Special Udon at Marufuku

Last weekend, we had yet another birthday celebration with my fellow tweeps! This time, it was a double celebration of Merryn‘s and Eric‘s birthdays! After such raving reviews on this udon place, we all finally decided to go to Marufuku for lunch. Marufuku is known for its udon, so without question, all of us had udon. The menu for udon was very straightforward and clear, 2 pages of udon with various toppings at the pricing of only maximum RM10 per bowl.

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Marufuku Udon menu #1

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Marufuku Udon menu #2

After deliberating, most of us ordered the Nabeyaki Udon, which was udon in Japanese fish-based broth, served hot in claypot, topped with tempura ebi, fish cake, fried tofu, shiitake mushroom egg and chopped spring onion.

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Hot Green Tea

The udon arrived in a piping hot claypot, with the soup still mildly bubbling within. The fried tofu and ebi were evident and the udon looked fresh and smooth. Chopped spring onion on top gave the bowl a fragrant finish, although my first impression was the smaller-than-usual portion.

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Nabeyaki Udon (RM10)

The homemade udon was indeed smooth and springy, with a slight chewy texture to it. Eating that with the soup proved to be really comforting, except that we were sitting outdoors subject to the warm weather.

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Smooth and springy udon

The half-boiled egg for this udon was served separately on the bowl, perhaps to give the customers a choice of when and how to mix it in. I mixed in almost immediately, letting the egg simmer in the warmth of the claypot for a good minute. True enough, the aroma came whiffing to my nose and that’s when I knew it was ready to be eaten. :) The birthday boy Eric, also ordered the same dish and when asked about his opinion, he said, “The bowl looks smaller than the picture in the menu”. *LOL* I guess the portion might not be enough for guys?

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Adding the half-boiled egg on top

As for Merryn and Foong, they both shared the Hot Nabe (steamboat) which could only be ordered for a minimum of 2 persons. From the claypot, I could spot mushrooms, tofu, chicken slices, carrot, onions, spring onions, radish and cabbage. The soup tasted quite similar to the broth from my Nabeyaki udon, and it’s refillable.

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Hot Nabe (RM15/person)

The Hot Nabe also came with a bowl of udon, to be shared between the two of them. I only had a drink of this soup so I can’t comment on anything else for this dish. But quoting Merryn though: “They claimed that the Nabe meal is good for 3 to 4 people even if we ordered for 2 but I seriously doubt that! The serving portion here is definitely for little people!”

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Ingredients of Hot Nabe

Food aside, we had a great time catching up as usual! I think our group of friends who started knowing each other through Twitter are getting closer and stronger each day! Can’t say I’m not grateful for the evolution of technology! :) Sweet Merryn who’s amazing with crafts also made us some Chinese New Year decorative items! A nice gold fish made from red packets! It’s gorgeous!! Right now hanging on the wall of my apartment, giving it a festive twist. :) Thank you darling!

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The group of us including Panda with his head :P

Saucer must have wondered how it felt being a panda so he wanted to experience it for himself too! And don’t forget Grey who was busy working that day and ended up being the latest to arrive! :P

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What are they doing behind the panda? :P

It was a fun gathering as usual, with conversations revolving around gossips, I mean the weather. :P Looking forward to our next gathering for Chinese New Year lou sang! :)

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Marufuku at Jaya One

Marufuku Udon (behind Frontera)
Blk L, Unit 18, Level G,
Phase 1, Jaya One
No 72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46000 Petaling Jaya
Tel no: 603- 7957 6368

Heartwarming Fish Porridge for the Soul

Famous for its fresh sliced fish porridge, I have first visited Hon Kee Porridge early this year at its Damansara Uptown branch. Fast forward half a year later, so many new branches have mushroomed until one of them is just nearby my area! Last weekend, Saucer and I visited this porridge place with his mom. The restaurant was decorated and designed to be similar to the other branches, so it gave me a sense of familiarity. Look for the cute old lady holding a bowl of porridge on the wall. ;)

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Hon Kee Porridge since 1949

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Interior of the restaurant

Over the years, Hon Kee Porridge has appeared in numerous press, as evident from the wall.

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Press clippings decorating the wall

That night, we started with a plate of Choy Sum vegetables, blanched and topped with oyster sauce and fried shallots. Vegetables were fresh and young, fragrant with the generous amount of shallots on top.

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Choy Sum (RM5)

Since the porridge comes in huge bowls, we only ordered 2 sets to be shared among the 3 of us.

