Of Good Food, Great Coffee and Awesome Company

With just the blink of an eye, FRIDAY is back to welcome us again! I am sure many of you, like me, love Fridays! It’s the day where lunch can be a little longer, work can be a little slower and time runs just a little faster! :) Since it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood, let me just share something for light reading. 😉 It was last weekend when I suggested to Ciki to try out the famous Puchong Yong Tau Fu for lunch. This place is by far my favourite to get my YTF fix!

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Assorted Yong Tau Fu in delicious soup

What I love so much about this place is how they prepare YTF on the spot and how everything is so fresh and piping hot! The soup was sweet and tasty but with no hints of MSG. Also, the abundance of sweet potato leaves made the whole combination all the more healthier and green. You could choose to eat these on their own or with a bowl of rice, like Saucer and I did.

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Assorted Deep-Fried YTF

I prefer to eat the fried versions for that extra crunch and bite, but Ciki loved to dunk it into the soup to soften the edges. :) Oh, I almost forgot, Ciki brought along her Monkey brother as well!

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Hi there! :)

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Say cheese!

After the fulfilling YTF, we continued to look for coffee, and where else but the comfortable Pacific Coffee Company! My previous experience with ice-blended drinks was not that satisfactory, so this time I opted for hot coffee instead!

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Toffee Nut Cappucino

My Hazelnut Latte came in such a huge mug! But it was so GOOD! Most of my friends who know me well would know that I’m not a coffee person, which explains why I chose latte which is more heavy on milk. But this was way better than what I expected. It was smooth, creamy and fragrant with hazelnut such that right about now, I’m craving for it. Really.

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Even Monkey is very happy with his drink

Of course, good drinks are just secondary in relative to awesome company! :)

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Ciki and witch

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Men in Black?

The Toffee Nut Cappuccino that Saucer had was frothy and smooth too. Topped with some chocolate powder, this was the drink perfect for a weekend afternoon, lazing away with some magazines or in this case, friends!

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The lovely mugs of frothy coffee

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Look at the foam!

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Hazelnut Latte

Apart from the amazing drinks, I also love the comfortable environment of Pacific Coffee Company. It is almost always never full, and the seats are comfortable with cold air-conditioning to keep us all comfy in the heat of the afternoon. I could sit here and laze around all afternoon!

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While Ciki was busy snapping pictures and Monkey was busy Instagram-ing, I took a sip of my comforting latte. :)

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And that’s how it’s done :)

Let’s do it again soon!

A Japanese Feast at Hokano

Once in a while, Saucer and I love going to Japanese restaurants because of the relatively healthier food options they provide. I especially love fresh sashimi and anything teriyaki! And oh, soft-shell crab too. :) So when Jessica invited us to have dinner at Hokano, we happily agreed. The spread of food we had was massive! We shall let the pictures do the talking now, shall we not? :)


Smoked Salmon Salad

I loved the Spicy Ika! It had a smooth and chewy texture, with a spicy taste.


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Potato Salad

The Kaki Fry which was a plate of deep fried oysters was really quite amazing! The outer layer was amazingly crispy and fragrant, while the oyster inside was still moist and fresh. Yum!


Kaki Fry

Oh we had my favourite Soft Shell Crab! This was nicely fried without being overly oily.


Soft Shell Crab Schimi Age


Chicken Teriyaki


Chicken Katsu

Saucer’s favourite was Edamame! He had to order this whenever we dine at any Japanese restaurants. These came in quite a huge portion!




Tempura Soba

The Salmon Teriyaki was nicely done – with crispy, slightly charred skin and soft and smooth flesh.


Salmon Teriyaki

We had a debate that night on whether the Moromiso Steak was nicer or the Rib Eye steak! My vote went to the Rib Eye Steak since I found it to be more tender and the sauce not overpowering.


Moromiso Steak


Rib Eye Steak (its d same thing but teriyaki sauce)

Last but not least, a few plates of sushi rolls to be shared! Alaska Roll had the fresh salmon sashimi slices on top.


Alaska Roll


Kano Roll

While the Hokano Roll was the star product, with prawn tempura, crab sticks, unagi, avocado and tobiko on top. Lovely!


