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Some of you may know that I’m quite a fan when it comes to bak kut teh, with some 60 different places offering this uniquely Malaysian porky dish documented on this blog to date. So when I was invited to sample the bak kut teh xiao long bao at the new Paradise Dynasty outlet located at 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara, I knew I just had to try it.

Paradise Dynasty at 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara
Paradise Dynasty at 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara

Well, is this bak kut teh xiao long bao legit?

The short answer is, yes. In fact, the BKT XLB is created from the collaboration with Samy & Min Bak Kut Teh from Klang, the same family that runs Ah Her, Samy & Tien, Samy & Ah Her and so forth, I’ve always been a fan of their BKT with its concentrated herbal soup that carries a hint of peppery taste.

Yeap, the BKT XLB definitely has that characteristic carried over, though perhaps in a slightly milder form. Quite interesting and definitely a welcoming new taste in the world of XLB.

Dynasty 8-Flavours Xiao Long Bao, Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao
Dynasty 8-Flavours Xiao Long Bao, Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao

The BKT XLB is currently only available at the 163 Retail Park Paradise Dynasty, and you can’t actually buy it with money – instead, it is free of charge for you by doing the following three things:

do these and you’ll get the BKT XLB for free!

Drunken Chicken, Scrambled Egg White with Fish & Dried Scallop
Drunken Chicken, Scrambled Egg White with Fish & Dried Scallop

Well, apart from the BKT XLB, we also sampled the famous Dynasty 8-Flavours Xiao Long Bao that comes with multiple flavors with the instruction to eat in the following order – Original (white), Ginseng (green), Garlic (grey), Black Truffle (black), Cheese (yellow), Crab Roe (Orange), Foie Gras (brown), and Szechuan (red).

Quite a fancy way to consume xiao long bao, but one that is also kinda fun and interesting especially for someone who’s never experienced it. Does fill your stomach pretty good though if you have them all by yourself.

After all the XLB, we moved on to Drunken Chicken, a cold dish of steamed chicken prepared with shaoxing wine that carries a hint of herbal taste from goji berry, I loved it.

The Scrambled Egg White with Fish & Dried Scallop turned out to be a dish with a bit of a history – apparently it was created by a chef to cater to the empress’ request to have a crab dish during “off season”, so the chef used egg as the main ingredient to somehow mimic the taste of crab. I guess you gotta give it to the ancient Chinese palace kitchen when it comes to food creativity.

Prawn & Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette, Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepes
Prawn & Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette,
Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepes

Next up we hadPrawn & Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette, a pretty standard dumpling dish that also delivers a kick, perfect for those who likes their food spicy.

Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepes is a dish that reminds me of peking duck with its way of eating (with Chinese crepe), but should suit those who does not like the more pungent taste of duck meat. I thought the black bean sauce gave it a rather distinctive taste profile as well.

La Mian with 'Dan Dan' Sauce, Stir-fried La Mian with Shredded Pork & Black Fungus
La Mian with ‘Dan Dan’ Sauce,
Stir-fried La Mian with Shredded Pork & Black Fungus

Japanese ramen and Italian pastas are both originated from China, so if you’re someone who loves thing to be original, then perhaps proper Chinese La Mian should be something to check out.

We sampled La Mian with ‘Dan Dan’ Sauce as well as Stir-fried La Mian with Shredded Pork & Black Fungu, depending on your preference in having it soupy or fried, neither would disappoint. These dishes are quite strong tasting and full of flavor. I’ll probably recommend sharing due to the portion tho, and save some space for XLB and other dishes.

Stir-fried French Bean with Minced Pork, Dynasty Crispy Chicken, Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry
Stir-fried French Bean with Minced Pork,
Dynasty Crispy Chicken, Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry

Dynasty Crispy Chicken is a simple, straight forward Chinese style fried chicken dish that is usually popular with kids, and if you want some greens, the Stir-fried French Bean with Minced Pork would not be a bad option, I do quite enjoy a proper vege dish that has a bit of “wok hei”.

For dessert, we sampled Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry, which tasted a little bit like lotus paste pancake but less sweet, and perhaps a little bit healthier?

Our Spread at Paradise Dynasty, 163 Retail Park Mont Kiara
Our Spread at Paradise Dynasty, 163 Retail Park Mont Kiara

Overall it was a pretty enjoyable session, and I am happy to see the group doing well since the first time I had a food review at their then Paradise Inn outlet at Pyramid (with a different concept).

Also happy to report that these XLB were as good as when I first tasted it all the way back in in Jan 2014 as well, it does mean that they’ve kept the standard and level of service all these years, something not every restaurant group can claim.

