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A couple weeks ago I was invited to Di Wei Chinese Restaurant at Empire Hotel to sample their mooncakes for the upcoming Mid-Autumn festival as well as a few of their new fish dishes.

It was my second time visiting this rather classy non-halal Chinese restaurant, with the first time sampling some alcohol product that was never brought into the country commercially (Yuzu!), hence the lack of prior blog entry.

Di Wei Chinese cuisine restaurant at Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya
Di Wei Chinese cuisine restaurant at Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya

The restaurant is accessible from the hotel as well as directly from the top floor of the shopping mall. Like most Chinese restaurants, Di Wei carries a pretty decent selection of dishes, from bbq meat, traditional double boiled soup, dried seafood such as abalone and sea cucumber, live seafood, beef, pork, chicken, duck, beancurd, egg, vegetable dishes as well as fried rice and noodle.

On our review session, we sampled three new fish dishes as well as their mooncakes.

Braised Marble Goby Fish with Iced Beancurd and Pork Belly
Braised Marble Goby Fish with Iced Beancurd and Pork Belly

First dish was braised marble goby fish with iced beancurd and pork belly (RM 168++ per portion).

Marble goby is one of the most prized freshwater fish for its smooth texture and layering meat. The usual preparation method usually by steaming, but the chef at Di Wei decided to deep fry the fish and braise with special sauce with addition of pork belly and iced beancurd.

The beancurd, being frozen prior has many air pockets that soaks up the sauce, which makes for an interesting way to enjoy the dish. The fish did not lose it’s original taste with the deep frying process, but gained extra smoothness from pork belly. I love it.

Steamed Seabass in Assam Sauce
Steamed Seabass in Assam Sauce

Next up was steamed seabass in assam sauce (RM 122++ per 100 gram). It was basically a high class version of asam fish that is quite common in many Chinese restaurants, with seabass doing the major lifting in the quality department. This dish should be consumed quickly if served in the heated bowl, as the heat may otherwise overcook the fish over time.

Pan Fried Giant Grouper with Soy Sauce
Pan Fried Giant Grouper with Green Apple Sauce

Pan fried giant grouper with green apple sauce (RM 23++ per 100 gram) is a dish that may not get approval for giant grouper lovers who love to have this fish the traditional way – steamed with superior soya sauce.

I tend to agree, but pan frying the fish gives the skin a new and exciting texture to ponder about, with the addition of apple sauce making it pretty interesting. It is a bold attempt no doubt, but one that hasn’t surpass the traditional cooking method of this prized seafood yet, I’m afraid.

traditional baked mooncakes, RM 18-23 each
traditional baked mooncakes, RM 18-23 each

So then, lets move to mooncakes.

The traditional mooncakes from Di Wei we sampled are as follow:

  • pandan lotus single yolk
  • white lotus single yolk
  • black sesame single yolk
  • pure lotus single yolk
  • red bean
  • bamboo charcoal single yolk

My favorite being the bamboo charcoal and white lotus single yolk, and my complain is – why not double yolks? or even better, quadruple yolks?

snow skin mooncakes, RM 18-23 each
snow skin mooncakes, RM 18-23 each

As for snow skin mooncakes that are best chilled, we had the following:

  • snow skin white lotus single yolk
  • snow skin green tea single yolk
  • snow skin black sesame single yolk
  • snow skin bamboo charcoal single yolk

I like them all, but my favorites were black sesame and bamboo charcoal versions.

Di Wei's 3 meat platter
Di Wei’s 3 meat platter

Since mooncakes and three dishes of fish weren’t exactly fulfilling enough to our collective stomachs, we ordered Di Wei’s three meat platter as extra (small – RM40++, medium – RM60++, big – RM80++).

The BBQ pork (chasiu) was perhaps not the best I’ve had, but the roast duck very good, and roast pork turned out to be really excellent.

So if you’re into mooncakes, Di Wei offers some excellent choices, and for good quality fish in some non traditional cooking style, this is also a place you should check out.

Empire Mall map

Address:
Di Wei
L1, F20 & F21 

Empire Hotel, Jalan SS16/1,
Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
GPS3.082109, 101.582716
Tel03-5565 1228

Every once in a while, I get carried away ends up somewhere just a little bit too for lunch during work week. This was one such occasion that happened several weeks ago when my badminton buddies called up for a quick lunch.

