Friday, January 17, 2020

Monthly affair

We are making it a monthly affair to have dim sum breakfast in Boulevard Restaurant. So last month was no exception, we went on the last Sunday of the month.

The place was already packed with customers when we arrived slightly after 9am. We found a table, wrote down our order and passed the order chit to one of the waitresses.

Maybe because it was still school holiday so many family with young children that morning. And it took quite sometime for our drink and dim sum to arrive.

The first few dim sum to be served on our table are these plates. Deep fried yam puff, deeo fried pumpkin balls and egg tarts. 

Almost everytime we were here, we ordered new dish. This round, we ordered this pumpkin ball. It was good. Big, crispy pumpkin balls with salted egg custard in it. 

Another new dim sum we haven't try in the past was this deep fried spring roll.

The filling was nice and tasty, I enjoyed it. Except that the rolls were oily. 

Somehow we had more deep fried dim sum than steamed ones that morning. Like this deep fried sweet yam. Pretty good. 

We always enjoyed its fish beancurd cake in the past. So we never missed out on it.

Our non deep fried dim sum was har kaw as well... 

.. as this sweet and sour pork rolls.

Hubby and I shared this bbq sauce chicken feet. It was rather spicy that day. 

Our breakfast on the last Sunday of 2019!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Nasi kukus

It was the Sunday before Christmas. A cold day as it rained almost the whole day.

After church, we went to Vivacity to catch Star Wars movie. It was 245pm slot so we had time for lunch beforehand.

We went to this place that we have never been to before. Opened 3 months ago, Nasi Kukus Place, opposite to Pho Master (Vietnamese cuisine) was packed when we passed it. Thought it must be good to have so many customers.

Nasi kukus, literally means steamed rice in English. One table was vacant, lucky us so we took it and ordered our lunch.

We didn't wait long for our food to come. Hubby's salted fish fried rice came first. Smell was good, hubby also commented it was nice. 

Salted fish fried rice RM7.90

Yours truly was attracted by the tilapia name on the menu. Sounds irresistible so I ended up with Nasi Kukus tilapia. Luckily it didn't disappoint me. 

Nasi kukus ikan tilapia RM11.90

The chicken curry was good as well. Not too spicy but ut has the Malay curry fragrant. Hubby and I enjoyed it. 

Curry chicken RM7.50

Jan went for the nasi kukus butter chicken. I tasted one cube and it was alright. Not too buttery, just nice to my liking. 

NK Butter chicken RM8.90

We also had this lovely plate of stir fried cangkuk manis with egg. Quite a portion for RM6. 
Cangkuk manis telur RM6

Lastly we also had a plate of sotong sambal. I didn't manage to take photo of the whole plate. It was spicy but the sotong was nicely cooked. 

Sotong sambal RM13.90

Jay had fried yellow noodle for RM7.20 but I didn't take the photo. Overall our lunch was RM89 plus drinks. 

Nice lunch, the staff was friendly and quick. We would not mind to come back for more nasi kukus. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Miscellaneous Picture #93 : holiday misc

There were few places that I didn't post as a  whole post since there wasn't much to mention but for the sake of my China holiday, here was the compilation of places that we visited but I didn't write.

Wuxi Studios

Story Share, a beer museum in Wuxi Studios

One of their own brewed beers

HuanHuaWan township, Wuxi

Along the road to tea village

The tea house, Hangzhou

Teresa Teng concert in Hangzhou

Teresa Teng hologram was performing

I liked the canned peach drink

That concluded my China travelogue. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and hope everyone enjoy the posts and photographs. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Suzhou | cold and hungry

After our Ou Garden tour, we went for our Suzhou dinner. Everyone was cold and tummies were rumbling. Tummies got hungry pretty fast in the winter. Lol. 

We took 2 tables in a room and soon our food were served on the table. 

The prawns were bigger and nicer here, compared to what we had in Wuxi. Cooked with black pepper, I had a lot of these prawns. 

Omelette was fine but the roasted pork was good. Probably we were hungry, everything tasted delicious. 

The deep fried nugget coated with white sesame seeds was a hit among the children. It was tasty, no oil smell or taste to it. 

We ate a lot of stir fried cabbages in China. Either cabbages or cauliflowers in almost every meals. 

This fish with salted mustard dish was good and everyone enjoyed it as we did not get to taste that in other places. So appetizing to go with white rice. 

On the other hand, this deep fried fish with sweet sauce was not a hit among us because it has so many small bones. Not easy to eat but the flesh was sweet and tasty. If only it did not have so many bones in it, bet everyone would enjoy it more. 

Other dishes on the table included vegetable soup and shredded cucumber. 

Another unusual dish was this. Stinky beans was our guess. Did not taste good. 

Lastly for noodle lovers, we got this noodle. Like stir fried kampua in soy sauce. 

Did we enjoy the food?? Yes we did. Probably we were cold and hungry. Lol. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Shanghai | hot pot with different dining experience

For our final meal in Shanghai, we went to this well known hot pot restaurant for a warm meal with unique treatment and different dining experience. 

Hai Di Lao. It has many outlets all over Shanghai but we went to the one on 6th floor of a shopping mall. I don't remember the name of the mall now.

Once the lift to the restaurant opened up, we were warmingly greeted by friendly and smiling well-dressed staff at the lobby before being ushered to our tables.

We were served with warm face towel to wipe ourselves before another staff brought over the hot pot. One side was spicy Szechuan soup while another was mild mushroom based soup.

We were given aprons to wear (if you want to), they even has smaller sized aprons for children. For ladies, they would provide hair bands if you need to tie up your hair.

Soon the staff went to our table to serve us. They helped us to cook or inform us on the duration to wait for the food to be cooked.

I wasn't feeling well that day so hubby went to make me this beef porridge. So sweet of him.

For kids, they served this fried nuggets to them.

Not only that, they also gave out free toys to little kids. My boys got this car while girl got a doll.

More and more ingredients added to the hot pot.

And you could mix and match your own dipping sauce. This was made by my man.

They even served dessert like this mochi balls. I took one, not liking it. Lol.

I heard customers could get free manicure if they asked. I didn't. Should have but I wasn't well so no mood for any pampering that evening.

Our tour guide also mentioned that customers going to the restaurant would never dine alone. There was once when he went to eat by himself, a lady staff came and comfort him. Talking and making sure he had a good meal.

While we were there, we were treated to noodle making. A very young man would walk around the restaurant and do some noodle swinging on any tables that requested for handmade noodle.

And at one point, I spotted someone doing the face changing act. A short act to entertain the customers especially the foreigners.

A customer on one table was celebrating his birthday. And suddenly some of the Hai Di Lao staff went to that table, started to sing and cheer for the birthday person. That was very heart warming.

I had few glasses of this plum juice. Very refreshing although sweeter to my liking. But it went well after all the food consumption.

Did I enjoy this rather unusual dining experience?? Yes, it was kind of interesting and same time, rather good to be treated like a customer. As for the food, it was so so to me. Not many fresh ingredients, more processed food. We did not finished the whole course as we were full by then.

If you are curious, there are few Hai Di Lao chain outlets in Malaysia. Can give it a try for that exceptional and unique customer service experience.