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It was my supreme ignorance that one of my favorite no frill Chinese restaurant chain now has a branch in KLCC – Kiki Taiwanese Cuisine, by the same people that brought us Fong Lye at Gardens.

Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, 4th floor KLCC
Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, 4th floor KLCC

Like the other 4th floor restaurants on Suria Mall, Kiki has a modern interior decoration with table arrangement centered towards packing as many people as possible without it being a fire hazard. That’s fine and dandy for quick afternoon lunches for the most part, but not exactly a place you’d want to bring your Valentine’s date for a quiet & private dating session over lunch.

3 cup chicken set (RM 23.80)
3 cup chicken set (RM 23.80)

Most dishes come in the form of set menus with rice/noodle, soup, vegetable, and some tidbits in addition to the main ingredient. They are generally priced at around RM 20+ to RM 30+ and served quickly, which is great for office lunch crowds.

mixed seafood & bitter gourd set (RM 35.80)
mixed seafood & bitter gourd set (RM 35.80)

The three dishes we had – 3 cup chicken set (RM 23.80), mixed seafood & bitter gourd set (RM 35.80), and steamed fish with pineapples & Taiwan marinated sweet bean (RM 23.80) were pretty much within expectations when it comes with taste, and definitely a little over the top in terms of portion. While you don’t get any premium ingredients (example: fish would be tilapia), the quality is more than justifiable for the price stated on the menu.

steamed fish with pineapples & Taiwan marinated sweet bean (RM 23.80)
steamed fish with pineapples & Taiwan marinated sweet bean (RM 23.80)

Overall, despite the crowd, Kiki delivers pretty much as well as their sister branches at Gardens and other locations. Would definitely not mind going again.

my lunch partners at Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, KLCC
my lunch partners at Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, KLCC

map of KLCC

Address:
Fourth Level, Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.158126, 101.711833
Tel03-2166 9699

Other than excellent hawker foods traditionally associated with the pearl of the orient that is Penang, there are a number of excellent restaurants on the island offering a wide variety of crusines for those who favors the controlled climeate dining experience. One of my friends suggested we go to Kocha Taiwanese Delight (台湾古早味) for lunch when I was there last weekend.

Kocha Taiwanese Delight, Penang
nice deco, illustrated menu, and the excellent instant noodle!

The restaurant is a converted corner unit house at Jalan Burma, parking can be a bit of a problem but luckily there is parking for only RM 1.00. As the restaurant was plenty busy, we had to wait for some 10 minutes before a table is available. The decoration of the restaurant was pretty flashy but nicely done, with at least 3 sea water aquariums at the premise. My friend told me that the owner is a diver too.

I knew I was at the right place when I saw that they even sell the excellent instant taiwanese noodle (一度赞牛肉面) I blogged about a while back. For RM 6.80, that is only a little bit more than what you should pay for it in Taiwan.

Kocha Taiwanese Delight, Penang
does these stuff makes you hungry?

The illustrated menu is pretty extensive. With so many items to choose from, we decided to have the dumpling in beef soup (水饺牛肉汤), mini spicey pork steamboat (迷你麻辣猪肉锅), and the salty chicken rice (咸鸡饭) and some teas.

The dumpling soup and salty chicken rice were good, but I have to give my recommendation to the mini spicey pork steamboat. The steamboat is served over sterno, with plenty of ingredients such as fishball, beef ball, mushroom, tofu, and a couple types of vegetable in the spicy soup, with raw sliced pork on the side and some spicy sauce (纱茶酱)for dipping. Though I would probably prefer the soup to be slightly spicier, at the end it proved to be just nice as the burning sensation slowly builds as you eat. The pork only took half a minute to cook in the boiling soup. It was a bit too big a portion for a single person though.

Kocha Taiwanese Delight, Penang
was a great lunch, burp

The total was RM 47. There is a 5% government tax but there isn’t any service charge. For the quality of food served and the nice environment, this is a pretty good price. When you’re done scouring all the hawker centers, give this place a try!

Kocha Taiwanese Delight, Penang
the location is pretty easy to find with this map.

Address:
229 Jalan Burmah
10350 Penang

GPS: 5.424136, 100.320191
Tel: 04-227 5048