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Usually when I am back Penang, a week before I will bug my friend to bring me nice places to eat or their latest discover, (sounds like I am a foreigner or outstation guest). Restaurant Hock Chuan Heong is one of the place that they usually will pop by for lunch is this traditional Hokkien dishes in Macallum Street here.(I used to stay here for 7 years, didnt know such shop existed.)

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For those who are not familiar around the area, it would be tricky to locate it as its hidden behind a row of shop house that Pos Office Malaysia would be the landmark.

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This place its famous for its authentic Hokkien dishes especially on their Oyster series. Its super pack during lunch time and it is advisable to do early lunch.

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All the dish serve up pretty fast and this is what happen when you have 2 girls very hungry and cant wait for me to complete taking the picture first by snapping some of it first.. ūüėÄ

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One of the dishes that must have is their classic Fried Oyster (Oh chien) . In most of the version that we have is either crispy or starchy and back to traditional its starchy. Fried to aromatic and dipping with their special chili sauce that makes it taste even better.

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I cannot remember when is the last time I had this dish, that it was too long ago, that it used to be one of my grandma’s¬†favorite¬†dish. Found back the authenticity place for it, Oh Mee (Oyster Noodle) comes with generous ingredients and the gravy is slightly mild and find that noodle is over cook that make it too soft. Overall its not bad that many old people will sure love this taste.

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This is Tau Kua Suan Na dish is fried and cooked with lots of leeks, added with little 5 spices powder to bring up the taste a little more. Gravy is nice and pour it onto rice, is good~

If you are looking for some authentic food then this is one of the place to hunt for. One of the set back of this location is limitation of Parking and best to park around Post Office area and walk towards behind it, or residential around that area.

Remark: The owner is a quite lansi (arrogant) 

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-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , nicee, ! -Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Hock Chuan Heong
(Gat Lebuh Cecil)
344-G-5 Pengkalan Weld
10300 Penang

Tel : 04 2611004  (don’t expect a reply as they discourage phone-reservations)

Business Hours : 12pm ‚Äď 6.00pm

Closed on Sunday

GPS Coordinates : N05 40549   E100 33124

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I just discover back a folder that I have been looking back last time. It was a job I am assisting my friend for a food photoshoot in this restaurant for her magazine write up. It was a great exposure and experience for that time given by Ee Lune my ex colleague.

I am sure some of you have read the write up for Ozeki Italia (click here) which is a new division from this company with a cross mixture of authentic food with Italian. As we head back to the main branch that had been operate in the heart of Kuala Lumpur which is Ozeki Toyko Cuisine located next to KLCC or the building next to Poppy Club (used to be).

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Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine offer authentic Japanese food dining experience which is not so much localise. Filling your plate with fresh sashimi and chef special of the day is something that you would usually hunt for. I love something which is unique or not in the menu.

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a huge spacious place that can easily filled up 80 – 100 pax of customer at one go and this restaurant have their loyal customer base which is most of them are Japanese.

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Soft music playing at the background, great service from the floor crew, recycle sakae bottle used to decorate as wall partitions, providing a simple dining experience.

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All these kitchen crew are all train by  Executive Chef Hitoshi Kimijima . ..

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and I get to see Executive Chef  Hitoshi Kimijima with his superb knife skills on slicing all the sashimi. I often get to watch this on Japanese drama but never live and up close.

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Salmon sashimi. .

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Edamame boil in hot water that make it soft and warm. I used to dislike this dish and friend thought me how to enjoy it ..

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Then we were pamper with sake. I love this bottle of sake that is serve on chill, simple and easy to drink and pairs well with sashimi. Fragrant on the after taste. If you do come here and dine, try to order this bottle. – Recommended~ (apologize for not knowing the name of this sake)

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another one is with plum and lemon flavor. Simply refreshing and drink with care.

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Mango unagi salad. . . . something new to me as the dressing pairs well with unagi and mango, mango is fresh and unagi been grill to perfection.

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Presentation of Sashimi boat is simple and place on top of a ice bed to ensure the freshness.. Needless to say, it had been a while since I come near to good sashimi and no wonder this outlet is still standing strong after 10 years.

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One word to say, it taste awesome!

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Next is this beef cubes being place on top of the hot grilling pan and let it grill slowly. Juicy and moist  as it is and the fats of beef make grilling and oozing out along make the taste even more aromatic.

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something light to dance on our palate that seve in a unique way with a huge cube of wooden plank at the bottom with fire cooking along on this huge shell of scallop is something light and tasty. Huge scallop meat is fresh, chewy when biting.

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Volcano roll . ..

