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One of the new discover place that was introduce by Nancy and Collen that is one of their favourite Laksa Stall around Ayer Itam area. For me, I never really liked the one at the Ayer Itam Market which I find it too commercialize and the taste is so so only. So I was brought to this laksa at Ayer Itam Round about located right opposite Sui Wah Supermarket.

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Then comes to this little area where you are heading towards direction of Penang Hill, locate this few little hawker stall that packed with local and outstation people that are hunting for the food. Duck Meat Koey Teow th’ng is one of a must try item.

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Then this laksa stall that alot of people are coming for.

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They have been operating here for quite some time

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I have seen people starting their ‘Sau Kong Chau’ already with 3 more weeks to go right before Chinese New Year by ushering year of snake for 2013. Promotions on Yee Sang, Set lunch and dinner menu are widely available now by many restaurants. As for this round, went to Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant which is one of my favourite restaurant to sample out their Chinese New Year Set menu.

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Traditionally, before any main meal, Yee Sang will be serve upon first. AS for this year, Zuan Yuan is not using salmon, tuna and this round they decided to go with Soft Shell crab.

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Added all ingredients on top and ready to toss. I like the sauce that the chef had made, slight sour to my liking and I kept refill my bowl with more.

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Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Bamboo Shoot and Crab Meat is one of the best I have come so far in menu tasting for CNY, with generous ingredient on shark fin and scallop that make the soup tasty. Not too starchy nor salty as it was cook to perfection.

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Ohh ohh, the super star of the night is their Zuan Yuan Crispy Roasted Duck Absolute crisp on the skin, that roasted with slightly Chinese herb, that each bite will have slightly after taste of it and makes it so aromatic. Meat are juicy, and tender as I eat quite a number of pieces. – REcommended!

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not only that, there are 2 sauces available for your duck meat to be dip. With the original sauce and sour sauce to go along. I still find it better without these sauces. Its optional for you to dip.

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 I rarely eat fish but this Steamed Star Garouper with Wood Fungus and Red Date, was done in a way that the soy sauce is good, fish meat is soft and every bite eat along with food fungus and red date is something that I like.

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Wok Fried Tiger Prawn with Oats and Chilli, huge pile of oats added on top that I still manage to peel off the prawn shell and eat with a mouthfull of oat. Been stir fried to perfection and prawn is big and juicy.

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A simple dish that done nicely if you dine it with a bowl of rice is just the right combination. Braised Sliced Mexican Abalone with Sea Moss, Dried Oyster and Seafood in Claypot.

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When come to finale, Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat, Chicken Sausage and Yam is a dish that  mix pretty well with flavour and I add in a little bit more of soy sauce, it just pulls more flavour out of it. Just nice~

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not only that, dim sum is also serve if you wish to opt for it.

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Crab Roe sprinkled with Gold Dust

Steamed Assorted Mushroom ‘Sek Lou Gou’ with Nam Yee Sauce

Deep Fried Prawn Roll with Katafi served with Salad Sauce 

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Taro Scallop Dumpling with Chef’s Special Garlic Butter Sauce

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Deep Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Cheddar Cheese

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One of the most unique or creatively done by the chef by adding in a slice of cheeze on top. Find it unique in taste and do pairs well. If the cheeze is added another slice then it would have been perfect, cuz it add the little saltiness to the texture and flavour and pairs with the coconut in my thought.

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Chilled Red Date and Longan with Sea Coconut and White Fungus

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These are the 2 mastermind chef that behind the whole awesome meal with dim sum and Chinese New Year dish.

Family reunion, sau gong chau or Hoi gong chau, Zuan Yuen Restaurant certainly falls into my recommendation when it comes to it for its food quality.

*Pork Free

Yee Sang with Seaweed & Assorted Fresh Fruits                  RM55++ (half portion)       RM110++ (full portion)

Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Condiments                     RM70++ (half portion)       RM140++ (full portion)

Yee Sang with Snow Pear and Salmon                                       RM85++ (half portion)       RM170++ (full portion)

Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone & Snow Pear                             RM90++ (half portion)       RM180++ (full portion)

Table meal ranges from :

RM1088++, RM1288++ and RM1588++ (for a table of 8 – 10 persons)

For reservations at Zuan Yuan, please call 603-7681 1159

Location:
One World Hotel
Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Bandar Utama
03-7681 1111

When comes to Penang hawker food, its pretty hard to resist it. I believe during this holiday season many of you are up in the north to hunt for all these street food. One of my favourite area is this little street that have some variety for you to choose from is this Chulia Street Hawker.

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A place that many food hunters spread that the Wan Tan Mee, Curry Mee and Stir fried (Char Hor Fun, Ee Foo Mee) to die for. Its been a long time since I last came here and decided to drop by again to do a blog post.

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I was so hungry that I order Koay Teow Th’ng and I finish it only remember I have to capture the picture. The soup base is sweet from hours of boiling with bones and the uncle use duck meat that comes to my liking with added little cubes of garlic and pork lard. Perfect.

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I walk further down abit at the little junction then saw this Char Kuih Kak.

