Lim Fried Chicken Stall @ Restaurant Wong Soon Kee, SS14 Subang Jaya

>> Jun 27, 2010

If you're from Subang Jaya, and you don't know about Lim Fried Chicken Stall (don't know why its not Lim's), you should be ashamed of yourself. This is probably the most famous 'Chap Fan' place in Subang Jaya. I would also say that it sells the best fried chicken in Subang Jaya.

One of Mrs Lim's son used to be my classmate back in primary school. We used to joke that he's eaten so much 'nasi lemak', that's why he doesn't eat them in the school canteen.

In the morning, this place usually serves nasi lemak and curry chee cheong fun. The chicken will only be served from 2.30 onwards. The fried chicken is the main draw to this place. I'm not sure if they doped the thing, but it certainly is very addictive. People are willing to queue a good 20mins for a piece of this (I'm not joking).

Anyway, finding a parking shouldn't be a problem if you don't mind walking. Parking isn't the only queue. From 2.30pm onwards, be prepared to line up for the chicken. To make matters worst, finding a place to sit down in the restaurant can be a problem. Then again, don't complain if you want a taste of the chicken.



Curry Chee Cheong Fun with Fried Chicken



Fried Chicken with some Lettuce and Rice

The chicken is very juicy, extra crispy, and very tasty. I found it a little too salty for my liking. However when eaten with rice, it goes just fine. Don't be surprise if you find yourself wanting to come back for more. The other dishes are just complements to the chicken. Nothing really great about them. The Cheong Fun and the rice was RM13 in total.

All in all, I certainly would be back for more. Who needs Kentucky when you can get Lim's Fried Chicken?

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: Under RM10 per person

Map to Restaurant Wong Soon Kee

Address:
Restoran Wong Soon Kee
Lim's Fried Chicken Stall,
1, Jalan SS14/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.

Opening hours:
Open 7.30-11am, 2.30-5pm.
Closed on Tuesdays

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Kansai @ Niu Che Shui (牛车水) aka Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Damansara

>> Jun 25, 2010

When it comes to eating around Ara Damansara area, unfortunately your choices are limited. The only few places I can think of that serves reasonable food would be Daorae, Kansai, E-San kitchen (Thai restaurant) and maybe the hawker centre Do Re Mi as well as the Cha Chan Ting next door. Lala Chong is seriously darn bad (I'm talking about the Ara Damansara branch not the Subang Airport's *I'll do a post on it some other time*). Seriously, that's about it. Sad huh?



Kansai Japanese Restaurant

Parking can be a bit of an issue here sometimes due to the over congested apartment next door that misuse the free parking area in plaza NZX (Niu Che Shui). I have no idea why this place is known as Niu Che Shui but that's not important.

Every time I'm at Kansai, I usually order the same stuff. Its has sort of become a routine for me. We usually come here as its very near to my place (and Mr Lim is a nice guy who deserves some support). I'm sorry to say I still prefer Jyu Raku or Rakuzen's food over this place.

Anyway, we started of with a soft shell crab salad (Soft Kaniko Salad)



Soft Shell Crab Salad

The salad mostly consist of flour (instead of crab), lots of cucumber and radish shredded finely topped with flying fish roe. It is priced at RM10.99 per plate. Although it is mostly flour with some bits of crab, it comes together very nicely I must say. Definitely worth a try.



Black Dragon Roll

Priced at RM17.99, this is by far my younger brother's favourite roll. He says it is even better that Rakuzen's Dragon Roll or Jyu Raku's King Roll. However, I beg to defer. I must say, this roll is a different taste and texture compared to the usual dragon roll. It is crunchy and has a nice bite to it. The Unagi (eel) topping the roll also gives it a nice flavour.



Soft Shell Crab Temaki

The Soft Shell Crab Hand Roll RM5.99 is basically a California roll except that the crab stick is substituted with soft shell crab. The roll was alright.



Yaki Gyoza

Gyoza, the Japanese version of wanton is pan-fried and eaten with a little vinegar. I didn't really enjoy this dish. The flour was too thick for my liking. I doubt I'm gonna order this again. It was priced at RM11.



Cod Fish

The cod was marinated in teriyaki sauce and pan-fried till crispy. It had a nice flavour and texture to it. It was priced at RM23.99. I found this fish to be nice but a little pricey for its size. Good things don't come cheap.

All in all, Kansai is a nice place to have a decent Japanese meal. It certainly doesn't even come close to being the best Japanese place around. The food is alright and the price is reasonable. I would still continue to patronise this place as its location makes it very convenient for me.

