Friday, 8 September 2017

Restoran D' Hainan Kitchen @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

One of the new restaurants to open in Cyberjaya is D' Hainan Kitchen. This restaurant specialises in Halal Hainanese Cuisine and they are located on the CBD Perdana 2 area. Located along the row of shops facing Centrus Mall, this restaurant is conveniently located with ample parking spaces. 

D' Hainan Kitchen In CBD Perdana 2
The restaurant itself is quite spacious and elegantly designed. Clearly the owners have spent quite a bit on renovations. Not only do they have a beautiful indoor dining hall, they do have some stalls that are located outside selling items like Yong Tau Fu, Chee Cheong Fun and Ais Kacang. There is a small outdoor seating area too for those who smoke. 

The menu is quite comprehensive covering a range of dishes. However, some of their core dishes here are basically their Roasted Chicken, Chicken Rice (using the same Roasted Chicken), Wantan Mee that again comes with the Roasted Chicken and Hainanese Bread. Prices seemed very reasonable as well. 

Hainanese Tea @ RM 2.30
Since it is a Hainanese Restaurant, I decided to go for some Hainanese Tea and this was priced at RM 2.30 . I felt that the Tea was nicely fixed except that it took way too long for it to arrive. Since they are rather new, the staffs have not got into the tune yet. I am sure that they were trying hard and eventually would get there. Taste wise, my rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Roasted Chicken Wantan Mee @ RM 7.90

Dumplings In Clear Soup
For me, this Wantan Mee was above average and seemed pretty decent. The portions were huge and they were quite generous with the sauces. The dish also came with some Roasted Chicken which seemed a tad too dry for me. I would have expected one that was a little juicy. Noodles wise, I would rate it 7/10 and for their Roasted Chicken, I would rate it at 6/10. There was some Wanton Dumplings as well that was served in clear soup and I found it to be pretty good. For the latter, my rating shall be 8/10. 

Being a new Halal Hainanese Restaurant, they do have some customer service issues which they would need to fix. I guess the staffs have still not got in sync yet and give them a few weeks and I am sure that that would be sorted. As for the Tea that I had tried, it was quite good. Their Wantan Noodles was decent as well and so was their dumplings. Their Roasted Chicken could have been better. Still, the ambience is one that I totally loved. Elegantly designed and perfect to even entertain clients. 

Address: CBD Perdana 2, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 1800 Daily 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Restoran T.Dhiviya Curry House @ Subang Jaya, Selangor

I was looking for a place to have a good South Indian Banana Leaf Rice Meal in Subang Jaya. Having known Mr. Velan who knows the eateries in this side of town well, I gave him a call and Restoran T. Dhiviya Curry House was his recommendation. Having come from a gentleman who knows his stuff well, I had to give this place a try as I know that he would never go wrong with his recommendations. 

The Restaurant Located In USJ 16
This restaurant is located in USJ 16 which is away from the busy side of Subang Jaya. They are located along the same row as Stadium Curry House and parking is ample. We arrived a little past the usual lunch hours and that kind off helped as well in terms of parking.

Basic Banana Leaf Rice Meal @ RM 7.00
Their basic Banana Leaf Rice Meal is priced at RM 7.00 . A little higher than the rest but since the recommendation came from someone who knows his area well, I assumed that it was going to be totally worth it. This set came with three vegetables, free flow of curries, some pickles, Appalam and Rasam. 

The vegetables served were quite basic but taste wise, they really stood out. The Poriyal was my favourite among all three and it was fresh and crispy. My rating for these shall be 8/10. 

Chicken Kulambu

Mutton Kulambu
I tried their Chicken and Mutton Kulambu. Firstly, their Chicken Kulambu was awesome. It was so thick and rich in spices. It has been so long that I had tasted some good curries like these. The flavours were so perfect and I wished that I had a bigger appetite. Mutton Kulambu is another rare gravy these days and I was surprised to find it here. Again, another one that was simply out of this world. Reminded me of the Mutton Kulambu that my late grandmother used to make. 10/10 would be my rating for both these curries. 

Chicken Varuval @ RM 5.50

Goat Intestine Perattal @ RM 6.00
We had also ordered a plate of Chicken Varuval and Goat Intestine Perattal and they were priced at RM 5.50 and RM 6.00 . Portions wise, they were very generous for both the dishes. The Chicken Varuval was above average only for me. It was a tad too dry and the chunks were slightly larger that what I would have preferred. Taste wise, it could have been slightly better too. For this dish, I would rate it at 7/10. Their Goat Intestine Perattal however was super good. It came with some thick gravy and it was a taste to remember. Truly some amazing stuff and I would rate this at 10/10. 


