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A few weekends ago a few of us were invited to the recently refurbished Kim Ma Chinese Restaurant at Palace of Golden Horses for a food review session. The restaurant seats 120 pax with 5 private rooms.

Decoration oozes the concept of elegance and strength, with poise and beauty that is fitting of their symbol and name of the restaurant, Kim Ma translates to Golden Horse in Mandarin.

Kim Ma Chinese Restaurant, with Chef Roy Wong
Kim Ma Chinese Restaurant, with Chef Roy Wong

The restaurant is led by Chef Roy Wong, the chef de cuisine who does not shun off from experimenting traditional Chinese cuisine with contemporary twist. Chef Roy started his career in 1991 at Frankfriut’s Dynasty China Restaurant at Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel, and has won multiple awards in the past 23 years or so.

amuse bouche, Chinese style, egg and baked oyster
amuse bouche, Chinese style, egg and baked oyster

We started the session with a couple “amuse-bouche” in the form of slow boiled egg and baked oyster. The egg was topped with a shimeji mushroom and a dash of truffle flavour, I love it.

The baked fresh oyster topped with mayonnaise and other ingredients,  a rich and fresh treat.

signature dimsum, including steamed prawn dumplings with trufflesignature dimsum, including steamed prawn dumplings with truffle

We then proceeded to try their dimsum

The two Signature dimsum were prawn meat and black mushroom topped with trufflesteamed chicken roll with morel mushrooms.

The prawn dimsum garnished with shrimp roe and spring onion, I really liked the extra character provided by the truffle. Classy and delicious. The combination of fried yam stick and beancurd with chicken also proved to be a good formula, it was good enough I didn’t miss the lack of pork in this particular dimsum.

The third dimsum we had was from their Healthy dimsum section - steamed angled luffa dumplings with superior broth. The texture of this dimsum was quite unique, and reminded me of fish maw to be honest, quite delicious.

deep fried abalone with grouper fish paste
deep fried abalone with grouper fish paste

Next up was a pretty fancy dish created by Chef Roy for the first time, deep fried abalone with grouper fish paste, caviar and served with homemade beancurd.

While visually I thought it looked like those fried ice cream, the taste couldn’t have been more different. The combination of grouper fish paste with braised abalone was superb, and I also really liked the home-made beancurd that was super soft. The caviar on top gave it that extra oomph as well.

However, the sauce used in this dish turned out to be too strong. It was fitting for the tofu, but overpowering the fish paste and abalone. Chef took our comments and promised that he will revise the dish.

more dimsum, village chicken broth with fish maw
more dimsum, village chicken broth with fish maw

No Chinese course meal is complete without soup, so for this purpose we were served the village chicken broth with fish maw. The broth is thick and has a slight creamy taste to it that can only achieve from steaming the whole chicken for hours.

The scallop and prawn dumpling in the soup was not bad either, but what I really love was that piece of high quality fish maw, with the consistency of foie gras, tofu, and beef tendon all mixed together. I can have this everyday.

congee with cod fish and century egg
congee with cod fish and century egg

Congee with cod fish and century egg is your usual dimsum style porridge, but this time with the higher quality cod fish instead of the usual unidentifiable “white fish fillet”.

Chinese style ravioli
Chinese style ravioli

Chef Wong then served us this perfectly East-meets-West dish – a Chinese style ravioli stuffed with minced chicken and topped with deep fried vege treated with charcoal powder. It was quite an interesting twist but ultimately I think a type of meat with more fat (ie: pork) would make this dish better.

double boiled whole coconut with almond and snow jelly
double boiled whole coconut with almond and snow jelly

Our dessert was double boiled whole coconut with almond and snow jelly.

The chef combined three types of almond to create this dish – the “bei” (North) almond, “nan” (South) almond, and American almond. With the aroma of coconut and the sweetness of almond, this hot dessert proved to be a perfect ending to our meal.

A note for potential Muslim diners, this dessert comes with snow jelly, or hasma, which is a product from frog.

mentalist Zlwin Chew. performing every Thursday to Sunday
mentalist Zlwin Chew. performing every Thursday to Sunday

On every Thursday to Sunday, renowned mentalist Zlwin Chew performs at the Kim Ma and other restaurants at Palace of Golden Horses. I won’t spoil it for you, but the guy’s got quite an impressive array of tricks.

map to Palace of Golden Horses

mentalist Zlwin Chew. performing thurs-sun

Address:
Jalan Kuda Emas,
Mines Wellness City,
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor
Tel: 03-8943 2666
Hours: weekdays 12-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm (reservation only). Weekends 10am-4pm

Last weekends we took an impromptu trip to Sitiawan to check out something a guy was advertising online, and since it’s on a Saturday and we did not have anything planned, I decided that we should take the scenic route via Kuala Selangor to our destination.

