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Kuala Lumpur - Is there *NO* good Hainanese chicken rice in KL?!

Agree completely that Singaporeans rock when it comes to Hainanese chicken rice. And when I lived there many years ago I ate my way through Singapore's best regarded stores only to leave feeling vaguely disappointed and homesick. And I think the real issue is that Malaysian hawkers make chicken in so many more delicious ways that well, who cares if it's Hainanese chicken rice. There is a great chicken rice store near the Seapark market that was run by a cranky old couple where there'd be long lines during lunchtime that use to come to my mind every time I ate Hainanese chicken rice in singapore. I am sure the yellow rice they served had a nice dose of lard or something in it because it was super addictive. Anyway, just my two cents - lots more choice in KL, doesn't have to be Hainanese chicken rice.

Mar 24, 2012
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur: Kelantanese food at Belanga Cafe

That's a good tip, thanks, will look for it next time I am around there. Sarawak laksa done right is amazing but most restaurants make the mistake of making it too
"lemak".

Dec 26, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur: Kelantanese food at Belanga Cafe

Haven't seen Johor Laksa on the Village Park menu but I think Laksa Shack does an excellent Johor Laksa (their other Laksas are only ok), especially good at KLCC branch.

Dec 25, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur: Kelantanese food at Belanga Cafe

This is a good recommendation and very accessible. If you like this place and don't mind a bit more kopitiam style, you should check out Village Park as well - very large variety of Johor and Kelantan food run by a Chinese Muslim. Usually packed, huge variety. Very good nasi dagang.
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Selangor, 47400, Malaysia
03-7710-7860

Dec 21, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Lijiang and Ringha

Thanks all for the tips and the pictures - will definitely check out huang dou noodles.

Mar 21, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Lijiang and Ringha

Spending a week and a half in Lijiang and Ringha. Have been told to go with low expectations as Yunnan food over there isn't that great but being an optimist, am hoping that some of the chowhounders may have sniffed out the good places to eat (there must be some....).

Mar 18, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Otto e Mezzo @ Alexandra House

Had a lovely dinner there last night - the tagliatelli pork ragout pasta was really wonderful as was the lasagnette - beautifully infused with shrimp flavor. The Colorado lamb rack was perfectly cooked and very juicy but my most memorable lamb experience in HK still has to be the French lamb at Cepage. The lobster cassoulet was very tasty and also perfectly executed - the texture and taste was perfect. Usually am disappointed by the super expensive very chewy, over cooked lobster that they tend to serve up at most fine dining establishments, so was very pleased with that. The only dish I found disappointing was the deep fried veal cutlet. The meat was also juicy and the texture was wonderful but it fell short on taste - it was really quite bland. Was rather puzzled that the maitre'd pushed it so hard when the braised veal cheek would probably have been a better choice.

Based on what I've tried in one visit, its a wonderful restaurant with lovely pastas but nothing so far that distinguished itself so much that I'd go back again and again so I am not convinced this will give DD a run for the money. Their corkage policy however is amazingly fair - HK$100 per person! That is beyond fair for anyone who likes to bring their own bottles - would definitely go back again and again just for that! Also, some of the reviews on openrice and luxe about the portion size are quite unfair - while not super large (c'mon, this is not Dan Ryan!), overall the portions were quite satisfying to me and while not cheap, the food is not absurdly priced like DD. The decor is quite lovely but they have a big sound problem - its VERY loud in there, too loud for the price range they are in. Anyway, going back next weekend to try more dishes...

Feb 25, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore and KL recommendations?

Actually if there is one place I must eat every time I go home to KL, it is Mum's Place, but I love super spicy food. Its actually not that hard to get to Damansara Perdana as its pretty much highway all the way from KL but once you get into Damansara Perdana itself, its a bit trickier. The map the restaurant recently put on its website makes it much, much easier to get to. Takes less time going there than braving Jalan Imbi for Overseas Chinese Restaurant...

Feb 25, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore and KL recommendations?

This may help with the directions to Mum's Place: http://www.mumsplace.com.my/Mums_Plac...

Agree on Overseas Restaurant that the Jln Imbi branch is better for the true connoisseurs but Asiajaya is quite consistently good as well and much less angst in trying to get there...

Feb 24, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore and KL recommendations?

