Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kung Fu Pan Mee @ Taman Sri Sentosa, OKR

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I have been hearing the fuss about this Kung Fun Pan Mee situated in Taman Sri Sentosa on how good this traditional dish is since forever from my buddy. One fine weekend morning, we then decided to spend the time and drive all the way to this place to try it out.


I found the antique-looking banner very amusing. The shop looks very aged, seems like it has been here for a long time. This kinda gives a different feel to the environment, plus the area and the residents have been there for a very long time. You would notice some old people walking around leisurely or just chatting away at the nearby tables. Seriously quite an environment. :)


Pan Mee Soup, RM5.50(S) RM6.50(L)

I love the smooth texture of the pinched noodle. It was also kinda chewy which added a different sensation while I was eating it. The soup was slightly sweet, just how Pan Mee soup should be! The soup itself was really welcoming even without the ingredients, you could taste the long hours of boiling with its natural sweetness and flavourful aroma. Topped with the usual fried-to-crisp ikan bilis, stir-fried mushroom, minced meat and plenty of fresh vegetables, the pan mee instantly became a simple, traditional and totally memorable delicacy.


One thing I realised about the Pinched noodle here is that their noodle is longer than usual. Probably this is why it's called "Kung Fu Pan Mee". It probably requires some skills to actually pinch these delicate flours into such elongated shape. You don't get such long ones in other Pan Mee outlets, really


Pan Mee Kicap/Dried Pan Mee RM5.50(S) RM6.50(L)

Yes! They have the dried version too! This is rather common scenario here in Malaysia, everything that comes with soup must have a dry version too! And they are usually really simple by mixing soy sauces and then top it off with the same ingredients used for the soup version. Though, in the dry version of Kung Fu Pan Mee, I found that that stir-fried mushroom was better than the soup one, mixing with the pinched noodle, it definitely emitted a different aroma as you could taste the mushroom and its flavour. And of course, the minced meat, ikan bilis and fresh veges made the dish even better!

Honestly, I prefer the dry version better.

Look at how long the pinched noodle was!

Pandan Chicken RM10

Apart from Pan Mee, they do sell other side items such as fish balls, fried fish cakes... We settled with the Pandan Chicken. At RM10 for 3 pieces only, this sounded really pricey. I didn't regret spending the money though. When the dish was served, I could smell the strong fragrant emitting from them that instantly triggered my senses and made me drool.

The color itself was appetizing, and the texture of the meat, crispy on the outside; soft on the inside.... These well-marinated chickens were fried to perfection. I enjoyed crunching through the fragrant outer layer just to savour the soft meat within.

Whatever secret seasoning they were using for this dish, it was good. One of the best Pandan Chicken I have had.  mmHmmmm!


Look at the meat inside, the seasoning went through! They were so full so flavours!

What an awesome food we have! The next time I am visiting, I am definitely ordering the Dry Pan Mee and this Pandan Chicken is not to be missed!

Point to note, this place is a little bit difficult to find and be very careful while using Google Maps as there are several Kung Fu Pan Mee in the listing.


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Kung Fu Pan Mee
28 Jalan Sri Sentosa 9A
Taman Sri Sentosa
Off Jalan Klang Lama
Kuala Lumpur

Business Hours: 8am to 3pm. Close on Mondays.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Marco's Pizza @ Kelana Jaya

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Marco's Pizza Kelana Jaya has been there for a very long time. It's huge, occupying a few shops in a row with an unmistakable  banner. Situated right opposite the famous Kelana Jaya LRT Station and the busy LDP Highway, it's pretty hard to miss this shop.

Even though I used to live and frequent around the area, I never visited the place until my buddy commented that we should give it a chance and try it for once. And since Groupon was conveniently selling cash vouchers, I gave in.




The place clean and moderately decorated. Though I feel that the place is in need of some maintenance. The furnitures and other fixtures are pretty old.

Spaghetti Carbonara RM21.80

The spaghetti is decent, kinda close to being good but not there yet. They are using chicken cutlets instead of ham or bacon unless you opt for the beef one. Otherwise, this could have been a good one. Still, it was quite an enjoyable dish, with some good amount of herbs to levitate the overall taste of the buttery, creamy and cheesy sauce.


Marco's Signature Salad RM16.80

Apart from the fresh ingredients and also the crispy and much loved croutons, I like the sweet orange dressing. It's a really good appetizers to tickle your taste buds!

Chicken Parmigiana RM23.80

This dish was recommended by their staff and I was totally and utterly disappointed. First off, the chicken was soggy instead of crispy. It felt like the skin had too much moisture, perhaps they didn't thaw long enough before frying it. And to my horror, the meat was not fresh and it wasn't even fully cooked! They were still blood. I always have this mantra that never waste any food especially when it involved taking another life to feed you. I wanted to upload my principle but it was just too disgusting to continue eating.

I believe that it could have been a nice dish with its generous amount of salad, fries and the huge portion of chicken if only they took more care of their quality.

Marco's Speciality Pizza - Regular RM21.80


When the staff brought over our pizza, we were totally thrilled. After all we were dining at Marco's Pizza, of course we musty try their pizzas! We ordered their popular and signature flavour and when the pizza came, we could totally smell the eggs and whatever that came along with it. It was a pleasant smell and literally got us excited! I instantly plunged myself to a good piece of nicely cut pizza.