And boy did it turn out to be a good decision.

Cendor Bakar at Kuala Selangor
Cendor Bakar at Kuala Selangor

Half way through our journey, Suan and I noticed this place by the road with lots of cars and people, a sort of old school expressway stop-over with a big signboard that says “Cendol Bakar”.

How do you exactly “bakar” (burn/roast) cendol? That question was intriguing enough that we stopped by to check the place out.

As it turned out, the name of the owner is Mr. Bakar, and as part of their preparation for the cendol ingredients, they also roast the gula Melaka (palm sugar).

Cendol VIP & Cendol Pulut Tapai
Cendol VIP & Cendol Pulut Tapai

There are 6 varieties of cendol to choose from:

  • cendol VIP – nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 2.00
  • cendol VVIP – pulut + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 2.50
  • cendol tapai – pulut  + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.00
  • cendol pulut tapai - pulut + tapai + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.50
  • cendol durian – durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.00
  • cendol durian pulut – pulut + durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.50

I really love tapai on cendol, you don't find it everywhere
I really love tapai on cendol, you don’t find it everywhere

I tried the cendol pulut tapai while Suan opted for the basic cendol vip. The gula Melaka used was authentic, coconut milk nice and creamy, and ice finely shaven. It was a proper cendol alright, and with the tapai & pulut, makes for a pretty delicious and quite filling bowl of dessert.

Oh, Cendol Bakar also offers free cendol for those who carries JKM cards (the disabled and the poor).

there are other dishes here too, like the delicious mee soto
there are other dishes here too, like the delicious mee soto

Other than cendol, there are also giant curry puff, otak-otak, chicken wings, mee soto, and many other local delights to choose from. We tried the mee soto (RM 4) and it got the seal of approval from Suan, a Johorean who knows her mee soto.

If you’re going pass Kuala Selangor, be sure to check out this place.

map to Cendol Bakar Kuala Selangor

Address:
Cendol Bakar
Route 54 (just off Jalan Teluk Piah Kanan)
Kuala Selangor, Selangor
GPS3.30344, 101.29778

I’ve always complained to Yuki that we hardly ever try new places for Sunday brunch, the usual suspects are always Jin Xuan dimsum, Nang Feng bak kut teh, Peng Heong paikuat rice, various ramen places, and a few selected kopitiam.

To shut me up, she brought us to Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong the other day, as first recommended by her boss (who is an avid gastronomic adventurer)

Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong (3rd branch)
Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong (3rd branch)

While the name might suggest that this place serves fish head curry (which it does), the speciality dish here is actually the steamed fish with superior soup and a variety of accompanying seafood.

While not exactly a high end restaurant with cute interior design, Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga does offer air conditioned dining area with pretty decent hygiene and responsive staffs.

the epic steamed tilapia, emperor vege, muay choi pork
the epic steamed tilapia, emperor vege, muay choi pork

Our main dish was a rather huge steamed tilapia fish with superior soup (RM 72), accompanied by quite a lot of prawns, squid, and lala. The seafood is garnished by generous amount of finely chopped garlic and spring onion as well.

As a result of all those seafood, the rather concentrated superior soup tasted fantastic, it was super sweet and absolutely savoury. The fish tasted good, and the squid super fresh as well. By the way, you can also top up the soup ala bak kut teh style, but we felt that the first serving tasted better than the top-ups.

free jelly dessert at the end too, Kerol approves
free jelly dessert at the end too, Kerol approves

Other than the main dish, we also ordered a Vitamin C quota fulfiller dish that is the Emperor vegetable (RM 12), and a non-seafood dish in Mui Choy pork (RM 16). The vegetable was lovely, and the pork held its own as well.

With drinks and rice, the five of us spent RM 19 per person for this meal. Not the cheapest lunch options for sure, but one that I think offered decent value for what you get. I would have no problem to revisit.

map to restaurant kari kepala ikan, Puchong

Address:
Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga
No 19, Jalan BPU 2,
Bandar Puchong Utama,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
GPS2.993324, 101.620637
Tel: 016-288 2829 / 019–647 7941

Now here’s a concept that I haven’t really seen before when it comes to a buffet deal – pay a single fee and eat at any restaurant at the hotel.

