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Any one of you fancy China food? I do, as I have dine before many good authentic China food before and definitely not in Malaysia. One of my best friend introduce me her all time favourite sze chuan food that located in Jalan Alor (click here). Then recently, I am being introduce to another type of China food which hail all the way from North China. Dong Bei is actually a province in North China and the owners have migrated to Malaysia, hence that is how the Dong Bei Restaurant is name after. The family came to Malaysia as early as 1992 and also known as one of the pioneer of authentic China food back in those early days. As now the restaurant is located behind Times Square, can you see that area is like a mini China eatery street.

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In China, there are many province and taste definitely different for any other town that they have, it is the same as Malaysia too, as the East coast and WEst cost taste bud are very much different. So what is the difference for Dong Bei Food. The food have more sourish end and not that spicy. ( as the owner have localize it)

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Its a simple restaurant and indoor seating is a unique dining experience as they have design in a way to give a little ambiance of what Dong Bei dining feels like.

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 this is the first time I came across utensils are properly wrap to kept the cleanliness of it.

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Beancurd Dong Bei Style (风味干豆腐丝)RM18. Import all the way from China as its hard to find this kind of texture that originate the authenticity of it. Its a cold platter with chewy texture and hint of garlic and spicy chili oil taste. Pretty good to start off with.

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Crisp Potato (香辣土豆片) @ RM18 for a start would be another good option.

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This is another unique dish which is Dong bei Da La Pi sheet with Cucumber Salad (东北大拉皮)RM14. AT first glance I thought it was pig skin that finely cut then its not. Sprinkle with some garlic and eat it sheet by sheet, that taste a bit like jelly fish and pig skin texture cross over. 😀

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Sauerkraut, stir-fried with glass noodles (酸菜粉) @ RM18

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Stewed Eggplant, Bean, Potato and Meat Dong Bei style (东北大乱炖) @ RM25. This is rather simple as I would rate this North China Curry, thick n creamier gravy and its a little sweet in taste at the end. Well fried and I quite like it. Goes well with my rice.

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Hot & Spicy Seafood (麻辣香锅)RM28

Amount so many dishes, this would turn out one of the most spicies compare to the rest, the spiciness is not to the extend to make our mouth numb, as I find its well balance, even though cook with lots of dry chili, do not let the look to scare you off. I love how they cook along with lotus root make it crisp on the bite and prawns is fresh.

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Boiled Fish with Sour Cabbage and Spicy Soup (酸菜鱼) RM32

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This turns out to be one of the favourite among my table, as strong sourish taste with veggie and fresh fish. Those who like mild spicy, this would be a good option.

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“Gardens”Prawn, Lotus Root, Potato and Vegetables (田园小炒) RM28

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I rate this is super star for the night as Sweet & Sour Pork ( 锅包肉 ) was fried to perfection and its so cripsy outside and the pork inside its not overcook. Taste with a bit of sour vinegar taste with soy sauce that turn it a good [email protected] RM18 – recommended

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Lastly, we did not order the Dumplings (10 pcs) (饺子) but looking at so many tables order dish its like a must have thing and ended up we order 2 portion. One is steam @ RM10 and another one is [email protected] RM8

Great starter to go along and if mix with a bit of chili oil with ginger and vinegar, I just like mine to be in that way. 😉

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Location:
Restoran Dong Bei
No. 280, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
off Jalan Pudu, 55100
KL.

Tel: 03-2148 7694
Business hour: 12pm – 12am daily

I guess more and more people are into coffee business now. Its a picking up trend that Malaysia have lots of coffee lover. How many do you have your favorite morning coffee besides Nescafe? I am sure that now we can spoilt with choices when comes to coffee and I have found one of my favourite hang out join which I am not going to blog about it.

Lets head down to Paradigm  Mall that I am sure those of you who come here often would not miss out this little coffee place located in front of Tesco.

update: Nov 2016 – [no longer in operation]

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Lonbay coffee is actually operated by young entrepreneur that he have the passion of coffee and looking for something that can suits local taste bud. Originate from Johor and now bringing up to KL to share with other coffee lover. Beans are roasted in his yard in Johor and its organic. . .

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Why Lonbay Coffee?

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Siphon brewing method that have a special coffee that takes about 2 days to for the process and make about 8 bottles per time.

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coffee price is not that bad along with light food.

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Coffee Luwak is something new to me yet I have heard it many many times from coffee lovers and friends. Its a love and hate relationship like durian according to them. It doesnt come cheap yet its good to try once.

