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Those of you who love steamboat surely will know this famous Famous Fish Head Steamboat, Zi Wei Yuen Restaurant (紫薇園魚頭火炭爐) at mainland Raja Uda, Penang or a very glory well known brand in the island itself is Goh Huat Seng in Kimberly Street. Eam Huat Teo Chew Fish Charcoal Steamboat is one of a addition in my list that you should not miss.

For this place, it is a recent discovery when I am back for Chinese New Year, my friend introduce me his uncle that also operate a charcoal steamboat in Penang island for the past 9 months that had create his own regular clientele is this Eam Huat Teo Chew Fish Charcoal Steamboat that located infront of Central Park Condo at Jelutong Market here. Since he said its so good that I must die die also come, then I arrange all my best buddy with 10 of us to come attack on it.

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The location is not so hard to find as you just need to locate this corner shop kopitiam that house with many other hawker stalls in this Kedai Makanan & Minuman Labu opposite the Jelutong Market.

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If you have not decide to dine in here, the menu and pricing are all smack on its stall itself.

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When we flip thru the menu, we are quite surprise to see the pricing of this steamboat, its quite cheap and definately generous in ingredient. If you do not know what to order, go for their set.

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Since there are 10 of us, we go for their biggest set which is the RM200 and add on some ala carte just incase not enough.

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The pot that they are using, is very classic with golden pot that uses charcoal to heat up the soup. Anything with charcoal, I am surely up for it as the taste is always better.

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Here are all the dish being ordered, one of their signature item is Homemade meatballs and Fook Chau homemade fish ball are very delicious and chewy

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All hungry people already asking me to quickly snap on the pic.

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This is the basic ingredient that given to us for a start as we have yet to add on any of the side dish we ordered yet. For a basic pot of soup, it comes with seaweed, deep fried bean curb, fish meat…and others. This Teo Chew steamboat is definitely different from the famous mainland as its not milky soup base, and the soup is very sweet by itself with fish meat and yam, we cannot imagine the amount of ingredients being used and hours to cook in it. All the seafood ingredient that being serve are fresh and good as the owner believe in serving fresh ingredient to his customer.

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This is what happen when the pot got put down and with hungry people like them, the pot was clear within seconds, and we go on for 4 rounds. At the end of the night, every one is stuff and we could not even finish some of the ingredient.

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At the end of the night, here is the cheeky boss that my friend keep pranking of him to get discount. As a result, we did not get any discount and our bill came about RM 250 with each person paying RM25 which is CHEAP for a steamboat quality like that.

Its good news for all of us that now we need not drive all the way to Raja Uda for a good steamboat, yet some of my friend prefer the famous Raja Uda steamboat, the difference is soup base quality. For me, I personally prefer this with less MSG detected as I do not drink as much water as I do compare to the other one. Certainly this falls into one of my recommended steamboat if you are craving for one, it wins because of pricing and quality.

There is no reservation allow as based on walk in only. Do note that their dinner time is pack with people and advise to go early. 

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 9/10 ,Good… Loving it~ Recommended! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Medan Penaga, Jelutong, Penang
(Right Opposite of Central Park Condo)
N5 23.366 E100 18.471

Operating Hours: 6pm-10pm


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Chinese New Year mostly after family reunion there is not much things to do besides hangout out with friends for drink or head to cinema to watch movie and always there are CNY movie to watch as this year there are a few, as I heard local movie is out, left both HOng Kong movie that got good feed back.

Genre: Comedy

Hotel Deluxe is about a 5 star resort being run by a few incompetent staff. As the management knew the problem, they hired a new Hotel Manager to restructure the whole team. As rumous also spread that a mysterious hotel detective will arrive soon to check on the hotel conditions to ensure it match its 5 star rating. Then the new hotel manager got in 2 famous actress to do filming in the hotel to boost up the image of it.  Then a good friend of Ronald Cheng came back from travelling and she needs help by getting a fake husband to  inherit  her father huge assets.