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Plain porridge

Their porridge is as good as I remember it to be – smooth, not overly thick or diluted and most importantly, delicious! In fact, it’s good enough to be eaten on its own, or with a plate of You Tiao (Chinese crullers). :)

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Smooth and comforting

Of course, eating porridge in Hon Kee wouldn’t be complete without their signature Fresh Sliced Fish porridge, which came with a plate of freshly sliced raw fish on a separate plate.

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Raw fish porridge (RM5.50)

The beauty of this dish is how fresh the fish slices were! You could smell the raw fish and you wouldn’t find anything fishy with it (pun not intended). The slices were pink and slightly translucent, the sign of fresh fish.

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Fresh fish slices to be dipped into the porridge

Dip the fish slices into the steaming hot porridge to get the best out of them! It’s also fun to know that you get to ‘cook’ the fish slices according to your liking. Some may like it rare, some well-cooked,  or in other cases, medium. Whatever it is, the fish was smooth and firm, perfect to go with porridge.

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‘Cook’ it to your liking

The second set of porridge came with a plate of Steamed Chicken. I was delighted to find that they gave us the chicken drumstick, which I like! :) The drumstick was surprisingly quite sizable with plenty of meat. The meat was smooth, tender and easy to fall off the bones. Definitely reminded me of the steamed chicken from Ipoh.

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Steamed Chicken + porridge set (RM7.90)

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Smooth chicken

Last but not least, a Claypot of Spring Onion Frog to be shared. The small portion was just enough for one person,  probably 2 if they’re small eaters, to be honest. The frog used was quite small, and the amount of meat found was not that much too. Nonetheless, the gravy was flavourful and aromatic from the spring onion, and the frog meat was tender and succulent.

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Claypot Spring Onion Frog (RM12)

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Frog meat

We enjoyed the simple fuss-free meal here, especially at night. With this relatively new outlet in Puchong, no reasons for me not to return for more! :) Check out their other branches below:

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Hon Kee Porridge Outlets

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Hon Kee Porridge (Puchong)

Hon Kee Porridge
No. 52, Jalan Puteri 2/4,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Contact no.: +6012-2380362/ +6019-9824328
Business Hours: Mon – Fri (8am – 10pm), Sat & Sun (7am – 10pm)
Website:www.honkeeporridge.com

3 in 1 Celebration at il Lido

Ever since my first visit to Il Lido a few months ago, I couldn’t stop raving to Saucer about how good the food was, and that we had to go try it one day. The plan was postponed over and over again until one night, when we decided to go there to celebrate 3 occasions – Christmas + New Year + Monthly anniversary. OK, perhaps the monthly anniversary is not really a monthly thing, but another excuse to make the dinner more special :P Anyway, we drove to Il Lido hoping to park within the building, only to find out that only valet service was allowed. Charges were an exorbitant RM15, so we decided to park outside the building instead, which was free and had plenty of spaces! :)

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Complimentary warm water

We made a reservation in advance and got a really nice table at one corner to ourselves. Bright and colourful flowers were seen on each table, making the otherwise plain white table look more cheerful and pretty.

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Flowers on each table

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Saucer waiting for food

After placing our orders, we were given a piece of complimentary Foccacia each. While I loved the taste of the soft and fluffy texture of the bread, I found it a tad too oily. I ate the bread by holding it with my fingers and at the end of it, my fingers were coated with oil. Saucer was a little fussy with oily stuff so he didn’t quite like this.

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Complimentary foccacia

Amuse bouche that night was Deep fried Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce. Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Nice!

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Amuse bouche

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Deep fried Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce

For starters, I ordered the Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil, which I had tried before in my first visit. This time though, I found it to be slightly different from before, in that it’s more oily with more cheese and definitely richer. Halfway through this, I was already quite full. Frankly, even though it was quite delicious, I was rather disappointed with it as I don’t remember it being this greasy.

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Baked Eggplant & Mozzarella Cheese Cake with Tomato and Basil (RM36)

Saucer’s order was Traditional Vegetable Soup with Pesto, which tasted as plain as it looked. He loves minestrone, any type of minestrone to be exact, but he was sorely disappointed with this. It was bland and plain and definitely didn’t look like it was worth the RM25 price tag.

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Traditional Vegetable Soup with Pesto (RM25)

As for mains, I had the Pappardelle with Goose Liver, Duck Confit and Truffle Sauce. There was no question that the pappardelle was cooked to perfection – al dente, smooth and slightly chewy. The piece of goose liver on top was also glorious, rich and melt-in-your-mouth. Nevertheless, even though the name of the dish spelled Duck confit, I didn’t see it anywhere in my dish. Beneath the pappardelle was just more layers of pappardelle and sauce. I wonder if this was how the dish was supposed to be? Also, I couldn’t get used to the pungent smell from the sauce. Perhaps the combination of the super rich starter and this pasta was too much for me to handle?