Kopi Luwak – is known as the most luxurious coffee in the world. How me and my friend always describe on this is – poo from Musang, that is how it is price so expensive. Kopi Luwak is a name for many specific cultivars and blends of arabica, robusta, liberica or other beans eaten by civets. The ‘Luwak’ or known in  Malaysia as ”Musang”, eats the raw coffee berry and because it cannot digest the berry, proceeds to secrets the bean. It can easily cost up to USD500/500 grams, roughly RM 150 per 100grams.

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Kopi Luwak is brewed in siphons using organically cultivated beans with certificate of authenticity and it can cater up to 2 person per session.

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Tadaa. . .here is our version of coffee luwak. Light in body and slightly bitter after taste.

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This is what attracts me, makes me feel they really do heavy research on their coffee line in Spiderman movie. My attention have all move to this little tubes.

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Its Coffee Enzyme. Something new and first time hearing it too. . Lonbay Coffee Enzyme is extract from organic Liberica coffee bean. It helps the body to digest food and converting it into nutrients and assimilate nutrients from proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fibre. Top it all, Lonbay Coffee Enzyme supplementation in our diets as below:-
  • Improves overall digestion so we have more energy for life
  • Aids in disease prevention and boosts the immune system
  • Minimizes the negative effects of the cancer therapies
  • Reduces the effects of aging, wrinkles, sun spots, inflammation or soreness of muscles and joint pain
  • Prevention of heart disease and speed healing after surgery
  • Cleanses our system from allergic reactions
If you smells direct from the tube it gives a strong smell of vineger like and very sourish. We did try to have a little sip from it and it taste like a strong compact essence.

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Honey Lemon with Coffee Enzyme is one of the way to pair it and it had turn into our favourite. Sourish end that pairs well with lemon and honey that gives a slight hint of sweetness. If you have not tried this before, its a great glass or drink to have before or after meal. Highly Recommended!

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The LonBay Iced Drip is the one that settle at the counter with the huge siphon process that can be served in two ways, warm or chilled. Another type of coffee that is light in taste, not too strong and mild after taste.

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Besides that, they do serve light food ..  Hawaiian Toast

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Taj Burger

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Bolognese Seafood

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Bolognese Chicken Mince

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Green Sauce Spaghetti

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Club Sandwich

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Peanut + Butter thick toast and they have their bread made by themselves and the texture of bread is pretty unique. not bad`

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Kaya + Butter

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Sour Sop Smoothies, Honey Peach Smoothies, Ice Blended Mochaccino

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Milk Tea HK Style & Kung Fu Tea Tarik

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American Chocolate

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Classic Cheese is also not to be miss with soft cheeze texture and crust at the bottom is not too hard and would go well with coffee.

One thing if you would love to try out is their Enzyme coffee. and I sure do not mind to come here to have enzyme coffee honey lemon with their spaghetti that easily beats many places in their flavor and a slice of cheese cake to close the meal here. Pretty good~

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210

Location:
Lonbay, The Farm’s Best Coffee
Lot LG-13, LG Floor, Paradigm Mall,
Jln SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya,
Kuala Lumpur, 47301 Malaysia

Tel :             +6 03 – 7887 5258

In Malaysia what can we expect more is public holidays. Another upcoming festival which is Deepavali. Another great celebration for Indians and Mandarin Oriental Hotel, KL is taking this opportunity to celebrate it with a week-long of Indian Flavours at Mosaic. Hailing from New Delhi a guest chef Vinay Barua and Chef Mahboob Alam promises gastronomist an unforgettable authentic Indian cuisine indulgence.

Under their belt with more than 33 years of experience in hospitality industry, Barua Executive Chef of The Ashok, New Dehli is no stranger in India’s culinary scene.

Right before we head into the dining area, we were shown New Delhi cultural dance.

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A lil bit of Mosiac as I love the newly renovated place that was ready just right 1 year ago that had made this place one of its kind. Elegant interior reflecting the Pernanakan Culture with its collaborative finishing, with customize flooring, intricate hanging pewter lights. I came here last year and their buffet spread is good (click here).

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Lets introduce you the ambiance of the area along with tempting deserts corner

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During this food festival, we will be treated with many kinds of authentic Indian dishes with three delectable menus on rotation through the week. Marinated and mixed to perfection with fresh herbs, spices and chili, as both of the chef will be delighting your taste bud with their skills by highlighting taste and flavors by roasting, stewing, oven-baking and frying on selection of meat and seafood.

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Head to India counter and you will be thrilled with the selection that they are offering.

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keke, first time doing video introduction on food also testing out the video. Hope it drool you~ Besides that, this is the first time I had a taste of New Delhi food and it sure do impress me on their curry which is certainly taste slightly different as its more aromatic and taste of spices are there. Food is not spicy yet its nice to pair with the Biryani rice or Nan. . .

