Posts Tagged ‘Taiwanese food’

We past Formosa a couple of times, and had even studied the colouful pictures of the dishes on the glass panes at the door. I guess it was about time we checked this out.

Formosa has a wide selection of noodles ( 17)  include but  not limited to : yang chun noodles, dry noodles with minced pork, stuffed dumpling noodles, deep frid pork chop noodles , chicken drum stick noodles, beef noodles , price ranges from RM5.90 – 11.50

There were a variety of rice  ( 14) available too,   include but  not limited to : braised pork rice, stew pork rice, deep fried pork chop, Taiwan sausage rice, deep fried fish rice, fried salty chicken rice, chicken drumstick rice etc .. price ranges from RM4.90 – 11.50

F ordered Blueberry smoothie (RM5.50)  – we were pre-warned by the waiter  that this was going to be brown and not blue, but it was still a shocker that it was so brown lah…. taste wise,  I would suggest you give this a miss, it tasted artificial and we applaud F for  managing to drink more than half of this  I had Jasmine green milk tea RM4.20, fragrant of jasmine tea was pleasant and being milk tea is was rather smooth – I like it . 

What we had for lunch :

Appertizer : century egg with  tofu 柴魚皮蛋豆腐M4.90 . This was a cold dish. The dish was topped with the ‘chai yue’ (translated : wooden fish) flakes with some gravy over the tofu block and the quartered century eggs.The bland tofu , the slightly salty fish and the musky century egg – a simple dish but the combination works ! we liked it

Or Chien ( fried oyster) RM13- this was recommended by the waiter and he said that this is done differently than other restaurant where it’s usually oysters in a thinner egg batter  . The Formosa version was rather chunky, we found it to be a bit too starchy and as with or –chien, some part of the egg batter can be a bit gooey.

 Brinjal with minced meat- thinly sliced (yet still connected) brinjal with plenty of minced meat and garnishings –a perfect harmony of taste with a tinge of chili hotness, tinge of sourness from pickled vegetable.we were scooping the gravy greedily, goes very well with rice. We likeyyyyy..

Twice cooked meat 回锅肉, I was a bit surprised to see cabbage served with pork and what I can say is –  it was a wonderfully treat for my taste buds, the multi-layered fatty pork were very thinly sliced, which make it easier to reduce the guilt feeling when eating all that fat. Fat tastes sooooo wonderful as it trickled down my throat..lubricating the esophagus , and the taste is extremely satisfying . .Another winner. I wished there were more pork to go around  but the cabbage rocked too !This was my favourite dish for the day. Did a search on the net and it seemed that this is  a szechuan dish, click here for the recipe  ( this is in Chinese )After the meal, we were served a plate of complimentary fruit  Overall, an enjoyable meal, we will certaintly be back for more !

Location :

 If you know where DBKL is, the restaurant is  on the same row, and opposite is Guardian.

 

No.5 Jalan 10/116b Kuchai Entrepreneur’s Park,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama.
58200 KL
Tel : 79801888
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Lunch ? what to eat ? Ok, let’s go to Kuchai Lama, drive around the place and go into the shop that strike our fancy. With that modulus operandi , we ended up at Taipei Walker !

What we lunched on : 

Taiper Walker special ( RM5.90) –typical ice kacang with red bean, cincau, creamed corn, attap seeds on finely shaved ice. There were quite a big portion of goodies in the bowl. In comparison with the usual ABC, the Taipei Walker version was less sweet, the con is that once the ice had melted, the ‘drink’ was tasteless. We fished out the goodies – not wanting any of the liquid portion.Soup noodles with pork ribs (RM9.90) The texture of the noodles were ok, the ribs were tasty, the broth has the usual ‘koay teow th’ng’ taste.

Sizzling pork chop ( RM13.90) , quite a generous serving of pork chop with spaghetti on the side, F seemed to enjoy that ,  to the point that she conveniently  ‘forgot’ to share some with us 🙂

I ordered the 3 cup chicken (RM12.90)  – the name related to using 3 cups of sauce to marinate the dish ( and not that I was served 3 cupfuls  of chicken). This set came with : a bowl of rice which was ‘enhanced’ with bits of pork and some sauce – nice ;   pickled papaya which  got the gastric juices working in overdrive) ; clear soup ; small piece of tofu with some black mashed stuff on it- which taste familiar but I couldn’t place the flavour, after a few bites- discovered that the mashed stuff were century eggs- I liked this.  And the main player- the 3 cup chicken, well marinated (generous amount too) of bite-sized chicken pieces,with bits of basil and dried chili.I liked the 3 cup chicken !

