Hearty and Wholesome Italian Food

It was just a few days ago when I was rushing back from work to get ready for dinner. Braving through the rain and the after work traffic, Saucer and I finally made it to the heart of KL, at Renaissance Hotel. We had a dinner appointment with a few of our friends but I guess the traffic was holding some of them back, which was good! Because we then had the chance to sample these cute little cocktails which tasted like margarita. :)

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Cocktails before dinner

While waiting, I also went into their wine room to check out some of their wines. Halfway browsing, we saw something generating smoke inside the room! Upon asking, it was just the humidifier, maintaining the humidity of the wine room. :)

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Some exquisite French wines

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Glorious collection of white wine and glasses

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The collection of wines

Soon, when the party arrived, we proceeded to the dining area of Med @ Marche-Live. Being a Mediterranean restaurant, Marche now has a new and hip Executive Sous Chef Paul Lewis who hails from Australia, serving his rendition of fine Italian food. Did I hear Italian? That’s my favourite! :)

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Dining area of Marche

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Some bread sticks and rolls, Dipping of Pine nuts with eggplant and Olive oil with crushed pistachio

I loved eating these long and crispy bread sticks whenever I dine at Italian restaurants! Why don’t more restaurants have it? I’d much rather eat these than rolls. :P The rolls here were divine too, warm and fluffy, they were perfect with the dipping that came together – Pine nuts with eggplant and Olive oil with crushed pistachio. Whoever invented the combination of pine nuts and eggplant is a genius! The texture was creamy and nutty, with a slight saltiness, making the roll taste so good! It’s almost like eating butter without the guilt! Awesome!

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with my favourite bread stick <3

The first appetizer arrived soon, which was Pesto Pizza, a thin layer of pizza crust topped with semi-dried tomato and parmesan  cheese. Simple as it was, crispy at the edges, chewy at the insides. The cheese was not overpowering, making it just nice as an appetizer.

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Pesto Pizza (RM28)

If pizza sounds too heavy for an appetizer, perhaps a bowl of Seafood Brodetto should do the trick. The concoction of seafood, garlic, tomato, saffron and white wine vinegar was hearty and flavourful, sure to put any stomachs to satisfaction. :)

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Brodetto (RM40)

I opted for a glass of white wine to go with the pastas, which was smooth and pretty easy on the palate.

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White wine

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The bottle of white wine

Since there was a group of us, we ordered several types of pasta to be shared. The first to arrive was the Tortellini stuffed with goat cheese, thyme, roast pumpkin and balsamic vinegar. This was Saucer’s favourite as he loved the chewy texture of the tortellini combined with the gorgeous and creamy texture of cheese, pumpkin and vinegar as the filling. This was perfect for anyone who loves cheese!

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Tortellini (RM38)

The Pappardelle was something new to me as I’ve never eaten pasta this shape. It looked like fettuccine except in shorter pieces. This was served with a ragout (stew) of beef shin, green pea and oven dried tomato and gremolata.

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Pappardelle (RM40)

Now the next dish may look a little similar to Pappardelle but it is not. This was a plate of fabulous Gnocchi, which was served with braised lamb shank, anchovies, olives and pecorino (a type of cheese). I never liked Gnocchi because I always thought it was just a blob of flour and why would I want to eat flour anyway? But Chef Paul Lewis was brilliant in mixing the Gnocchi with his amazing lamb shank, making it almost impossible to resist. Yes, gnocchi and all! I was really impressed with this dish, with how soft, tender and flavourful the lamb was and how it combined perfectly with the gnocchi. I was instantly a convert!

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Gnocchi (RM42)

The Chicken Piccatta was a slice of deep fried chicken breast served with sauteed mushroom and asparagus, and in my opinion was rather average. But I might be biased since I’m not a fan of chicken breast. Give me chicken thigh anytime! :)

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Chicken piccatta (RM60)

When the Ocean Trout came, I simply couldn’t stop admiring the delicate presentation. It was served with lemon sole, tiger prawn, calamari fritti, bread salad and basil pesto and the aroma itself was mouth-watering! I had a small piece of the fish and found the meat to be flaky, smooth and firm. Definitely a sign freshness, don’t you think?

