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When we crave for Dim Sum, a good option would be Jin Xuan Dim Restaurant. It was a place where one of us have been visiting for a long time and the food has been consistently good and reasonably priced.

Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
We usually visit the Kuchai Lama branch, which is the main restaurant. But we have also been to their outlet in Damansara Jaya.

Interior, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
The restaurant is usually very crowded during lunch time, especially on Sunday afternoons. On one of our visits, we were lucky because they opened a new section for us to dine in, which was peaceful and quiet.

Siu Mai, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
Our usual order at Jin Xuan includes the Siu Mai (一级烧卖). Priced at RM4.50, their pork dumplings never fail to impress us, it was juicy and meaty, we enjoyed eating it at all times!

Crystal Shrimp Dumpling, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
Also priced at RM4.50, we had their Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (晶透水晶包) which we thought was quite good. The dumplings were moist and juicy and they had a good crunch to it.

Steamed Beancurd and Har Gao, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
As Foo Chuk lovers, we ordered their Steamed Beancurd (香味腐竹卷) priced at RM4. We found it quite tasty, the meat was fresh and it had a good bite with it. On the further back of the photo, we also had their Har Gao (顶好虾饺王) which we thought was quite good as the prawn was fresh and not overcooked.

Deep-fried Eggplant, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
We also ordered a couple of items from the pan-fried and deep-fried section. One of our favourites was the Deep-fried Eggplant (鲜鱼酿茄子) priced at RM4.50. It was simple yet delicious.

Fried Yam Pastry and Golden Egg Tart, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
We also had a Fried Yam Pastry (芋角) priced at RM4. This is one of my favourite Dim Sums and a must-order whenever I visit Dim Sum places. Best eaten when it was served, Jin Xuan’s Fried Yam Pastry was always good. As seen in the photo, we also had their Golden Egg Tart (窝蛋焗蛋挞). Priced at RM3.60 for two pieces of egg tarts, we find it quite good but nothing too special.

Baked Custard Bun and Lotus Paste Bun, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
Priced at RM4, their Baked Custard Bun (飘香菠萝包) wasn’t the most impressive item around to order though.  However, the Lotus Paste Bun (莲蓉蛋黄包) was quite good and we liked it, maybe because it was sweet and nice.

Thousand Year Egg and Pork Congee, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
When having Dim Sum, we like to order porridge as we find that it goes well with Dim Sum in general. Priced at RM4, we had a bowl of Thousand Year Egg and Pork Congee (皮蛋瘦肉粥) to share. Jin Xuan’s porridge was nice but nothing extraordinary.

Golden Bun, Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong Sdn Bhd
Lastly and most importantly, whenever we visit Jin Xuan, we never fail to order this item from the menu, the Golden Bun (流沙包). Priced at RM3.60, we found this the most amazing creation from Jin Xuan. Though it might not seem like much from the photo, the bun was simply amazing, the rich filling with salted egg yolk was delicious, and we can’t stop ourselves from ordering more each time we’re there. We highly recommend everyone to try this bun out!

On a whole we loved eating Dim Sum at this place. Although the restaurant can be very busy at times, but service was fast and efficient. We thought their Golden Bun was very delicious, and we would revisit the restaurant just for that item alone. Do check this place out, worth getting a try if you like Dim Sum!

Restaurant Information
A32, 34, 36, Jalan 1/116B
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7982 6812

15 Jul, 2012

Ikuzo Ramen

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

Malaysians around the Klang Valley would have probably noticed the influx of ramen establishments by now. Some are good and some not so much, but the one thing they have in common is the price range of their ramen. On average, a bowl of ramen at most establishments cost RM25 and above. Thus, we were delighted when we were invited by Debbie and Andy to sample the food at Ikuzo Ramen – an establishment with a revolution in mind, conveniently located in SS2 in Petaling Jaya (more or less beside McDonald’s).

Interior, Ikuzo Ramen
Ikuzo Ramen aims to bring about a ramen revolution and this is evident in its splendid and creative décor. We were told that Ikuzo Ramen’s dream is to bring high quality yet affordable ramen to all the people. Indeed, we were pleased to discover at first glance of their menu that all the ramen prices range from RM5.90 to RM10.90.

Interior, Ikuzo Ramen
Ikuzo Ramen makes everything themselves using only the freshest of ingredients and with no added MSG. The soup is made from long hours of boiling pork and chicken bones and the noodles are made using rye flour which is nutritious and high in fibre.

