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For one reason or the other, I found myself eating at SOHO (新煮意) no less than 3 times in this very young year of 2008. I guess it is appropriate that I write about this restaurant as the first “KY eats” post of the year.

SOHO at 1 Utama Shopping Complex
SOHO 新煮意

SOHO is located at 1 Utama shopping complex, a place with mysterious attraction to pretty much every female (they just want to go there every weekend!). More specifically, the restaurant is situated just between the Jusco supermarket and One World hotel. The mostly white interior decoration of the place is pretty nice, but in the evening, the restaurant tend to be a little too cold.

The menu is rather extensive, they have everything from dimsum to la mien to rice dishes. There’s also a good selection of Chinese tea and other drinks as well.

SOHO at 1 Utama Shopping Complex
glutinous dumpling, creamy and flowy custard, shanghai xiao long pao

So far I have tasted quite a few dishes at SOHO. The glutinous dumpling was really nice, I particularly like the subtle sesame taste and the sweet soup with strong ginger taste. Being a new-age Chinese restaurant, the Xiao Long Pao did not disappoint either, they come in half a dozen. However, my favorite dimsum dish from there has got to be the “creamy and flowy custard”. This thing is like a sweet bun with hot salted egg yolk based cream inside. The combination is superb, little wonder that this is the hot chick’s must-order item.

SOHO at 1 Utama Shopping Complex
crispy schezuan duck, braised pork ball, porridge, and other dishes

Other dishes I had were the crispy Schezuan duck, braised pork ball, pork and vegetable porridge, fried fish filet, a tofu dish, fried noodle, and a couple types of vegetable. Generally speaking, the taste was not overly strong but still flavorful to the ingredient’s natural taste, I find that quite refreshing. The duck that looked like a pile of mess was actually the work of the waitress who deboned the bird to our convenience.

Price wise, SOHO is pretty similar to Crystal Jade and Dragon-i. A typical meal would be RM25-40 per person. While not the cheapest meal out there, it provides decent value and pretty good taste in a convenient location (ie. every girl’s best weekend hangout place)

G218 One Utama
Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.150050, 101.615939
Tel: 03-7722 2155

Restaurant Chef Loong (龙师傅) is probably the second successful dessert place at the PJ food hotspot that is SS2. If memory serves me correct, this particular restaurant has been in operation for more than two years, and usually packed with customers at supper hours since day one.

Chef Loong at PJ SS2 (龙师傅)
their famous xiao long bao (小龙包)

As with most dessert places that caters for those “yum char” customers, this restaurant is separated into the indoor and outdoor sections. Smoking or air conditioning, take your pick. The interior decoration is simple yet tasteful, with some random Chinese calligraphies on the wall, and pretty comfortable seats.

Their pictorial menu is very simple to read, and you don’t even have to know mandarin, just point to what you would like to have to the servers will do. We ordered their claim of fame, the xiao long bao (小龙包, soup dumpling), lotus root pancake, and salad prawn just to satisfy the itching tongues at the wee hours.

Chef Loong at PJ SS2 (龙师傅)
salad prawn and lotus pancake, yummm

The xiao long bao here is still one of the bests I’ve tried, really juicy and packed with tasty meaty fillings. The skin is not too thick either. The lotus roots pancake is pretty crispy and sweet, just like how it should be. As for the salad prawn, you’ll love the crunchy skin and the big savory prawns. To make it more sinful, make use of the mayonnaises dippings. Don’t ask me if this combination is any good for your health though.

map to Chef Loong at PJ SS2 (龙师傅)
Chef Loong is situated at the same row with the Police Station

Together with 2 drinks (ginseng herbal tea and winter melon drinks), the bill came to RM 21.90 including a 5% service charge and 5% government tax. Not exactly the cheapest yum char session, but definitely worth the money.

86 Jalan SS2/60,
47300 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.117151, 101.622344
Tel: 03-7877 4826

I was with an otaku at Sungei Wang plaza picking up his expensive Japanese action figures, and decided to head to Lot 10 for some La Mian (拉面) at Crystal Jade. According to the guy, this place serves one of the best La Mian in the region, and heaps better than the One Noodle at SS2, a place that I thought was pretty decent.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
absolutely mouth-watering La Mian

The restaurant is located by the side of the Lot 10 main entrance, nicely decorated with wooden partition, pretty comfortable chairs, and a bar-style kitchen area so you can watch the chefs swinging dough into noodle. There is also an outdoor area, I imagine it’ll be pretty nice enjoying your bowl of noodle at night watching the carousel of people strolling down Bintang Walk.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
very classy interior deco

We ordered 2 bowls of La Mian, one plain and one with beef, vegetable, xiao long bao (小龙包), shallow fried dumpling (Gyoza/鍋貼), a mango dessert, and some herbal tea.

We didn’t have to wait long before the dumpling is served. They were very delicious and juicy, still packing some soup together with the meat inside. The xiao long bao too were top notch, served steaming hot on top of some lettuce in the bamboo basket. You can even see the juice in the xiao long bao from the picture above, and it really tastes as good as it look. The vegetable too, wasn’t overcooked and the seasoning done just right, I found myself chewing down the stems as if it was some high quality asparagus.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
the sifu making la mian.

