries now as they have two sister restaurants that offer slightly more affordable Thai fare of superb quality d^_^b  One of them is Fa-Ying at Paradigm Mall and the other is Khao at Setia City Mall.
Kai Hor Bai Toey + Gaeng Deang Ta-Lay (RM 26.90)
This set comes with appetizers, tom yum soup, red curry seafood, pandan chicken, a fried egg and fruits. As you can see the portion is really big and is so totally worth it.
The rice is mixed with red husked grains and topped with a sunny side up egg although that can be overcooked sometimes.
The appetizers given were fried spring roll, deep fried prawn fishcake and young mango salad. Both the spring roll and prawn fishcake were absolutely crispy, in particular the fishcake. However, all appetizers were average and nothing special.
Red Curry Seafood
The Red Curry Seafood tasted really good and the chefs did not skimp on the seafood. As you can see from the picture below, there are prawns, squid, fish and mussels and lots of vegetables too. This dish alone would fill you right up and warm your tummy on a rainy day. The creamy curry was thick and fragrant with coconut milk but it was not super spicy.
See the generous amount of seafood?
Cool flame
I like how the flame burns bright blue from the oil contained in a ceramic soup spoon.
Pandan Chicken
The Pandan Chicken was extremely good, very moist and tender and fragrant - see our review of Rama V for more raves on the Pandan Chicken =D
Chicken Tom Yum
I wanted the clear tom yum but they only offered Chicken Tom Yum for the set. The fiery red soup was sour and spicy and hit all the right notes and the chefs were also generous with chicken pieces and oyster mushrooms.
Gaeng Kaew Wan Kai + Pra Dang Sam Ros (RM 24.90)
This set came with the same appetizers, tom yum and fruits but the main dishes were green curry chicken and red snapper fillet.
Green Curry Chicken
I like the green curry here as it does not have the overpowering smell I dislike (only one other restaurant serves it like that which is Chakri Palace). It also had plenty of chicken and vegetables and the gravy is just to die for =P
Red Snapper Fillet
The Red Snapper Fillet totally did not disappoint (see the generous portion? ^_^) and was cooked to the same level of perfection as Rama V - read our raves here. This still remains my favourite dish of all and I highly recommend you try it =)
All in all, if you want a quality meal to the standard of Rama V but don't wish to pay an exorbitant price, hurry to KHAO instead and enjoy their awesome set meals!!! This sister restaurant definitely doesn't stinge on quality or quantity. I'd love to return even though Setia City Mall is miles away. To the genius owners of Rama V, please set up another branch at MidValley or 1 Utama ^_^
PawPoints: 5 Paws
Pawket: Tomato
KHAO by Rama V
LG21, Setia City Mall
Tel: 03 3358 3159
Daily: 10am - 10pm

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lucky Chicken Rice @ Pasar Besar Seremban, Seremban

Not being in the mood for the famous beef noodles, I opted for my perennial favourite - chicken rice - instead. After all, how wrong can one go with chicken rice, right?

Good thing there were still chicken and pork left after the morning market crowd.

Chicken and Siu Yuk Rice (RM 5)
I had my go-to order which is chicken and siu yuk - in this case, steamed chicken as they do not serve roasted chicken.

Chicken and Siu Yuk Combo

  • Oiled rice was average. Soup was forgettable.
  • Chilli sauce was quite good with enough kick to it.
  • Steamed chicken was slightly dry but the ginger and soy sauce made it much tastier.
  • Siu yuk was average with a mix of soggy and crispy skin.

Overall not too bad but I guess there are plenty of other choices at the market.

PawPoints: 2 Paws
Pawket: Dough

Lucky Chicken Rice
Stall 751, Pasar Besar Seremban