163-retail-park-map

Address:
Paradise Dynasty at 163 Retail Park
1F-19 163 Retail Park,
Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.166784, 101.652151
Tel: 03-6411 9811

Restaurant Goldview Hakka Food, situated next to Giant at Taman Paramount, is one of those restaurants that is somewhat a victim of its location for the fact that it is located just a stone’s throw away from the more established Kong Sai, the famous herbal soup & rice stall that is Meng Kee, and another rather popular outdoor tai chao place – Ming Heong.

This was why it took us all these while before finally giving it a try, and that turned out to be a nice little surprise.

Restaurant Goldview Hakka Food at Seapark
Restaurant Goldview Hakka Food at Seapark

Restaurant Goldview has a pretty basic set up, there’s air conditioning indoor and a couple of tables outdoor on the balcony. Interior decoration was done probably in 5 minutes, but it is clean, and the tables & chairs are rather comfortable.

The photos here are from 2 separate visits.

"fa tiu kai", omelete with preserved vegetable, hakka fried pork with black fungus
“fa tiu kai”, omelet with preserved vegetable, hakka fried pork with black fungus

“Fa tiu kai” (RM 19, medium), a type of clay pot drunken chicken cooked with Chinese wine, is as good here as anywhere I’ve had. The flavor seeps its way through the poultry and mixing those sweet, fragrant sauce with steamed rice will leave you wanting for more.

We also love the simple “choi poh fried egg”, or omelet with preserved vegetable (RM 6, small), though usually taken with porridge, it goes pretty well with rice as well.

Hakka fried pork with black fungus (RM 12, small) is one of my favorite dishes in Hakka cuisine (New Grand View’s wantan mee has this), but the version here was just passable in taste, perhaps the pork we had wasn’t fatty enough, or that the taste of namyu (preserved red bean curd) was not as strong as I prefer.

salted steamed chicken, "mui choi kao yok"
salted steamed chicken, “mui choi kao yok”

Hakka salted chicken (RM 12, small) is a steamed chicken dish that carries a hint of saltiness, goes pretty well with rice, and would have been better with a more superior (chili) sauce or other condiment. This is something that Kong Sai fared better, but truth be told, it didn’t disappoint.

We love the “mui choi kao yok” (RM 12, small) here, the cut was excellent. Those glistering fats in between layers of meat topped with that perfectly cooked skin, oh my. I can have this pretty much every meal. I suspect that their “wu tao kao yok”, or yam with pork belly, should be equally as good.

and the spicy soup "lat thong" was superb! KY, Winnie, Horng, Yuki
and the spicy soup “lat thong” was superb! KY, Winnie, Horng, Yuki

Last but not least, for those who can read the signboard in Chinese, you’d notice that spicy soup is mentioned on their business name. So naturally, we had to order a bowl to share.

There’s a choice of kampung chicken, pork stomach, and lala as the main ingredient. We had wanted to try lala but ended up with pork stomach (RM 14, small) instead due to availability.

The soup was super peppery and spicy, but in a good way. It was one of the bests we’ve tried and I dare say, on par with Kien Kee at Seri Kembangan. If you find yourself here, this is a must order.

map to Taman Paramount

We ended up with less than RM 15 per person for dinner, excellent value for pretty awesome food. This is a place that we surely will visit again. Other dishes that I wanted to try include trotter vinegar, sweet sour intestine with pineapple, salted fish steamed pork, ginger duck, and more.

Hakka food might not be the most popular type of Chinese cuisine, but you should definitely check this place out.

Address:
Goldview Hakka Food Restaurant
26, Jalan 20/16A
Taman Paramount
Petaling Jaya
46300 Selangor
GPS: 3.107092, 101.62475
Tel012-321 2725
Operation Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago during one of those days where my regular lunch colleagues were nowhere to be found, I decided to do a bit of exploration around Bukit Bintang looking in hope of finding something out of the usual lunch options.

drunken chicken noodle, with fried egg as extra
drunken chicken noodle, with fried egg as extra

After seemingly forever, I found myself wondering towards almost the end of Jalan Alor, and this is when I noticed quite a few people seated under colorful beach umbrellas enjoying something that smells pretty good.

And so I walked into Beh Brothers restaurant and stood in front of the one busy hawker stall – Sister Drunken Chicken Noodle.

Upon the operator’s recommendation, I ordered the drunken chicken noodle, with egg as extra.

it's hot, long wait, and expensive, but I'll come again, yums!
it’s hot, long wait, and expensive, but I’ll come again, yums!

It took a good 20-25 minutes before my bowl of drunken chicken mee is served, and for a hawker dish at a kopitiam, it was a pretty pricey RM 12 too.

Then I smell it, and took a spoonful of soup into my mouth. It was laden with sweet, sweet taste of Chinese wine, the noodle was soaked with the very same sweetness, and there were intestine, chicken, liver, and plenty of those ginger too. It turned out to be better than expected, it was the best drunken chicken noodle (or soup) that I’ve tasted. By the time I was done the bowl was practically dry of all the rice wine broth.