The crust was really thin and you could see the crispy on the dough. You could see all the generous toppings - lots of shredded turkey ham, Chicken Egg, Mozarella Cheese. This Marco's Pizza was topped with Napolitana Sauce - which based on my experience is one of the pasta sauces out there (Trust me! I tasted enough pizzas with various sauces to know Napolitana Sauce is pretty awesome!)

Looking at the amount of toppings, overall look, feel and smell of the pizzas, I was expecting a pizza with top-notch taste only to be disappointed by my first bite. Of course, to be fair, I finished up the entire cut of my pizza before I made any judgement and yet I was again, disappointed; even my buddy felt the same.

Our first disappointment: A SERIOUS LACK OF SAUCE. Pizzas cannot LIVE without their sauces. With its generous toppings, how could they missed out on this? It could have a great pizza!

Our second disappointment: OVERLY CHEWY DOUGH. They never proofed the pizza dough long enough, this was a serious amateur act for pizza makers. The dough was so chewy that they hurt our jaws, not funny, not nice. :(

My overall dining experience with Marco's Pizza was a disappointing one. They have been generous with their food portion and the quality is mediocre. Their menu selection is extensive and with proper quality control, they could have been great dishes. I am not sure if I would visit again. Then again, I bought cash vouchers from Groupon. Could their food qualities be better if we paid for full then? If it's so, it's pretty sad that many restaurants compromise on their food qualities when they advertise online through Groupon or Living Social and equivalent. This could cost their branding and reputation a big deal, and those two are HUGE DEALS.

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For More Information:

Marco's Pizza
No. 81 - 85, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Bukit Emas
Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47301

Business Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm / 6pm – 10pm daily, not including public holidays
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Restaurant Kong Sai Zai @ Kinrara, Puchong

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Kong Sai Zai is no longer a stranger in the foodies community. Any chicken rice lovers would be familiar with them as they are very famous for their Steamed Chicken. I am not a Steamed Chicken lover, I prefer the roasted one. My friend reassured me that their steamed chicken would make me change my mind, so I decided to have a try.

They have branches at Paramount, Subang and Puchong. The one I visited this round is the Puchong branch. It's a corner lot and their banner is pretty obvious. You won't miss it on the route to Bandar Puteri Puchong.


Apparently their menus are the same in all branches, so no worries here! Just visit whichever you prefer. They have quite good menus too! Those common dishes you could find from any chinese restaurants could be found here.

Kong Sai Zai also offers individual dishes to those who patron alone or decide not to order the group portion.

Braised Pork Belly with Yam Rice RM8


We ordered individual rice instead of the group portion since there were only two of us. The first dish Braised Pork Belly with Yam was surprisingly nice. The pork belly was tender, juicy and soft with enough amount of fats to compliment the texture of the meat without overkilling the entire dish. The braised sauce was not overwhelmingly salty and the yam was fresh. Everything tasted moderately right, making it a rather enjoyable dish.

Steamed Chicken with Rice RM4.50

Here comes the compulsory dish - Steamed Chicken! Again, we ordered the individual rice set. The chicken was steamed to a nice and appetizing golden hue.

However, what makes this dish so interesting is their infamous sauce, made together with chopped ginger, spring onion and coriander leaves, sesame oil and soya sauce. This simple ingredients combined together literally enhances the entire Steamed Chicken as compared to other places.

Of course, I suspect that it is not so simple, there must be some other secrets within this ingredient that makes it so irresistible or else everywhere else could have copied the same recipe. Perhaps it's how they steamed their chicken too; on how they control the timing and secret ingredients added while steaming it.

I never really like steamed chicken but Kong Sai Zai managed to make me think otherwise, I shall start learning to appreciate Steamed Chicken more!

Peanut & Lotus Root Soup RM5

Kong Sai Zai offered quite a few choices of double boiled soup, and you SHOULD order one of them, whichever your favourite because they are very good! The Peanut and Lotus Root Soup has seriously been double boiled, you could literally taste the sweetness of the ingredients. To prove the point that they have been boiled for a long while, the lotus root and peanut were so soft that they could actually melt in your mouth! We sipped this to the very last drop and was very much tempted to order a second one if not for our bloated stomachs that couldn't take any more food.

Preserved Carrot Egg RM6


This is a very simple dish, but good enough that we finished it all.

"Oily" Rice

The staffs would ask whether you want the oil rice or the plain white rice. Then of course you gotta have the oil rice with the Steamed Chicken, it's pretty much a tradition to have oily rice with chicken dishes. The oil rice is flavourful and fortunately, it's not as "oily" as I expected to be.

My dining experience in Kong Sai Zai was an enjoyable one. I usually control my intake of rice, however for this trip, I finished up the entire plate of "oily" rice and also the rest of the dishes! The prices in this restaurant are very affordable. The portion of the food is okay with the price you pay. However, my buddy pointed out they are very stingy with the portion of the steamed chicken whereas in other branches, they are more generous with it. Well, point taken - the next round I will visit another Kong Sai Zai and make a comparison then!

As I said, it was a good dining experience. And if you are a Chicken Rice Lover, especially the steamed chicken ones, you would like Kong Sai Zai.

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For More Information:

Restoran Kong Sai
1, Jalan Tpk 2/8,
Taman Perindustrian
Kinrara, Puchong

Business Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (Closed on Monday)
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