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Ocean trout (RM78)

I imagined the Wood Fired Whole Tuscan Chicken to be much bigger but I guess spring chicken was used. The whole chicken was spread across the plate, without bones and came  with garlic roast potato chips and balsamic roasted vegetables. Don’t you just love how the chicken was presented on the plate?

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Wood fired Whole Tuscan Chicken (RM66)

The Florence Steak served with Panzanella Salad and Garlic roast potato chips fell short of my expectations as I found the steak to be a little to tough and dry, especially at the edges. I loved eating the garlic roasted potatoes though.

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Florence Steak (RM68)

Now it may seem that we ordered a lot of dishes but we really only had a small bite from each plate, so I guess they all add up nicely? ;) The Balsamic Brushed Lamb Cutlets was served with a side of polenta or boiled cornmeal, which was soft and smooth, almost like mashed potatoes. The lamb was grilled nicely, resulting in tender and juicy meat, much better than the steak before. This would be my pick! :)

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Balsamic Brushed Lamb Cutlets (RM66)

The Home made Linguine with tiger prawn, scallop, garlic, chilli, parsley and tomato was pretty decent, except that I would prefer it if it were less oily. The tiger prawns were deliciously succulent and fresh though.

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Linguine (RM44)

The Penne with wild mushrooms, truffle and chives was the last plate of mains served and by then, most of us were already full. I didn’t think much of the penne, but the mushrooms and truffle were out of this world! They were juicy and delicious, and I ended up picking them out from the pasta to eat. :P

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Penne (RM42)

Last but not least, desserts! The first was a Cannoli, which was a deep fried pastry in the shape of a tube, filled with light cream cheese and crushed dried fruits/oats, which I found very similar to muesli. This was not the typically sweet or rich dessert, which allowed me to have more than one spoonful of it. ;)

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Cannoli (RM26)

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Apple Pudding (RM26)

The amazing feast was a genius preparation by the hip and happening Chef Paul Lewis himself (if you have a chance, check out his tattoos!). It was because of him that we had the opportunity to sample authentic Italian food with all the authentic Italian ingredients.

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witch with Chef Paul Lewis

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Med @ Marche at Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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West Wing, 2nd Floor
Renaissance Hotel
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2162 2233 ext 33168
Business hours: 5pm till 1am
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Peter Pan the Musical Gala Premiere

It was my first time to the Sunway Lagoon after almost 20 years! And this time, it was to watch the Opening Premiere of Peter Pan the Musical. Held at the newly renovated Amphitheatre, the musical production is the first collaboration between local and international talents who are no strangers to the stages of West End and Disney. The show was supposed to start at 8pm but we were already queuing up at 7am to get good seats! Talk about kiasuness. LOL!

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Queuing up to Sunway Lagoon

Since it was my first time to the Amphitheatre, I was surprised to find that it’s actually quite a distance to walk in from the entrance. I was actually holding tickets for some of my friends who were not there yet so I had to walk back out to the entrance later to pass the tickets to them, before walking back in again! *phew!*

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The stage from my seat

We managed to get seats at the center of the stage, even though the seats for media were actually allocated at the front side of the stage. Luckily we didn’t sit at there for I heard the sound system at the side of the stage were deafening! I actually had no problems with the sound system sitting where I sat, so I guess sitting in the centre is much better. :)

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Us with Saucer’s colleague

The show started after some opening speeches and the first to sing was this group of dancers together with Wendy.

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Opening act

I shall let the pictures do the talking from here on eh? ;)

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Wendy singing

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Wendy with her dad and “nanny”

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And Peter Pan came to stage!

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Peter Pan

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Peter Pan and Wendy flying

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Pirates dancing

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The strong and powerful pirates!

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Pirates again!

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Captain Hook came to stage!

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Look at the cute boat! :P

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Red Indians dancing

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Love the picture of the ship in the background

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Funny how Captain Hook was always scared of the clock ticking

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook’s battle

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Wendy is saved!