The fried egg was an interesting addition to the dish but I think something that can be omitted without sacrificing anything.

map to Jalan Alor

The stall operates for breakfast and lunch crowd, and they have other options like fish, prawn, pork, and even frog. Looks like I’ll go there again pretty soon.

Address:
Beh Brothers restaurant
(right behind PapaRich)

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.14528, 101.70829

While on the way visiting my friend at Puchong, Kerol suggested that we go to this place that has excellent clay pot dishes at Seri Kembangan. The direction she gave us was “nearby South City Plaza”. Luckily we managed to find Kien Kee without much trouble.

Kien Kee at Serdang, Seri Kembangan
hawker center setting, but with only 1 stall

The so called restaurant is situated at an almost hawker center like area, with the kitchen occupying one lot, and tables spread around in the middle of the square and also some unused ‘office’ rooms (with air conditioning). We quickly found a table in one of those air conditioned places and ordered 4 dishes, the spicy soup (辣汤), clay pot chicken (花雕鸡), chicken with rice wine soup (黄酒鸡), and vegetable. The first three were the must-order stuff as recommended by Kerol.

Kien Kee at Serdang, Seri Kembangan
the four dishes we ordered

We had to wait for quite a long time before the food came, I guess it usually takes a bit longer to work with clay pots instead of the normal cooking methods. Then again, you get the benefit of having the food staying hot for much longer time.

The dishes were actually very good. I particularly like the clay pot chicken, very strongly flavored and goes very well with rice. The spicy soup tasted similar to pork tripe soup I had at USJ, but just a tad less spicy, ingredients include pork tripe, intestine, meat, chicken, and some unidentified innards. It was the first time I had this hakka delicacy, I had naively thought it was something similar with hot and sour soup instead. A rather nice dish I must say.

Kien Kee at Serdang, Seri Kembangan

I’m not exactly a fan of chicken rice wine soup (黄酒鸡), the taste is pretty strong and with appropriate amount ingest, will probably make you blush and a bit tipsy. Kerol said it is among the best she had though.

map to Kien Kee at Serdang, Seri Kembangan
don’t soil your shirt like this aunty.

The bill came to almost RM 80, with a lot of drinks we ordered. It isn’t exactly cheap, nor expensive. Other than the long wait, it is a pretty nice place to dine, and I have a feeling I shall go there again.

Address:
D-1, Jalan 10/3
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor

GPS: 3.022562, 101.705552
Tel: 012-350 9900
opens 9am to 3pm, 6pm to 9pm, close on Monday

When I accidentally discovered the Sunway Mas Commercial Centre a couple years back, I had wondered why anyone would build all these shop lots right in the middle of nowhere, hidden behind Kampung Chempaka, and quite a distance from Bandar Utama too. It remained relatively unoccupied for a while, until the Aman Suria residential area came up, and now it is one of the newest places for food hunters around PJ area.

We wondered at the area in search of a fresh dinner place and ended up at the Wong Siong Wong restaurant, cos one shall never get tired of the greatest Chinese food invented in Klang Valley, the Bak Kut Teh.

Wong Siong Wong Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria
look at em bak kut teh and lamb stew

The major difference in this place over most other bak kut teh restaurants is its offering of several other dishes, one of which is the Hainanese stewed lamb ribs. We ordered the recommended lamb stew, a claypot of bak kut teh, and some vege to go with white rice for the four of us.

Wong Siong Wong Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria
can you say.. *slurps*?

The bak kut teh, though not the best I’ve had, was pretty good. The soup has a nice herbal taste to it. Ingredients to the bak kut teh is pretty much what you would expect, meat, innards, “taupork”, mushroom, and some cabbage.

The lamb stew was quite a pleasant surprise, the ribs nicely done to a soft and tender texture. The thick gravey has a pretty strong pepper taste and mixes well with white rice. Black fungus, carrot, and spring onion served as garnish.

A little nice touch to the restaurant is that they serve yau ja gwai with a couple bowl of bak kut teh soup while you wait for the main dishes to be prepared. So if you are really hungry, there’s something to start off with. It is the proper way to start a bak kut teh meal.

map to Aman Suria, Wong Siong Wong Bak Kut Teh
map to Aman Suria

If my memory serves me correct, it was something to the tune of RM 15 for each person. With bak kut teh and lamb stew, a pretty reasonable price.

Address:
21-1 Jalan PJU 1/3F
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre
Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.119771, 101.597775
Tel: 03-7805 1576, 016-323 8200

Hours:
mon to fri: 10.30am-9.30pm
weekends: 9.30am-9.30pm