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One of the best volcano roll that I can find in KL, with fresh ingredient and drench with burning cheeze along its the most perfect dish and taste I have discover so far. Would not want to describe this and would love you to go try for yourself. – highly recommended!

If you are looking for authentic Japanese restaurant to dine, this is one of a restaurant would fall into my recommended dining area and of course there are other good Japanese dining as well, but this outlet is not to be miss.

Location:
Ozeki Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
Menara TA One, Ground Floor,
No. 22, Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2166 4263

Opening times: Open daily, 12noon-2:30pm, 6:30-11pm

GPS: 3.156724, 101.709795


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To locate an excellent Mexican restaurant locally is hard to find. Yet now I believe I have found one with love that had recently open its door to public that litte did I know, that this area had been renovated and house two restaurant. Fresca Mexican Restaurant & Bar is one of the latest addition to The Gardens Mall with contemporary setting that install I fell in love with the lovely homey ambiance

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Fresca means ‚Äúfresh‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcool‚ÄĚ in Spanish, the official language of Mexico. All their food are being serve with finest ingredients that are mostly imported to ensure that the authentic food quality is there.

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As upon arrival the waiter and watires warmly greet you as they quickly arrange our seating place for us by handling us menu after that.. Lots of questions being asked as many alien item dish name and they promote it well, along with what is good to try out for first time diners. We are impress.

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Love the ambiance in here as the setting is quite homey to me with mix of salvage planks and wooden comfort furniture being well arrange and pair along.

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here are a lot of expats who loves to chill out after office hour hitting the bar for a couple of mug and certainly another great place to hang out for a drink

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Price wise are very reasonable.

As for the night before the meals, I must say that we are lucky to be pampered with many of their signature cocktail that certainly match up to the ones I had internationally

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1)¬†Lychee Margaritas Libation @ RM26 –¬†Gin, fresh lime, muddled lychee & lemongrass

2) Tiramisu e Giu  @ RM26 РWhisky, kahlua, hazelnut, milk, choco sprinkle

3)¬†Kiwi Lychee Siesta @ RM26 –¬†Vodka, lychee liqueur, muddled kiwi and lychee

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1) Classic Margarita @ RM23

2)¬†Sangria @ RM23 –¬†overnight marinated fruits, cognac and¬†Cointreau

3) Mango Margarita @ RM26

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1) Blue Mountain @ RM23

2) Jalapeno Margaritas On Rocks  (front) @ RM23

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(Behind) – Electric Blue Magarita @RM23

(Front) – Blue Mountain @ RM23 –¬†Blue Margarita with Tequila Reserva 1800 Anejo (100% agave, aged for over a year)

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1) Alejando @ RM23

2) Midnight flight to Mexico @ RM26 –¬†Ameretto, Fresh Lime, and Cinnamon

 

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After some alcohol, we were serve with hot bowl of some, taste is pretty unique that is quite mild in taste yet sourish at the end.¬†Sopa de Fideo ¬†@ RM15 –¬†A simple chicken soup with¬†angel hair¬†noodles – Recommended!

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Guacamole with chips @ RM20. Start off with a simple starter that just brighten our day up. It look simple as we got it from the supermarket shelf but te main ingredient is The mashed up avocado is intensely creamy and thick that make it kick!

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Nachos Grande @ RM27 –¬†Tortilla chips topped with¬†re-fried¬†beans,¬†Monterrey¬†Jack cheese, ground beef, Jalapeno Chiles, guacamole and sour cream. Comes on a large plate for sharing.

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I just love the taste of it and cant stop munching and this is the first time I finish all the Jalapeno as usually it put it away

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Another unique starter that I come across is this Jalapeno Poppers @ RM16

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YAp Correct, it is being deep friend along with the outer layer is Jalapenos and such spicy sourish taste pair perfectly with its sweet and fragrant Mango chipotle salsa just a match in heaven.

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Yap, not only that, see how cheezy it is. . ūüėÄ

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Tacos Ensenada @ RM20 –¬†Flour tortillas with beer battered fish and homemade coleslaw.

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Camarones al Ajilo ¬†@ RM24 –¬†Tiger prawns sauteed with fragrant Guajillo Chiles and garlic. Served with two pieces of flour tortillas.

The prawn is juicy and sucullnet as it was just so instant that the dish was put onto the table and without being picture the first prawn was rape by Eunice. ūüėÄ

Temptation is just there with aroma and texture of it. Wrap It with pita bread and trying to dig a bit of the sauce to spread on the bread is just a perfect one.

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Costilla Asada @ RM43 –¬†Succulent¬†short ribs¬†in a homemade barbecue sauce, slow braised for 3 hours for an off-the-bone tenderness. Served with¬†creamy¬†mash potatoes and sauteed vegetables.