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Their final duet song

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Closing act

It was quite an entertaining act though there were some complaints about the sound system. But I guess the kids loved the show to bits because I heard a lot of them next to me laughing and cheering throughout the show! :)

For more information on ticketing, please go to http://www.sunwaylagoon.com/PeterPan.asp

“Forever and Ever”

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Anyone who has got married before would know that preparing for the wedding is no easy task. There’s so much to do! As early as one year before the big day, one has to book for the suitable wedding venue, choose the bridal studio, arrange for ROM date, choose photographer, shop for wedding items, plan for honeymoon, etc etc etc. And the list goes on.

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When you think about it, it’s not the tasks that are difficult, it’s getting the right person to do it that is. For example, there are so many choices of bridal studio out there, photographer, honeymoon venues, that it is all a headache just to source for the perfect one. Isn’t it better to find all of them in one place?

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That is when the bridal fair comes into play. Holiday Inn Glenmarie is proud to host an “Unforgettable experience that is truly yours at the Forever & Ever Bridal Fair”. On top of getting the perfect bridal solution, there are exciting prizes to be won worth RM30,000! Inside tip: I heard there’s a prize of a free stay at Holiday Inn Maldives too! Can I have my second wedding ceremony now? :P

Details of the bridal fair:

Date: 5th December 2010

Time: 11am – 5pm

Venue: Glenmarie Ballroom

Chicken or Pasta?

Saucer and I walked past Kenny Rogers one day and we saw a tray of freshly roasted chickens at the counter. They smelled so appetizing and looked so tempting that we couldn’t help it but enter the restaurant!

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Freshly roasted chicken at Kenny Rogers

Upon seated, I found out that Kenny Rogers Roasters is now having the Chicken and Pasta Meal promotion! Perfect for one who is having a big appetite, we ordered away! :)

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Chicken and Pasta meal

While waiting for our dishes to arrive, we ordered the 2 new promotional cocktails. The Minty Green Tea Mocktail and the Minty Passion Mocktail were extremely fizzy and refreshing, cooling on a hot day or comforting after a busy day.

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Minty Green Tea Mocktail (RM7.50)

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Minty Passion Mocktail (RM7.50)

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Chicken soup for starters

Our friend Bok had the Tangy Chicken pasta with Black Pepper chicken and a side of mashed potatoes. My first bite of the pasta sauce reminded me of assam laksa! It was sour and a little spicy, making the combination a really appetizing one. I loved the pasta the most!

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Tangy chicken pasta and Black pepper chicken with side order of mashed potato (RM18.90)

As for Saucer, he had the Beef Bolognaise pasta and Smoky BBQ Chicken. The pasta had a huge chunks of beef and the sauce was soury with a tomato base. The pasta could have been done better though, as they were rather soft when I tasted them. The BBQ chicken though, was the bomb! It was the best chicken sauce among all, and I couldn’t help myself from picking pieces out of his plate! *LOL* The BBQ sauce was zesty, smoky and very flavourful – not to mention its thick texture.

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Beef Bolognaise and Smoky BBQ Chicken with side order of fresh fruits  (RM18.90)

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Beef Bolognaise pasta

As for me, I had the Cheezy Chicken Pasta and Mushroom Chicken. I was expecting the cheese to be very rich, creamy and cheesy, but it kind of fell short of my expectations. Yes it was creamy and thick but it wasn’t cheesy or savoury enough. I would still stick to Tangy Chicken Pasta for my next visit. :) My side dish of coleslaw was really good though! It was actually a blend of 7 different vegetables, making it a really healthy combination with variety!

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Cheezy Chicken Pasta and Mushroom chicken with coleslaw (RM18.90)

Of course, dining in Kenny Rogers would never be complete without the muffins! I loved their muffins! Sometimes, after lunch, if I pass by Kenny Rogers, I would just drop by and buy back a few pieces to snack on. ;) My usual order would be chocolate, but this time, I wanted to try the new flavour of banana.

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Chocolate and vanilla muffins

Best eaten while warm, the muffins were slightly crusted at the edges while the insides remain warm and soft. It was truly a delight to be savoured, and a sweet ending to a satisfying meal. :)

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Banana muffins

Kenny Rogers Roasters Chicken and Pasta Meal are only available while stocks last. Oh dear, I have got myself craving for banana muffins now…

Christmas Parade with Tony Roma’s

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Thanksgiving has just passed, and we are now well on our way to Christmas! Who doesn’t love Christmas? It’s a season of joy, warmth, laughter, jingles, carols and of course, FOOD! This year, Tony Roma’s will be decking the halls with its very own Christmas extravaganza. Succulent, juicy, tender, delicious, one-of-a-kind flavour, hefty parade of ribs galore!