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Pappardelle with Goose Liver, Duck Confit and Truffle Sauce (RM59)

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Goose liver on top, but where’s the duck confit?

The saving grace for the night was Saucer’s order of Tuscan Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak with Rucola and Parmesan Cheese Shavings. Came in quite a sizable portion and done medium, the steak was grilled to perfection.

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Tuscan Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak with Rucola and Parmesan Cheese Shavings (RM85)

Just look at the close-up shot of this work of wonder, lightly charred on the outside with the interior still pink and shiny but not bloody at all. Definitely a great piece of steak! It was also aromatic with the juices still intact. Tender, juicy and delicious! I ended up eating more of this than my own pappardelle. :P

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Sirloin Steak done medium

At the end of the mains, I was already too full from my rich food for desserts. After asking for the bill, we were presented with a little surprise – 2 pieces of fluffy raisin cake compliments from the chef. :) Thank you and we enjoyed it!

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Complimentary raisin cake

Perhaps I was singing too much praises for Il Lido before the visit, perhaps we expected too much for the price that we paid,  or perhaps we just didn’t order the right dishes that night, that we ended up being quite disappointed. I hope someday, maybe I’ll have the chance to say that I changed my mind.

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il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar

il Lido Italian Dining + Lounge Bar
Jalan Mayang (off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng)
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel no.: +603-2161 2291
Fax no.: +603-2163 5545
Business Hours: Lunch (Mon – Fri & Sun 12pm – 2.30pm), Dinner (Mon – Sun 6.30pm – 10.30pm)
Website: http://www.il-lido.com.my/
Map to the place: Click here

Super Huge Oysters in the Noodles

I always thought TeoChew food revolved around plain porridge, salted egg or steamed fish. Being a fellow TeoChew myself, I was surprised to find out that there’s so much more to Teochew cuisine than that. Recently, a visit to Teow Chew Meng left me wondering why I hadn’t been eating more of the delightful TeoChew cuisine!

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Stack of bowls

This restaurant was recommended by Saucer’s friend, Alan, and during one cold and calm night, after the rain subsided, we went to the restaurant located at SS14. We wanted to order the Octopus as appetizer but it was out of stock! So the waiter recommended Kerabu Mango instead. I am personally not a fan of anything sour so I didn’t try much of this.

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Kerabu Mango (RM8)

I was more interested in the next dish though – 3 Taste Oyster, arrived on a plate with huge and juicy little angels, waiting to be devoured by the hungry demons. *LOL* This dish reminded me of Oh Chien, but without the egg and flour, which I thought was a gimmick to make the dish look bigger than it really is. The 3 Taste Oyster came fuss-free, with just the oysters and delicious gravy! Slightly sweet, spicy and just a tad sour, this was definitely my type of appetizer!

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3 Taste Oyster (RM12)

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Juicy and succulent oyster

The next dish was the Seafood Roll, or more fondly known as ‘Lor Bak’. This arrived piping hot with such an irresistible aroma that I couldn’t stop myself from burning my tongue! :P It was all worth it though! The skin was amazingly thin, golden and crispy! The filling was also generous and moreish, making one addicted within the first bite. This was so good we ended up ordering a second plate!

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Seafood Roll (RM10)

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Crispy and golden skin

Moving on to the mains, we ordered two of their signature dishes. The first one was the Sharkfin Mee Sua Tow, served with thick gravy, an abundance of seafood, rice flour noodles and what was camouflaged to be shark’s fin. Of course, with the price that we were charged, I didn’t expect real shark’s fin to be used, but I did enjoy the thick and delicious gravy, almost like drinking shark’s fin soup! I also loved the combination of the soft mee sua with the springy and firm texture of shark’s fin, giving it a good balance of soft and hard.

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Sharkfin Mee Sua Tow (RM11/head)

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Half Mee Sua, Half Shark’s fin?

Last but not least, we had their signature Oyster Mee as well, served with a generous amount of Super HUGE oysters! And I mean, really huge! This was, hands down, the best dish of the night! The gravy was not overly thick but very flavourful and the noodles were so smooth and slippery-slurp! It was the perfect comfort food. Of course, don’t forget the gigantic oysters generously scattered within the pot of gold. I could eat all of this and not feel guilty. :P

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Oyster Mee (RM15/head)

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Full of seafood goodness

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Check out the Super huge oyster in the oyster mee

For dessert, we all had a bowl of  Teow Chew Yam Paste with Ginkgo on top. This was a little on the sweet side, with thick and gooey smooth yam paste to give the palate a sweet finish. The ginkgo was fresh and sweet too! However, by this time, I was already too full to be able to finish the whole bowl to myself! This was indeed quite filling.