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Love mine to add extra bean sprout and ‘Chai Poh’ (salted Turnip) to make it extra umph fried it itn small pieces upon request.

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This is the classic packaging of take away Kuih Kak.

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The smell and look of it wasnt impressive as its not fried dark enough with dark soy sauce, added dark egg suppose to be extra kick turns out to be mild. Not so good as I expected.

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This is good, the stir fried stall next to a fruit juice stall. Need to wait a while for it and its filled with wok hei. I only eat Ee Foo Mee in Penang as the noodle texture in KL are slightly different and the starchy base is also much better in Penang. Added an egg would have been perfect as its semi cook, that mine the uncle forgot to add in.

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Hearsay Curry Mee here are quite good, but I prefer mine that the soup base is slightly stronger and chili paste is in fiery red and much spicier. The taste of soup base here is slightly more mild but definitely have their own regular crowd. You have to wait at least 20 minutes for a bowl.

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Char Koey Teow here is not the best but would not recommend to order.

On that day, more famous Wan Tan Mee stall did not open so didnt try it out as there are 2 stalls here. The better ones are next to the Fruit Juice stall. Average waiting time for a plate is 30mins – 45 minutes. Do have patience when you dine around the area as its one of a famous hawker spot for local Penangnites.

Enjoy street food on next upcoming holiday season.

Location:
Chulia Street

GPS Coordinates : 5.418146 100.336584

I have been to Saujana Hotel for a few occasions from Wedding dinner, events and review and neither did I know hidden this new refurbish Chinese restaurant Ti Chen is actually hidden inside the Golf Club House itself. Hosting many private functions since its opening after the face lift, celebrations for it is not only once but twice this time around reintroducing their newly refurbished Chinese restaurant, Ti Chen back into the market.

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With its rich red and black tones adorning the walls and furniture of this oriental eatery, Ti Chen has a lot more to offer. Assisting Ti Chen in retaining its stature and reputation are two new chefs, Chef Lai Chong Seng and Dim Sum Chef Yau Kim Yew.

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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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The restaurant can be divided into many sections, even for private dining that they do have huge wooden panel to block it off, unique of all they have see thru curtain to make it more elegant and separation between rooms.

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Since its refurbishment, had attracted many wedding dinner to be hosted here that can easily fill maximum 25-30 tables.

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Staging with Chinese lantern make up the ambiance even better.

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A simple conversation flow between the manager and the rest of us then we are greeted with chef signature dish, coming up with Roasted Duck and Mandarin Orange Salad with Wafu Dressing.

Carefully chop duck meat with slightly crispy skin along top with some sesame seed along with wafu dressing make it a simple dish along with lots of greens with fragrant to start off with.

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Steamed Cod with Preserved  Radish. Cod is nicely cut into a slab, then sitting on top of bean spout, as chef creation to make this dish a slight cripsy when you eat along with bean sprout. I always love this simple dish with soy base.

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Top dish in my list for the night is Prawn and Scallop with Green Ginger Puree. Purer are place on top of the scallop then steam along that make the taste blend in very well and freshness of both succulent prawn and scallop just make it awesome. Chewy texture from both seafood,  seafood will make this dish pair very well with rice.

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Appear next is Homemade Beancurd with Crab Meat and Pumpkin Puree. Creamy pumpkin  flooding the whole plate with fresh crab meat, Shimeji mushroom and edamame that top along with deep fried tofu below is something many people would go for unless they do not take beancurd.

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With a few dishes being serve, comes along 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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The dinner ended in satisfaction when Sea Bird’s Nest with Aloe Vera in Longan Syrup is serve upon. First time learning this new fact that the marine plant is rich in enzyme nutrients, collagen and mineral substances, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and multitude fibers and jelly form proteins. It has to be cook in this way to preserve the mineral of it. Texture is chewy with slightly crunchy. Refreshing sweetness of the soup base from longan make it a satisfying ending.

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Then we only found out that Chef Lai is from Penang, instantly the whole conversation converted to Hokkien. Its just a switch of language when usually found out kaki lang. :p Chef Lai with his vast experience of 19 years and overseas then found himself establishing  in Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and wonders of taste he can do with Chinese food without using pork.

Besides that, also found out that Chef Lai is good in cooking homecook meal with his collection of recepies along the way.

*Pork-FREE

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210

Location:
SAUJANA HOTEL
Saujana Resort,
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
40150 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

T (603) 7843 1234

F (603) 7846 2789

E [email protected]
www.thesaujanahotel.com

update: 1/5/2016 – close down

Although I studied in Melbourne for 3 years, neither did I know that Melbourne actually famous for Peking Duck. Then I went to Google about it and surpise to see that this outlet Melbourne Peking Duck is actually serve awesome Peking duck that written by many bloggers there. Quickly I watsapp my friend there, and she mention its a recent thing that got pick up over the past 3-4 years. Means it was after I left. Most of you studied there would know this restaurant Old Kingdom, that serve pretty good Chinese dish. Guess what? The master chef is here in this outlet preparing and coordinating all the dish here especially on his specialty Peking Duck.

