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While I was looking through the list of the promotional meals daily updates in my inbox- Blue Med was interesting as it was located at Midvalley Megamall and then eh, from the  brief introduction – Blue Med was headed by an Iron Chef, Chef Yasuhiro Sasajima .  I  hadn’t dined in any Iron Chef kitchen before ! Sold….

It was easy to find Blue Med, just look for the fountain that linked Midvalley to The Gardens and beside it, you will see Blue Med. This is said to be a Mediterranean + Italian restaurant

We  find  the selection at Blue Med was rather limited. From the lunch menu- for the  main course : one could opt for 6 choices of pasta with price ranging from RM18 – 24 or 3 choices of 9 inch pizza with price ranging from RM16 – 20 or if you prefer order the main course that include : cutlet of dory fish with carrot  rapees, pan fried sea bass with braise clam and mussel, pan fried salmon with broccoli and cauliflower , rolled chicken with roasted potato or pan fried beef tagliata with grilled vegetables with prices ranging from RM18-38. Sorry ah, no chicken chop Maryland or pork chop with black pepper sauce one- this is Iron Chef you know..don’t play play one..

Our visit was on a Saturday lunch hour, Blue Med had a healthy crowd- almost all the tables were taken up. The kitchen was the open concept style, I was almost expecting to see the chef cursing at the kitchen staff ala Gordon Ramsey style and the  kitchen staff going ‘Yes Chef’ in a chorus..but I guess these people at Blue Med was more civilized than what I saw from  Hell Kitchen lah.blue med kitchen

We had RM100 to spend and did a bit of calculations before we order our meal to make sure that we do not exceed the budget. We decided to go for :  Capriciossa salad with eggs, beef bacon, black olives and tuna, and the pan fried sea bass plus the Sasajima’s set  menu for RM50 which include soup, a main course of spaghetti , dessert and tea/coffee. (There was also a RM70 set meal )

For drinks, we asked for plain waterwater

First up was bread plus olive oil seasoned with something ..err…  balsamic vinegar (?)..the oil was light and the warm bread had a wonderful dense yet soft texture. I likeyyybread

Capriciossa salad (RM24) –I loved the tuna flakes, the strips of beef bacon and of course the olives , this was delicioussalad

From the Sasajima set menu : Salad of the day with grilled vegetable, grapefruit bubbles and tapenade, the presentation was beautiful, this was the first time ( the suar-par-kau translated to mean monkey from the jungle) that I get  bubbles on my meals and tapenade , the vegetables include yam cubes, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes and unidentified vegetable ( the long ones you see in the pix below) . Taste wise I won’t say this was outstanding but I was still trying to get over the bubbles.salad1

Soup of the day was potato soup, the plate was soo big and the little cavity containing the soup was err..not soo big. The soup was nice very slight grainy texture albeit a bit oily with pieces of croutons floating  in the soup.soup

Pan fried sea bass with braise clam and mussel, seaweed flavour ( RM24), the piece of sea bass was supported by clams and mussels atop the seaweed soup/gravy. The fish was fresh and sweet and the soup was like the Chinese seaweed soup which was an interesting combination . This was kind of hard to photograph as the colour of the dish was rather bland.sea bass

From the Sasajima set menu , spaghetti tomato sauce with grilled red snapper  and cherry tomato, I was a bit worried about the dish as I am not a fan of tomato sauce with my spaghetti but then ahh..my worries were for nothing as , coating the spaghetti was a light and fresh  tomato sauce which was not thickly overpowering. Iciban !spaghetti

Next was dessert of the day which was walnut mousse and coffee- this would usually costs RM16 but this was also part of the  Sasajima set menu- another beautiful presentation. There were a large number of walnuts served on top of the dessert, a bit too much for my liking as my liking does  not include walnuts. Taste wise, I would say that this was so-so ( not just because of the walnuts) – I find this a bit bland there were no outstanding flavours that screamed ‘ eat me’.dessert

 

And lastly- coffee…hmmmm…kopi

Overall, a good meal, service was excellent, the staff do not wait to be called but take proactive action, for instance one waiter saw Carmen taking a fork to get some the spaghetti from my plate and immediately , a side plate was delivered to our table. And when dessert came , two spoons were provided.

Location :
Unit 27-G Ground Flr & Unit 27-1 First Flr,
Signature Office,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City ,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
03-2201 5081

blue med

There were 2 pre-requisite for the lunch outing,1- it has to be at Midvalley, and 2- Xiao Long Bao ( mini dumplings) –thus eliminating -Thai, Malay  or Western Food  and streamlined the selection  down to maybe 3 (or 4)  eateries. Having previously dined at Ding Dai Fung (DDF) , I suggested trying out Crystal Jade.

Crystal Jade (CJ)  is not too easy to spot , tucked in an inconspicuous corner and probably outshined by it’s more popular neighbor – Fong Lye (Taiwanese food) . CJ doesn’t seemed to be expecting big crowds, as there weren’t that many tables , and with that too they seemed to be arranged rather close to each  other.  The setting was  casual and open as while dining, you could view the chefs doing their stuff.

Apart from the pork dumplings, la mien is a must order ( well, half the name of the shop is la mien, guess this should be special) . The set meals seemed interesting (or make life much easier)  , each served with entre, main course and some form of dessert. There were 5 of us and  we opted for 3 set meals plus 2 servings of xiao long bao.