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Teow Chew Yam Paste

After my visit to Teow Chew Meng, I am now a fan of TeoChew cuisine. :) I am glad there are restaurants like Teow Chew Meng who help to spread the spirit of delicious TeoChew cuisine to the country, at the same time educating people like me, before the TeoChew cuisine dies a silent death. Hopefully more restaurants would come up with similar concept type of food!

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Teow Chew Meng Restaurant

Restoran Teow Chew Meng
9 Jalan SS14/1,
Subang Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel no.: +603 7877 9298, +6012 472 8387
Business Hours: Tues-Fri, lunch (10am-3.30pm); dinner (5.30pm-10pm). Closed on Monday.

Yummy Taroballs at Snowflake!

Ever since Snowflake’s inception in SS15, I have always of heard good things about their dessert. From their first outlet, now to their 4th outlet in Kuchai Lama, Snowflake has really grown so rapidly that I had to pester Saucer to bring me there just to see how good it was. Finally, opportunity presented itself one night when we were having dinner at SS14, which meant Snowflake was just a stone’s throw away. Of course, we went there soon after, only to find the place to be fully packed, on a week night!

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Fully packed at Snowflake

Situated on the first floor along a row of quiet shop lots (at night), one wouldn’t expect the place to be so packed but this was indeed the case of “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, for we had to wait for a few minutes to get a table.

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Description of the ingredients on the wall

Ordering is by self-service, so there was a queue at the cashier. While waiting for your turn, perhaps you could take some time to read more about the owner Jimmy and how he started Snowflake in the first place. :)

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History of Snowflake

Ordering might be confusing if it’s your first time, so it’s good to take a good look at the menu while you’re queuing. If you opt for Snowflake series, you can choose either Grass Jelly Series, Taroball Series or Soya Ice Series. The main feature for each series:

  • Grass Jelly = Shaved Grass Jelly Ice + Grass Jelly on top
  • Taroball Series = Shaved Ice + Yam and Sweet potato Taroballs on top
  • Soya Ice = Shaved Soya Ice

After choosing the series, you could choose one of the 5 sets as toppings. If all else fails, and you can’t be bothered to choose, there’s always the Bestseller to fall back on. :)

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The menu (from Snowflakes Fcaebook page)

After ordering, we were given a Beeping UFO, which I suspect uses RFID to inform you when your order is ready. Once it’s ready, the UFO will blink with bright red lights and vibrate, a signal that you should go and collect your order from the counter. I saw this similar concept being applied in Seoul during my previous visit, and thought it’s a smart idea to avoid clutter at the counter, and to reduce manpower.

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Beeping UFO

Saucer was the one who did the ordering while I waited at the table, and he ordered Grass Jelly Series with Set 1, which had Grass Jelly + Green Bean + Lotus Seed + Pearls. He knows I love Green Bean, so perhaps that’s the reason he chose this set. That, or he was just too lazy to choose and simply picked the first choice from the toppings. :P Anyway, of all the toppings, I loved the Pearls the most! They’re so smooth, chewy and cute! :) These little balls certainly proved to be a delight to eat, so much so that Saucer kept pinching them off from my bowl. :P

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Grass Jelly Series with Set 1 toppings = Green bean + lotus seed + Pearl (RM5.90)

The bowl of dessert was also huge that I found it quite a challenge to finish it all by myself, especially after a complete meal of dinner. Still, no one’s rushing so I took my own sweet time sipping into the finely shaved ice flavoured with grass jelly. I found comfort that the whole combination was not overly sweet, just – right.

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Plenty of ingredients

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Green bean and grass jelly

As for Saucer, he ordered the Bestseller which consisted of  Grass Jelly + Grass Jelly Ice + Taroballs + Creamer. I must say, those taroballs are damn addictive! The orange-coloured ones were flavoured with sweet potato while the white ones were flavoured with yam. Add in some flour and magic, they turned into these gorgeous balls of comfort. Nice to chew and complemented the grass jelly ice well. Again, this was pretty huge in portion with lots of grass jelly on top.