Its a great movie and filled with laughter. If you are really bored and compare to so many Chinese New Year movie, this is the most highly recommended by me to watch first. . .

– Tik Ching, Pass, Stamped –

Overall ratings 8/10, compare to the rest this is the best. .  . . recommended

– The movie rated by me is by my own personal preference. Watch it at your own risk –

 

Genre: Family/ Comedy

A movie about Hong Kong in the 70’s are bustling with opportunities. Running a restaurant with moutain high debt, that wanted to suicide himself till a fairy came down and talk to him. Talking back in those days what happen to the fairy had made him look thru alot of things after that as the fairy show him what would happen to him if he wasnt around. Then he realise that he should cherish all the things he have as he are left with great friends and family.

Another great movie about friendship and family value.

This round both Hong Kong movie are so much better with good story line compare to last year and few years back. Another great movie to watch.

Hotel Deluxe is about a 5 star resort being run by a few incompetent staff. As the management knew the problem, they hired a new Hotel Manager to restructure the whole team. As rumous also spread that a mysterious hotel detective will arrive soon to check on the hotel conditions to ensure it match its 5 star rating. Then the new hotel manager got in 2 famous actress to do filming in the hotel to boost up the image of it.  Then a good friend of Ronald Cheng came back from travelling and she needs help by getting a fake husband to  inherit  her father huge assets.

Its a great movie and filled with laughter. If you are really bored and compare to so many Chinese New Year movie, this is the most highly recommended by me to watch first. . .

– Tik Ching, Pass, Stamped –

Overall ratings 7.5/10, compare to the rest this is the best. .  . . recommended

– The movie rated by me is by my own personal preference. Watch it at your own risk –

Famous Night Market is one of the main attractions for people who are bargain hunters and street food lover. Country like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand are pretty well known for their signature area. Well, in Kuala Lumpur we do have one of a signature that many locals that know about it. Famous Taman Connaught Night Market.

Pasar Malam Taman Connaught or Night Market in Cheras is already created its signature by being longest night market in KL. This had been a hit since long time ago, even when I studied in KL 12 years ago. For tourist, this is definately one of a place for you to visit and walk around besides China Town if you come at the right time, which is only on every Wednesday night.

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Night market is always a variety of mixture from fashion, handcraft and food especially. Since its near Chinese New YEar, this place will be like a warzone and its super pack with people.

For this blog post will be pretty much filled with lots of pictures to give you glimpse of what’s offering in this market.

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Lets take a stroll, whereby you usually would spend easily an hour here and if you walk,shop and eat will easily cost you about 2 hours.

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Cheap hair accesories

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Trendy bag for you to bargain. .

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Original DVD that is slightly cheaper than shop operator. .

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Sunglasses that is not original . .

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Doggie food and snacks. . . that is kinda cheap, I bought a few packs for my dog.

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Creative handcraft greeting cards. . .

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Books . .

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And of course food is a must, that’s most of my content is ..

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Local Snacks with Yam Cake

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Hong Kong Famous curry fish ball but had localise, taste is not that spicy, tomyam flavour available and of course fish ball texture is different.

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Other fried fast food snacks from mixture of fresh and frozen food.  . .

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In Penang this is know as Leng lui Tong sui, that is also in this pasar malam.

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Its a local dessert where you can have all the mixture of ingredient with different soup base or selection of your choice. If you do not know what to have you can pick from their picture menu.

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Seaweed Jelly Honey is a thirst quencher or I rate it like Taiwan Ai yi Ping. . Similiar.

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Our very first version of Bubble Milk tea before Taiwan milk tea hit our shores. Used to be power base and of course its still very popular among bubble milk tea lovers.

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Local drink with ‘Mata Kuching’ that known as a element to cool down your heaty body.

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This is something new to me. Passion Fruit Drink consist with fresh passion fruit and sour jelly.

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I love this so much that I ended up having 2 cups. Its not cheap tho, is RM4 per glass if I am not mistaken.

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Those of you who went to Thailand I am sure you would not have miss this kind of drink.