Hokano Roll

Spider Roll was generously stuffed with Deep fried soft shell crab, with bits of spicy salmon within to give it an extra kick!


Spider Roll

Needless to say, we were stuffed that night! Hokano provides a comfortable dining environment with Japanese food that has a home-cooked twist to it. Homely Japanese food, to put it aptly. :)


Hokano Japanese Restaurant

Hokano Japanese Restaurant (same row with Maybank Damansara Uptown)
74, Jalan SS21/35,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-77295325
Business Hours: Mon – Sat (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Sun (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm)

Celebrating the Extravagant 8 at Gu Yue Tien

The number ‘8’ is synonymous with prosperity and fortune in the Chinese culture.  This number is so auspicious that it’s becoming a common figure in the Chinese community – phone numbers, addresses or even car number plates are preferred to have the number ‘8’. Riding in the wave of ‘8’s is the Standard Chartered Extravagant 8 Menu for this Chinese New Year, whereby the campaign is participated by a total of 8 restaurants, with 8 dishes per menu, costing RM888 per table. So many ‘8’s! One of such restaurants is Gu Yue Tien at Chulan Square. It was my first time going to Chulan Square and certainly my first time stepping into this classy Chinese restaurant.

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Comfortable dining environment at Gu Yue Tien

The interior of the restaurant was elegantly furnished, with gold-coloured chairs, white table clothes and dark blue carpet.

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The first dish to start off the menu was the Norwegian Salmon ‘Yee Sang’. The first thing I noticed with this Yee Sang was the absence of shredded vegetables! Instead of the common shredded vegetables, carrots, ginger, etc used in a plate of Yee Sang, I saw lettuce and radish instead. And so the story went that the chef is not a fan of processed or preserved food, hence the ingredients used were fresh vegetables. I was game!

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Norwegian Salmon ‘Yee Sang’

The sauce had a tangy and fruity sweet finish to it, which was later discovered to be strawberry sauce. Lovely.

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Lou Sang or Lou Hei

The appetizer came in a delicate egg shell with its top removed. Upon further exploration, we found a half-boiled egg yolk submerged within the foie gras gravy. This dish of Gu Yue Tien Soft Boiled Egg with Foie Gras was prepared by removing the egg white first and pouring hot foie gras sauce onto it, making the yolk to be half-boiled, while maintaining the warmth of the egg during serving time.

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Gu Yue Tien Soft Boiled Egg with Foie Gras

This was decadent to say the least! Glorious, smooth and delicious without overly rich. What a smart idea from the chef.

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Gloriously sinful

For those who are anti-shark’s fin, this dish of Thick Assorted Seafood Soup with Crab Roe is perfect. Served with a golden hue from the crab roe, it was aromatic, flavourful and hearty.

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A Thick Assorted Seafood Soup with Crab Roe

The star of the night was undoubtedly and unanimously, the Salt Baked Spanish Iberico Pork Ribs! Its entrance alone was eye-catching and attention-seeking, stopping people in the midst of conversations, and screaming for cameras. We all loved the Iberico pork ribs! The aroma was distinctive, tantalizing and mouth-watering. I swear, I was this close to drooling while taking pictures of this lovely slab of pork ribs.

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Salt Baked Spanish Iberico Pork Ribs

Watching the staff cut the ribs was another sight to behold – the cracking of skin, the oozing of juice and the whiff of the spices were almost too hard to handle.

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Cutting up the pork ribs

And finally, when the ribs were on my plate, could I scream ‘heavenly!’. The ribs indeed, brought me to heaven and back. The first bite of the skin was crispy, while the meat inside was juicy and tender, with minimal fat and oil. Just the way I liked it! In fact, this could easily be the best pork ribs that I’ve ever tasted! These were so good I shamelessly had multiple helpings. 😛

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Best ribs ever

Next up was the Steamed Giant Garoupa with Minced Ginger and Yellow Bean Paste. This giant garoupa was a whopping 36kg piece of fish – with the capacity to feed over 250 people! Now I’ve had my taste of huge fish before and the meat is usually firm and tough, but this was fresh, smooth and flaky. The minced ginger took away what fishy smell it would have, and the yellow bean paste made it very moreish and delicious.