Moore Iced @ RM 2.50
Their Rasam again was pretty good. Rich is spices and the flavours were amazing. 9/10 for this. And to cap my meal, I had a glass of Iced Moore which was priced at RM 2.50 . This came in a tall glass and it was good. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Bill For The Day
Overall, the food at this restaurant was really amazing. I specifically enjoyed all their curries which was a class of it's own. Hardly you get curries this good at restaurants anymore. The other one that I have got to mention is their Goat Intestine Perattal which again was heavenly. For excellent South Indian Banana Leaf Rice Meal, I would highly recommend T. Dhiviya Curry House. It's definitely an experience to remember. 

Address: No. 11, Jalan USJ 16/2F, USJ 16, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Restoran You N Mee @ Puchong, Selangor

Another good place to have Hokkien Mee in Puchong would be Restoran You N Mee. This restaurant has been around for a very long time and is a sister restaurant of Tiong Hokkien Mee which is located in Damansara Utama and Restoran Ah Wa which is located along Jalan 222, Petaling Jaya. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan Kenari 3, Puchong Jaya

Good Crowd
Having been part of a famous group, this restaurant does have a good crowd all day long even when it is close to midnight which is beyond the normal dinner hours. They are located along Jalan Kenari 3 in Bandar Puchong Jaya and are open daily from 3 pm till midnight. The only problem here would be parking which seems to be an issue round the clock.

Their menu carries all the items found in Tiong Hokkien Mee. In fact, they had reused the very same menu card as well. I guess the fact that they are part of the same family carries weight and they aree leveraging on each other's strength.

Fish Cake @ RM 4.00

Silky Soft Texture
Their Fish Cake is one that I enjoyed. It had such a delicate and silky texture on the inside while remaining juicy despite being deep fried. There was not much taste of oil too. Perfectly done and my rating for this shall be 9/10.

Hokkien Mee (1 pax) @ RM 9.00

Delicious Chilli Paste
I had initially thought that the prices are high here by looking at the menu since they had quoted RM 9.00 per pax for noodles but when the dish arrived, I realised that it was a mistake. Because that dish was good to feed two people. It came with some cabbage, shrimps and lard and the overall preparation was very good. Very similar in style to the other sister restaurants. As for their Hokkien Mee, my rating shall be 9/10. Coming over to their Belacan Chilli Paste, this was really something. It wasn't too spicy and the shrimp paste did not overpower the overall flavour. Just perfect and it went so well with the Hokkien Mee. 10/10 would be my rating for this.

Fried Chicken Wings @ RM 7.00
Their Chicken Wings is another unique preparation. It is coated with fermented beancurd and deep fried and this coating gives it such a unique taste. Even this one wasn't oily at all. Crispy skin and it was so juicy and good on the inside. 9/10 again for this preparation. 

Having been the sister restaurant of  Tiong Hokkien Mee and Ah Wa Hokkien Mee, Restoran You N Mee definitely lives up to it's reputation. Each and every dish that we tried was excellent. Speedy services and reasonable prices. An excellent Hokien Mee restaurant to visit in Bandar Puchong Jaya. 

Address: No. 19, Jalan Kenari 3, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1500 - 0000 Daily 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Restoran Abirami @ Subang Jaya, Selangor

It has been a while since I checked out the South Indian food scene in Subang Jaya. I was here for a meeting and it was already time for lunch. Having not wanted to go around looking for a new restaurant that I have not visited, I visited a familiar restaurant in SS15 called Restaurant Abirami. 

Restoran Abirami In SS15, Subang Jaya
This restaurant has been around for a very long time. I have visited them some 10 years back and then, the food was good. Hoping for the same quality, I walked in confidently. The restaurant has not changed a bit except for the outdoor seating area which is by the side of the restaurant. It was sharp 12 noon and there was not much of a crowd yet. That being the case, we received priority treatment and very quickly the food was served. 

Banana Leaf Meal Set @ RM 6.00 + Vegetarian Mock Chicken @ RM 5.50
I had gone for their Banana Leaf Meal set which was priced at RM 6.00 . Along with that, I ordered a plate of Vegetarian Mock Chicken Perattal which was priced at RM 5.50 . The set came with three vegetables,  rice, free flow  of curries, Appalam, Moor Milagai, Pickled Mangoes and Rasam. Pretty decent meal for the price. 

Choice Of Vegetables
The choice of vegetables were rather basic and  taste wise, it was nothing to shout about. I felt that they could have been better. Even the fried stuff wasn't  as crisp as it should have been. As far as the veggies were concerned, it was a let down and my rating for this shall be 6/10. 