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This is one of my favourite section that they have well marinated red meat like lamb, and steak that is ready to be cook on the spot for you.

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Here is the selection and also condiments to pair along, a sauce that not to be miss is wasabi mustard. So awesome that it will make your tears out . . .

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Other selection that you can enjoy . .

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Cheese lover this would be your section not to be miss. Well presented in wooden wine boxes  . .

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Then head to dessert section . .

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Types of shots from India that make your appetite start kicking

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Then follow by another cultural dance. . .

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For desert lovers, can try something unique like Kesari Kheer – a chilled basmati rice pudding topped with saffron and flaked pistachio, Khubani  Ka meetha – stewed apricots topped with condensed milk cream and essence of rose and a few more. Bottom right section is homemade ice cream.

For this exciting buffet range are price reasonable :

Lunch – RM 88++
Dinner – RM 108++ (Sunday to Thursday)
RM 128 ++ ( Friday and Saturday)

This buffet spread will end on 11th Nov.

Location:
MOSAIC
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
For Reservations
T: +603-2179 8881
E: [email protected]
W: www.mandarinoriental.com

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210 

Food discovery on my some of my friends favourite place never fail to impress me. Of course I really need to know which friend that have similar taste bud like mine. :p It was a long weekend and decided to drop by Klang to meet my friend as I have not seen her since she move back to KL. As she know I love to eat then she decided to bring me to this Restaurant New Boston in Kopitiam version that is one of the most popolar restaurant in Klang for ‘tai chow’.

Restaurant New Boston is no stranger to local folks here as most of them arrive as early as 5.30pm to get a spot here including us,even right before the shop open whereby the worker is still arranging the table and chairs, heating up wok and steam machine. Indeed they are like the famous restaurant in Klang.

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Everyone just bring their own tea and having a great conversation around the table sipping chinese tea while waiting for the store to start cooking. Every one just place their order first then look for a spot. According to my friend, here is one of a favourite restaurant to many of them including family dinner place.

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Just the 2 of us, my friend order all her favourite dish that this Tai Luk Mee大碌面/Hokkien Mee福建面 is a must order. To me I am not a big fan of this noodle cuz in Klang valley its hard to find some where that can fried really nice plate out.

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I must say I am impress, as the noodle is well fried with ‘wok hei’ that thick soy souce is thick enough to coat onto the noodle, fried along with pork lard and its big chunky one. Superb in taste and finally I have found one of the best that would made it top 3 best fried noodle on my list.

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Steamed “Lala” 清蒸”啦啦” is another dish that you must not miss here if you do visit this outlet.

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This steam lala is slightly different version compare to those that I have, sprikle with lots of fried onion, ginger and chili padi.

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Soup base is absolutely amazing that is filled with spicy ginger taste along with hint of chili padi at the end that make it a perfect combination, chinese wine that they are using is sligtly mild yet soak onto lala very well. One sip of soup base, you will keep continue drinking it. Lala are very fresh and a perfect simple dish to go along. What I meant different version as, the lala taste serve here is mild in taste compare to others that I have tried before yet it stood up pretty well.

Usually my friend come with her family of 5 they would order this 2 big plate. My version is medium size.

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‘Nestum Mantis Prawn‘ is another amazing dish from the restaurant. I have yet come accross to any restaurant that put is so generous with their ingredient. Its like a moutain high fried nestum along with mantis prawn and for 2 of us to eat 3 dish is just  too much. Mantis prawn would feed 3 person easily best of all if please order beer to eat along. Its a perfect companion.

Till date this dish taste still stuck in my mind as nestum fried to crips with egg and chili padi make the slight spicy taste in it and its just aromatic.

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This is what happen if you come after 6pm, as the crowd just pour in like wild fire, as people already start queue to get a seat and as it head towards night time, this store would operate the whole street.

If you reach here and have not got a spot, forget about it first as you need to place your order first, as waiting time can easily takes up to 60-90 minutes on peak hour. So please do have patient if you come here peak hour.

Best time to come is to reach at 5.30pm or 11pm onwards.

No doubt that this is one of the best yet reasonable price on food that I have come across as those 3 dish cost me RM38. I am surely going to return for more with more people to try out more stuff. – Highly Recommended!

 *NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, ~  very good- highly REcommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Restoran Boston Baru
Jalan Kapar, Klang
(Opposite KWSP, Same row as Lembaga Tabung Haji)
Open at 6.00pm

Tel : 016-268 3104/012-905 3523

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival which falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month is one of the important festivals observed by Chinese all over the world. Many of the restaurant owners will take this advantage to showcase their individual version of mooncake taste and snowskin mooncake had been one of the latest trend to evolve over the past years. Zuan Yuan Restaurant in One World hotel is preparing their 2012 collection for this Mid-Autumm.