I'm off for dinner and then 'Knight and Day' after. Until next time.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM35 per person

Map to Kansai @ Niu Che Shui (牛车水)

Address:
Kansai
K-G-08, Block STK,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/41B,
Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.

Contact:
Telephone number: 03 7883 0139 / 012 282 0050

Opening hours:
(12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m)
Closed on Sundays

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Ramen @ Restaurant Ryu Men Tei, SS15 Subang Jaya

>> Jun 23, 2010

SS15 has been famed for its row of Japanese Restaurant opposite Subang Jaya Medical Centre (now Sime Darby Medical Centre). Restaurant Ryu Men Tei was the first restaurant that initial opened for Japanese fare around that area. Then popped Rakuzen, then Jyu Raku and now Tomoe.

A long time back, I asked someone about Ryu Men Tei, its been there before I even came to Subang Jaya, which is a very long time ago. I once asked someone what does Restaurant Ryu Men Tei serves and the person told me it was a tea house.

One fine day, Tjinn suggested we go there for dinner. He wanted to eat their ramen (japanese noodle in soup). Since the boy just came back from India, we decided to cater to his wishes.

Parking can be a problem around the area due to the many Jap restaurants. If you're willing to walk, then it shouldn't be a problem.

The restaurant was empty except for another table that night. I really do sympathize with them. Ever since Rakuzen Subang opened up, this place has been empty. Its rather surprising its still up and running.

The food took surprisingly slow to come. Probably because it was freshly cooked upon order (restaurants that don't get many customers probably do not defrost their food until required *my personal opinion*). My ice green tea smelt of the cupboard (the usual cupboard smell you get when you keep something in it for too long, they should have washed the bloody cup).



Pork and Seaweed Ramen

The Pork and Seaweed Ramen (RM18 )was cooked in a soya sauce broth. True ramen is cooked with pork broth. Too bad most places in Malaysia are halal. The ramen was one of the better ones found in KL. The portion was alright but I rather it had a little more of the roast pork in it.

Note: all of us ate the same Ramen, so I guess there will only be one picture



Soft Shell Crab Roll

The Soft Shell Crab Roll (RM20) was alright. Tasted quite similar to Jyu Raku's and Rakuzen's.

All in all, I would definitely come back if I'm craving for Ramen. I'm sorry but I'm a big fan of pork. Yes, I'll even come back after that funny smelling cup experience. So if any of you want a good taste of ramen that have PORK, you know where to go.

Note: Thank you for the meal (you know who you are)

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM35 per person.

Map to Restaurant Ryu Men Tei, SS15 Subang Jaya

Address:
Restaurant Ryu Men Tei
No.5 Jalan 15/5a
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan


Contact:
Telephone Number: 03 5635 2574

Opening hours:
11:30am-3:30pm, 6pm-11pm daily

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El Fresco Italian Restaurant @ Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

>> Jun 21, 2010

Last Friday, my results came out and I passed very comfortably. I was rather pleased with myself especially for my OSCE (clinicals). So to celebrate, I chose to go the The Empire Shopping Gallery, the newest shopping centre in Subang Jaya. Empire Gallery is situated right behind Subang Parade.

Actually, Lots of Cravings told me about this place some time back. He wanted to try it out but somehow I beat him to it (whoops). This restaurant, (El Fresco) is situated inside Jaya Grocer. The idea was to choose what one fancies from the supermarket and then get them to cook it for you. Cooking fee is RM12 per item. Each item cooked comes with a side of either pasta, salad or mixed vegetables.



Iced Chocolate

This was a very lousy cup of iced chocolate. It certainly wasn't worth the RM8 I paid for it. Lesson learnt. If you do happen to come here, you can get your drink from the supermarket as well (for a more affordable price).



Wagyu Steak

I chose a wagyu rib eye of 200 grams (marble score 6-7) and asked for it to be done medium (Click here to refer to grading score of beef). Sadly, due to the cut being slightly uneven, some part of it came out to be well done. The thicker part however, was medium as requested. Aglio olio pasta was the side of choice for the beef (I should have chosen this for the fish and the salad for the beef, but oh well). The steak was tender and nice. It was slightly on the salty side. The black pepper taste was adamant. However, I personally felt that it wasn't worth the RM98 paid for the steak (excluding cooking cost)



Pan Fried Cod Fish

The cod fish was pan grilled quite similarly to the steak. We chose the salad as a side. The fish was flaky and nice. I personally felt that it was better than the steak. The fish was RM22 + RM12 (as cooking cost). It was certainly quite reasonable. The fish was a little too salty as well.