Venthaya Kulambu

As for  the curries, I  went for their Sambar and Venthaya Kulambu. Their  Sambar was good. I found it to be sufficiently spiced and it was thick and good. I would rate their Sambar at 8/10. Their Venthaya Kulambu was above average. Definitely had room for improvement and I would rate this at 6/10. Their Rasam was decent and this I would rate at 7/10.  

Vegetarian Mock Chicken @ RM 5.50
For the price, I felt that the portion was huge but taste wise, it was a tad too dry and lacked spices. It would have been better if it came with some gravy as that would have enhanced the taste.  My rating for this shall be 6/10 as well. 

Overall, their Banana Leaf Rice Meal was decent and taste wise, it was average quality. If there was anything in particular that I really liked, that would be their Sambar. Food  aside, the place was very well managed and the staffs were pretty efficient. Reasonable prices too. 

Address: C1, Jalan SS15/4D, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Monday, 4 September 2017

Kedai Cheong Fong @ Kalumpang, Selangor

For old school coffee and steamed Hainanese Bread and Buns, I would recommend visiting Cheong Fong that is located in Kalumpang town. This little town which was once a mining town had lost all it's glory, sadly to the migration of families to larger cities. In fact today, only three shops are still operating in the entire town. 

Cheong Fong In Kalumpang Town

Old School Design

Colonial Architecture 

Lovely Atmosphere
This restaurant opens for breakfast and they sell their signature Hainanese Curry Mee. After that, they start making Pau's and trust me they are already sold out even before they start making them. Customers who are passing through that day would call in to order and they literally order by the cartons. Even this afternoon, I wanted to have Pau but they ran out of it.

Hainanese Tea @ RM 1.30

Hainanese Coffee @ RM 1.30
Both their Hainanese Tea and Coffee are good. The coffee is ground the traditional way with margarine and it has such a classic taste. Similarly, their Tea is another excellent preparation. For both these drinks, I would give them 9/10. 

Steamed Bread @ RM 3.00
If you have never tried the Hainanese Steamed Bread and Buns, then you have got to give this place a try. They are so good and the bread is served with their homemade Kaya and Butter. Again, those two as so tasty as well. My rating for this is 10/10.

One of those last few shops that is still in existence in Kalumpang town is Cheong Fong. They have been making Hainanese Pau's for over three generations and there is so much demand, so much so they are sold out even before they start making. That is the volume of telephone orders that comes in and customers buy by the cartons. Besides Pau, they do sell all the items that you would typically get in an old school Hainanese Coffee Shop. My favourite is their Steamed Bread that comes with their very own homemade Kaya and Butter. Coffee and Tea is equally good. If you're here for breakfast, you would get to enjoy their Curry Mee which again sells out fast. Best time to visit them would be before 11 am. But be prepared to wait in line for a table. 

Address: No. 12, Jalan Besar Kalumpang, 44100 Kerling, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0730 - 1500

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Restoran Maju Utama @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Restoran Maju Utama is one of those famous Indian Muslim restaurants on the CBD side of Cyberjaya. They are open for breakfast till dinner daily and the place tends to be very crowded all day long. I was looking for a place to have Nasi Lemak in the evening and that was when I was told that these guys do sell Nasi Lemak after 5 pm. Since they are a mere 3 minutes walk from my office, I decided to check the place out. 

Chicken Freshly Fried To Order

Teh Ais

Point Of Sale System In Place
The Nasi Lemak kiosk is located along the sidewalk of the restaurant. Not only do they sell Nasi Lemak, they also do Fried Chicken based on orders.The Sambal looked good and the aroma of the coconut rice was amazing. It is best to place your orders at the kiosk because then you get to choose the piece of Fried Chicken based on your preference. My Iced Tea arrived shortly and it was a good fix. My rating for this drink shall be 8/10. 

Fried Chicken
Their Fried Chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. However, I felt that the marination could have been better. The technique of frying was perfect. Just that it lacked spices and surely had room for improvement. My rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Nasi Lemak With An Omelette

Crispy Fried Peanuts and Anchovies
Restoran Maju Utama's Nasi Lemak was pretty awesome. The rice was so delicious on it's own and the Fried Anchovies and Peanuts were crispy and fresh. Even the runny egg was so perfectly crafted. Not forgetting their Sambal which was spicy and good. Overall, this was one heavenly dish. My rating for this shall be 9/10. If you're looking for a good Nasi Lemak place in Cyberjaya, this would be a restaurant that I would recommend. 

Address: 4806-D-13A, CBD Perdana 2, Jalan Perdana, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0630 - 2200 Daily