The La Mian though, was something else. It was very smooth and rich in flavor to the point that the beef, though pretty delicious itself, proved to be a distraction to the savoring taste of the noodle. No wonder the dude ordered a plain La Mian instead. Comparing the La Mian here to the SS2 counterpart is like comparing Fiat to Ferrari, same country of origin, you might even say same soul, but totally different class. It really opened my taste to La Mian.

Map to Lot 10
map to Lot 10

Of course, the location and the excellent quality of food does come at a price. We spent over RM 30 per person, but it was all worth it. I will definitely go there again when I head to town again.

R2 Annexe Block
Lot 10 Shopping Center

GPS: 3.146290, 101.711721
Tel: 03-2148-2338

Hunting for a simple and pleasant place for dinner, my buddy Kenneth suggested Restaurant Grandma Kitchen Cafe at Damansara Uptown. I just have to try it since the dude said this place serves the “xiao long bao” (小龙包) in a particularly interesting way.

Restaurant Grandma Kitchen Cafe at Damansara Utama, Uptown
the LMF is there too.

Though Uptown is notorious for having a horrendous parking situation, we didn’t find much trouble putting away the car legally since it was at night. Your luck might vary.

The restaurant is located just a few shops next to RHB bank. The decoration is simple but pleasant. There are plenty of choices to choose from, cook-to-order dimsum, fried rice, noodle, and various other local dishes to go with steamed rice as well.

Restaurant Grandma Kitchen Cafe at Damansara Utama, Uptown
suck the juice!

Once I spotted the Petai Seafood fried rice on the menu, the choice is simple. I ordered that and the famous “101” premium juicy dumpling (the xiao long bao). The other noobs ordered Tomyam seafood fried rice and a plate of butter chicken with curry leaves.

The petai fried rice did not disappoint, and the xiao long bao was very tasty as well. A word of cautious though, since the xiao long bao came with a little straw for you to suck the juice, don’t do it straight! Wait for a couple minutes to let it cool down first, alternatively, you can steal a Starbucks super-hot-liquid friendly straw. hehe

Restaurant Grandma Kitchen Cafe at Damansara Utama, Uptown
get your own sambal

The fried rice costs RM 6.80 per portion, and the excellent xiao long bao RM 3.80. Drinks are priced pretty reasonably at RM 2.30 to RM 4+. Overall a pretty good value for the food and environment. Will definitely go there again.

Restaurant Grandma Kitchen Cafe at Damansara Utama, Uptown
map of uptown

Restoran Grandma Kitchen Cafe
6, Jalan SS21/39, D.U.,
PJ, 47400 Selangor

GPS: 3.137367, 101.622763
Tel: 03-7722 1886

So as I was walking to the Vietnam Kitchen at 1 Utama new wing from MPH bookstore. Something new caught my eye, it was the new and shiny banner of Dragon-i restaurant. It displayed something like “He has arrived! We have waited for 10 years!”, and “Gunniess book of records.” I remembered seeing that on Kimberly’s post, hence I told myself I would check that place out, that was a few months ago.

Nice setting with pretty good interior decoration.

The restaurant name in Mandarin is “Long de Chuan Ren”, which means the people of dragon, but they’ve put a spin to it and instead of the “Long” of dragon, they used to “Long” of “Siu Long Pau”, which literally means pau in a small basket. The restaurant’s speciality as advertised is siu long pau and their ramen.

One thing that this place definately get a vote from me was their menu. Every single item is accompanied with a photo and some description of the dish. It helps alot to decipher what some of these dishes come with.

are you hungry?

We ordered the ramen soup with ribs (since the picture they shown on the menu was the largest..), a bamboo shoot side dish, a fried ramen entry, and a dessert.

The ramen soup was pretty good, the ramen itself quite fine and very smooth. The soup doesn’t carry very strong taste but gives a subtle hint of aroma, which was nice and didn’t feel like those that are overly laden with MSG. The ribs would have been perfect had it been a bit more fatty, but that’s just my taste. Maybe these days people are slightly more health concious? *gasp*

The bamboo shoot side dish was pretty decent, though looks abit like eating centipede carcases. The sauce was a little bit too sweet though, but the texture was very nice. As for the fried ramen, my dinner partner of the evening was not able to finish it, claiming that it’s a bit too oily. I tasted the dish, it wasn’t bad, however it was too oily even for me, and didn’t really impress my taste bud one way or the other.

As for the dessert, it was as if they tried too hard. Either that, or because we were the late customers, we got it filled with too much fungus and longans and all those ingredients, but not nearly enough liquid to let those little things swim in. It ended up overly sweet and didn’t do a particularly excellent job as far as thirst quenching goes.

Overall, it’s a pretty decent place with a very nice atmosphere with pretty reasonable price (the meal was some RM40 or so if I remember correctly). Perhaps I’ll have to try their siu long pau next time, avoid the fried ramen.

It is situated in 1-Utama, new wing, next to Vietmanese Kitchen that’s on 3rd 2nd floor by MPH bookstore.

GPS: 3.150050, 101.615939