Lots of great reccomendations below but I would also add the following:

1. Mum's Place - may be hard to find - its in Damansara Perdana but it has some of the very best Nyonya Peranakan food I've ever had. Suggestions: the devil chicken, the specialty deep fried tofu dish, the fiery eye wateringly hot fried stuffed chilli local fish dish and the sambal prawns.
2. Overseas Chinese Restaurant - either Jalan Imbi or Asiajaya branch is terrific. Their specialty must eat dish is the molasses shrimp and I love the fried rice with deep fried anchovies.

Feb 24, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

French Window

Recently tried the tasting menu there. I must admit I was rather disappointed. I would give them top marks for presentation. Every dish was extremely aesthetically pleasing to the eye but kinda fell short on the palate. Specifically on some of the signature dishes, the tuna kadaif was surprisingly flat and tasteless for a deep fried dish. the angus beef tartare was interesting more for the crunchy cracker at the bottom than for the taste of the beef. The only dish I thought was more yummy than its appearance suggested was the lamb with potatoes. But the venue is fantastic and all of the food was really, really beautifully presented.

Think Cepage is a way, way, way better experience and probably one of the more under appreciated restaurants of its class in HK.

Feb 24, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Robuchon vs Robuchon

Toss a coin - but if it makes a big difference, in Macau, you essentially get to order wines off of Stanley Ho's personal collection (for which you will pay an arm and a leg).

Feb 24, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - South Indian?

Lotus (on the way to PJ old town) and Kanna in Section 19. Eat off a bannana leaf - doesn't get better than that!

Feb 24, 2010
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

2010 HK Michelin-starred restaurants

Jean Georges has THE BEST weekday lunch deal in NYC - used to go there all the time because I really, really prefer not to eat 7 courses at one go. But it sounds like you didn't dine in the formal dining room, where I think its something like $22 for 2 courses and then $11 for each additional course. You get a choice of almost everything on the dinner menu for a much more reasonable price. You can also eat from this menu AT THE BAR in the casual dining room but not at any of the tables.

Dec 26, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

2010 HK Michelin-starred restaurants

It was very clear that he manager was also in on it...

Dec 11, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

2010 HK Michelin-starred restaurants

Agree, I really wish I had seen your blog before booking Amber Peech!

Dec 11, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

2010 HK Michelin-starred restaurants

We brought 3 bottles of wine with us and bought some champagne from them. Two were reds that needed to be decanted. We were in a private room, we saw everything that was happening. They set aside two full glasses, one from each bottle and poured the rest into two decanters, which they started to pour for us immediately. Then in the middle of the dinner service, the waiter just calmly strolled out with both glasses. It was a stupid thing to do, as they were full glasses from two 100pt bottles - there was no way we wouldn't have noticed or would have let it just slide. We didn't make a fuss then as we were kind of shocked and it was a birthday dinner party where we still had a few courses coming. After we settled the bill, the more we thought about it, the more upset we felt so we called the manager and complained about it. She obviously knew about it, she didn't even have to check with the waiter or try to deny it happened but immediately offered to comp us 10% of our bill. Her shoddy "official excuse" was that they coated the decanter with the two glasses but that was not at all what they did. It was just how she probably accounted for the discount internally. What really happened was that some of the staff probably shared the wine amongst themselves. We frequently bring our own wine to many fine establishments and if the somnelier actually has the curtesy of coming in to discuss the vintage with us, we are happy to share. But this on occasion we didn't even see the somnelier and they didn't even ask so it was just theft and really quite shocking for such a supposedly high class establishment. And the food, which was the degustation menu minus the cheeses, wasn't just forgettable, we left wanting to forget about it.

Dec 10, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

2010 HK Michelin-starred restaurants

I am in shock at Amber. I think the food is overly pretentious and most of the time they do things that do nothing to enhance the flavor of the food just for the sake of showing off that they can do it. As a result you end up with too much foam, a lot of fuss that is not all that well executed when the food is served and scales that taste awful and are are mysteriously left on the fish so because they can fry it and fluff it up. And this from their degustation menu... They don't even deserve one star, much less two. They also stole a two full glasses of our fine wine (which included a 1982 Mouton) which we brought during a private dinner. Apalling behaviour for a restaurant of their supposed calibre. Under impressed and never going back.

