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Steam King Seafood Restaurant, Kota Damansara

>> Thursday, April 29, 2010

Venue: Steam King, Kota Damansara
Occasion: Dinner with parents
Overall comment: Steamed fish was no doubt a "must-have" at this restaurant. I know on weekends, this place is packed during dinner time, so do come early to avoid having to wait a longer time for your food to be served.
Halal: No

Total bill amount (inclusive of rice & tea) = RM84.20 for 3 persons

Looking at the bill was sure a surprise. We were expecting the price to come up to around RM60 max, but it came up to RM80+. Yeah, for 3 persons, we didn't expect paying so much for dinner. It's just fish! Hahaha...but yeah, it's no doubt fresh & meaty fish!

My dad came across an advertisement/write-up of this restaurant in The Star newspaper a few Sundays ago. I guess the few points that struck him were the attractive photos (yes, talk about the power of pictures), the interesting write-up, & certainly, the location of the place (it's not too far from where we live).

So yeah, there we were on a Sunday evening, just the 3 of us. We had to wait for quite a while for our food to be served as they were short-handed. Nevertheless, the dining experience there was not too bad, despite the long wait, since the warmth & friendliness of the staff there made us "feel good".

Here's what we had:

Steamed "Pak Suk Kung"/Catfish (RM43.20 - according to weight)
The fish was SO meaty! The 3 of us had a challenging time finishing the fish...my dad thinks that the fish is slightly "seng"/fishy-smell, while my mum & I found it alright. It's certainly good stuff, but oh, is catfish THAT expensive? It's been awhile since we had this fish, so we lost track of the market price :) Once in a while, it's lovely to just enjoy such fresh fish :)

Salted Egg Pork Ribs/"Ham Dan Pai Kuat" (RM22.00/large serving)
This photo below shows how the small portion looks like. They gave us the wrong plate of pork ribs! Thankfully we haven't touched it, so the waitress took it away & gave us our plate of pork ribs (in the 2nd photo). Somehow the 1st photo looks nicer...hahaha...the pork ribs was a recommended dish & it sure tastes pretty good. It's slightly crispy on the outside & is coated with the salted egg & the fragrance of the curry leaves. Somehow, I feel that the pork ribs aren't well-marinated or marinated for a longer period of time. If it were, it would have tasted even better! :)

Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Leaves (RM8.00)
Simple & nice. It's not over-cooked nor under-cooked. The texture & flavour was perfect. We enjoyed this humble dish very much, even more so with the added "kei zhi"/wolf berries, that made the veggie dish sweeter & more nutritious!

Map to Steam King Seafood Restaurant

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If you're around the area & you're looking for some good Chinese meal (especially fresh steamed fish), this place is worth trying out :) Just make sure you're there earlier or much later, or it'll be best to make a reservation before hand.

We will surely return to this place someday to try out their other dishes (yes, I did say that it's a tad pricey, but oh well, the food is good, so we don't mind going back there again!).

Steam King Seafood Restaurant
7, Jalan PJU 5/10

Dataran Sunway

Kota Damansara

47810 Petaling Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan.

(+603) 6140 7460

(+6014) 633 2110

Business Hours: 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., 5:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Steam King

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- Ruth


Palate Palatte Restaurant & Bar

>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Venue: Palate Palatte, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur
Occasion: Hans' birthday dinner
Overall comment: Simple & nice ambiance restaurant & bar. The food isn't that great though. Prices of food & drinks are also slightly higher than my usual budget (my budget for meals aren't very high...hahaha...), but it's the KL-price that you can expect to pay. A pasta + drink meal will cost you around RM30 if you don't order anything fancy.
Halal: Yes

Frankly speaking, the PerutBesi has never heard of this place, nor has she been around this street. She rarely steps foot into the city, what more take notice of such a small & minor street. Haha...yes, I'm SO not from Kuala Lumpur. Thank goodness they have a website - a rather unique one, so I actually had a glimpse of how this place is like & what they serve here :)

Palate Palette is a small restaurant, tucked within the busy neighbouring area of Changkat Bukit Bintang. It serves mainly Western food, beer, & an assortment of drinks. Oh, did I mention that the place is somewhat like a house converted into a restaurant? It sure looks like one...