Ginger Green Tea with Yuzu Ice-cream, Ikuzo Ramen
Ikuzo Ramen has a number of unique drinks on its menu which we were eager to try. We ordered the Ginger Green Tea with Yuzu Ice-cream, priced at RM5.90. Perfect for fans of ginger, this drink was made with real blended ginger and had a strong ginger taste. The sweet Yuzu ice-cream balanced out this drink once mixed and it proved to be very enjoyable and refreshing!

Green Tea Milk with Yuzu Ice-cream and Root Beer Vanilla Float, Ikuzo Ramen
Other drinks that we tried were the Green Tea Milk with Yuzu Ice-cream and the Root Beer Vanilla Float, both priced at RM5.90. The Green Tea Milk was excellent and had a strong matcha taste to it which was complemented nicely by the mild milk it was mixed with. Like the Ginger Green Tea, the Yuzu ice-cream balanced out this float nicely and we found it to be the best drink of the day! Special mention goes out to the Green Tea Milk on its own without the Yuzu ice-cream as well, which was still a very enjoyable experience.

Wafu Kyuri Salad, Ikuzo Ramen
One of our appetisers for the day was the Wafu Kyuri Salad (和风青瓜沙拉), priced at RM2. This was a serving of sliced cucumber with a Japanese vinaigrette dressing. It was very appetising indeed as the Wafu dressing provided a nice mildly sour tinge to the fresh cucumber.

Variety of Sauces, Ikuzo Ramen
Though not on the menu yet, we were served with other sliced vegetables to go along with a variety of sauces. Starting with the darkest one on the left and making our way clockwise, we had: Seaweed , Teriyaki, Wafu dressing, Sesame & peanut butter and Umejizo (plum). We really enjoyed the Seaweed sauce as it was thick with a strong seaweed flavour.

Gyoza, Ikuzo Ramen
Next up is the Gyoza (饺子), priced at RM4.50 for 5 pieces. These Japanese dumplings were generously stuffed with minced chicken on the inside and were very delicious on its own. A good way to enhance the flavour of the gyoza would be to mix the some chilli oil and ponzu sauce in a plate and use this as a dipping sauce for the gyoza. Doing this made us fans of Ikuzo Ramen’s gyoza!

Harumaki (pork spring rolls), Ikuzo Ramen
We also tried the Harumaki (pork spring rolls). A serving of 2 rolls were priced at RM3.90. While it doesn’t look like much, these spring rolls had a crispy outer layer when bitten into and were stuffed with pork and mushrooms on the inside. We found this dish to be really good and it was hard to stop ourselves from consuming all of it!

Okonomiyaki, Ikuzo Ramen
The last of our appetisers that day was the Okonomiyaki (日式烧饼), priced at RM4.50. The Okonomoyaki was topped with mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes and pickled ginger which gave it a good authentic taste. These Japanese pancakes were a little too thick for our liking as we are used to thinner versions, but some may still enjoy it nonetheless!

Cha-Shu Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
To start off our ‘ramen revolution’, we had the Cha-Shu Ramen (叉烧拉面) priced at RM8.90. Served with 5 pieces of pork in a shoyu-based soup, this bowl of ramen had a very light flavour to it. It was not imposing on the tastebuds and was a good way to kick start our impression of Ikuzo Ramen’s ramen! One could choose two different types of noodles when ordering – thick or thin. The thin noodles are like normal ramen noodles whereas the thick noodles have a harder texture. We recommend having the thin noodles to go with this bowl of soup as the light flavour of the soup might go unnoticed with the denser thick noodles.

Tokyo Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
We also tried the Tokyo Ramen (东京拉面). Priced at RM7.90, this was similar to the Cha-Shu Ramen above, except with less pork but with additional accompaniments such as bamboo shoots, spinach and egg. The soup remained the same, and it was the same pleasing experience as the Cha-Shu Ramen.

Hokkaido Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
The Hokkaido Ramen (北海道味噌拉面) pictured above is a shift away from the Shoyu-based soup of the previous two ramens. Priced at RM8.50, this bowl of ramen was served with a miso-based soup alongside 2 pieces of pork, bamboo shoots, spinach, bean sprouts and sweet corn. The Hokkaido Ramen had a stronger taste as compared to the Cha-Shu and Tokyo Ramen. One of us found the Hokkaido Ramen to be more appetising that the other two so far!