I have never tried ribs in Mexican style as by presentation itself it had won our heart over. Extra marks for It as it smells so good that I have to swallow my saliva. Cutting of it was easy as it was so soft just by using fork able to cut it thru. Well marinated till the whole meat is flavourful and grill to perfection that did not make the edge burn yet its juicy – highly recommended!

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To those who prefer something light in taste then Pescado Mojo de Ajo  is one of the dish that you can hunt for. Fish lightly pan-fried in a fragrant butter sauce, topped with chunk pieces of roasted garlic. Served with Mexican white rice and mixed salad. RM42

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Fajitas Mixed (Chicken and Beef)  @ RM41 -Sizzling plate of chicken & beef tenderloin, bell peppers, onions. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and chipotle cream sauce

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Carne Asada a la Tampiquena ¬†@ RM54 –¬†Grilled tenderloin the Mexican way, with onions, Mexican red rice, enchiladas verdes and refried beans.

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Apple Enchiladas –¬†Baked flour tortillas filled with apples, served with homemade nougat ice cream.

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This is one of the best Mini Churros that I have come across so far that deep fried to perfection love that the Mexican donuts rolled in sugar and cinnamon, served with chocolate sauce. @ RM13 REcommended!

I am happy that I have discover a place that serve Mexican food very delicious that most of the food order are beyond words, cocktail serve with alcohol level are just perfect for me as according to the bar tender you can order slightly stronger and love the ambiance. I would surely be returning again and a recommended restaurant by me if you are looking for nice Mexican food and a perfect place to hang out with nice food.

Location:
Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Lot G-242A, Ground Floor,
The Gardens, Midvalley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS : N03 07.053 E101 40.659
Business Hours:  11am to 11pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun)
11am to Late (Fri ‚Äď Sat)
Tel :             03-2201 2893

In Malaysia, we have many types of Kopitiam, ranging from Hainanese, our traditional weekend joint nearby a market or at your favourite shop most of the time. I come across to most kopitiam have their own style of cooking especially those more to homecook style. Surisit The Thai Kopitiam is the latest joint that offer thai authentic cuisine that start to operate in this industry that hidden right in the heart of Taman Tun Dr.Ismail which is hidden right behind CIMB back area. .

You can find alot of Thai authentic food out there, with one good thing about this place is that you cant find many Thai Food that serve PORK and this is one I come across that makes us keen on it.

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The kopitiam is easily spotted as its the only kopitiam that operate with pale orange colour lighting and wooden plants and wooden chairs right outside the shop.

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Thai Bottle Drinks especially with fanta. . . .

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If you travel to Thai, a few types of chili will be placed on the table to suits you or to spice you up.

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Soya CinCau @ RM 7.90

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Start off our first dish with Pucuk Paku Yam Pla or kerabu pucuk paku @ RM14.90/15.90. I find this dish is very appetizing or maybe I love sour taste to start off with, not only that, this dish is served cold and once start eating eat, I cant stop as it taste sour, little spicy and hint of coconut. РRecommended~

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Next dish that is served that steal our hearts away instantly is this very fragrant Mun Thod Gapi @ RM16.90/24.90 or crispy fried pork served with their own home made chili. It was good, with its crispy skin, and the texture of pork is soft and evenly seperated out with some slices are filled with fats that some of my friends like it, and I love mine with just some fats. This plate was gone instantly. .  Recommended~ 

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Kheng Som Pla @ RM32.90 known as  sour orange curry fish with vegetables. Its another dish that not to be miss when dine in a Thai restaurant or usually you would either order this or the fried fish. For soupy fans, you might enjoy this too as the fish is fried first instead of steam then bath with the soup. The crust of it is crispy, then eat along with the sour spicy soup. The soup is pretty additive to me tho . .

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Pla Neung Prik Ma-Nao @ RM32.90 is another dish that must look out as the fish is deep fried then sprinkle with fine chili, lime, garlic and spring onion on top of it make it a bit challenging to eat as I cant really take spicy. This fish was evenly distributed with some people like to eat the fins, heads as it is very cripsy and fragrant yet best part of all, the fish is fresh as the meat is soft also must eat along with gravy on top.

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Thai style fried egg omelette or Cha Om @ RM9.90

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Kao Klut Gapi @ RM14.90/18.90 or belacan fried rice that serve along with sweetened pork

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Then you just  mix everything in the plate  . . .. The combination of all flavours makes it extra kick, with cili padi, yet you get to taste sour lime as I squeeze both lime on top and young mango, then sweetened pork gravy.