I wonder –is Taiper Walker related to Johnny Walker ?

 Location :

 

‘Back’ , < despite holding a canggih iPhone that wouldn’t cause tendinitis if she were to type a few more alphabets, that would be the regular short and precise  text message that appears on my phone whenever MY is back in town. After which, there  will be a flurry of text messages or e- mails between myself and  Chunny, to set a date and time for  dinner.

I thought we would be having dinner at a ‘big fried’ ( tai chow) stall and hence  found myself rather inappropriately dressed when was told that we are heading to Megamall for dinner. This is the other problem with these meet ups, we can’t seemed to make a decision on where to have the meal and would have to wait until when we meet physically , to decide where we want to go.

After some debate and a false alarm ( i.e. having sat at a table and studied the menu at another establishment ) we decide to try out Fong Lye

 

When we arrived at FL, we ‘reported’ to the counter, and was given a number ( kinda like at the post office) and was told to wait until our number is called.

 We were served (tiny) glasses of milk tea while we wait, we settled at the comfy seating area and studied the menu. And we sat..and studied and sat….and sat.. and it was a  rather frustrating wait as we saw couples or groups that came after us get to  a table before us,  as there were more tables for 2 pax–( or multiples of 2 pax), so , our group of 3 just have to have a longer wait.    …..the wait was more than 30 mins and we had actually walked to the counter to return our number /gave up waiting. Miraculously, 3 pax finished their dinner and we get a table. And it was already 9 pm.

 MY, being a regular visitor to Taiwan was consulted on what we should try out, and I guess I wouldn’t have ordered what I did if I came on my own.

 

For drinks we had a pot of Hot Taiwanese “Gui Hua’ oolong tea ( RM12.50) / pot 

 

We also tried the Papaya milk drink (RM7.80)  – I found there were some holdback to the taste as possibly the papaya wasn’t ripe enough to give this the aromatic and richness of the papaya flavour. Another comment was that this could do with more milk .

Chunny had the Fresh Tomato fried egg with fish (RM20.80) – this was like a feast, there were so many bits and pieces that came with the set lah.  Dumpling lah, sour salad lah, crunchy green stuff lah,  seaweed soup lah … The rice came with minced pork on the side and this was very tasty .The egg in tomato was rather delicious albeit slightly sweetish, I find that the slices of fish a bit dry.

 MY ordered Cool noodles (RM10.80)- her comments was :  texture was pretty ok, but could do with being more springy, the sesame seed was slightly burnt – wow, I am sorry, I can’t even taste the sesame, and MY was commenting that they are burnt. This was interesting and rather nice.

I had the Herbal Soup with Taiwan Burger ( RM17.80). I was served a steamed bun thingy full of fillings and pork intestine soup . At first , the taste was a glaring extreme , i.e, the mild and pleasant soup versus the sweet , spicy burger, but after a while, hey, this was rather nice ! the burger had a big slice of  fatty pork ,  took a glance and without a second thought, I bit into the burger – and forgot about the LDH, HDL, trigliserides eh, It didn’t felt like I bit into  fat juicy lard. The soup was heavenly,   the strong distinct taste of Chinese barley with  lotus seed and  tons of  pork intestine- I hadn’t had so much pork intestine in one seating before, and after this, I think I will look at pork intestine a bit differently, they are rather pleasant and smooth ( no weird thingy in the orifice and no strong smell)

 

Spring Roll ( RM9.30)  – the skin was like what we get in regular popiah and it was a bit thick, MY said that the skin for Taiwanese spring rolls should be egg based. The fillings – rather interesting taste- kinda saucy, sweet and a tinge of spiciness with a bit of a crunch.

 Total bill , plus service charge and Govt tax, came to ~ RM91. Not that cheap but quallity of food was pretty good.

 Meanwhile,  we wait with bated breath  for the word   ‘Back’ to appear on our phones…

Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant
Lot T-208, 3rd Floor
The Gardens Mid Valley
Tel : 03-22828699