The interior of this restaurant is not really brightly lit. In fact, the restaurant is lighted with dim, warm, orange lights, scribbled with interesting designs on its wall, & furnished with a variety of furniture (without a standard theme...quite retro, I reckon).

Yes, without the camera flash, the place is actually not very bright. Low-lighting is just not nice for a compact camera like mine :(

There's a spiral-stairway that leads to the 1st floor of the restaurant. It's narrow & kinda scary, but I reckon, what's more scary is when the top floor is dark (lights weren't turned on)!

This is how the 1st floor/top floor looks like. It's a 'lil strange, in my opinion & scary-looking to a child. Those weird flamingos & a half-stuck giraffe on the ceiling....eek! The 'living room' style makes the place look quite homey & suitable for a small party though (but the lights have to be turned on!).

Without the lights turned on (and with only the flamingo lights turned on), this is how the place looks like....quite spooky, huh?

The menu is all words!
So use your imaginations to figure out how the dishes would look & taste like

Some of the girls at the party

Now, here comes to food...service is very slow...I think they either don't have many chefs in the kitchen, or they're just very slow in preparing the food & serving them!

Mushroom Cappucino (RM10.90/serving)
I ordered this instead of the usual mushroom soup as I found the name appealing. It does resemble the cappucino, no doubt, but it's like the usual mushroom soup that Rach ordered...hahaha...it's just more foamy/frothy + it's served in a cup instead of a bowl! I would like to highlight the difference in price as well! RM8 difference?? Wow...I'm not sure how much more soup is served in the bowl...certainly not double the portion in this cup! Btw, the mushroom soup is quite smooth, & has chunky bits of mushrooms, which was very pleasing, but it's ruined by the over-powering taste of the pepper :( bummer!

Mushroom Soup (RM18.90/serving)
This is the non-cup-a-cinno mushroom soup...same soup, but served in a different dinnerware.

Oxtail Shepherd 's Pie (RM18.90/serving)
It tastes pretty much like any usual shepherd's pie with beef...hahaha...basically, I really feel that all their dishes are heavy on the pepper! Kills the originality of the dishes :(

Sundried Tomato Battered Chicken Chop (RM27.90/serving)
My imaginations didn't paint this picture! I thought there would be some "fresh" taste of sundried tomatoes in some sort of gravy over the battered chicken...hahaha...I was wronged! Samson said the portion's a wee bit small for the price he had to pay, & the taste isn't all that great...I think KFC's more appealing to his taste bud! The corn in cob didn't do the trick for him as well since he's not a very 'hard-working' eater...hahaha...poor fella waited more than an hour for his meal cos they kept forgetting his order!! *sigh*

Thai Roast Beef (RM19.90/serving)
This one's quite interesting & probably the better dish among the rest. Portion's small, but the taste is quite delectable. The beef slices are not too thin, not too thick - just nice. It's a tad too sweet, but on the overall, it's alright. Bear in mind that this Thai roast beef dish is actually chilled, not hot/warm! I was SO surprised by it...

Lamb & Onion Sandwich (RM15.90/serving)
Steak & Cheese Sanwich (RM17.90/serving)
Thai Roast Beef Sandwich (RM17.90/serving)
Sandwiches...you can select either their wholemeal bread or the rosemary focaccia. Taste-wise, there weren't much complaints. I still think that coming all the way here for sandwiches aren't a wow-factor, but their other food items weren't exactly cheap, so the cheapest & probably most filling meal for students would be the sandwiches.

