Sunday, March 28, 2010

Family Dinner at Elegant Inn – Hong Kong Cuisine

This post is long overdue. I am not a food critic or whatsoever but I just have to tell you about this restaurant. We had our family dinner on the 7th day of CNY. This is the first time I dine here but not my family. They frequent this restaurant often as they just love the food here. I was impressed with Elegant Inn. It was one of the best Chinese restaurants. Quality of food is excellent and the service was superb. I have no idea how much this meal cost but I understand it was on the higher side because of the quality of the food they served but it is all worth it.

Naturally, we started off with yee sang, the unique Malaysian CNY tradition. Of all the yee sang I tasted this is the best. They used only fresh ingredients like radish, cucumber, pomelo, carrots, Asian pear, salmon, abalone, etc. No fake colored preserved vegetables here. The taste was refreshing and not too sweet like the commercial ones.

Next was the impressive double boiled kampong chicken with ginseng (I think) for a few hours. End result a bowl of super rich tasting soup.

Next the most anticipated dish…CRABS!! I think it was cooked the egg yolk style. Super sweet and check out the super size claw…Delicious.

I was not very impressed with the next dish. It was steamed kampong chicken. The taste was just so so…
Prawns cooked in Foie gras sauce (goose liver). This dish is to die for especially the slight bitterness of the sauce. Rich and sinful.
A simple yet refreshing vegetarian dish that have lotus roots, with pine nuts. Simple yet refreshing.

Stir fried pig’s cheek with ginger and green onions.

Next had two rice dishes. I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of the lotus leave rice with wax meat. Maybe I was too busy eating this fried rice. One of the best fried rice I’ve eaten. I forgot what was in the fried rice. This dish is a must order each time my family comes here. My nieces just love to watchthis handsome chef in actions (cooking the fried rice)

We end our dinner with pan fried nian gao and almond cookies.
Please call first before you go to the branch at Taman Connaught as I understand they only open for 3 days a week, that is, from Friday to Sunday.

Elegant Inn
No. 16, Jalan Waras 1,
Taman Connaught, Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: (603) 9130 2626)

2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block
Menara Hap Seng
Jalan P.Ramlee
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-20709399

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A day at Tanjung Sepat

Without realizing it I was back from Malaysia for a week already. I tried to extend my stay there but I can't get a seat on the airline for the date I wanted. So I came back as scheduled. I have tons of pictures I took during my trip but have yet to find the time to sort it out. Here is the first batch that I managed to upload to share it with you. It was a trip to Tanjung Sepat with my family on one weekend

Tanjung Sepat, a small fish village located at southwest part of Selangor. Tanjung Sepat becoming a tourist attraction after commercializes seafood restaurants open in this area. Nowadays, people came here for fresh seafood, visiting various orchards farms like Dragon Fruits Longan, mushroom and Ganoderma (Chinese Ling Zhi) farm and not forgetting the famous paus (steamed buns)

We start our journey early at 9.00am. First stop at for a quick dim sum breakfast at Seri Petaling. This was the first time I tried out the famous Phoenix baos. It was a unique shape pau with meat and glutinous rice in it. Taste wise it was ok.

The famous Phoenix bao.

After our breakfast we proceed to Tanjung Sepat and we drop by the Buddhist Temple. Jenjarom, Selangor

2nd stop was the famous Hai Yew Hin to collect the steamed buns (Bao) that we ordered a few days earlier. They were famous for their steamed buns and if you just drop by to buy it you might be dissapointed as their buns were always sold out. You have to order them in advance. You can see many people carrying bags and hags of buns in their hand. Tourists come in bus loads just for this. I tried the famous ‘mui choi’ and vegetables bao and they were pretty good. Our local Astro TV station even features them and I understand it boost up their business tremendously.

Astro featured them recently.

Next we proceed to the Mushroom Farm. Not much mushroom there as the farm were under renovations.

We wanted to visit the Dragon amd Longan Fruits farm but our visit falls on the 15th day of CNY so many of farms were closed. We managed to find a dragon fruit opened but not much fruits there as it was off season. Even the dragon fruits were pretty small. We managed to buy some though.

Sepang Gold Coast! Wow.. I didn't know that Malaysia had a 'Gold coast' but now I do..

Chalet on the beach, still under construction and will be officially open in April 2010.

The next stop was the Cassava/Tapioca Chips factory. When we arrived the chips were not in productions but the supervisor was kind enough to show us around their factory.

Start with the ubi. This will be peel.

Peeling the cassava/ubi kayu.

The cutter

Freshly sliced cassava/ubi kayu.

All fried up and ready to be pack.

The end product

We had our dinner here.

Nasi Lemak, grilled sotong and fish and stewed duck.

Stewed duck all ready to be serve to customers.

Grilled sotong

Grilled fish
Stewed duck.

The famous longan plant here at Tanjung Sepat. Too bad we didn't get to go to the farm. Maybe some other time.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It has been a while.

It is over a month since I last update this neglected blog of mine. As some of you might know I am in Malaysia now and having a great time with my family. Before you know it I will be flying back to US soon. I am hoping that I can extend my flight ticket for a another 2 weeks but when I called Cathay this morning they told me that all their flights are full all the way until end of April. Man, they must be the only airline who is doing well in this bad economy. So now I am on their waiting list and if it goes well I will be flying out of here on the 22nd and if not I will be flying out of KLIA on the 8th as schedule. The reason I am extending my stay is my mom will be having cataract surgery on her eye and I like to be around during that time to take care of her for a few days before flying home. So keep my fingers cross that I will get to stay.

In the meantime I’ve taken tons of pictures in Malaysia to share with you but have yet to find the time to sit down and do it. Maybe when I am back to the US soil. Take care everyone and will keep you posted on the latest on my flight.