Yakiniku Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
Arguably the best bowl of ramen on that day was the Yakiniku Ramen (牛肉拉面), priced at RM8.50. This bowl of ramen was served with marinated and grilled beef slices with cabbage kimuchi in a shoyu-based soup. Due to the flavour of the beef and the cabbage kimuchi, the soup was slightly sweet yet it had a spicy tinge at the same time. This was definitely the bowl of ramen for those who eat beef!

Curry Tan Tan Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
Moving on to spicier options, the Curry Tan Tan Ramen was priced at RM6.90. This spicy ramen dish was made with mala spices and minced chicken. With no complicated accompaniments with it, it was simplicity at its best. This bowl of spicy soup was satisfying and definitely one of our favourites. Don’t worry though, it’s not actually spicy, but it has enough of a kick to stir up the tastebuds!

Curry Ramen, Ikuzo Ramen
Our last bowl of ramen for the day was the Curry Ramen, priced at RM7.90. Served with breaded pork fillets in a curry soup, think of it as a milder version of the Curry Tan Tan Ramen. The soup here was not spicy due to the absence of the mala spices, but it was still savoury and delectable in its own way. The stronger flavour of the soup here made it suitable for the thick noodles that Ikuzo Ramen has to offer.

Yuzu Ice Cream, Ikuzo Ramen
Dessert after a very fulfilling meal that day was a scoop of Yuzu Ice Cream. Priced at RM3.90 per scoop, it was drizzled with a caramel sauce on top. The ice-cream was not overly sweet and was a perfect way to round up our meal!

Ikuzo Ramen
As a whole, Ikuzo Ramen stays true to its philosophy of providing high quality yet affordable ramen to the people. We found the pricing of each bowl of ramen to be more than reasonable and the taste of the ramen cannot be faulted. Therefore, we shall look forward to Ikuzo Ramen’s revolution led by its cute mascots above!

Many thanks again to Debbie and Andy for having us that day! We will definitely return for more affordable and tasty ramen. For more information, do check out their Facebook page!

Restaurant Information
No. 52, Jalan SS2/61
47300 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel: 03 – 7873 3110

When we were studying in the UK, the one thing that we couldn’t find which tasted good was Bak Kut Teh. Even though there are quite a few Malaysian restaurants serving Bak Kut Teh overseas, the taste was incomparable to the Malaysian ones. And since we came back, we have been happily enjoying good Bak Kut Teh.

Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
Yap Chuan is one of the places which we visit when we are craving for good Bak Kut Teh. Located in Puchong, we found this area rather secluded as we were not too familiar with that area.

Interior, Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
The restaurant was very popular and crowded during dinner time. To avoid the crowd, it is advisable to arrive early at the restaurant.

Bak Kut Teh, Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
Since there were only two of us, we ordered a Bak Kut Teh soup for one pax which was priced at RM10. We opted out of the pork intestines and so our bowl of soup came with pork ribs, pork belly and Fu Chuk (bean curd sheets). The soup had a strong herbal taste which we enjoyed a lot. It was so good that we requested for more soup subsequently.

Tau Fu Pok, Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
On top of that, we will usually order a bowl of Tau Fu Pok (dried bean curd) for RM3 which we thought was delicious.

Dry Bak Kut Teh, Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
Yap Chuan is known for its dry Bak Kut Teh and it is something that we will definitely order when we eat there. Priced at RM11 per pax, Yap Chuan’s version is definitely one of the best dry Bak Kut Teh in Klang Valley. The pork was well caramelised and it was nicely flavoured with dark soy sauce, dried chilli, herbs and cuttlefish. It was very delicious and addictive when eaten with rice!

Vegetables, Restoran Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
Priced at RM5, we also had a small plate of vegetables for the meal.

Yap Chuan definitely serves very good Bak Kut Teh and we highly recommend our readers to try this place out. For more information, do check out their website.

Restaurant Information
53, Ground & 1st Floor
Jalan BPU
Bandar Puchong Utama
47100 Puchong
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: 012-674 4440/019-328 5392

08 Jul, 2012

The Warung

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

One might think that working in the Gardens in Mid Valley would leave one spoilt for choice for food during lunch time. While true that the selection throughout the mall is good, the challenge lies in finding something good and affordable for one’s working-day lunch.

The Warung, Mid Valley
Fitting both these criteria is The Warung which as its name suggests, serves Malaysian fare which everyone would enjoy. Located on the first floor of Mid Valley near the KTM station entrance and Aeon as well, The Warung has become a steadfast favourite for lunch due to its good food and affordable pricing.

