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Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum @ Puchong Jaya

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There’s this relatively new Dim Sum place in Puchong Jaya (behind HSBC) that’s doing brisk business.  There are lots of other Dim Sum places in the area but none of them are of any acclaim.  What about this new place, then?

Jin Xuan Hong Kong (Hong Kong? really?)

When it comes to Dim Sum we usually stick to the old favourites;

Siew Mai (pork filling) & Har Gau (prawn filling)

Char Siew Bau (pork buns)

And a nice hot cup of Chinese tea to wash it all down.

Of course Dim Sum is not limited to the steamed variety.

This restaurant really impressed me in two areas.  First of all the furniture is obviously expensive stuff.  You’re not going to find flimsy plastic chairs here.  This air conditioned restaurant serves its customers in style. We’re talking wooden chairs here and tables with marble tops.  Good stuff.

Secondly, they actually have sufficient staff!  You find yourself not having to jostle around and harass the waiters to get served.  You don’t get personal waiters but you actually constantly see staff pushing dim sum around.  Best thing about the dim sum here?  They are ready to eat unlike some places where they actually need to bring your dim sum back to the steamer to be steamed before serving it to you.

Too bad then that the food is not up to standard and the price is crazy expensive.  Nothing we ate that morning was particularly good… not terrible but just nowhere near impressive.  Definitely not worth the money you’re paying.

Bad service I can (usually) tolerate and I barely care about where I eat so long as the food is good.  If the place is cheap it’s an advantage but I don’t really mind if it’s not either provided (again) if the food is good.  I’m never coming here again if I can help it.  It’s just another one of those mysteries of life.  Why is this place packed with customers?  Must be a feng-shui thing.

Tuen Yuen Fan @ Golden Sun Restaurant, Kuchai Lama

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So you may be wondering what Tuen Yuen Fan is about? Chinese tradition dictates that members of a family must gather together and have dinner on the very last day of the Chinese calendar. This is commonly known as the Reunion Dinner. Not too many years ago, most families cooked their reunion dinner and had it at home. These days many families prefer to eat out. I can tell you not too long ago (10 years maybe) it was extremely uncommon for Chinese restaurants to be open on Chinese New Year eve. It’s also uncommon for Chinese restaurants to be open during the first 2 or 3 days of the new year as well but the driving force of commercialism has changed all that. Many Chinese restaurants are now open during the new year!

No Chinese New Year dinner in Malaysia is complete without the ubiquitous yee sang. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I’m having it this year. It gets real tiring after the second time or so.

Shark’s Fin soup again. I used to love this but these days I think I can do without it. Interesting fact about shark’s fin soup in Malaysian restaurants. Chances are that the shark’s fin you’re being served is fake! How do you know if you’re getting the real deal? Beats me… frankly speaking I don’t care either 🙂

Broccoli with Mushrooms… this was the best dish of the night. Very tasty and well done.

The suckling pig. Another common dish in Chinese banquets. Not really my thing.

Stir Fried Prawns.

Glutinous Rice.

Desserts…

and the Pear Tong Sui.

Wow I just went through a whole posting without actually writing anything! The food that night was really just so-so. The service was terrible and the food came in unreasonably long intervals. It’s obvious that the restaurant could not handle the load that night. I don’t think I’ll ever come back here again for reunion dinner. I hear their dim sum is actually ok though. Might try it out one day when I have the time.

GOLDEN SUN CLUB
Lot 35604, Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +60 3 7982 6155
http://www.goldensun.com.my/

Dengkil (Ng) Seafood – CNY Sau Gong Jau 2010

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Since the Chinese New Year is upon us it’s time again for the annual “Sau Gong Jau” which literally translates to dinner at the closing of work. For folks who don’t know the Chinese working people have a (recent?) tradition that involves having a feast right before everybody leaves for their Chinese New Year holidays. There’s also an accompanying tradition called the “Hoi Gong Jau” which literally translates to dinner at the opening of work that you’re supposed to do right when everyone’s back from their Chinese New Year holidays.

As traditions are, we tend to play hard and fast with the rules. The dinner doesn’t have to be a dinner (lunch is fine) and it never needs to be on the very last day of work before the holidays. For us we had lunch 3 days before Chinese New Year.

Another Chinese tradition that we enjoy here is the “lou yee sang” or the tossing of raw fish which really is raw salmon (like sashimi only Chinese) plus lots of other stuff. Oddly the raw fish tossing is a tradition that originated in Malaysia and is only practiced here and perhaps in Singapore. You’re probably not going to find this happening in China.

Yee Sang = raw salmon, shredded vegetables, nuts, crunchy stuff and some sweet sauce.

LOU AHH!!

What a waste!

Really, the “lou yee sang” is done more for fun than anything.  But still wasting perfectly good food is not something I’d recommend 🙂

The Dengkil (Ng) Seafood restaurant is one of my preferred joints in Dengkil.  It’s a 2 story restaurant and the upstairs is air conditioned (though I still managed to sweat a lot that day when we were there).  As most eateries in Dengkil tend to be, their customers are usually people working in Cyberjaya so you can expect seats to fill up pretty quick during lunch hour.  Food really isn’t the most spectacular but for Dengkil it’s one of the best.  Prices also tend to be on the high side unless you stick to ordering noodles.

An exterior view.  With their bright yellow new signboard, this place is impossible to miss.

They had some Chinese New Year sets that day.  Prices were from over RM300 onwards.  Pretty expensive so we didn’t bother to try them.  Thus we ordered ala-carte.

Signature Taufu (bean curd), a little bit spicy.

Thai styled chicken (really it’s just fried chicken with some supposedly Thai chilli sauce).

Fried Lotus Root and Celery (nice!)

Choi Bou Tilapia Fish


Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leafs (usually good no matter where you order this)

Omelet

Half Roasted Duck and Half Suckling Pig (sorry, lousy picture)

The duck/pig dish was painful.  It cost us nearly RM100.  The total bill was RM250 for 14 persons, which wasn’t that bad actually except that we didn’t order the pig (or at least we didn’t have the intention to).  We ordered roasted duck but somehow got this half half nonsense.  Oddly no one really grumbled so when the dish came we just ate up 🙂  The pig was lousy… lacking in any crispiness and it was terribly salty.  All the other stuff was ok though and I did quite fancy the chicken.


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