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Fresh young coconut juice and signature of this stall is coconut jelly with slices of coconut being frozen in it. Love the taste as there is strong taste of coconut juice showing its made from fresh.

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Taiwanese Pizza. .

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Japanese Snacks as I always prefer the wasabi version. This is a cold platter.

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Local famous XL fried Chicken, Uncle Bob.

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Other fried item also available, from sausages, hash brown and  .. . .

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Takoyaki, as some stalls are pretty nice, and this stall that I bought so so only.

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Our very local mobile steamboat car or what we call it, Lok Lok.

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 as KL version comes with a bbq grill pit that you can choose some for them to grill and add on spiciness if you want. . .

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Taiwanese Sasuage. . .

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This special burger is pretty fattening if you stand there and see them cook . .

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I don really like it but it seems like a big hit in the night market

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HOng Kong hand made candy . .

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This is one of a stall that operate by family and brisk business. Decided to give it a try, its a local type of Okoyaki . .

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Taste is pretty decent only . .

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For local snacks, Steam Nasi Lemak and of course you need to have the special spice chicken along, not the best but still okayla. .

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Fried ‘Cempedak’ known as smaller version of Jack Fruit.

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This cempedak is very fresh, juicy and sweet. . .

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And its one hell of a expensive cempedak. 3 for Rm4 if I am not mistaken.

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local dessert tarts. . .

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Otak Otak . .

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Not so nice ..

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SOmething that similiar to Taiwan thatI have eaten is the duck parts.

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Local Chinese Pancake ..

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There are 2 version with the picture above is thick . . .

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The thinnest is know as Apam, and in the tray is the crispy version of Chinese Pancake.

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Among so many stalls I walk around, this is the stall that super pack with customers.

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Its a homemade cake that is RM6-RM8 per piece and so many of them buy at least 3-5 different flavour. Decided to join the crowd and gotten Cheeze cake which is their signature. Not bad for RM6

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An old uncle sell this, and decidied to buy from him.

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Love this stall as its used to be in front of Tesco on the Thai food fair and its one of the best street Thai food available. Price slightly cheaper that what I usually have or in Mall food court. Located at the end the road – the other end from McD

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another stall that sell Spicy Noodle. .

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Not so spicy and add the chili oil, its too oily and not spicy also . .

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Another signature stall of the night market is Stinky taufu. .

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Deep fried to perfection, stink enough that every one say its like toilet never wash for 4 days or drain got clock with stinky stuff. Well, not as bad as it is and its  love hate relationship. Still find Hong Kong & Taiwan taste so  much nicer although its much different.

Nowdays to eat snacks in Night Market is no longer cheap as I remember 10 years ago, RM20 enough to eat the whole street and for this round, after 10 years on my last visit, I spend about RM70 for the street snack. This is how much different compare to last time and of course choices of offering had change 50%. One of the best night market in KL.

Food snacks in here rangers from RM3-RM15, drinks from RM0.80 to RM10 and fashion shopping from RM1 – RM100 (depends on your bargaining skills)

Parking at the area will be horrible .. .

Its a great place to hunt for especially travelers, by Taxi it will cost about RM15-RM25 outright from KL, Bukit Bintang or by train , Star LRT to Tasik Selatan station then taxi..

Another of my favourite Pasar Malam is Pasar Malam OUG.

Locations:
Pasar Malam Taman Connaught,
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
56000 Wilayah Persekutuan
(Opens on Wednesday nights weekly from 6pm till late)
– Look for USCI college or McD drive Thru)

When comes to Chinese New Year, what is there extra? One thing of course there would be extra ang pau’s as we only take once a year. If its not enough then head down to Extra Super Tanker at Damansara Kim for extra umph on their food.

I can only say that I discover this restaurant very recently with influence of Pureglutton and Ken. They are so frequent that often saying how good that this restaurant is and its a must come, till last year I follow them for a special menu ordering that end up paying RM135 each per pax. I must say its one of a unique meal and very satisfying, that worth every penny of it.

Till then, we are back again to kick on their Chinese New Year Menu.