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Beef ribs galore

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Private table at Tony Roma’s

In preparation for the array of ribs that we would be having that night, we ordered two soothing drinks created in conjunction with Christmas. The Yellow Submarine is a combination of smooth tasting ice-cream soda and tantalizing citrus of lime juice and the Cranberry-O, a clever concoction combining ice-cream soda, cranberry juice and hints of orange juice for a more familiar and welcoming taste.

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Yellow Submarine

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Cranberry-O

As usual, before we set our fork and knife ( I meant fingers!) onto the ribs, the waiter described the various sauces to us, while making a smiley on the plate! :) There are four signature sauces from Tony Roma’s – Smokey, Red Hot, Carolina Honey and Original. Apparently, the Smokey sauce is the most popular one among all.

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Carolina Honey, Red Hot, Smokey and Original

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Smiley face made from the sauces!

The first dish we had that night was the Roma’s Sampler, which consisted of the Onion loaf, Potato skin and Boneless Buffalo bites. Among these, I enjoyed the Potato skin the most!

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Roma’s Sampler

I loved the generous amount of cheese on top of the potato skin, sprinkled with some crispy beef bacon. The whole combination gave the otherwise bland potato skin a very flavourful and savoury touch. And though it would add some extra pounds to my waist, I couldn’t resist them! *LOL*

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Onion Loaf

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Potato skin and Boneless Buffalo bites

Then we had the Beef Short Ribs, which are actually ribs from the front part of the cow. They are visibly shorter but with more substantial and thick meat. Just look at the picture below! Even though thick, the meat was surprisingly juicy and tender inside. They were slowly cooked to maintain the original juices and tenderness. Thank goodness we were sharing or I would have been full by just eating one piece of this!

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Beef Short Ribs (RM58.90)

For first-timers to Tony Roma’s, it might be a bit difficult for us to choose the preferred sauce for their ribs to be cooked with. And for this reason alone, the Beef Ribs Sampler is the perfect order! A combination of four ribs prepared in four different flavours to excite our taste buds, this platter is perfect for sharing and for us to find that special sauce that we love. :)

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Beef Ribs Sampler (RM60.90)

If you already know what sauce you love, you could perhaps go for the Full Slab which comes with 5 ribs cooked with your choice of sauce, accompanied with 2 side dishes.

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Full Slab (RM69.90)

Last but not least, the gigantic Beef 10, which comes with 10 (!) ribs and 2 side dishes. Definitely meant for sharing, I could only muster 3 ribs the most! Now, if you look carefully, except for the Beef Short Ribs, the rest are actually the same back ribs just cooked with different sauces and presented in different quantity. I first tasted Tony Roma’s ribs about 2 years ago and now, I thought that the quality of their ribs have improved tremendously!

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Beef 10 (RM99.90)

I used to think that Tony Roma’s ribs were too soft for my liking, with texture much like boiled meat instead of grilled. But now, the ribs are flame-grilled to perfection, with a slightly charred edge and a juicy and tender interior – it is no wonder why Tony Roma’s is Famous for Ribs!

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How many can you eat?

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Our spread to be shared!

Oh, we were also given these cute little Tony Roma’s bibs before we had our ribs! :)

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witch and Saucer with bibs :)

Before we left, I couldn’t help but snap the picture of the entrance to Tony Roma’s at e@Curve! It was a picture of a plate of Beef 10 held by Santa himself! So CUTE!! I wonder if Santa would be able to finish 10 ribs by himself eh? ;)

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Entrance to Tony Roma’s at e@Curve

WIN A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF TONY ROMA’S RIBS!

For the first time ever in the history, Tony Roma’s is throwing a Tony’s Day party in conjunction with the Grand Opening of its latest outlet at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. “Tony’s Day” is inviting all named Tony or similar to the sound of Tony, to sign up by registering your name, contact number, email address and a recent photograph to be in the running to win exclusive invites to the Tony’s Day Party on the 9th of December 2010. Also, 20 lucky Tony’s will be participating in the Tony of Tonys competition for a chance to win a lifetime supply of World’s Famous Ribs! Sign up now at www.twitter.com/trmalaysia or www.facebook.com/TRMALAYSIA or lilian_tan@tonyromas.com.my.