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Steamed Giant Garoupa with Minced Ginger and Yellow Bean Paste

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Smooth and flaky texture

Steamed Glutinous Rice with Fresh Water Prawn and Wax Meat arrived when I was already full, but the sight of the huge fresh water prawns was enough to entice my palate. :) Everyone was busy ‘booking’ the prawn with the most roe, while I was secretly feasting my eyes on the waxed meat instead.

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Steamed Glutinous Rice with Fresh Water Prawn and Wax Meat

While I enjoyed the fresh and succulent prawn, I found the glutinous rice to be a tad oily. Still, the waxed meat was good!

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Fresh water prawn

Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’ was done differently in Gu Yue Tien. Instead of deep-frying it with flour like it’s commonly done, this was coated with black and white sesame seeds, giving it a very aromatic flavour, minus the guilt from deep-frying! :)

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Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’

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‘Nian Gao’ coated with sesame seeds

Last but not least, something sweet to end our wholesome meal – Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo or commonly known as “Yeung Ji Kam Lo” in Cantonese. A mixture of mango cream with morsels of pomelo, topped with a scoop of ice-cream. I can never say no to that!

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Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo

Dinner was amazing, but it was made more awesome with the company of new friends and the animated Chef Frankie Woo!

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Tim and Chef Frankie Woo

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KY, Haze and witch

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Meena, witch and Aly

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Gu Yue Tien dining environment

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Gu Yue Tien Restaurant

Are you a Standard Chartered credit card holder? In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, the best chefs from the Top 8 Chinese restaurants in the Klang Valley will cook up a storm to prepare customized Extravagant 8 menus to satiate the palate and tantalize the taste buds between 20th January and 17th February 2011, exclusively for Standard Chartered credit card holders.

Restoran Gu Yue Tien Sdn. Bhd. (Non Halal)
Chulan Square
92, Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel no.:+603-2148-0808
GPS Coordinates: 3.149521,101.715842

Grill your own Meat at Bar-B-Q

Staying in Puchong is indeed a mini food haven to us. This small town which used to be known only for traffic jams is now getting famous for the huge variety of food outlets it offers. Bar-B-Q Plaza in IOI Mall is another addition to the never-ending food list of Puchong. Even though it has been around for quite a few months, we only managed to give it a try recently, when we were in the mood for BBQ.

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BBQ meat sets

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Mouth-watering wallpaper

The thing with BBQ that I don’t quite like is the smell of smoke that is inevitable. Most of the time, the ventilation of BBQ restaurants leave much to be desired, and we end up smelling like smoke after having a meal there. Not to mention the continuous perspiration we would experience from the heat of the fire too. But I’m happy to say that the experience at Bar-B-Q Plaza was really comfortable. Sure the heat was there, but the strong air-conditioning made the experience a whole lot more bearable, and I didn’t think I smell like smoke after the meal too. :)

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Comfortable dining area at Bar-B-Q Plaza, IOI Mall

Once we placed our orders, we were served a plate of condiments and a bowl of sauce. It was a plate of chopped garlic, a slice of lime and some bird’s eye chilli.

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Trio of condiments

Apparently, the BBQ sauce is actually vegetarian-based, and imported all the way from Bangkok! It tasted a little like oyster sauce, but with more flavour.

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Special vegetarian- based sauce imported from Bangkok

According to the guideline, we were supposed to add in all the condiments into the BBQ sauce to give it a twist and to bring forth the finest flavour of the barbecued meat.

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Give it a twist!

While waiting for our food to arrive, I took a look at the mini “How to Cook” pamphlet on the table. While most BBQ places use butter to oil the pan, this place uses lard! 2 fat pieces of lard were provided to us, and I initially thought they were fish cakes for appetizers! *LOL* Luckily I read the guideline just in time to know that they were indeed lard. Of course, using lard would definitely make the meat taste a lot more delicious and fragrant!

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How to cook

A hot plate was presented to us, with a concave surface, and a narrow sunken area surrounding it filled with soup. I thought the hot plate was nicely designed with such a shape to allow heat to be distributed evenly, but I didn’t find the soup area too convenient. It was too narrow and placing vegetables or noodles in it proved to be quite a chore.