The xiao long pao ( RM8.80 for 4 pieces) was exquisite, the wonderfully rich and sweet  broth within  it’s thin,  soft and smooth casing, and the tasty filings. I think these are better than the dumplings at DDF.  One complain is that they are rather stingy with the ginger shreds ( providing only 2 small bowls of sparsely filled shreds) , and the vinegar and ginger  doesn’t seemed as  tasty as those at DDF

 

The set meals with the various desserts and soup came almost at the same time, so I am not too sure which came with which set..oh ahh…but be assured that with a set meal, it’s 3 in a set.

La mien beef brisket  set ( RM20.80) – the noodles was smooth and springy ( not flourly), the broth was full of flavour  and the beef was tender and tasty -they were generous with the amount of meat too. Very nice.

 

I am not sure what was supposed to come with the beef brisket, but anyway, we were also served a cold dish – cubed tofu with century egg plus meat floss, this was interesting, the century egg with it’s distinctive and strong flavour plus the bland tofu, which seemed to work –  this was rather ok.

 

La mien with minced meat and mushroom set (RM18.80) – same yummy lai mien noodles, served with slightly spicy sweet gravy, this was good too.

 

 ’old’ soup – old cucumber soup, rich and had the flavour of soup boiled with tender loving care and over slow fire for many hours. Delicious

 

Vegetable fried rice plus pork rib set ( RM20.80) , I think this must have come with the 2 xiao long bao in the set , as there were caught together in the pix, although I might be wrong, the fried rice was tasteless, did they forget to add something ? or was this meant to be ? the deep fried pork rib ( boneless) was rather ok, thin crispy crust on the outside and tender succulent meat underneath.

 

Spring rolls, black fungus with celery and what seemed to be a soupy dessert with chopped bits of water chestnut. The black fungus thingy with celery was topped with some sesame oil, and the blend of – the crispy green sharpness of celery, the soft sesame oil drenched black fungus – an interesting combination.The spring rolls, ahh..what wonderful spring rolls, the skin was delicately thin ( and crispy but non oily ) and the vegetable  filing was tasty, what wonderful spring rolls. The water chestnut broth was heavenly- not overly sweet and the chopped chestnut adding another layer of texture to this thick soupy dessert

 

Mango pudding – this has a bit more character compared to the usual mango pudding, it wasn’t overly smooth and soft, with a bit of a grainy texture, not overly sweet. Not bad.

 

Overall, a rather enjoyable meal – I would probably return for the dumplings, and the beef brisket noodles ( and perhaps the spring rolls)

The bill ( plus drinks) came to RM111 ( including service charge and GST , and we refused the wet tissues)

 Location :

 

Lot T 210, 3rd floor, The Garden,

Mid Valley City,

59200 KL

Tel : 2283 3129

Official website : http://www.crystaljade.com/

Before Din Tai Fung hit the shores of M’sia, before the mini craze of siu lorng paus 小籠包 ( SLP) I would just nod and say a few polite words of something similar to  ‘really ah…so nice ahh..ohh..they  weigh each dumpling to make sure every one weighs the same ah..oh..like that ahh…so many people queue up one ah..’ when people started to talk about having a meal at DTF.

When DTF newly opened at the Gardens , Midvalley Megamall, I heard that there were long queues and large crowds..and finally, the Malaysian mass  can check out Din Tai Fung  SLP without having to go through immigrations.

We arrived at DTF around 8-ish pm on a weekday, not too big a crowd, we didn’t have to wait to get a table which was good as everyone was hungry. There were 5 of us and as the portions can be pretty big for small eaters ( yours truly excluded in this category), we decided to order 3 bowls of noodles and 2 sets of SLP.

The appetizers were pretty appetizing – strips of crunchy salted veges, fungi, seaweed etc. This gets the stomach juice flowing.

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We ordered the combo-dumpling set : pork and crabmeat+pork. The SLP’s looked very dainty and simple seated on a white cloth in the steamer. Going through the motions : Lifting up the SLP from it’s nest with the chopsticks, the weight of the broth against the thin skin of the dumpling, dipping the SLP into vinegar and positioning in onto the ceramic soup spoon and adding a few strips of ginger..and the bite..hhmm..feel the taste of the sweet broth on your tongue and you sip the broth greedily ..ahh..so ends the fate of the dainty and simple SLP..and it was pretty good SLP.dumplings 

Each set consist of 6 SLP ( unless you opt for the bigger set which comes in 12 units), and there were 5 of us, so how do we do the math of who gets how many ? we did it the democratic way –  the person who makes the most noise get the extras…that’s fair huh ? ( and it was not me..)

We ordered prawn wanton noodles – the noodles arrived with the 5 wantons in a row..so pretty one..the prawns were fresh , the broth was sweet and the noodles were smooth and springy. No faults here.

 prawn

The crowd were getting hungrier by the moment, so even before I manage to get my camera ready, they had started to attack the noodle soup with fried pork chop .So, sorry la..no photos, and it was one big block of pork – actually, the comment was ..too much meat..the broth taste the same as the broth  prawn wanton noodles.

The same fate befall the braised beef noodle soup – so, I only managed to get a picture of the ‘apportioned/ shared ‘ small bowl allocated to me, again- plenty of beef, big chunks of it. The broth is a dark clear soup and taste of spice, I am wondering why DTF do not serve vegetables  with these noodles ( e.g spinach or others) the noodles just had  some sprinkle of spring onions. It’s almost like meat meat meat and you won’t have any distractions from the vegetables

braised-beef

 Interested to find out more about the history of  Bingyi Yang from Shanxi who started all this and the official websites  ? The  English version is here , and the Chinese version is here 

Din Tai Fung Restaurant

Lot LG-207, Lower Ground Floor,

The Gardens, Midvalley City,

59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03 2283 2292