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December 16, 2018

Restoran W.A.W, Kuala Lumpur…This one’s for the monied tourist

It’s unusual to eat at a tourist hotspot in your home town. On holiday we endure it all.

Chicken wings have been popping up all across Malaysia for the last many decades and are very much on-trend in the capital – but if ever there was a subject to split opinion it is the place serving the very best in town. Only one wing can rule them all and Restoran W.A.W (Wong Ah Wah) is the chicken wing specialist.

Sure enough, Wong Ah Wah signature roast chicken wings are absolutely awesome. And precisely because of this, it is almost certainly on a tourist’s radar. Experience and instinct suggest that this restaurant has gone over to the dark side. The supporting dishes such as creamy salted egg prawns, dried chilli fried with frog, salted fish fried kai lan, fried chili cockles are not too bad either. However, the Signature hokkien mee is a poor imitation of the fame KL dish.

I came, I ate, I paid – so that you don’t have to. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 23, 2016

Restoran Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur…huge disappointment

Restoran Stadium Negara was originally situated near the national stadium – hence its name, but has since relocated to its present location in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.

Though famous for its steamboat, I wanted to try their other offerings and ended up having my appreciation of Tze Char food being dulled by this  “average” eatery serving culinary disasters. The hokkien style noodle is not hokkien mee without lard. Only then did I find out that this is a halal restaurant. The sweet sour crab was bursting with the flavour of wam Kuala Lumpur tap water. It was neither sweet nor sour  and the accompanying buns were too hard and not hot. The BBQ chicken wing and BBQ sotong were pretty ordinary.The steam prawns turns out to be among the only edible charm at this place.

I really do not like Restoran Stadium Negara. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 6, 2015

Malaysian food street, Singapore…quality has markedly declined

I loved this place when it first opened…not sure if my taste buds matured or the quality has markedly declined?

Despite its name and marketing, nothing about Malaysian Food Street, is Malaysian anymore. Lest anyone think me an unbiased observer, let me dissuade you of that notion. The whole concept of Malaysian Food Street is an affront to me. Malaysia is my country of birth and I’ll admit I’m touchier than most.

Using udon noodle makes the KL hokkien mee no longer brilliant and the Penang Prawn Noodle Soup has absolutely lost its magic. The Penang char koay teow has seen better days.

Those who remember its glory days, though, may be particularly prone to thinking it “doesn’t sparkle” nowadays. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 8, 2015

Noble Mansion, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia…upscale, urban, and understated in all the right ways

Noble Mansion is a Chinese restaurant that turns out Chinese dishes influenced by modern techniques and presentation. The décor is a distinctly modernized space outfitted with flowery upholstery, gilded ceilings and auspicious Chinese proverbs on shiny, black lacquered walls. In short, my expectations were high, and they inched even higher the first time I walked into the polished, modern space in this restaurant in Plaza 33. Noble Mansion is chic, but not snooty. Upscale, but comfy.

Noble Mansion is more than funky fare and presentation. Light, distinct, memorable flavors shine through much of the menu that merits attention: the artfully prepared roasted duck served with plum sauce & crispy glutinous rice explode in fits and bursts on the tongue, while the steamed fresh water prawns is equally noteworthy. Gorgeous. Their signature hokkien mee is a foodie’s wet dream.

Add the ambience to this a standard of food, which matches the best in the city, and you now know what the next generation of classic Chinese restaurants will look like. It says, in short, that we’ve arrived. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 31, 2014

Restoran Lee, Melaka…Obscenely Expensive

If you are feeling indulgent and just want to splurge (and sometimes, you’re on an unlimited expense account) or just want to dream about the places you’d eat if you won the lottery, Restoran Lee aka “Fei Li”(Fat Lee) is a great place to start. When budget is of no concern — and tolerance for rudeness and low ethics is high — then, only then, consider going to Restoran Lee. Let’s set the scene…

…….First turn off was that they told us the wait time for our food is an hour. But what they didn’t tell us was that they were still waiting for delivery of their crab supply for the night. The 4 customers on the table next to mine left at 7.30pm without having their crab after sitting there since 5.30pm…..

….Second turn off is the mediocre food. The rest of the food was “meh.”  The claypot tofu, lettuce, drunken prawns and sweet sour pork were nothing special really……

…..Third turn off was the unethical standards. You think that if they ran out of thick noodles for hokkien mee, they’ll inform you. HELL NO! They cook the hokkien mee with thin noodles (ee-mee) and expect you to eat it…..

…..Fourth turn off was the crabby/cranky wait staff and lady boss.  Seriously, did you realize you are in the service industry? After waiting for 1.5 hours, they served us black pepper crab and when told we ordered Carnation Crab (aka Milk crab), we waited for another 20 minutes and were served salted egg crab, which we rejected. The Carnation crab – when it finally landed – is not bad BUT not worth the RM250 price tag……

This place sucks… It REALLY sucks… I mean REALLY REALLY REALLY sucks. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 8, 2011

Restoran Ahwa, PJ, Malaysia…sumptuous no nonsense hokkien mee

The Hokkien Mee (noodles coated in thick dark soya sauce, topped with fried lard) is served with a generous helping of prawns and pork. The texture and taste of the noodles – the balance of saltiness and sweetness – is just right. The bright red sambal aka chilli sauce that accompanies the fragrant, piping hot noodles is a must-have.

There are other good eats at Resoran Ahwa: The lala were juicy and spicy and the loh bak was pretty satisfactory.

Definitely a most satisfying meal. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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