This is what Marriott Putrajaya promises with the New Year’s Eve Walk N Eat Buffet Adventure that falls on, well, when else but 31st December, 2012. We had a sample preview of the buffet several weeks ago at the hotel.

the lamb rack was out of this world, best I had
the lamb rack was out of this world, best I had

The concept is simple, for RM 168++ per adult and RM 100++ per child, you get to go into any of these restaurants at Marriott Putrajaya -

  • Zest all-day-dining
  • Summer Palace Chinese Restuarant
  • Midori Japanese Restaurant
  • Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar
  • d’Oracle Coffee Lounge

quite a selection of local dishes as well, from Zest
quite a selection of local dishes as well, from Zest

My only dining experience at Marriott Putrajaya prior to this  session was at Zest during their opening night, and from the looks of it, they’ve managed to maintain the pretty high standard and quality of food served.

From Zest, there are many local delights as well as international all-day-dining dishes. Steamed vegetables, sambal prawns, grilled seafood, and cold cuts are among the selection you won’t miss.

Selection from Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar, pizza anyone?
Selection from Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar, pizza anyone?

Hopping over to Tuscany Italian Restaurant and you’ll find some of the best pizzas in town, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone to have more than a couple slices and maybe a sample size of ravioli/pasta since the spread from 5 different restaurants … is just quite a bit to handle for a night.

dimsum from Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, sushi from Midori Japanese Restaurant
dimsum – Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, sushi – Midori Japanese Restaurant

At Summer Palace and Midori you’ll find dimsum, sushi, sashimi, and many of the Chinese and Japanese dishes for your picking. Like many hotel restaurants, the Summer Palace is a pork free establishment.

That being said, the dimsum here was actually pretty decent, the ample usage of premium seafood such as scallops make up for the lack of pork.

available only on 31st December, 2012
available only on 31st December, 2012

Other than food, there prizes, balloon drop, party novelties, magical roving clown and hotel New Year’s Chef’s Parade. Having the countdown so near to the heart of Putrajaya will also ensure a good spot for viewing the magnificent fireworks when the calendar switches over to 2013.

If you’re going to spoil yourself with ridiculous choices of food to celebrate the new year (and having survived the end of the world according to the Mayans), this would be the event to check out.

map to marriott putrajaya

Address:
Marriott Putrajaya
IOI Resort, 62505 Putrajaya
GPS2.969784, 101.707993
Tel03-8949 8888
Web: http://Marriott.com/kulpg 

Zest at Hotel Marriott Putrajaya

Ahhh, bak kut teh, one of my favorite Malaysian foods, so much so that there’s a category on this blog for it. Last weekends I had the privilege of having two bak kut teh brunch in a row, and the second one was this place that I haven’t been before, an old school establishment by the name of Restoran Chow Kiat, at Klang of course.

Chow Kiat bak kut teh at Klang, can't get any more old school than this
Chow Kiat bak kut teh at Klang, can’t get any more old school than this

We met at Ken Rimba (more on that in upcoming post) on Sunday morning and Sam Tan, the executive director of KEN Holding Bhd brought us here to share one of his favorite bak kut teh outlets.

It was only 9:30 am and the place was packed. According to Sam, by 10:30 am or so, some of the better cuts would be unavailable already. While the premise sells bak kut teh in the morning as well as at night, they are run by different operators. The morning session that we tried is said to be the more superior.

steaming pot of bak kut teh, I was sold when I saw this
steaming pot of bak kut teh, I was sold when I saw this

The bak kut teh here is as old school as they come.

There’s no clay pot, no vegetable, no pepper soup, extra mushroom, or any of those other options that purists tend to label as “gimmicks”. Just pure unadulterated bowls of pork (or chicken legs, the little known ingredients in Klang bak kut teh) with just enough of those thick herbal soup.

The only non meat dish you can order is yao char kuay, and to be honest it is pretty average here.

choose your favorite part, finish your bowl of meat, or share with friends
choose your favorite part, finish your bowl of meat, or share with friends

The meat and soup tho, was excellent!

Pork cooked to perfection and so soft you can pry it off the bones just by using your spoon, and the fats? Oh my, they are so flavorful it’s a sin not to have. The soup is thick, packed with herbal goodness, and unlike the similarly styled (and equally delicious) Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, you can ask for extra soup.


KY, Cheesie, Kampung Boy & City Gal

Choices of meat includes ribs, big bone, small bones, “kawan” (this with plenty of fats, super delicious), stomach, intestine, lean meat, and more. If you love bak kut teh, this is definitely one place to check out. Prices are similar to other establishments around the area.

location map of Chow Kiat bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Restoran Chow Kiat
Jalan Kapar, Kawasan 18,
41400 Klang, Selangor

GPS: 3.05049, 101.448263

Restoran Chow Kiat

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