Home Cooked Delight at Mums

It is always nice to have a hearty and home-cooked dinner after working a long day out, isn’t it? And it’s even better if the home cooked food is prepared by Mum. Well, not my mum, but the one at Mum’s Seafood Noodle House. :) I finally had the chance to head over there for a good and proper home-cooked meal with a group of friends.

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May the business proper

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Only cash term

Before dinner started, we had an appetizer of ‘Acar‘ which is actually a combination of pickled vegetables mixed with sesame seeds and grounded nuts. Needless to say, it’s very appetizing especially with the sour and spicy finish, plus it’s also healthy! :)

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Acar for appetizer

Since we’re in Mum’s Seafood Noodle House, how could we miss trying out on their noodles right? The Mum’s seafood noodle soup came in a large bowl filled with seafood goodness! The bamboo clams were huge and meaty, the prawn was succulent and fresh, and there were also a few slices of baby abalone! What’s not to like? Not to mention the delicious soup which was moreish and not overly milky.

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Mum’s seafood noodle (RM13.80)

The dinner continued with a plate of Bean Paste Garoupa Fish. I love garoupa fish! It’s the fish that my grandma likes to cook whenever we have family dinners, and I love it because of its firm and flaky but smooth texture. Of course, this is only true if the fish is fresh. Fortunately, the one at Mum’s did not lose out, and coupling it with its own bean paste sauce, I thought it was really delicious!

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Bean paste garoupa fish

The Stuffed Squid was also fresh with plenty of fillings inside! However I prefer to have squid on its own to preserve its chewiness. Somehow, with the addition of filling inside, it resulted in the squid being softer than usual.

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Stuffed Squid (RM18.80)

Ah.. when Lor Bak was served, I immediately reminisced about my life in Penang. Now, I can have one of Penang’s signature dishes here! This was huge, with thin and crispy skin and plenty of meat fillings! Yummy!

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Lor Bak (RM9.80)

Curry Fish Head came next, and though it was aromatic, I felt that it lacked the spiciness and kick. Perhaps I am too used to eating spicy food? Other than that, it was really fragrant with the smell of coconut milk.

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Curry Fish Head

My favourite dish that night was the Salted Egg Yolk Fish Head! It was my first time eating something like this and I thought it was really unique! The smell was really aromatic, while the taste was just tantalizing! I am beginning to love anything that is fried with egg yolk. It just brings out a new dimension to the term salty. Very good, this one.

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Egg yolk Fish Head (RM16.80)

Sambal Petai with Prawns might be an attraction for most but I’m not fan of petai so I can’t really comment. But judging from how Saucer was stuffing himself with the petai (and me having to put up with bad gas afterwards LOL! ) I suppose this must be a commendable dish.

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Petai Prawns (RM15.80)

The Jiuhu Char is a Nyonya dish in origin but it’s been pretty popular lately in restaurants. And I love it because it’s rather healthy, delicious and a delight to eat! One is supposed to place the combination of vegetables (yam bean) and cuttlefish onto a piece of lettuce, add on some chilli sauce for that kick, and wrap it before putting it in one’s mouth. Glorious!

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Jiuhu Char (RM10.80)

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Fresh lettuce for wraps

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This is the way to eat Jiuju Char

Nyonya Chicken for those who love good old nyonya cooking which is very flavourful.

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Nyonya Chicken (RM16.80)

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Assam fish

Of course, the lady who made it all possible – the “Mum” from Mum’s Seafood restaurant herself!

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“Mum” herself

Overall I had a pleasant experience dining here, especially eating food which was really homely and reminded me of my grandma’s cooking. I will definitely return, if not for the lor bak then for the soupy noodles! :)

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Mum’s Seafood Noodle House

Mum’s Seafood Noodle House
22G Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Malaysia.
Contact no.: 016-6666650 / 016-2222250
GPS coordinates: N3 09.270 E101 35.552
Business hours: Mon-Sun 11am – 10pm