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This is mingee living in Ara Damansara. I am a Helpdesk Engineer, work in Brickfields. Western variety are my favorite cuisines. I also love and Steaks / Chops.
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Duck Thigh Noodles Smile Jul 02, 2013   (Related Review)
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Noodles

Since the restaurant faces the rising sun, the shop can be quite warm in the late morning. It is not air-conditioned, but it was still OK because a good breeze is blowing when wifey and I were there. I ordered their specialty, the duck thigh noodles. One bowl contained well done noodles, springy and full of mouth bounce. It comes with bits of greens and some chopped spring onions. The star is most definitely the metal container filled with a big duck thigh, full of herbal goodness. The soup is tasty, without the usual MSG taste and the duck meat literally falls off the bone. Eaten together with some pickled green chillies, it is an experience one will never forget.

 
 
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Char Siew Noodle Smile Jul 02, 2013   
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The only time I got to sample Pun Chun's famous noodles is when wifey and I travel north passing by Bidor. However, since they opened a branch in Ara Damansara, which is five minutes away from my place, the shop is very accessible to me. The restoran is located in Taipan 2 Damansara, and the shop can be seen from the main road. Since they took the corner lot, there are a number of tables placed there, easily about 30 tables. The service is very fast as they have many waiters working there. Once seated, one of the waiters will immediately place a menu on the table and take your order. Once the order is taken, the orders came fairly quickly. Wifey had the char siew noodle, as she didn't want the wan tan soup. The bowl of noodle came in a jiffy, and although it looked mediocre, the taste is actually great, very much comparable to the original ones served in Bidor. The noodle is well done, crunchy and springy, with mouth bounce. The char siew was also roasted very well. Although there weren't much fat in it, the char siew was still juicy and not dry at all. Some bits of vegetables and chopped onions as garnishing completes the bowl. After consumption, you will need to pay at the counter. While waiting for your turn to pay, there is a whole shelf of items that you can buy, such as kai chai biscuit and sak kei ma specially transported in from Bidor. I remembered during Mooncake Festival, they were selling mooncakes as well. One of the best noodle house, complete with decent prices.

 
 
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Pandan Chicken Smile Jul 27, 2013   (Related Review)
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Pandan chicken was basically my staple food when I was growing up. Mum and dad likes to eat Thai food, but us kids, we were not yet attuned to the level of spiciness required, hence we only got to eat pandan chicken. The dish in Thai Nyonya was very nice. The chicken is well marinated before being wrapped in pandan leaves and cooked. Tender and juicy, the pandan chicken was definitely the highlight of my meal. Priced at RM12 for a small serving, it was definitely well worth the amount paid.
 
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Wifey wasn't estatic that she didn't get to sit at the conveyor belt section. So she had to be content with just a picture of the conveyor belt and the open kitchen. Though it seems most of the patrons were not really interested in the conveyor, and that the belt had hardly any food there. Anyhow, wifey ordered the soft shell crab okonomiyaki. I was apprehensive, as the okonomiyaki that I have had in sushi joints has never impressed me due to the thickness of the flour base. When the dish came, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was not as I imagined.

 
The bottom flour layer is pretty thin, and slightly crunchy too. There was a layer of fried egg on top of the flour base. The soft shell crab body was nicely fried, not too dry or oily, very nice and juicy. It was drizzled with lots of mayonnaise sauce and sweet brown sauce, tangy and delicious. A generous amount of fish flakes were added on top of all these. Last but not least, a perfectly fried piece of soft shell crab right on top, flanked by some spring onions. Quite a light meal, but very enjoyable all the same.
 
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Ravenous Sushi Time Smile Jul 21, 2013   
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Haven't had a good sushi meal for a while, so while wifey and I were at Paradigm Mall yesterday, we decided to stuff our faces with some sushi. We were contemplating between Sushi Q for a fast food version, or splurge at Sushi Zanmai.

 
The long queue and the filled-to-the-brim restaurant almost made the decision for us. While we were contemplating and queueing, the line seems to be moving pretty rapidly, so we decided to wait.

 
Barely 10 minutes later, we were shown to our table. Yaay! A little bit disappointed that we didn't get to sit at the conveyor belt section, but I guess that can't be helped. The restaurant can easily sit about 80 people. However, service was quite quick despite the crowd. So we took our time to browse the menu.

 
While waiting for our food, we prepared our utensils, which were convenient located on the table itself.

 
The chopsticks were nicely kept in a rectangular box for hygienic purposes. There was a jar of the all-important soya sauce, as well as a jar of wasabi in a metal container. Another jar sweet sauce was there as well. It was a good thing that it was labelled properly. Some toothpick and a metal container of chilli powder completed the set.

 
My entree, chawan mushi. Egg custard steamed to perfection, the concoction was soft and delectable. I usually put a few drops of soya sauce in it, as I like my chawan mushi salty. A couple of mushroom slices were on top. I always wonder how they manage to get any ingredients to float on top, as my homemade chawan mushi's ingredients always goes at the bottom.

 
Anyhow, after digging in, there are some pieces of juicy chicken, a whole piece of shrimp and half a naruto hidden in the chawan mushi. Very nice indeed.

 
I asked for some pickled ginger to clean my palate before moving on to the next dish. Well pickled, they were eye-squintingly sour, but I like the super awesome taste.

 
My main came at last. Niku udon, or udon noodle with sliced beef. I like the fact that the beef is more thinly sliced this time, hence it is not so tough to chew on. Sometimes, the quality differs somehow. The noodles were cooked to perfection, chewy as they should be. The soup is slightly brackish, but that suited me just fine. Tiny brown mushrooms, pieces of seaweed and some spring onions completes the set. I was more than satisfied with my meal. Wifey had other stuff, but that is a story for another time.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Sushi
 
Date of Visit: Jul 20, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM40(午餐)

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