Indo Mee Burger Ayam, The Warung
A good option for a working (wo)man’s lunch is the Indo Mee Burger Ayam, priced at RM6.90. Admittedly one plate of this is not the most filling thing around, but it’s good as a light lunch to avoid feeling drowsy at work after that! The Indomee here is fried briefly with marinated minced chicken and topped with a fried egg. The noodles were good with a hint of sweetness as is expected of Indomee and the minced chicken was flavourful and soft. This dish is a frequent order for us!

Soto Ayam, The Warung
Another excellent choice would be the Soto Ayam, priced at RM8.90. This bowl of vermicelli was served with potato balls, sliced chicken, bean sprouts and peanuts. Whenever we feel the urge for something with soup, the Soto Ayam is definitely the thing to order! The soup was what sealed the deal for this item as it was fragrant and one could taste a good number of spices in it such as cloves and star anise. Best eaten with the black coloured chilli paste it was served with, the Soto Ayam always pulls us back for more!

Nasi Lemak Kari Ayam, The Warung
The nasi lemak selection in Mid Valley is not great by all means. Thus, it is a good thing that The Warung can provide us with good enough nasi lemak to satisfy our needs. The Nasi Lemak Kari Ayam (Chicken Curry Nasi Lemak) is our preferable one out of the different types of nasi lemak they have to offer. The sambal here is sweet rather than spicy, but it was definitely enjoyable. The best thing in our opinion is the chicken curry due to the curry itself being fragrant and full of spices which distinguished itself from normal chicken curries elsewhere.

Nasi Ikan Cili Padi, The Warung
Lastly, a good choice would also be the Nasi Ikan Cili Padi (Birds Eye Chilli Fish with Rice). Here, deep-fried breaded fish pieces were served topped with a sweet and thick soy sauce and birds eye chilli alongside a portion of vegetables and plain rice. While it doesn’t look like much, this item packs a punch in terms of spiciness! It was simply enjoyable to bite into the generous amount of chilli while eating the fish with the rice. We found a good balance between sweet and spicy in this dish.

The Warung is a non-pretentious outfit which stays true to its name. It is firm favourite for lunch due to its good tasting food and very reasonable pricing. Another item of note which we have yet to try is the Nasi Tumpang which looks very appealing! Do check it out next time you’re in Mid Valley!

Restaurant Information
F-028C, First Floor
Mid Valley Megamall
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

05 Jul, 2012

Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd (卫记辣汤之家)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

Most Malaysians know that Kajang is well-known for satay, however, not many know about their spicy soup, more commonly known as Lat Tong in Cantonese. We found out about this place not too long ago, and fell in love with this new found food.

Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd, Selangor
Kee V is located in a rather secluded housing area in Kajang, fortunately we found the place with the help of our GPS. On the day of our visit, we arrived late, but yet the restaurant was packed with lots of customers.

Spicy Soup, Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd
Service was good and food was served very quickly despite the huge crowd. We were served with our Lat Tong very soon after we placed our order. This Spicy Soup (辣汤) was priced at RM10 per pax. Lat Tong resembles any other clear soup, however, it was spicy when eaten. The spiciness of the soup came from the use of pepper and ginger and the sweetness of the soup came from the pork, chicken, intestines and Chinese celery. We loved the soup a lot. We thought Kee V’s version was much more impressive than Restoran Siaw Kah, another restaurant well known for their Lat Tong.

Spicy Meat, Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd
We also ordered their Spicy Meat (火爆肉), simply because they were well known for that dish. Priced at RM10 per pax, the dish was amazing, the pork was very well marinated and cooked and it was delicious when eaten with white rice. Definitely something that one shouldn’t miss when visiting this restaurant!

Choi Po Tau Foo, Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd
Since we felt like having a tofu dish that day, we ordered a small Choi Po Tau Foo (菜蒲豆腐) priced at RM7.50. The tofu was nice and simple and we were satisfied with it.

Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leaves, Restoran Kee V Sdn Bhd
Lastly, we had a Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leaves (番薯叶) just to have something green for the meal. Priced at RM7.50, the simple vegetable dish was comfort food and had a nice crunch to it.

We were very satisfied with our dining experience in Kee V and would definitely return for more, even though Kajang is quite far from our place. Other than the dishes above, Kee V is also known for their Chicken with Wine (花雕鸡) and Salted Fish with Meat (咸鱼花腩) which we will try in our future visits. For more information, please visit their informative website with menu and useful maps.

Restaurant Information
No. S-01 (GR) Plaza Indah 1
Taman Sepakat Indah
Sungai Chua
43000 Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: 03-8738 4134

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