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Started off our tasting with the classic baked mooncake follow by snowskin version.

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Still this Supreme Mixed Nuts remains as one of the heavy weight classic version that many people love this.

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Always comes to mooncake, I still prefer my classic version with White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk. Yolk is definately a must and without it is like cooking a plate of noodle without oil. 😀

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Sweetened Red Beans with Green Tea Paste

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One that stood out very well is  White Coffee Lotus Paste with Walnuts, yes, they really do it in Coffee version that the flavour is not too strong, creamy and  mild enough not to overpower the taste of the yolk and after taste of coffee is build upon your taste bud. One of a recommended one. 

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 Red Bean with nuts

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Comes to their snowskin version, they have pretty impressive range especially on the skin texture that I could not reveal it to you, certainly it stood up more than the rest. A bit soft chewy that pairs very well with the filling that they insert in.

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 Mini Snow Skin – HoneyDew Paste, Orange Flavour and Black Sesame seed.

Among those 3 flavours, it stood up by itself that Honeydew taste like rock melon sweet, orange flavour with robust taste like orange skin and Black sesame is just perfect.

The mooncakes are available in beautiful gift boxes which can hold 4 or 8 pieces mooncakes, from now until 30 September 2012.  The mini snowskin mooncakes are priced at RM10 each while the regular-sized ones are priced at RM18 upwards per piece.

For order enquiries on mooncake do call their restaurant to make your bookings. and click on the form below to check out more variety mooncake that they have to offer.

mid autumn order form2012 (inner highlight)

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Chef Chin Chee Heong with his Mid Autumn Festival creations

Follow by simple dinner was being serve upon with all the main Zuan Yuan Signature dish.

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Wok-Fried Ying Yang Rice with Vietnam Crispy Rice, Diced Chicken and Vegetable

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Sauteed Eggplant with Fried Garlic, Dried Shrimp and Basil

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Braised Homemade Layered Bean Curd with Shimeji Mushroom and Preserved Vegetable. Just love this homemade toufu that is perfectly braised in layer that the preserve vegetable that top on top just make the taste extra kick along the cook gravy.

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If you love chicken then this is one of the dish that must order - Honey Glazed Boneless Chicken topped with Crispy Ginger Flakes. Fried to perfection with wok hei, that the chicken is well coated with honey glazed that you cant stop   munching along with your rice.

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Location:

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant
Lobby of One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7681-1111

Tropicana is one of my favourite mall for movies based on convinience in parking, much less people and cheaper by 10%. One of the reason its nearer to my house and office. Well, there are actually some eatery in Tropicana that serve pretty decent food that I small little shop that I have dine pretty often is Tuan Yuen that serve Taiwanese food at Lower Ground, same area as Tea Chansii or Carrefour Level.

[UPdate – No Longer in Operation]

Bare in mind that Taiwanese food are mild in taste, not as heavy taste as our local food.

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This little shop is a small family business that operate by both the ‘tau keh so’ and her son along with 2 worker. The owner herself is from Taiwan that had migrated to Malaysia and starting up this business to promote Taiwanese food. Since I came back from Taiwan, this is something that is quite near to Taiwan food taste and sadly to say she is tweaking the taste to suits our local taste bud.

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Price is pretty decent that starts from RM7.50 and quite a huge range of Taiwanese food that you can choose from.

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One of my favourite is the dumpling that you must order, Me and ken love it alot as we find its pretty similiar to Taiwan. Something simple to start off with.

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Taiwanese sausage is pretty simple and direct whereby you can eat it in most of the night market . . .

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Taiwanese Style Extra spicy Beef Rice @ RM 11.90

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One of their signature is this Big Meal Beef Noodle, Extra Spicy @ RM 11.90 that I often order. Colour of the soup gives you the impresion that its not spicy and after a few sips of the soup, it will make your tongue numb as, spiciness are more towards Szechuan style. Loving it~ noodle are not cook consistant as it is suppose to be smooth and thin while eating and it have to depends on who cook it. If cook by both the owner or the son it taste good, and if its the worker, it would be usually overcook.

Beef slices are soft and goes well with noodle. They do prepare tissue for you on the table for you to wipe your sweat off. :D, Those who could not take spicy dish, it is not adviseable to order this, or maybe you can request the owner to toned it down for you.

Another thing that its a must order in here is their Winter Melon Tea. One of the best by far that I often came here to make a take away. I personally feel that it beats any of the bubble milk tea shop out there.

One of my personal fav Taiwanese shop.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, simple and nice . !

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

Location:
Tuan Yuen Taiwanese Food
Lower Ground (same level as Carrefour)
Tropicana City Mall,
PJ

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