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The hot plate

We ordered two sets to be shared, the first being the Economy Beef Set, which had slices of beef, udon, sliced cabbage, baby corn, lettuce and tomato. I can’t help but notice that there was only one measly slice of tomato and one slice of carrot given! What was their point exactly?

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Economy Beef Set (RM20.90)

The measly carrot and tomato aside, I could see that the beef slices were fresh, shiny and red. They also had a slightly marbled texture, giving them a nice juicy bite if I just slightly cook them! Given the nature of them being so thinly-sliced, I only needed to grill them for about 5-10 seconds on each side to have a slice of tender beef.

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Fresh slices of beef

Our second set was the Economy Pork Set, which had exactly what the beef set had, except with pork slices.

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Economy Pork Set (RM20.90)

Again, the pork slices were cut freshly, as can be seen from the nice pinkish colour. They also had a nice texture and not overly fatty.

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Pinkish pork slices

Following the instructions, we placed a piece of pork lard on top of the hot plate, letting it sizzle and grease the rest of the area.

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Pork Lard to grease the hot plate

When it was hot enough, we placed some slices of beef on top. Look at how nice they turned out to be just after 5 seconds! If you like it more raw, just grill one side of the meat.

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Grilled beef slices

A bowl of rice was given for each set too, to ensure that you end the meal feeling full?

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Grilled Beef slice

If you ask me, eating the grilled beef on its own is quite bland, for there’s no seasoning used on them at all. Just pure raw meat sliced up and grilled. But if you add it with the sauce, it’s a completely different story! I fell in love with the savoury, slightly sweet, sour and spicy sauce! Now you only get this if you combine all the condiments as above. And I couldn’t help but dip my meat slices into the sauce all the time. The good news is, the sauce is refillable too! :)

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Dip the beef into the BBQ sauce

Comparing the beef and pork, I preferred the beef slices as they seemed to be more tender flavourful.

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Grilled pork slices

So what did we do with the cabbage and udon? Plunk them in the narrow opening at the edge of the hot plate! It’s quite a chore to fit the vegetables in, I wish they had a bigger opening for the soup!

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Cooking the udon and cabbage in the soup

To be honest, the soup was bland, and tasted somewhat like water, even though they claimed it’s stock. I guess you need to put in more vegetables (more carrots/tomatoes perhaps) to make it more flavourful.

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Grilled pork and beef slices with cabbage on the side

Overall, I found the BBQ experience quite an enjoyable one, especially the beef slices that went well with the combination of sauce. It would be much better if they had a more comfortable opening for the ‘steamboat’ section or just do away with it altogether.

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Napkins are charged at RM0.30 each

Bar-B-Q Plaza (IOI Mall)
Lot G-19, Ground Floor,
IOI Mall,
Batu 9, Jalan Puchong,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47170 Puchong,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel : +603 – 8075 0818/ +6016-218 1147
Website: www.barbqplaza.com.my

Ushering Chinese New Year with the Dragon

In a matter of 3 weeks, the Chinese community around the world would be celebrating an important festival known as the Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year – without a doubt the most important festival in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. And when festivals beckon, what else do we look for, but food good to celebrate the gathering of family members from near and far? As years go by, more restaurants are having Chinese New Year promotions even as early as one month beforehand. The newly opened Dynasty Dragon Seafood Restaurant at SS2 Mall is one such restaurant offering several set menus for this auspicious occasion.

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Spacious and grand interior of Dynasty Dragon restaurant

It was my first time stepping into this new mall of SS2, where most of the shops were still under renovation. But one thing that you won’t miss is the many signboards of Dynasty Dragon, strategically placed at the escalators’ and elevators’ entrance, showing patrons how to get there. Occupying the 3rd floor, this majestic restaurant is spacious, grand and elegant. With the capacity of 150 tables, this restaurant is sure to be a hit as a wedding location in the near future.