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Bestseller = Grass Jelly + Grass Jelly Ice + Taroballs + Creamer (RM6.50)

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Grass Jelly Series with Set 3 Topping = Red bean+Peanut+pearl (RM5.90)

Many might not get how a simple shaved ice dessert like this could gather such a huge crowd, beats me even. I guess it’s the fact that you get to customize your own toppings, that the ice was extremely fine-shaved, that the taroballs and pearls were chewy and addictive, and that it’s big enough for sharing! I actually went back for a second try barely a week later, for I missed the chewiness of the taroballs! :)

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What the 4 of us had

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Little pearls of goodness

After having a taste of it, I can now see why there’s always a huge crowd and a long line at the counter. In fact, I now proclaim myself as a fan. :) If only they have a branch in Puchong…

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Snowflake Taiwanese Dessert Secrets

Snowflake Taiwanese Desserts Secrets (Opposite Asia Cafe, along Starbucks)
No.61A, First Floor,
Jalan SS15/8A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 017-623 8966
Business Hours: Sun – Thur (1.00pm – 11.00pm), Fri – Sat (1.00pm – 12.00 midnight)

A Contented Meal that Warms Up your Tummy

As I’m writing this post, it’s raining heavily outside. In fact, it has been raining for the past 4 hours or so, making me shiver every time the wind blows. At times like this, a bowl of steaming hot porridge is the answer to my woes. Ah, how I crave for a bowl right now! Recently, a new row of shops have mushroomed in Sri Petaling, giving me more choices for lunch! I was delighted to see many newcomers in town, including Pappa Rich, Padi House, Jojo’s Little Kitchen, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh and, the one I went to, Contented Porridge Restaurant. Situated amidst a row of restaurants, Contented Porridge Restaurant wouldn’t be my first choice for lunch if not for the fact that all the other restaurants were still under renovation. Still, I was open to the idea of exploring new places and this new restaurant looked promising and clean.

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Clean and simple interior

Note: Pictures taken with iPhone 3Gs

The five of us went in and placed orders based on recommendations.

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Bowls for 5

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Home made fu chuk barley

We had a pot of Plain Porridge, which was to complement the claypot pork belly that would arrive later. I love porridge in claypot because it would remain steaming hot for a long time! The porridge here was a little bit on the watery side, but flavourful and delicious. Even though the pot for one person was huge, the watery texture would mean that you’d feel full but only for a short period of time.

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Plain Porridge (RM3.50)

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Mixed with soy sauce

The Claypot Pork Belly arrived next, also piping hot and very fragrant. These were moreish and a tad salty, so you’d have to eat them with the porridge. Even though I loved the taste of this, I would prefer it if the meat used was less fatty. :P

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Claypot Pork Belly (RM14)

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Tasty and fatty pork slices

Next was claypot of Frog Porridge! I first had my taste of frog porridge in Geylang Singapore, and never forget it  since. But the frog porridge here was served a little different in that the frog meat was submerged within the porridge. The porridge base was essentially the same as the plain porridge, but there were plenty of frog meat within.

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Frog porridge (RM11)

The frog meat was meaty, smooth and tender, blended very well with the piping hot porridge. It’s definitely comfort food during cold and rainy days.

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Frog meat in the Porridge

Of course, I love having Chinese Crullers (You Tiao) with porridge. Or should I just say, I love having Chinese Crullers, period. :)

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You Tiao/Chinese Crullers (RM1.50)

Last but not least, under heavy recommendation from the lady boss, we had a pot of Signature Seafood Porridge which was big enough to serve 2-3 persons. Priced at a rather hefty price tag of RM40, this pot came with a myriad of seafood including crab, fish fillet and huge prawns.

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Seafood Porridge

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Signature Seafood Porridge (RM40)

I didn’t have a taste of the crab but the fish fillet was indeed fresh and smooth. I spotted two relatively huge prawns, also fresh and succulent. The combination of all the seafood, especially the crabs, gave the porridge a really sweet and delicious finish. Needless to say, it was the most popular pot among all. :)

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Crab meat

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Huge prawn

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Fresh fish fillet

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My bowl of goodness

The 5 of us finished up 3 pots of porridge, heaving a sigh of satisfaction.  Sure enough, we left feeling contented. :) If the weather like this continues during lunch, I might just come here again for my porridge fix! :)

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Meal for 5 persons

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Contented Porridge Restaurant

Verdict: Nice place to go during cold and rainy days for something nice to warm up the tummy, though porridge is a little on the watery side.

Contented Porridge Restaurant (new row of shops next to New Lucky Restaurant)
No. 45, Jalan Radin Bagus,
Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel. no: +6012-222 7536 (Jeffrey)