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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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February 21, 2015

Restoran Famous Seremban Favourites, Petaling Jaya…..drool-inducing char siu

To many Chinese, the mere mention of char siu (BBQ pork) would conjure up a mental picture of juicy, tender, savory, fatty BBQ pork belly dripping in a savory, sticky, and uber delicious sauce, sliced into thin pieces and served with steaming white rice. Here in Restoran Famous Seremban Favourites the drool-inducing half lean and half fat meat (pun fei sao) caramelised meat is slightly charred around the edges. In the mouth, the square chunk of fat releases bursts of flavour with every bite. I have been liberated!

The awesome hakka noodles comes with a bit of shredded pork and it goes hand-in-hand with the Char Siu. The noodles was good; being springy and coated with just the right amount of sauces; most evidently the drizzle of lard oil coating/lubricating the strands. The toppings of minced and savoury pork was the crowning glory.

For the uninitiated, this restaurant is not located in Seremban. As its name suggests, this restaurant specializes in hawker foods that are popular in Seremban but this restaurant is located in PJ. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 17, 2014

myBurgerLab, Petaling Jaya….it’s OMG delicious

This place is actually…amazing. I was sceptical and I should mention rather carnivorous and I loved it! For a little place, it does get busy and yes, definitely worth a try !!

If a good burger is a thing of beauty, then the Swisstake burger I had was a gorgeous masterpiece which is quintessentially BK Swiss Mushroom burger on steroids. It’s a soft charcoal bun (which makes it a Black Burger) plus the beef, swiss cheese, the star of the show…shiitake & enoki mushrooms and their secret weapon…Sauce X. However, it really tasted like a hamburger. You get the delicious and satisfying taste of a burger, without those feelings of heaviness and greasiness afterwards – the hallmark of actual quality.

myBurgerLab is a standout and a standard-setter. They probably serve one of my top 5 burgers ever! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 15, 2014

New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice, Petaling Jaya…smorgasbord of disappointing dishes

Since arriving in PJ from Ipoh in 1977, New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice has expanded to four shop lots with tables on both levels. They are well known for their famous Ipoh nga choy kai (bean sprouts and chicken).

Although it tasted okay, it didn’t taste like how it should and what it used to taste. The texture of the chicken was below par, and the rice that makes this restaurant’s chicken rice its distinction……… wasn’t the flavourful and fragrantful rice I used to love. For all you true chicken rice lovers out there…you know you’re having incredible chicken rice, when your chicken falls off the bone. The chicken at this place was rubbery and too chewy. Excuse me, but you don’t steam chicken, throw it on some unknown mixed rice (with no chicken flavor), and call it  Chicken Rice. The bean sprouts and pork ball soup were a smorgasbord of disappointing dishes that should only please the hungriest of student gangs with nothing better to do than starve for days and then feast on local nosh.

The flavours in the food weren’t screaming delicioso… won’t be coming back. Lesson learned. This is the true truthas I am still saying it as it is…

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August 11, 2013

Restoran Sunrise, Petaling Jaya…decent eatery that used to be better

This is an old school, hole-in-the wall roast duck joint.  The menu is very limited and revolves mainly around roasted duck, steamed rice, vegetables and soup. Overall Restoran Sunrise is a good spot for your coronary clogging carnivore cravings.  To each his own….

Walking into this humid shop, you hear the distinct sound of the cleaver slicing through the ducks with accurate precision. The roast duck here is tender and juicy with nice crispy skin.  I didn’t really care for the light dipping sauce it came with, but in all honesty, the duck didn’t really need it…it tastes quite good on its own.

Restoran Sunrise is a decent eatery that used to be better. I might return , but I do not think I’m going to be running back. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 9, 2011

Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia…good quality and flavoursome piggy heaven

 Bak kut teh is basically pork ribs cooked in a herbal broth.

Operating in a corner unit house, the place is brightly lit, spacious and clean. Please note that illegal parking is available right in front of the shop, or if you are chicken, you can always park on the main road. Service is prompt and pleasant. The food here is served in old school style – bowls. No claypots. The ribs are meaty enough and the meat were tender and succulent and the broth was wonderfully aromatic and fragrant. The spare parts (intestines and stomach) and pork belly cubes are oh! so good.

If you are a Bak Kut Teh connoisseur, I am absolutely certain, you will agree that Heng Kee serves damn good quality and flavoursome bak kut teh. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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…

January 2, 2011

Restaurant Bubba Gump, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia…ok place that is worth visiting at least once

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is a chain restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. Who can forget Forrest’s Army buddy “Bubba” rattling off a seemingly endless list of shrimp dishes? It’s a fun place to eat. Lots of movie memorabilia. From where I was sitting, I could see a television set playing the film Forrest Gump, although I couldn’t hear the sound.

Also on each table is a set of two metal signs that you can change – one reads “RUN FORREST RUN,” while the other reads “STOP FORREST STOP.” In the movie Forrest needed those signs to know when to run and when to stop while playing American football. At the restaurant, you may change the sign to let the server know if you need something (they will “stop” to help you). This is a pretty cute idea and we did use it once to get our orders taken.

The food is decent. As their name suggest, their specialty is shrimp, served in many different ways. The hush pups were pretty interesting. It’s shrimp and fish with sweet corn deep fried and served with a dipping sauce. We also had shrimpin’ dippin broth, of course we have scampi.

The service at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company was pretty good; it wasn’t so outstanding that we were amazed, but it was prompt, competent and friendly, which is all we were looking for.

We enjoyed our meal as a family. It’s an ok place that is worth visiting at least once… just to say you’ve been. This is the true truth, as I say it as it is…

July 31, 2010

Raju Restaurant, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia…roti prata from heaven

I can never get enough of the prata/canai here and still hold it nostalgically on my tastebuds. Fact remains that they are doing something right. There’s hardly a day when their tree-sheltered tables aren’t full.

They serve the traditional banana leaf rice, roti canai and roti telur. The roti canai is this restaurant’s trump card with diners making a beeline for the delicious soft, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the out, flat breads. And they are not oily. If you eat roti, try their plain ‘ikan curry’, ayam goreng (deep fried chicken) and squids. There are all cooked a’la minute. They offer a pick and choose station of your favorite meats and fish. All pre marinated and placed in a tray. The seafood selection is good and includes pomfrets, mackerels, flower crabs, squids et al; the meat selection features chicken, its myriad parts (including gizzards) and lamb chops – and have the cook fry them up in his cauldron of hot bubbling oil.

Raju’s as it’s commanly known to the locals, is an ‘above the average’ price for Indian cuisine in Petaling Jaya. They have a sign up to justify their prices (see pix below). This is the true truth and I say it as it is.

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