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Outdoor pool/cocktail area

The uniqueness of this restaurant is the availability of an outdoor swimming pool right outside of the restaurant! Yes, on the 3rd floor of SS2 Mall no less. The manager said that this pool is their special idea meant to be an area for cocktail sessions before wedding dinners. In fact, 3 bikini girls would be thrown in to serve cocktails during the big day, compliments from the restaurant!

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Colourful menu

Now, that aside, let us take a look at some of the dishes offered for the upcoming Year of the Rabbit. Yee Sang is a must-have during all Chinese New Year dinners, a dish of raw fish salad consisting of various types of shredded vegetables, shrimp crackers and guess what? Cuttlefish slices! Not all yee sang has this but Dynasty Dragon’s Yee Sang has bits and pieces of cuttlefish slices which really blended well and gave the whole combination a moreish twist.

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Thai Styled Mango Yee Sang (Half – RM48, Full – RM68)

Apart from that, they added peanut sauce on top of the customary plum sauce to the yee sang. Oh, I love anything with peanuts! So this yee sang was exceptionally delicious and one of the better ones that I’ve had.

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Salmon slices

Some of the dishes specially designed for the Chinese New Year are shown below:

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Double-Boiled Shark’s Fin Bone Soup with Four Treasure (RM128/bowl)

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Shark’s fin

Braised Rice with Assorted Dried Meat in Claypot, or fondly known as Lap Mei Fan, is another specialty dish available during Chinese New Year. An assortment of waxed pork, pork sausages and duck were placed on top of a claypot of rice, letting the savoury and fragrant juices from the meat to infuse within.

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Braised Rice with Assorted Dried Meat in Claypot (Small – RM48, Medium – RM68, Large – RM98)

The Roasted Baby Duck was perfectly roasted to a gleaming finish, perfect with crispy skin and tender meat. It was not fatty and very fragrant.

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Roasted Baby Duck (RM25/duck)

The Prosperity Combination Dish or Poon Choy, is yet another dish that can be found during Chinese New Year – a huge pot comprising layers and layers of ingredients such as prawns, roasted pork, scallop, mushrooms and more. This dish is lined at the bottom with radish, to let the juices from the various meat on top to infuse into the otherwise bland vegetable.

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Prosperity Combination Dish/Poon Choy (RM68/person – minimum order 4 persons)

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Dynasty Dragon Two Combination Appetizer (RM25)

The Pan-fried Fresh Water Prawn with Dry Shrimp Sauce came in such a fabulous presentation, don’t you think? After taking pictures of it, this dish was cut and distributed to all of us. It was succulent and fresh, and the sauce was moreish and flavourful.

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Pan-fried Fresh Water Prawn with Dry Shrimp Sauce

Do you notice anything different with the dish below? Look carefully, and you’ll notice that the items on the plate are raw. :) The chef thought that this dish of Stir-fried Frog Meat with Macadamia Nut looked better on pictures this way – more colour, more vibrant.

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Stir-fried Frog Meat with Macadamia Nut

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Steamed Red Snapper with Streaky Pork and Salted Fish

The BBQ Three Meat Combination came with Steamed chicken, roasted pork  and BBQ pork (char siew). Among these, I liked the roasted pork the most, with crispy and fragrant skin and juicy half-fat-half-lean meat.

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BBQ Three Meat Combination (RM70)

Steamed Scallop with Bean Curd had sizable scallops which were succulent and fresh. Loved the colours of this dish!

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Steamed Scallop with Bean Curd (RM42)

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Braised Spare Ribs with Wu Xi Style (RM13)

The team of chefs, led by Executive Chef John Lim, took the effort in preparing all these dishes to usher in the new year.

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The chefs and manager

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Look at the spread!

Drooling much? :) If you are looking for a comfortable place for reunion dinner, with great service and easy accessibility, perhaps Dynasty Dragon could be an option. Do check out their Chinese New Year Set Menu at the bottom of this blog post.

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Plum Sauce over Yee Sang

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Prosperity Yee Sang

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Lou Sang!