El Fresco also served pasta, pizzas and bread as well. A large variety of prawns, squids, fish, lamb and beef can be selected from the butcher / fishmonger in Jaya Grocer to be cooked here.

All in all, I would say that that this place is alright. Just ask them to reduce the salt a little and it should be fine. The wagyu was quite nice but wasn't worth the RM100. It didn't taste like a 6-7 marble score cut of beef. Until next time.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM50 per person. (more if you're going for wagyu)

Map to Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

Address:
El Fresco Italian Kitchen (its inside Jaya Grocer),
Lot 6, LG-G1, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.

Opening hours:
As long as Jaya Grocer is Open I guess.

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Sang Har Mein @ Restaurant Soo Kee, Medan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jun 19, 2010

Sue will be leaving for Edinburgh (the land of haggis) this Friday and I probably won't be seeing her for a long time. So, we decided to go out for lunch. I was to choose the place. I decided that we should go to Soo Kee in Jalan Imbi since I haven't been there in a long while.

Parking was a little hard to come by, but thank God for the pay to park parking lot behind (Money can get you anything in the world, it just depends on how much is required). Anyway, we had to walk quite a bit to get to the restaurant.

I order 2 portion of Sang Har Mein (fresh water prawn noodles) as well as Ngau Yok Hor (fried beef with flat rice noodles). Yes I know, I was a little ambitious ordering so much (I thought Nicholas could eat but somehow he let me down).



Sang Har Mein

Don't let the picture deceive you, the noodles were a disaster. The sauce tasted solely of MSG and sh*t loads of salt (I'm not kidding). The prawns weren't exactly big. Since we ordered portions for 2 people, they gave us 4 halves of the prawn. Out of the 4, 3 of the prawns were very puny. To top it up, that plate of noodles was RM70 (Somehow, I felt that I got conned).

Note: I found out what the problem was. Their usual chef only works at night. The noodles served during dinner is totally different from the one above. What I tasted during dinner certainly proves that Soo Kee deserves to be one of the best Sang Har Mein place in town.



Ngau Yok Hor

The Cantonese Style Kuey Teow with beef slices was a totally different story from the Fresh Water Prawn Noodles. The noodles were cooked well, and the beef soft and tender. This dish certainly hasn't deteorated over time. A single portion of this noodles is RM9 (the picture above was 2 portions).

All in all, superb noodles (if you come at night) at a slightly steeper price. Then again, when you serve good food, you can demand your price. The total bill was RM93. Don't be tempted to come in the afternoon.

Cheers and goodnight!

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM35 per person.


Map to Restoran Soo Kee

Address:
Restoran Soo Kee,
14, Medan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Contact:
Telephone Number: 03 2148 1324 / 019 217 0248 / 012 392 3563

Opening hours:
12pm-3pm, 5pm-1am. Closed on Mondays

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Meat, Meat & more Meat @ Kobe Gyutake Yakiniku, SS15 Subang Jaya

>> Jun 15, 2010

I first read about this restaurant from ms. jazz's blog. So one fine day, I decided to give it a try, minus the grade A5 beef.

Kobe Gyutake Yakiniku is actually owned by the same Japanese boss who first brought in the first 2 outlets Rakuzen. Since then, he has sold of Rakuzen and has ventured into other businesses. Rakuzen used to have a class back then, but it has since become more of a 'fast food' like joint recently. Its outlets has been sprouting out like mushrooms after the rain, and when such things happen, the quality of food served there is bound to be affected. Gyutake Yakiniku, although serving slightly different food, is clearly a class above Rakuzen and restaurants of that such.

Anyway, as we came for a late dinner, the place was practically empty. There was no trouble finding a parking spot. Gyutake Yakiniku is located in SS15, however, it is not on the same row as Rakuzen, Tomei, Ryu Men Tei and Jyu Raku. I have no idea why they chose to set up the place behind the SS15 wet market. Maybe so that parking wouldn't become an issue.

Anyway, barbecue initially originated from Korea. However, the Japanese somehow adapted it and then started cooking their meat on open flame, and Yakiniku was born.

To start of the meal, we went for a dragon roll, which can be easily found at most Japanese Restaurants.



Dragon Roll

After the roll, we were served the meat to be barbecued.



Lettuce



Tokusen Rosu

Tokusen Rosu, better known as Premium A3 Ribeye (RM58) came with a good balance of marbling. There was an option to cook the meat yourself, or get the manager to cook it for you. We chose the latter. The meat was done till medium. It almost felt like it was melting in your mouth. It was so good. I simply can't phantom how the A5 must have tasted.