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This restaurant is actually no stranger to many business or corporate company and families. Most of them are regular here.

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Yee Sang with White Bait 

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Fried to crips and the ingredients use are very fresh. Compare to a few yee sang that I had, its pretty colourful but not this because none of the shredded vegetables was dyed. Toss and toss higher for good health and prosperity. White bait are fried to crispy that I just keep picking it up to munch without added in.

RM68 Half & RM88 for  Full Portion.

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Many of my divers friend are against on eating Shark Fins and it had begin to take effect on some restaurant that comes out with options. This is definately a clever creation is Mandarin’s Birds Nest with Fresh Crabmeat Soup as a alternative choice. The soup is thick like sharkfin, and fresh crab meat that is prepare daily that enhance the soup taste with bird nest make it taste like shark fin. – Recommended~

RM48 per individual portion

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Iceland Turbot in 2 Styles @ RM12.80/100g and the average size of the fish ranges from 1 to 1.3kg.

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Turbot fish is a rare fish to have in restaurant. Those of you have not tried would want to give it a try. Flown all the way from Iceland that makes the fish meat texture different. Prepare in 2 styles that the fish meat were carefully slice with the fish bone are all left behind and deep fried. Then can just peel it off and eat it like cracker. Cracking sound is all over the table and it was gone within seconds.

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What happen to the fish slice as it ended up stir fried with erringgi mushrooms and fungus. Fish meat are very soft and perfectly fried along. Sweetness of the meat is there.

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Those who love yam, then Yam Treasure Trove @ RM48 – Small & RM68 – Large  – is a dish you shall not miss. This dish indicates “overflowing prosperity” and in Cantonese it means (“Poon Moon Put Moon”!). Love the mash yam that fried to crispy on outside and super soft on the yam cook along with crunchy vegetable and nuts.

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I have eaten so many sea cucumber and I must say this is the biggest I have come across so far. Like how the chef do it by cutting the sea cucumber into half and pile up all the vegetable on top with fresh chewy scallops . Really suits the meaning of Abundance from the Ocean sailing all the way from Philippines. Imported sea cucumber definately wont come cheap especially seasons of Chinese New Year.

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Tiger Prawns with Chef’s Special Sauce (“Hee Hah Tai Siu”). Love this sauce as its slightly spicy salty end. To pair with rice is the way to go . . RM10/100g and the minimum order is 300g

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To me, super star of the night is this Braised Mutton in Claypot… that means “Hei Hei Yeong Yeong” (in Cantonese). Lamb were carefully chop into right small sizes with little bones along. Skin are quite thick and braised with wood fungus together with herbs and spices to cover the taste of lamb that many people do not like. Still the taste and smell of it is pretty obvious as I love it..

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RM80 for a big pot of 12 pieces mutton that enough to feed a table of 10 pax

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Salted fermented soy bean (“fu yue”) dip was served with the dish.   This is to slightly cover the lamb taste and the chef insist we must dip along. Perfect in taste.

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Lap Mei Fan @ RM RM70 for 4-6 pax and RM95 for 8-12 pax.

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Serve separately with pipping hot claypot then add on all the ingredient onto the pot and stir it.

After stir the ingredient of sliced Chinese sausages, waxed duck, waxed pork and liver sausages blend with slightly burnt taste of the rice, that make the taste even better.

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When comes to chinese desert, this takes up alot of effort that first clean the pear out then add in ingredients and double boil it.  This is Double-boiled Snow Pear with Hasma

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If you do not prefer set, all the dishes above are specially for CNY and can be order a la carte.

Their Chinese New Year Menu Price starts from RM798++, RM988++ and RM1,398++ per table of 10 pax.

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I have made my reservation for CNY 3 weeks ago and its running pretty full. Do give them a call before you head over as its usually fully book during CNY..

If you are asking me where got nice Chinese Restaurant that I know, this restaurant currently top in my list and its a highly recommended place.

