Archive for December, 2009

Wiki Lim – my makan adviser,   passed me a dark brown business card and said ‘ go try this, this is not bad’ . When the sifu recommends, the dutiful little ( err..not so little) grasshopper will usually obey. So, off we went to Yummy Duck on one fine Sunday afternoon. I think it was almost a full house on that day we visited,  but luckily the place ( air-conditioned ) is rather spacious, so, there were plenty of room between the tables.

 I had brought along an article featured in The Star   to make sure that we know what to order.

We scanned the menu and for wanton noodles, they have 3 versions – dry/soupy/spicy (an extra surcharge of RM1 for the spicy version). 3 combination noodles (RM11.80) , where you get to choose 2 or 3 of  what to have with your wanton noodles  including : roast chicken, roast pork belly, char siew, roast duck , spare ribs, wanton or dumplings . Can I have all of ‘em ? 

Roast duck was priced at RM 52 for the whole bird and RM28 for half a bird, and roast chicken at RM 38 and RM20 for whole bird and half a bird, and as for roast goose : RM150 and RM80 respectively. Apart from wanton noodles, there are also other types of noodles available : minced pork butter noodles, Cantonese style horfun, crispy noodles with prawns etc

Side dishes include : deep fried silver fish with pepper sauce, deep fried soft shell crabs, glutinous rice stuffed chicken wings, shredded duck spring rolls and vegetables like : kailan, choy yuen, yau marg, hot spicy vegetables

We decided to go for : 3 combination noodles :roast pork belly, char siew and roast duck. , crispy noodles with prawns  and a plate of soft shell crabs.

Can’t help letting out a happy sigh when the 3 combination noodles arrived at our table. The char siew was very  much the  ‘lighter’  version of the gooey sweetish sauce type, probably too much lean meat as well although the meat wasn’t tough, I find this so-so. The roast pork belly fared better than the Char siew, the meat was fragrant and tasty and I failed to resist the temptation of chewing the crunchy skin- this was nice. Saving the best for last – the roast duck—the skin was crispy, the meat was tender ( melt in the mouth), nicely marinated, juicy, succulent ,blah blah blah  everything a roast duck should be ( wish list – pay for itself ?)  . YUMMMY. The texture of the wanton noodles was pretty good, fine and springy.

 

Crispy noodles with prawns (RM12) – I find the floury/ alkali (?)  taste of the noodles a bit too strong and the egg based gravy could not ‘cover’ it . Apart from prawns, there were also chunks of pork, snow peas, carrots, Chinese cabbage in the vege. This was average but I do like the sound the noodles make when you bite into them , crunch crunch..

 

Soft shell crabs (RM12) – the chef might have been a bit too zealous with the flavorings, this was a bit too salty for my liking and the taste of the crabs weren’t too prominent ( or to be blunt – tasteless) , seemed a bit like biting into flour rather than crabs

 

The moral of the story, when visiting a shop that says – Yummy Duck Roast House—stick to the roast ( and don’t forget the duck) .

 NB: they do  not accept credit cards.

 location

Tel : 79816299

Hours : 11 am -10:30pm

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From it’s name – Chongqing Chicken Hot Pot , I thought that they only served chicken, well, I was wrong ( rather often) , apart from chicken, you can have  pork, beef  or fish in a pot and you can also select the level of spiciness – non spicy, mild, medium and super spicy. The pots come in small, medium or big serving.  We were kinda greedy ( what’s new ?) and hungry ( the usual feeling) and ordered 2 small pots and mild spiciness of  : pork ribs hot pot恐龙骨煲 (or literally translated to dinosaur bones hotpot)  and beef hot pot牛魔王.

Extracted from http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/chongqing/dining1.htm  : As one branch of Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing cuisine is noted for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavors. Chongqing is the birth place of the hot pot in China. Once upon a time, it was a seasonal food designed to protect against the low temperatures and frigid winds of the winter. People would sit around a table, eat hot pot, and revel in the instant warmth that would flood their bodies. Hot pot has become more and more popular today, and it is widely enjoyed by people and regardless of seasons and regions.

While waiting for the hotpots to arrive, we decided to ‘explore’ the fridge where the side dishes were stored. There were baskets/bowls tagged from  RM1 to RM4 of vegetables, bowls of pork /fish balls, noodles, mushrooms, beancurd  etc etc  . We took a basket of yau mak ( RM2) and returned to our table. 

First to arrive was the pork ribs hot pot ( RM18.80) , the aroma filled our nostrils, captivate our lungs and brain and triggered a generous flow of saliva .The  flavour was a blend of sweet, sour and spicy . The chunks of ribs were meaty, tender and very  tasty. There were also quite a lot of vegetables in the pot : carrots, celery, garlic, onions and lotus root. Very nice indeed. Please try the cloves of garlic, these were cooked to perfection – soft, succulent  and oozing with garlic goodness.

 

Beef hotpot- another sizzling and aromatic pot. There were slices of beef, beef balls, and other chewy parts of mister/miss moomoo in the port, and as the pork ribs pot mentioned above, there were plenty of vegetables like carrots, raddish and celery in the pot. The beef balls were springy and the beef were tender. Nice.

 

When we were about to empty the content of the pots , the waitress came by and poured soup into the pots and hey- from  hotpot to steamboat, so , this is where the side dishes come into the picture. The soup from the beef hotpot tasted just like soup perut. Very pepper-ish. The soup were kinda salty but goes well with rice. ( Try not to get in the way of the steam from the soup as  I found myself going all teary-eyed from this, sniff sniff)

 The total bill, plus 2 rice and 2 drinks came to RM44.80. Overall a very enjoyable meal – especially suitable for a cool/rainy day to warm up your stomach. Thanks, Chunny for the treat.

Oh, for 2 pax of average eaters, I would recommend to order – 1 pot ( small) and add side dishes, as we found it a bit of a struggle for two of us to finish the 2 pots – we returned the untouched basket of yau mak to the fridge as if was just way beyond our belly capacity. I would return to try out the fish and chicken pot.

Location :

Restoran Chongqing Chicken Hot Pot

21, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
Taman Entrepreneurs Park,
58200 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel: 03-79806008

 This is at the same row of shops with Little Tree and  a Chinese medicine hall. Or the row behind JoJo’s Kitchen.

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/