Last night however, I had my best fine dining experience in HK so far at Cepage and am very happy to see they got one star. We enjoyed two simple, yet excellent dishes from their white truffle menu and had the most incredible lamb dish there. It was hideously expensive but worth every succulent bite.

Dec 10, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Lei Garden

Have started to avoid Lei Garden IFC for lunch. They pre-steam and re-heat their dim sum in order to increase table turnover. Beyond just the fixed eating time slots they hand out for lunch, its just not acceptable. When a restaurant gets greedy like that, its just down hill from there on out... Although I work in Wanchai, have avoided that location too on the assumption they do that everywhere now...

Aug 28, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong: Best mid-range priced restaurants on HK Island?

I think Lot 10 on Gough St (Noho) sounds exactly like what you are looking for. Its a small place, quiet and the food is just fantastic but very reasonably priced. I believe its French Mediterranean cuisine and we particularly enjoyed the foie gras pate, artichoke salad, an amazingly fresh salt-crusted fish and the roast beef was the perfect combination of melt-in your mouth fat and tenderness. The chef used to cook at Zuma. All dishes came family style to share. Its perfect for groups and a real little find - the kind of places you stumble across all the time in NY but less so in HK.

Aug 28, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Restaurants / Bars with a view of HK Skyline

Wouldn't really eat there but go to Sevva for a drink outside - the view is amazing.

Jul 16, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Best Italian restaurant in Hong Kong: Da Domenico?

I believe Umberto caters private dinner parties these days... and that he will re-emerge soon...

Jul 16, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Where do Hong Kong foodies gather?

I just got to HK from NY too and would definitely be up for a foodie group...

Jul 16, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Must eat dishes at Amber?

Thanks e_ting, that's very helpful advice. I am asking them to put together a 5-6 course menu for me but want to have some input into what we will be eating...

Jul 15, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Trip Report - China

Sorry to hear the Xian part of your trip was disappointing. I actually was pleasantly surprised by my food experiences there. I remember really enjoying various local preparations of a seasonal green vegetable that was in season when I was there (March). They did it quite well at one of the large restaurants outside the terracotta warrior museum. Also, didn't care for the buns but, but the yangrou soup at Lao Sun Jia was amazing - the meat was just cooked, very tender and smelled delicious. See NY times review - http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guid...

Many thanks for the Beijing/Shanghai reviews - some new places to try next I am there...

Jul 13, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Must eat dishes at Amber?

Planning a dinner party at Amber but the degustation menu didn't wow me and 10 courses is way too many. Would like to have 5-6 courses instead - any suggestions for the "must eat" dishes at Amber?

Jul 13, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Rediscovering KL

Thank you all for the mouthwatering suggestions. Sadly I am stuck in HK for awhile but plenty of places to hit on my next trip home to KL!!!

Jul 13, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Rediscovering KL

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions - had wonderful experiences at both Ming Room and Reunion but I think I will have to go back again several more times...
Love the suckling pig at El Cerdo as well although I could do without the plate breaking - not so cool after the first time. It is also the only place I have found in KL to get excellent jamon serrano as well - so don't order the parma ham.
For Japanese, I actually like Zipungi at the Shangri-la better than Kampachi for sashimi.
Despite strong intentions, haven't made it to Sage yet (too much rich food over chinese new year) and sadly I am off to HK in 3 days. Will have to wait for my next trip...

Feb 08, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

Ming Room - Best Upscale Cantonese in KL?

Yes the Jalan Alor char siew place is Meng Kee, the one and only... Actually as klyeoh points out, good char siew is not that hard to find in KL. The real challenge is finding the five layer of meat "siew yoke" that in Chinese is called "eem fah lam" (yes, I just butchered that translation). These days most places just serve the 2 layers (crispy on top + lean meat)... I haven't been to Soo Kee yet but it sounds like what I have been looking for since the "Ah Keong siew yoke" guy in SS2 passed away many years ago...

Feb 07, 2009
ywwan in China & Southeast Asia

MSG Coma at Momofuku Noodle Bar

No, to be honest, I felt so sick I downed a huge glass of water and just got out and left. I was fine 2 minutes after I got out the door into fresh air.

Jan 31, 2009
ywwan in Manhattan