Location:
Restaurant Extra Super Tanker
48 Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7726=7768/69


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Wow, time pass seriously fast. January is gone and Chinese New Year is this week Sunday and I believe every one already busy flock into supermarket stocking up items for CNY. Well, of course this Saturday is the reunion dinner night. Still scratching your head on where to eat if you are not cooking?

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Ti Chen Restaurant is another favorite restaurant that I would recommend for Reunion Dinner. Located inside the golf club of Saujana Hotel that brings you this another dimension. Ti Chen, which also means “Palace of Emperor” is the iconic Chinese restaurant of The Saujana Hotel.

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The interior is like classical Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber”.

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I love the new ambiance of this restaurant, not only love at first sight as its a total dimension from the exterior out from this restaurant as you walk in you are flank with the modern Chinese yet with classic touch of it. A simple concept that you can blend in comfortably . .

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As for family, you are able to get a little private space in between and its unique how the make their movable wooden frame wall to separate the privacy.

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As for this year, Chef Chong Seng Lai will be presenting his favourite festive dishes in 4 special prosperity menu to usher in the Year of The Snake.  Love his cooking style that definitely make the reunion dinner better as he is more into home cook style. Along the years he manage to learn many home cook recipe and improvise it slightly to be even better.

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 Sea Bird Nest for the Yee Sang

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Many Yee Sang I have tasted and this is one of the most unique yet stood out in terms of taste. Sea bird nest slightly crunchy and fresh sweetness of fruits being added on along with chef special sour sauce in it that make it a perfect blend.

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Double-Boiled Herbal Soup with Fish Maw

Before starting the mains, its always great to have a pipping hot soup to be serve. Something light in taste to start off with. Abalone slices are chewy and its pretty huge too.

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 Oven Roasted Chicken with Homemade BBQ Dressing. Love the crips of the chicken skin and meat is soft that dipping along with the sauce is a must. Creatively the chef add this with onion rings.

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The fish is one of my favourite for the night. Fresh fish meat and the special ginger chili sauce that cook along that makes it simple and aromatic.  Steamed Red Snapper with Ginger Chilli Sauce

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Next is big succulent prawn. Asam style? Nope, its Stir Fried Tiger Prawns with Fragrant Soy Sauce. Top soy sauce quality being used to ensure that the frangrant of sauce sauce is there and well soak into the prawn while cooking.

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You can see that many Chinese restaurant would serve dish similiar to this, Braised Seasonal Vegetables with Dried Oysters & Sea Moss .

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Special Wok Fried Rice with Tobiko and Crispy Beancurd Skin is one of my favourite too. Filled with wok hei and every mouthfull is fill with slight burst of tobiko make it a perfect dish yet pair along the the dishes above is just perfect. Good enough to be satisfied.

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I have always love this Warm Nien Gou with Grated Coconut, that my mom would do it 4th day of Chinese New Year and dip alot with alot of fresh coconut slices. I prefer it in this rather than the cripsy fried. Nian Gou is perfect that its not too sweet and pair well enough.

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Stuff with lots of food above and end this meal with this big bowl of Honeydew Sago infused with Calamansi Juice. I ended up having 4 bowls of this as its very refreshing in taste and honeydew that day was sweet

Still have  yet to decide which resturant to go for Reunion dinner, Ti Chen is one of the place I would recommend if you are into homecook food with nice ambiance. As we tried the Pearl Set Dinner and comes with a bottle of red wine too. Not bad.

  • Pearl Set priced at RM988++ for a 9-course meal with 2 complimentary bottles of Misterio Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wines
  • Jade Set & Golden Set priced at RM1,180++ and RM1,388++ respectively for a 9-course meal each with a complimentary bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whiskey.
  • Emperor Set priced at RM2,288++ for a 9-course meal with a complimentary bottle of Hennessy VSOP.

There are also a variety of Yee Sang available a la carte from RM48++ to RM228++.

Do make your reservation to avoid any disappointment.

All dishes photo credit to Annna.net

Location:
SAUJANA HOTEL Saujana Resort,
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
40150 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
T (603) 7843 1234
F (603) 7846 2789
www.thesaujanahotel.com

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