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We always would prefer go traditional as original tomyam is in clear soup just that malaysians had made it to fiery red style tom yam and we still stick to trandtional ones, comes this Tomyam Ka Moo @ RM25.90. The soup is good as it was cook along with pork and was very sourish just that it was not spicy as we expected, then after that we ask the person, they said this is the standard taste and we can request it to be spicier which we would next round~

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Torb Tim Krob @ RM5.90 

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So far,  Mango Pulut (Glutinous Rice with Mango) is offer in many Thai restaurant, this is quite good as the mango is very fresh, soft sweet and juicy, then eat along with soft sticky rice which top with coconut milk that makes it frangrant to eat along with the sweet mango @ RM8.90

Definitely this will be our another Thai restaurant to be in our hit list and we will definately will come back for more, as the chef actually allow us to order things off from the menu or just tell him a budget and he will prepare good authentic thai food for us. Just that need to book 3 days in advance. If you are looking for good thai food, this is one to hunt for. .  Recommended~

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Location:
Surisit Thai Kopitiam
17 , Lorong Rahim Kajai 13,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603-7710 0173
Opening Hours: Daily (8:00 am ‚Äď 10:30 pm)
GPS Coordinates: 3.154487,101.622418


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I have never tried out authentic Sarawak Food except Sarawak Laksa, not sure those places that sells it, its origin flavor or not as for now, Paya Serai at PJ Hilton had bring Chef Jamilah who flown all the way from Hilton Kuching to brings us the authentic taste from Sarawak.

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Even the decoration do have the tradition of Sarawak . ..

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Variety of authentic food is been served and some you must not miss.

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Sarakwak Laksa is not to be miss. . . .

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When I reach to this stall, I am amazed to see so many of the ingredient being added into one, and the chef asked me do you want normal spicy or spicy spicy? I asked: is it very spicy? Yess..Indeed it is.. So I go for normal Spicy.

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Super spicy Umai Udang, taste good with the mixture of all the ingredient and normal spicy really makes me speechless and those of you who really love spicy stuff.. this is something you must try.

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Udang Galah Rebus Berserai / Lemongrass Prawns

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Pansoh Manok / Chicken in Bamboo

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Steamed Red Bario Rice is really good to go along with their rendang.

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Pansoh Nasi Ayam / Chicken Rice in Bamboo

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Daging Masak Lada Hitam Sarawak / Sarawak Black Pepper Beef

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I find that Sarawak Laksa is really good, a bit more ‚Äėlemak‚Äô and using bee hoon and don add on ‚ÄėHeh Ko‚Äô in it.

The buffet spread is available for lunch at RM68++ for adult and RM45++ for child (below 12 years old) and dinner RM75++ and RM45++ for child (below 12 years old). Paya Serai opens from 12 noon till 3pm for lunch and 7pm till 10.30pm for dinner.

Learn about the unique Sarawak cuisine and culture at the courtesy of Jabatan Warisan Negara, Rumah Sarawak and Balai Seni Lukis Negara, For reservations, please call 03-7955 9122 extn 4060.

PJ Hilton’s F&B Blog : www.zestpj.com

PJ Hilton Website : www.petaling-jaya.hilton.com

Let me tell you, it is crazy to see the crowd to be outside a shop even before its opening hours. This is the first time I saw it happen when the restaurant open for business, already seated with around 8 tables in it. At this restaurant Din Dai Fung, that served Taiwanese Food which is one of a famous Franchise that know for its quality and authentic food being served.

With their overwhelming response from locals since their opening a few years ago, now they have done a little facelift to the restaurant and re-open its door to public again with some unique range of Xiau Long Bao to be introduced.

Japanese cucumber @ RM3.80, pickled with garlic, red chilli, chilli oil and sesame oil which is crispy in texture and mild in taste, definately a good appetizer to start along with.

¬†House Special Appetizer (Xiao Cai) @ RM3.80 –¬†spicy vermicelli noodles mixed with seaweed, bean sprout, dry beancurd, sesame oil and chilli oil

Introducing new to the family, Golden Pumpkin with Salted Egg @ RM3.80, being fried crispy on the outside layer, coated with salted egg on the edge and skin makes it perfect dish to go along with rice.

Shanghainese Drunken Chicken @ RM12.80 a newly modified with add on flavours which now use 2 wine to marinate on it for more than 2 days using Kampung chicken. It is served cold and it is really appetizing, and the chicken meat is a bit chewy yet soak with aromatic wine taste. РRecommended

My favourite of the day for appetizer is Stewed Beancurd with Honey Sauce (Kaofu) @ RM7.00. High quality bean curd being imported from Shanghai and made of high protein wheatflour. The process of making this surely a complicated process but the flavour of it is excellent. First bite of the beancurd taste like bread soak in water but the more I chew the more I like it. A bit sweet, salty yet its deep fried you definately don feel it!

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