Our first option was closed, and so somehow we ended up traveling from Bukit Bintang all the way to Cheras for a promise of good roast duck and yong tau foo at Restaurant Sun Ming.

restaurant Sun Ming at Taman Connaught, Cheras
restaurant Sun Ming at Taman Connaught, Cheras

Located at Taman Connaught, Sun Ming was super busy when we arrived at around one pm in the afternoon. Parking was a bit of an interesting affair but with patience one usually prevails.

There’s usually a line at the restaurant, don’t follow the line unless you are going to tapao. We worked our way inside the restaurant and stood beside some patrons who were finishing up their food, like vultures to dying animals, but our aim was an empty table.

roast duck, roast pork, chasiu, yong tau foo
roast duck, roast pork, chasiu, yong tau foo

It took another 25 minutes or so to have our food served after we were seated and made our orders. This is definitely not a place to visit if you’re in a hurry.

Fortunately, the quality of food makes up for what’s lacking in speed of service.

we also ordered bean sprouts in addition to all those meat
we also ordered bean sprouts in addition to all those meat

The roast duck had crispy skin and juicy meat, the roast pork savory, and the bbq pork too is on par with some of the bests I’ve tried from anywhere. As far as roast meat is concerned, they got it right.

As for the yong tau foo, the version at Sun Ming is deep fried version that is increasingly harder to find. If you haven’t tried deep fried yong tau foo, you should. They tastes pretty different from your usual soup based version, and I think works well with the other dishes.

my makan kaki chewing away
my makan kaki chewing away

Sure, the roast duck at Loong Foong is slightly better, roast pork at Wong Kee is a bit more superior, and Ming Brother at Shamelin might serve a plate of bbq pork that is rated a tad higher. At Sun Ming though, they are almost as good, and you get all of them at the same location. Furthermore, which other roast meat shop serves yong tau foo?

Our lunch came to around RM 15 per pax, and yes, I would go back again.

map to Restaurant Sun Ming roast duck

Address:
Restauran Sun Ming
No. 137, Jalan Sarjana,
Taman Connaught,
56000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.08218, 101.73747
Tel: 03-9133 2151
Operation: Open for lunch, Closed on Tuesdays

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Over the years, from business traveling, meeting with friends, and invited reviews, I’ve seen quite a few buffet spreads. Hence, for the most parts, buffet offerings don’t excite me very much.

Then again, the Bubblier Sparkalite 4Cs Sunday Brunch at Intercontinental KL’s Serena Brasserie isn’t just any buffet spread.

Serena Brasserie, at ground floor Intercontinental KL
Serena Brasserie, at ground floor Intercontinental KL

Heading the kitchen is executive chef Darrell O’Neill, originally from Australia and has since left a trail of presence across the globe in countries such as New Zealand, UK, France, Hong Kong, Dubai, India, Maldives, and now, Malaysia. During his time at restaurant Al Mahara t the Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai, the restaurant was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant by Time Out Dubai.

this is what we came here for, the Alaskan King Crab
this is what we came here for, the Alaskan King Crab

The concept of the Sunday buffet brunch at Intercontinental KL centeres around 4Cs – Crustaceans, Carvery, Chocolate, and Candy.

Crustaceans is what excites us the most, there were Alaskan King Crab, slippery lobster, tiger prawns, and cray fish. Under this “C” also includes catch of the days such as fresh white fish, marinated tuna steaks, oysters, mussels, scallops, salmon, and more.

yeap, bubbly too, and a host of seafood ready to eat
yeap, bubbly too, and a host of seafood ready to eat

If you haven’t had a chance to sample king crab due to the price, this buffet offers one of the best values. The seafood were fresh, tasty, and most importantly, plentiful. I think I had close to 10 oysters, a departure from norm as I usually don’t get more than a couple, they tasted so good!

cold cuts and little appetizer in shot glasses
cold cuts and little appetizer in shot glasses

The next C stands for Carvery – which basically means cooked meat that are freshly sliced. Here you’ll find roasted whole ribs, prime ribs, roast chicken/duck, and more. Trimmings such as Yokshire pudding, roast vegetable, and baked potato accompany these dishes well.

roast chicken & duck, local delights, and prime ribs too
roast chicken & duck, local delights, and prime ribs too

For those who wants to sample some local delights, they are available too. A good selection of traditional Malay, Chinese, and Indian dishes are available for your picking.

