Archive for August, 2012

Ekkkk….with an offer of pay RM40 and get a RM80 voucher, how can, how can, how can one resist the temptation ? me for one can’t ! …And so, we were tempted and bought the deal to dine at Royale Vietnam..

I don’t know about you, but I find it confusing to navigate around Starhill Gallery. Choosing a suitable floor to get out of the lift from the car park was already a task..Grrr….anyway, we made our way to the floor that took us to the lobby of JW Marriot and upon exit ,  asked one of the staff for directions to get to the Feast Floor, -expecting to received a series of complicated directions that might puzzle Yoda , we were pleasantly surprised that we were accompanied to the staircase, and more amazement followed , where we were accompanied down the grand staircase and delivered to the front step of Royale Vietnam . I told the young gentleman – oh, we won’t know how to get back to the lifts later can you come and fetch us ? He looked at his watch and without hesitation said that if we can give him the time we finish our meal, he will come for us. I quickly told him that we were joking. This is what we call service !

The entrance to Royale Vietnam spelt luxury (and expensive)

 We were shown to our seat by a waitress clad in traditional Vietnamese costume. We took a really long time to study the menu..you know la..with RM80 to spend..we do not want to be spending under or too much over this value la..sure la, what do you expect from  people that dine with discount vouchers one, huh ? We decide to go for Combo appetizer (RM39.90), Lotus fried rice (RM24.90) and lemongrass chicken (RM28.90)

While waiting for the food to arrive, we soaked in the ambience..

 

 Moved the table piece hoping to achieve a better composed picture

Not too long later , the Combo appetizer came sailing in a boat-like dish, offering five different types of appetizers

Accompanied by three types of sauces. Except for the vegetable spring roll that came in four sections , there were three units each for the  rest of the appetizers. And the verdict – the sugarcane thingy- good, the prawn thingy – good, the fried spring roll thingy – good : these were stuff with deep fried seafood paste- which was a burst of rich and sweet seafood flavour and was slightly crisp on the outer section .  As for the vegetable spring roll, ahhh…they were good too .

 The cutest passenger on the ‘boat’ were these baby birds, with chili padi for the beak and quail egg for the face- cute ! and the seafood paste taste as good too. Both Chunny and myself agree that this was probably one of the must-try dishes here and the price was reasonable considering that you get 5-in-1 appetizer.

 Lotus fried rice, when it arrived, with the ‘packaging’ intact – it reminded me of the leatherbacks turtles at  Rantau Abang- not that I have seen one and not that I have been to Rantau Abang.  

Once we open the parcel.. the fragrant -not unlike that of dumplings drifted to our nostrils..the rice was very tasty and my favourite part was biting into the soft lotus seeds..hmmmm..nice

 Lemongrass chicken, I must say I was a bit taken aback at the petite size of the dish as it looked like the prop from a masak-masak game  complete with a wooden stove. Taste wise- another winner ! The chicken pieces were well marinated and burst of the distinct and refreshing flavour of lemongrass.

 Overall – an enjoyable meal. I likeyy very muchie ! All the food delivered to our table were delicious and the ambiance was great. I would come back again..if you are buying me dinner…haha. On top of the RM80 voucher , we had to folk out an additional RM17- what bad mathematicians we were !

We were charged RM1.90 for a glass of warm water. The prices for the dishes were pricey but probably fitting to the Feast Village range  …

Location :

LG 7, Feast  Floor, Starhill Gallery,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2143 9778

Although I do not observe fasting during the month of Puasa , maybe I should repharse that, I do not observe fasting regardless of the day/ month…I am always telling myself that I should try fasting one day… but mentally, I can’t even get past the possibility of surviving half  a (waking) day of fasting  how then ? Oh…I do fast for maybe 12 hours for the company annual blood test thingy but that was over the night , i usually make sure I am the second if not first to be in queue for the blood drawing exercise the next morning  in order to replenish my empty stomach ASAP… So for those who Puasa, I tabik you…for your perseverance and patience. 

When Ithink of puasa, I think of the pasar Ramadan ( sorry, I am not addressing the religious aspect of Puasa, but more from the gastronomical  angle), and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the colourful canopies amid the celah celah pokok  at the junction of Jalan Desa Bahagia at Taman Desa ( this is opposite Faber Tower on one side , and facing the  Taman Desa Food Court (next to the Shell Petrol Station)  which could only indicate one thing – Pasar Ramadan. If i remember correctly, for the previous years, the pasar Ramadan for Taman Desa was on the other / quieter side of Danau Desa, this ‘new’ location is definitely more noticeable and assessible.

 I forgot to count, but i think there were about twenty-ish stalls there

The ayam panggang stall…

One of the many stall selling drinks , what would you like ? Asam boi, jagong, milo, bandung + selasih, cincau + selasih, tembikai or  honey dew…

The satay makcik and her clan

Yummilicious satay by the dozens

 Buah melaka, pengat ubi plus other sweet stuff ..

The murtabak pakcik who asked me to make sure that he looked handsome in the picture

Mouth watering nasi goreng with ayam..

And my highlight for the day – Kuih Akok. This is a famous Kelantanese dessert- sweet, rich and superbly delicious . Akok are made with eggs, santan, sugar and flour.

This is how you make akok… pour the batter into the moulds…

 

Cook them over charcoal/gas fire…

Plus the friendly Kelantanese smiles…( sorry i missed part of yor head, Dik)

After a few minutes of heat – remove the fluffy and inviting looking akok from the moulds..

 It’s not easy to find good akok in KL ( maybe I have not been looking at the right places), to me the sign of a good akok is – the surface/ edges  of the akok must have crinkly ( full of wrinkles), maybe a bit of a near-char at the edges, fluffy, glistening with brown to dark brownish colouration < if the akok show signs of such appearance , then you might potentially have great tasting akok .  And this Akok stall at Taman Desa with the tagline –  ‘Raja Akok’- met all the criteria, appearance and taste. The akok are sold at RM2 for 3 pieces, these are rather larger in size than the regular akok. The Adik manning the stall is from Gua Musang and will be going home with his adik-adik on the 15th for Hari Raya.

Selamat berpuasa , Selamat Hari Raya and Happy holidays !

If you are interested in making akok, you can try the recipe from this link