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Now to those who are craving for Melbourne Peking Duck you need not take 747 all the way back there as they have just arrive in KL that started operate right about 2 weeks. The restaurant operate right in the heart of Bangsar or I would say directly opposite Alexis, Bangsar.

Easily to be located and the sign board already very prominent to capture your attention.

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As I went up here, the restaurant is still under its final touch as for now on 90% complete.

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this is what I meant 90% complete as the final 10% touch up are decorations in the outlet.

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I find that the price are pretty reasonable especially with Peking Duck set. With RM 78  you get a peking duck with 3 more dish conversion or RM88 with additional dish. Set 2 definitely capture my attention more.

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Chili paste taste awesome is something that you must not miss to add into your fried noodle or even into your peking duck roll.

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Here came our order that, the duck neck is long it shows that the duck is roast by hanging. Its shinny skin and roasted smell of the duck   distract our attention in take picture of the duck. Smells so good~

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As the crispy duck is ready to be skin, we cant wait to grab a piece of the skin and directly put it into our mouth.

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The master chef is here, we are proud to have him back as, at first thought I thought he is from China that resides in Australia. Well, all of us are wrong that he is actually a Malaysian with more than 10 years experience working in a famous restaurant for peking duck also stayed in Melbourne for more than 10 years.

As the chef cut thru the skin, can see moist fats oil oozing out from the meat. Saliva dripping.

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Here are the fine cut with sligtly cut meat along and ready to be wrap around. I quickly throw one piece into my mouth, I can sense that more peking duck is calling my name. 😀

The difference between the ducks that I previously had over a restaurant last week (click here) are, Melbourne Peking Duck cut with meat are slightly thicker and fats on beneath the skin just perfect.

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Then we were thought how to wrap on the chinese pancake along. Not only that, their pancake is home made fresh in the kitchen upon ordering as you can still feel its steamy hot, and have to quickly do the wrapping while its warm.

Lay the cucumber and spring onion on your 3 o’clock direction, add on your prefered amount  of sweet hoisin sauce, follow by laying the duck skin atop, fold half from 9’oclock to 3 o’clock direction and fold both ends together.

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Tadaaa…simple and easy to eat. The taste of crispy skin and duck meat along with the sauces just burst with flavours inside my mouth and I love the taste of the pancake. Think yet aromatic, pairs well with the peking duck. We end up having 2 duckie.

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As the duck is being slain, do not miss out duck drumstick. Moist meat with crispy skin on edges, dipping along with the sauce is just perfect.

After we have clear all the skin on the duck, what happen to the meat. Well, remember the set I was mention, it was then further slices the meat out to cook along with other dishes as below:

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As we were half full then we ordered Fried pork

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Salted Egg Yolk with Butter Chicken.
Buttery butter, balmy chili leaves ,with extremely light and thin ‘egg filament’ .

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Stir-fry beansprout with shredded duck meat. I prefer this is something light for me, yet this is the first time I came across bean sprout fried along with duck meat. Turns out to be pretty good.

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Homemade Tofu with fish meat

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Another well cook dish is Shredded Duck Meat Fried Rice. Fragrant with ‘wok hei’ and the chili paste I mention, just bring the extra flavour out of it.

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Shredded Duck Meat Fried Flat Noodle. Stir-fry with dark soy sauce, loads of crunchy bean sprouts and shredded duck meat. We were so full when this dish came. Underestimate the make over of the duck.

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One of my favourite of all, its a very different version on the salty veggie duck soup I had as this bends towards more mild taste as after all heavy weight being serve first, this retaurant serve the soup in opposite direction. Its at the end. Something mild and nice to close off my appetite.

As last 2 week I also had peking Duck in another restaurant (click here) and here I am again to hunt for another good one. Verdict, this 1 stood out better.

The restaurant is newly operated do give a restaurant a month or 2 to improve on their dishes. If you are looking for nice Peking Duck, no doubt that this is one of the restaurant to hunt for. Good for you guys that stay nearby there. Recommended on their Peking Duck.

For family outing, here are the menu for your reference

Locations:
Melbourne Peking Duck
Address : 24-1 , Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru.
Opposite Alexis bar and bistro

Tel: 03-2202 1588

Operating hours: 11am – 10pm Daily (break from 3pm-6pm)

Another Puchong discovery as I felt that there are alot of food outlet in this area. One of the latest discovery is this shop LSY-Pot which their signature is on claypot. One of famous chinese eatery by using claypot to cook the rice and with some add on ingredient as I love my version with alot of chinese sausage and one chunk of salted fish.

Oriental Claypot Chicken Rice @ RM6.90 small, RM13.50 large

This is how I like my claypot chicken rice to be, aromatic of a bit chinese wine, chinese sausage and the most important is they use a very good quality of salted fish.

If you prefer your Claypot chicken rice to be seperated out, they can do it ‘Chicken served on a plate on top of white rice’. To me, this taste better than the mixture of everything inside the claypot, as it manage to seperate the taste out of it and the watery gravy on top of it perfect to go along with rice!

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