Tokusen Karubi

Tokusen Karubi, or Premium A3 Shortrib (RM58) had a bigger portion of fat compared to the rib eye. It was a little too fatty for my liking, but nevertheless, it was good as well.



Tori Karami Yaki

The Spicy Boneless Chicken Leg (RM18) came in the form of fillet. The 'leg', or rather the drumstick is usually the most tender part of the chicken. The meat was well marinated and certainly didn't taste bad. The only trouble we had was that meat, other than beef, had to be cooked through to ensure that bacterias are killed. I don't wanna come down with Salmonella for eating half cooked chicken man.





Salmon Hoil Yaki

The wrapped salmon BBQ (RM22), came nicely packed and wrapped up with foil. The fish was more of steamed than barbecued. However, it was flavourful and I quite enjoyed it.



Garlic Fried Rice



Spicy Fried Rice

The spicy fried rice (RM18) and the garlic fried rice wasn't anything great.



Gyusuji Soup

The Beef Tendon Soup (RM16) was alright. It slightly resembled the typical Chinese style soup with lots of pepper.



Black Sesame Ice Cream

The black sesame ice-cream (RM8) came in a double scoop. However, we chose to split it as we were quite full. The ice-cream was smooth and had a nice sesame punch. One of the better black sesame ice-cream I've tasted.

All in all, Kobe Gyutake Yakiniku was a good choice for that night. Dinner was good, service was superb. I certainly wouldn't mind coming back again. The only hesitant would be too much of fatty meat ain't good for the heart. But then again, that should be another issue all together.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM120 per person. (more if you're going for kobe)

Map to Kobe Gyutake Yakiniku

Address:
Kobe Gyutake Yakiniku
No. 52, Jalan SS15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.

Contact:
Telephone number: 03 5638 2923
Website: http://www.kobegyutaku.com/
Email: info@kobegyutaku.com

Opening hours:
Sorry, I've misplaced the card. (just call in advance to ask)

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Senja, Italian Restaurant @ Saujana Hotel (Subang Jaya)

>> Jun 13, 2010

It has been ages since I updated. I do apologize for that. I had exams after exams, and it was no walk in the park. See? I have a valid excuse.

Anyway, my auntie told me that Senja @ Saujana Hotel serves not bad steaks. So one fine day, I decided to give it a go.



Senja

Parking wasn't an issue. It was even free. The place seemed kind of deserted. When I stepped foot into the restaurant, it was kind of empty. I guess the down turn of the economy sure has a pinch on food businesses nowadays.

After placing our orders, we were served olives as well as bread with balsamic and olive oil. It was alright. No biggie.



Olives

We ordered a pizza bianca to share. It was basically thin crust (Italian style) pizza dough drizzled with olive oil, garlic and rosemary and then baked till crunchy.



Pizza Bianca

This made a very good snack while waiting for the mains. It was priced at RM25.



Calamari Fritti

That's how its spelt in the menu anyway. The calamari fritters barely made it to the average point. It wasn't crispy and nice on the outside. It came a little soft, although hot. This definitely didn't come close to a thumbs up. It was priced at RM25 as well.



Fresh Pea Risotto with Fresh Clams and Herbs

It was not bad at first bite. The peas gave the rice a nice pleasant flavour. However, I couldn't imagine myself eating spoon after spoon of it. The word 'Jelak' came to mind after 2 spoonful. It was priced at RM38.



Sicilian Seafood Salad with Prawns, Calamari, Snapper & Lobster, freshly shaved fennel, parsley and lemon zest

This dish is a main. Someone was feeling healthy that day. The salad wasn't that great. It was edible, but surely not worth that RM69.



Char Grilled Rib Eye with Tomato Salad

This had to be the best dish that night. It was a slightly better than average steak. The tomato went well with the steak. Although it wasn't exactly expensive beef, it was cooked to medium which I asked for, and it wasn't tough. I was quite happy with it. The steak was RM64.

I heard the desserts here don't stand out in anyway. So we decided to skip dessert.

All in all, I probably will not come back to this place as I can think of many better places around to eat for the same price. However, if you somehow find yourself stuck in Saujana for a conference or meeting or something, you know where you can go to find average food. After all, I still can't seem to find an exceptionally good western food joint in Subang Jaya. Until then.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM80 per person.


Map to Senja, Italian Restaurant

Address:
Senja, Italian Restaurant,
Hyatt Saujana Hotel,
Section U2,
40150 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Opening hours:
Opens Daily
Dinner: 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm

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