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Dynasty Dragon Seafood Restaurant at SS2 Mall, PJ

Chinese New Year Set Menu (Click to enlarge):


Chinese New Year Set Menu

Dynasty Dragon Seafood Restaurant (SS2, PJ)
L3-04, 3rd Floor, SS2 Mall,
No. 40, Jalan SS2/72,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Tel no.: +603-7954 6328/+603-7954 7328/+603-7954 8328
Fax no.: +603-7954 5328
GPS Coordinates: 3°7’16″N 101°37’36″E

Fiery Hot Inferno Chicken Wings at Frontera

I’ve always heard of the best-selling Habanero Hot wings from Frontera that apparently make one sweat buckets because of the spiciness. Being a fan of spicy food, both Saucer and I were ready to take the challenge! It was made possible when we won some Groupsmore vouchers that entitled us to a basket of Habanero Hot Wings and Taquitos de Pollo. Without further ado, we made our way there during the weekend, to find the place quiet and peaceful.


Dining area of Frontera


The bar

Since we had 2 vouchers, we ordered for one basket of wings to be non-spicy (BBQ sauce) and the other to be extra spicy (inferno). The Basket of Habanero Hot Wings and Taquitos de Pollo arrived soon, smoking hot from the fried tortillas.


Basket of Habanero Hot Wings and Taquitos de Pollo

The BBQ Sauce wings were tasty, tender and juicy. Almost too flavourful to be eaten on its own, it had a nice shiny glaze on the outside.


BBQ wings

Taquitos de Pollo, which are fried corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken, were served with salsa and sour cream. Give it a good dip in those sauces and sink your teeth into the munchy goodness of the tortilla. It was an extremely delightful snack! The shredded chicken inside was moist and flavourful, making it almost an irresistible and addictive bite. But bear in mind though, it’s quite filling! I had 2 of these and I was half full. 😛


Taquitos de Pollo with sour cream

The attention of the day though, was the Inferno Hot wings. We were all trying to procrastinate eating them for fear of the effect it might have on us! *LOL* Saucer started with the first piece, and he said “It’s not that bad” after his first bite. After about 20 seconds though, the first beads of sweat started to develop on his forehead. I looked at him curiously, “Are you ok?” and he said, the spiciness was starting to kick in! And that’s when he started sweating buckets, as you can see from the photo below! 😀


Inferno Hot wings

True enough, when I ate it, the effect of the spiciness would only be felt after about 20 seconds, and when it did, every bite after that would feel like a burning sensation to the lips and tongue. I have a slightly higher tolerance to spiciness than Saucer, so I didn’t sweat that much but it was indeed spicy and hot! You have to try it for yourself to know how it feels like! :)


Spicy and sweaty!

As for our mains, we had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich which came with a reasonably huge size of grilled chicken, topped with cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce in between the burger bread. I have mentioned time and again that I’m no fan of chicken breast, but Frontera has a way of making even chicken breast taste good. The outer layer of the chicken was grilled until golden brown, while the interior was juicy and tender. One of the better chicken sandwiches around, and healthy too!


Melted cheese is love


Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwich (RM17.95)

Last but not least, a serving of Sizzling Fajita Platter with Chicken. Arrived sizzling hot and smoky, the aroma was unmistakable and appetizing. I always thought the addition of capsicums on sizzling dishes gave it a very nice and pleasant smell. A serving of fajitas came with 3 slices of corn tortilla, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream.


Sizzling Fajita Platter – Chicken (RM31.95)


Smoking hot!


Shredded cheese, Pico de Gallo, sour cream and home made tortilla

How we prepared the fajita – Spread the sour cream on the tortilla slice, add the shredded cheese on top, followed by chicken slices and capsicum. Finally, a sprinkle of the salsa before giving it a good and hard wrap! Dig in! It’s very tasty and juicy. One of the better fajitas around indeed. We vow to return for the Beef fajita next time! :)


This is how we do it :)

It was overall a very enjoyable lunch, what with the spicy and sweating experience. I also like the area being more quiet during weekends, a place that we can sit back and relax to while away the Saturday afternoon. 😉


Frontera at Jaya One

Frontera Sol of Mexico
No. 72A Jln Universiti,
No 18-G-2 Block L,
Palm Square, Jaya One,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: 3.118733,101.633338
Tel no.: +603-7958 8515
Fax no.: +603-7958 8125
Website: www.fronterabar.com