Sunday, 15 June 2008

Healthy pasta? @ Pasta de Gohan, Sunway Pyramid

“Tankuferwaytinherisur pizza !" The pizza was plonked in front of us. Huh??? A and I looked at each other bemused. What was the waitress trying say?

(Prawn and Oyster Pizza - RM20.80)
We were too hungry to figure it out and proceeded to wolf down the Prawn and Oysters Pizza. Served on a circular wooden board, the pizza was cut into four wafer thin slices. The pizza crust was lovely, thin, crispy and flaky. It tasted like savoury biscuits. The pizza was quite delicious but oysters turned out chewy, I think it was overdone. The word dainty best describes the portion of the pizza. A bite and a chew and it's gone! We had 2 slices each of the pizza and it did little to take the edge off our hunger. At RM20.80, we felt it was pricey on account of the tiny portion served. We licked the crumbs off our lips and eagerly waited for the Lobster Carbonara.

‘Thank you for waiting!’ the next waitress chirped as she slid the pièce de résistance on the table. Ooohh…. So that was what the first waitress was trying to say.
(Lobster Carbonara - RM36.80)

Doesn’t the picture set your saliva glands off? Ok.... maybe not.. the picture doesn't do it. But take my word for it, a magnificent half of a lobster sits on top of a pile of pasta well coated with the creamy carbonara sauce. The lobster was baked to perfection with a topping of parmesan. For RM36.80, it ain’t half bad value for money.

I wasn’t quite satisfied with the portions I had for dinner, but resisted the temptation to order another main, so resolutely moved on to share dessert with A.
(Tiramisu Parfait - RM10.80)

After deliberating between the Oreo Banana Parfait and the Tiramisu Parfait, we settled for the Tiramisu Parfait. The parfait was made up of layered soft vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, topped with a delicious block of tiramisu? and fruits. Dig right to the bottom of the glass and you’ll get to the bed of crunchy cornflakes. Nice!

I was initially skeptical about Japanese-Italian fusion style pasta, but I must say, the dishes turned out quite well. With 72 dishes to choose from; one will not run out of choices anytime soon. I can’t speak for the rest of the 70 but I was satisfied with the taste of the 2 ordered. For the prices charged, they could perhaps increase the portion of the meals. A and I are not big eaters to begin with, but Pasta de Gohan’s portion were small even by our standards. They offer 50% off certain dishes before end of June. I guess we will be back again...... sometime before end of June.

By the way, Pasta de Gohan was touted on the menu as healthy pasta. Err... I'm not sure what part of the meal was healthy, perhaps the green tea? -.~

Pasta de Gohan
Lot LG 2.126A,Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, No 3. Jalan PJS 11/15,Bandar Sunway, 46150, Petaling Jaya. Tel 03-5621 8168 Fax 03-5621 0166
Business hours from 11am to 11pm

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Satisfy crab cravings @ Tak Fok, Desa Aman Puri

I can’t remember the last time I had eaten crabs. Yup, it’s that long ago. So it was with great enthusiasm that I arranged a crab dinner with friends at Tak Fok. If you have an attack of crab cravings, there is no where better than Tak Fok for a wallet friendly crab meal. Seriously, where else can you get crabs at RM18/kg in KL? Let me know if you do.

We arrived a little past 6pm and gosh, the restaurant was already packed downstairs, we headed upstairs, there were a few more empty tables. By 6.30pm, it was all taken up.

A sour puss of a waiter came over to take our orders after much arm waving. We ordered 1 kg each of their 'jiu pai' ( house speciality) Ham Heong (Salted Egg) Crabs Butter Cheese Crabs. 1 kg will get you about 3 small crabs.
(Salted Egg Yolk Crab)

The crabs are fried with a generous coating of salted egg yolk. It's so yummy that I loathed wasting it and proceeded to lick the bits of fried egg yolk off the shell, after digging out the crab meat :)
(Butter Cheese Crabs)

The Butter Cheese gravy is smooth and creamy with slices of button mushrooms and onion rings thrown. The gravy is best mopped up with fried 'man tao' (buns) (Fried Man Taos)

I normally avoid fried man taos as the buns soak up the oil. But the ones at Tak Fok are not too oily, crispy on the outside with soft cottony centre. Delicious! It was a pleasure breaking the man taos and dipping it in the creamy crab sauce.

(Foo Chow Toufu)

Foo Chow Toufu is another of their house speciality. The soft toufu was deep fried then topped with minced meat and garnished with spring onions. Although the picture doesn't depict it, the portion was actually very small.
(Marmite Mantis Prawns )

We also ordered the Marmite 'Lai Liu Har' (Mantis Prawns). I felt that the coating of batter was too thick, I could hardly taste the mantis prawns.

Service was relatively quick. But perhaps that was because we placed our order before the crowd arrived. Subsequent orders of rice took a long time to appear on our table. The crabs were RM18 and RM20 respectively for the Cheese and Salted Egg Yolk. The Marmite Mantis Prawns were RM15 for a small plate. Bill came up to RM107 for the 4 of us. You'll be hard pressed to find another place in KL to beat those prices for crabs. As for the rest of the dishes, prices are comparable with that elsewhere.

When we left the restaurant at 7.30pm, there was a long queue of hungry diners patiently queing up for their turn at devouring the delectable crabs.

Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
Address: 2-2A, Jalan Desa 1/3, Desa Aman Puri, 52100 Kepong. Tel: 603-62723346 Business Hours Lunch: 12.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Dinner: 5.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Ole Sayang Nyonya Lunch @ Melaka

Drove to Melaka for lunch last Saturday? Yes, glad it was last Saturday before the petrol price hike. It was a promise I made my sister, to take her and her husband to taste the Melaka nyonya food. Good thing I decided it to be last Saturday!

We went to Ole Sayang, in Taman Melaka Raya I believe it is one of the more famous nyonya restaurants, at least among tourists to Melaka. Good thing we reached the restaurant at about 12.45pm. As we stepped in I noticed many tables reserved. The waitresses were all busy and no one bothered to entertain us. We were lucky to get a small table as some guests were leaving.
The food came 15 minutes after we have ordered and we were surprised. Because by this time most of the tables were seated with people. Many we think are tourists from out of town. Next to our table was a Japanese couple, they had food specially ordered by their tour guide!

We ordered 4 dishes.

The Udang Masak Lemak Nenas. This is certainly a good choice. My sister really like it, and she loved the pineapples. The prawns were really fresh. There were some assam gelugor (skins) in the gravy we noticed, hence making the gravy not to "lemak" with tinge of sour taste.

The waitress recommended the Chilly Fish. We were really impressed by the fish. The flesh was really sweet and juicy. Normally fried fish can be really dry. Both my sister and my brother-in-law couldnt figure out what fish it was. Then the waitress told us its "jenak"....I still dont know what fish it is.

"Chicken Rendang" was the special for the day. Nothing unusual about the Chicken Rendang but it was really fragrant as how rendang should be.

Of course the most ordinary was the Sambal Kangkong.

By this time the whole restaurant was fill with people and commotion. Many guests were standing around waiting for a table. As we were about to finish our meal. The waitress come just at the right moment to deliver the cendol that we ordered earlier.

Truely enjoyed the cendol. It comes with red beans! The cendol is springy and not like the soft mushy ones you get in KL and they use real santan! Best part of course is the gula melaka, fragrant and not too sweet.

Everything, from the keropok (side dish), the sambal (RM1.50, yes we have to pay for it but it was nothing to shout about) to the wet tissues only cost us RM88.00 but we thought it was value for money!
Ole Sayang
199 Taman Melaka Raya
75000 Melaka
06 283 1966