Chicken Lasagna (RM18.90/serving)
I had this instead of the sandwiches that most of the gang ordered. I wanted something different, but those that were REALLY different costs a bomb, so I settled for what seems like a second best; something that I haven't eaten for some time - lasagna. Nope, not the best. Portion's small & well, it's not fragrant/aromatic enough. Somehow it feels like some Prego sauce/tomato puree + a dash of herbs with some minced meat, tucked in between sheets of pastry & cheese. Hmm...you're not convinced to try this, are you? Put it plainly - it's edible, but don't set high expectations.

Asparagus & Smoked Chicken Penne (RM26.90/serving)
Pasta Carbonara (RM26.90/serving)
The asparagus & smoked chicken penne was a good surprise. Unlike the standard carbonara & bolognase, this dish doesn't have a very heavy tomato/cheese base, but is still pleasing nonetheless. The whole pasta experience is chunky & 'fresh' - as it's filled with vegetables! What a healthy dish...I've no idea how the carbonara tasted like as JJ didn't say a word about it! Hahaha...

Minimalist Burger (RM23.90/serving)
Len wanted something simple, & oh, he had it REAL simple, alright :S When the burger patty was served - no bread, no green, just the rib-eye burger, I was baffled. *rubs eyes in disbelief* This is it??? And for RM23.90???? You've gotta be kidding me! It's no bigger than the size of my palm! Mind you, my palms are quite small! I don't see how this can be worth paying the price...Len said it's not juicy nor very tasty. He could finish it in ONE mouthful...sigh...that's dinner for him....oh, what a 'simple' meal...what a rip-off (someone with a higher-class dining experience, please tell me that I am wrong...for a Chinese like me, I'm just too used to having things reasonably portioned, priced, & tastes good at the same time!)

Vegetarian Lasagna (RM18.90/serving)
Ah, this is an 'interesting' dish. Here's how Dr Noel describes it: uninspiring, no spirit, & spiritually dead . So go figure how he enjoyed his dinner...hahaha...

Chips & Dips (RM15.90/serving)
This is not too bad. It's the usual nachos with some salsa dip. I still prefer my chips & dips at Crocodile Rock in Kuantan! Those rock your socks off!

Here are some of the drinks that we ordered. The variety of drinks is quite extensive as compared to the variety of food :) However, I still feel that it's expensive. Hahahaha...PerutBesi is quite "kiam siap" (stingy) :P

Cappucino Crush (RM11.50/glass)
Iced Irish Coffee (RM11.50/glass)

Firefly (RM13.90/glass)
Pineapple & orange juice with lime cordial, grenadine & soda. Sounds & looks interesting, but Evie said it's nothing spectacular...hmm...wokaaay....

Mojito (RM21.00/glass)
Virgin Mojito (RM13.90/glass)
Lime, soda, mint leaves, & brown sugar (the "virgin" version is without Cachaça)

Apple Mint Juice (RM11.50/glass)
Sounds like something very refreshing, but unfortunately, there's more water than the apple juice.

Double Espresso (RM7.50/cup)

If you think that drinks like the Apple Mint Juice ain't refreshing & awakening enough, try this out. You should be wide awake at least for the next few hours...hahaha...

Caffe Latte (RM8.50/glass)

The party would not mean anything without the birthday 'boy'. "Mr Sim, big 'boy' d! Be good & love your future wifey like how Christ loves her!" :D

Birthday boy, Hans
Tiramisu by Alexis, Bangsar (RM126.00/1kg cake)
SWEET!! Okay, I'm not a sweet-tooth, so I may be the worst person to ask when it comes to "how do you find the dessert?" I prefer something less sweet. This tiramisu is coated with loads of crunchy nuts (to those who love nuts! I don't!! :S), caramel crisps, chocolate pieces, & of course the liquor-soaked cake. Somehow, I find this tiramisu to be 'so-so' only...strange. Where can I get EXCELLENT TIRAMISU?? *sigh*

Map to Palete Palette

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Palate Palette Restaurant and Bar
21, Jalan Mesui

50200 Kuala Lumpur.

(+603) 21412148
(+603) 2143 2148
Business Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m.,
Friday & Saturday till 2:00a.m.
Closed on Mondays
Website: Palete Pallete


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- Ruth


Colourful Pan Mee in SK5

>> Friday, April 23, 2010

Venue: Lin Chin Coffee Shop, SK5/2, Seri Kembangan
Occasion: Lunch with colleagues
Overall comment: Colourful meal for a change. The pan mee is not all that superb, but the fact that it's naturally colourful makes the meal more interesting. This place is a little difficult to locate though (and the GPS took me to some other place when I entered the address SK5/2!!) since it's located in a housing-area.
Halal: No

Fancy some colourful lunch? Seri Kembangan sure has quite a number of such stalls offering a colourful lunch experience. This time around, my colleagues & I decided to try out this stall, tucked deep within a housing area in SK5.

You can call them for directions!

What's different here is the colour of their pan mee. It comes in various colours (natural colouring, so it's good!):

White - the usual flat flour noodles/pan mee without added colouring
Purple - Sweet Potato
Green - Broccoli
Yellow - Pumpkin
Orange - Bell Pepper

Unfortunately, the bell pepper variety is not available that day. In addition to that, I forgot about the colour & ordered a dry pan mee, resulting the pan mee to turn out brown instead of its natural colouring's colour *sigh* Silly me...

Purple Pan Mee in Soup (RM3.80/bowl)
The soup isn't very fragrant nor flavourful. My friends said this "wasn't very pleasing to the palate". The pan mee was edible though.

Dry Curry Chicken with Pumpkin Pan Mee (RM5.50/serving)
Normal Dry Pan Mee (RM3.80/serving)
The normal dry pan mee comes with minced meat & strips of black fungus. It's best eaten with some curry gravy :) I ordered that, but forgot that once it's dry, it's brown & I can't see the orangey colour already :( I'm 'smart'... I guess the curry version is better than the soup version cos I didn't find it as bad as my friends did with their soup pan mee.

Green Pan Mee in Soup (RM3.80/bowl)
Ever wondered what's the difference in taste? Somehow there is a very slight difference in taste & texture of all the various varient of coloured pan mee. I can't fully describe it with words, but if you do get to try it, you'll find out for yourself :) Maybe you can try the "tom yam" or curry version instead of the soup since my friends said the soup wasn't pleasing.

Curry Mee (RM3.80/bowl)
QQ said that their curry is good. He whacked up the whole bowl clean! The soup is fragrant, not too much of coconut milk (nor lacking of it), flavourful, & it's not too oily as well.

This small little stall serves colourful desserts as well! On a HOT & HUMID day, oh, shaved ice in any form just cries out your name... ;) They serve a very generous portion too! If you're not a dessert-monster, order 1 & share with someone :D

Shaved Ice with Banana Milk (RM3.60/serving)
Sounds yucky, but tastes GOOD! Fragrant la...I like the aromatic smell of bananas (although I admit I DISLIKE mushy bananas)

Yes, REAL bananas + jelly in the bowl of dessert!
Talk about value-for-money...and the bananas were fresh :) Thumbs-up!

Shaved Ice with Red Dragon Fruit, Preserved Plum & "Bubbles" (RM4.80/serving)
Shaved Ice with Red Dragon Fruit, without Preserved Plum (RM4.50/serving)
Interesting dessert. It's REALLY PURPLE/RED!! The "bubbles" make the dessert look so "fun" to be eaten! Hahaha...the preserved plum ("shuen mui") makes the dessert taste a 'lil strange. It gives a salty, sweet, & sourish taste to the dessert....unique ;)

The ACTUAL dragon fruit pieces (GENEROUS!!) + Longan + Nata de Coco! *yums*

Fresh Mango Juice (RM2.60/glass)
Normal la...nothing too "outta-da-world"

Map to Lin Chin's Colourful Pan Mee

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Are you tempted to give this place a try? At least for the colourful noodles? I think it's worth trying, even once...if you like it here (and if it's not too far to come over), I think it's not too bad a place to have a simple lunch. The soup may not be good, but I think the curry gives it some "brownie points".

Lin Chin Coffee Shop
6, Jalan SK 5/2
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (+6012) 233 2498
Business Hours: 7a.m. - 3p.m.
GPS: N03 1.751' E101 42.132'


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- Ruth


Cheap Roast Pork Belly & Lamb Shank?

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Venue: Nambawan Restaurant & Cafe
Occasion: Lunch with friends
Overall comment: No doubts value-for-money! Taste is not too bad for the price you pay too!
Halal: No

Not too long ago, I visited Nambawan Cafe again together with some friends after our YQ camp committee meeting. The overall satisfaction is there, & I think they won't mind going back there for some decent + cheap food :)

So far, no disappointments. My colleague has been there for at least 3 times...twice in a week some more...the lady boss was pleasantly surprised & my colleague gave much positive encouragement & comments to the lady boss :) I'm very sure it made her day!

Ice Milk Tea (RM2.50/glass)

Warm Lemon Tea (RM2.50/glass)
Herbie was very happy to see the actual lemon slice in the glass. He mentioned that he has experienced some other food outlets requesting for additional charges for the actual lemon slice =.="

Fresh Orange Juice (RM3.90/glass)
As I've mentioned before in my previous blog post on Nambawan, the glass is large & 2 persons could share a glass of juice...there's not much water added to the juice as well...I can confidently say that it's 95% freshly squeezed orange juice!

Ice Lemon Tea (around RM2.50 or more/glass)

Breaded Pork Chop (RM13.90/serving)
Just like what we've tried during our 1st visit here, the standard didn't drop at all - it's still generous in serving & deliciously crispy.

Braised Lamb Shank (RM17.90/serving)
This is part of the Set Lunch for the Day (weekend special). The lamb shank isn't very large in portion, but as you slowly wipe out the mashed potatoes + salad alongside the lamb shank, you'll be full & happy :) The lamb is quite fragrant & soft. The sauce compliments the lamb shank, but it could afford more herbs wine to make it more flavourful. (correction highlighted by chef James Ong, who ate this dish...hahaha)

Roast Pork Belly (RM13.90/serving)
This is yet another one of their weekend lunch specials. It's something that I've been looking forward to try. I was a 'lil disappointed at the amount of crispy skin given! I want more....and I want it crispier, not as hard as this one :( The pork is tender & generous is serving, no doubt. It tastes too similar to the Chinese Siew Yoke/Roast Pork, but with a 'Western' touch. I liked the mashed potatoes too - mixture of sweet potatoes + usual potatoes. The sauce is a simple brown sauce with herbs & you can request for extra if you feel that your meat needs more gravy. The apple-sauce that comes with the meat dish is also a very delightful accompanyment to the meat dish. I felt that this set lunch was extremely filling! *satisfied*burp* Oh ya, my colleague said he tried this, but much prefer the stone-charbroil pork belly cos it's fatter & more juicy :D

Beef Burger (RM6.90/set)
The burger is slightly small (around 2.5 inches diameter? or like 5 laptop keyboard keys?), but the patte marination is no doubt the same as the pork burger's patte. Chef James confirmed that it's some 'satay' marination...hahaha...interesting. The taste is not too bad & is filling for those who are small eaters. It's cheap! - for real minced meat, that is...not some processed meat like at McDonald's.

Oxtail Soup Set (RM15.90/set)
All of us thought that it's some small bowl of soup that costs around RM7.00. This is a meal by itself!! It's like oxtail stew + a small basket of toasted buttered bread. Not too bad.

I'm still pleased with Nambawan. I need to find more of such places! Value for money, good to the tastebud & stomach :) *happy*

You can read more about Nambawan & get the address from my previous post: Click here!


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- Ruth

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