BBQ meat & sausage, tandoori chicken, smoked salmon
BBQ meat & sausage, tandoori chicken, smoked salmon

They’ve also set up a BBQ area right outside the air-conditioned dine in section. Here you get freshly grilled lamb rack, chicken tandoori, sausage, baby chicken, satay, and even freshly smoked salmon and “DIY” burger stand with mini-Augus beef sliders and mini-chicken satay sliders.

fruits, a variety of cheese, desserts, and cakes
fruits, a variety of cheese, desserts, and cakes

The third C stands for Chocolate, and of course, that includes a host of other desserts as well. There are Australian lamingtons, chocolate fudge brownies and rocky road, mini Pavlovas, mini fruit trifles, banana and caramel sticky puddings, and more.

I can't get enough of the Alaskan King Crab and slipper lobsters
I can’t get enough of the Alaskan King Crab and slipper lobsters

Finally, last but not least is Candy. This actually refers to the Sparkalite Kid’s Corner, a section within the restaurant set up to keep kids busy learning the sweet art of making lamingtons and be entertained by the clown. This is a particularly great feature for parents with kids who actually want to have some food in peace.

with Umei, Josen, Haze, Evelyn, Dennis, and Damian
with Umei, Josen, Haze, Evelyn, Dennis, and Damian

The Sparkalite ‘4Cs’ Sunday Brunch at Serena Brasserie is available every Sunday from noon to 3pm. Brunch is priced at RM 120++ per person, and if you want the free flow sparkling, white & red wine and beer, it’ll be RM 198++. Kids from 6-12 is charged RM 60++ per head.

For the spread that you get, I think the price is more than reasonable, now excuse me while I go get myself more King crabs.

map to Intercontinental Hotel, KL

Address:
Serena Brasserie
Intercontinental Hotel

165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.159767, 101.718045
Tel03-2161 1111
Webwww.intercontinental.com

When our office first moved to The Intermark, I was quite a bit bummed. Yah, the office was way modern and wonderful, with sophisticated elevator system that only comes with open, close, and emergency buttons (everything else is via tag and touch screen outside the elevator), but compared to Bukit Bintang where there are plenty of awesome food, where should I eat?

That’s where Jaya Grocer comes in, and I’m just glad that they opened up for business just a couple weeks after we moved in.

Jaya Grocer at Intermark, check out the price of the grapes
Jaya Grocer at Intermark, muscat at RM 163.75, kycho grapes at RM 149.90

Jaya Grocer is located at the basement of Intermark’s main building, directly under Double Tree by Hilton hotel. It is the first Jaya Grocer in KL city, and directly managed by the 3rd generation descendent of the original Jaya Grocer. In a way, that makes this outlet slightly different from the others in PJ, but in a good way.

The outlet carries a  lot of premium brands directly imported from overseas. If you want to spend over RM 150 on a small box of grapes (specifically Muscat of Alexandria or Kyoho grapes from Japan) or almost RM 200 on some Japanese green melon, you can.

There’s also a huge selection of organic produce, a whole section that sells various types of cheese, frozen smoked duck breasts, imported canned tuna/salmon, and many other “exotic” stuff you don’t normally see.

yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods
yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods

If you’re a fan of alcoholic drinks, you’ll find the selection of liquor, wine, and beer at Intermark’s Jaya Grocer as one of the more complete ones in the country. There’s a wine dispenser for tasting, many different types of imported beer, wine from several regions, and even “mythical” brands of hard liquor such as Absinthe – blue fairy with 53% alcohol and the green version with a whopping 68% alcohol. Probably good enough to use as antiseptic.

Other than that, there’s also a section that sells liquor in sort of an ala-carte basis. Various types of cognac, rum, and even single malt whisky sold in flasks of 200 ml or more. If you want premium liquor in small doses, such as the Scotch Highland Single Malt Whisky (29 years old, 43% Vol. Teaninich Distillery), it’ll be RM 186/200 ml. Other fancier liquers include those with tiramisu, latte macchiato, mango, and passion fruit flavors. You even get to have a taste test before purchase.

Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky
Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky

Like the outlet at Empire Mall, El Fresco is presence here as well. Purchase your beef/salmon and they’ll cook it for free provided you purchase a side dish (RM 7.90 or so). There’s Wagyu, Angus, and more.

However, other than Fresco, Jaya Grocer at Intermark also operates a non-halal food court right next to the supermarket. On this session we sampled a few dishes from each of the three operating stalls (with 1-2 more to open soon).

Hamky Panky has juicy, tasty sandwich (RM 13.80) in the menu. First you choose your bread, then the fillings (English ham, turkey, black forest, roast beef, roast lamb, roast pork, pork patty etc), then pick any add ons, and finally choose the sauce of your choice. We tried the roast pork and roast lamb sandwich, did not disappoint. I even packed the leftover lamb sandwich for breakfast the next day.

Lam's kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too
Lam’s kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too

Lam’s Kitchen serves roast pork, bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck, and more. Their menu is pretty extensive but mostly involves rice or noodle with the previously mentioned meat. We tried their bbq pork, roast pork, and roast duck. I love the roast duck and roast pork, and think that their bbq pork (chasiu) is average. I do like their chilly sauce and oily rice though.

restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle
restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle, KY & Haze

The third and final stall we tried was the Sun Huat Kee pork ball noodle, originally from Lucky Garden at Bangsar. Since we’re having a lot of other dishes, we ended up only sampling the pork balls in soup, which tasted pretty good to me. I’ll have to try the dish one of these days, tho I believe I’ve had the Bangsar version a few years ago and liked it.

map to the intermark

Address:
Jaya Grocer
The Intermark
Lower Concourse,
348, Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.16154, 101.71996
Webjayagrocer.com/intermark

While roast duck and chicken are fairly common, roast goose is a dish that is pretty hard to come by. However, within stones throw to each other, you can find three different places offering this dish at around Jalan Pasar in KL.

Not long ago, I checked out one of the stalls at the area by the name of Chen Chen Hong Kong Roast Goose.

Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar
Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar

Chen Chen Roast Goose isn’t exactly a restaurant, the stall is located by the side of shops at the intersection of Jalan Seladang and Lorong Yap Hin. There’s tin roof and semi-permanent table and chair set up, but no luxury amenities such as wifi, fan, toilet, or wash basin.

The chef himself though, dressed up as if he’s working in a high class 5-star hotel, which is as professional as hawker operator goes.

roast goose for a single portion
roast goose for a single portion

Chen Chen actually offers more than just roast goose, there’s also roast chicken, roast duck, roast turky, roast piglet, roast pork, char siu, vinegar pork leg, and sour + spicy soup. Quite an offering for a road side stall, really.

bottom 1/4 roast goose, with "sour and spicy" vegetable soup
bottom 1/4 roast goose, with “sour and spicy” vegetable soup

A single serving of roast goose with rice goes for RM 9 and the portion is more than sufficient. The meat tender and the taste is not entirely different from roast duck, but there is a slightly more gamey taste, and overall there’s also more meat and slightly fatter. I like it.

Half a goose would cost RM 65, as compared to RM 50 for whole roast duck, so you can imagine that roast goose is quite a fair bit more expensive (and larger) than duck.

KY & Sheng, over two different visits
KY & Sheng, over two different visits

I find the sour and spicy soup here is rather average, but that’s perhaps I’m spoiled from the excellent version served up at Peng Heong Hakka Paikut at Klang.

While most other places serve steamed rice to go with roast duck/goose, Chen Chen offers a version of their yellow rice that carries a unique faint flavor that I can only describe as a cross between briyani and chicken rice, but much subtler. I  believe it is made with turmeric and butter.

If you’re up for some roast goose, this would be a decent place to try.

map to Chen Chen roast goose at Jalan Pasar

Address:
Chen Chen Roast Goose
Jalan Seladang,
Off Lorong Yap Hin, Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.13612, 101.71560
Tel: 012-233 3083
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily