Review of Restaurant Kong Sai, Mahkota Cheras

Restaurant Kong Sai has a total of 6 outlets in Klang Valley. They specialize in chicken rice and Chinese food. I had the opportunity to try out their famous dishes at Bandar Mahkota Cheras outlet.

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Menu @ Kong Sai

 

My friend and I went for lunch. The menu was simple and offered a good range of Chinese food.  I ordered their famous steamed chicken, watercress soup, lettuce along with garlic and chives omelette.

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Steamed Chicken

We did not have to wait long for our food even though it was a little crowded at that point in time. To be frank, I did not have high expectation on the dishes especially the famous steam chicken.  Anyway, I liked it.  The chicken was fresh, tender, definitely juicy and appetizing. The chili sauce served here was really good.   One could taste the right amount of garlic and the sauce was not too spicy or sweet with the right amount of acidity. I can safely say that not many restaurants can make this sauce so well. For me, the chili sauce played an important part in a steamed chicken dish.

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The watercress soup was tasty too. It was boiled with some chicken pieces and had a good aroma. It tasted almost like home-cooked soup. Nowadays good soups are hard to find.

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The lettuce had the right crunchiness and not oily. Lastly, we had omelette with chives and garlic. The omelet arrived looking very green. I was skeptical to try it at first but after a few bites, it was delicious. The crunchiness of chives worked very well in an omelet.

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The food that we ordered was for two people however the portion here was generous enough to feed more than two. I would say that the food is good. It is an air-conditioned restaurant so it is comfortable to dine here with families or friends. You can find the restaurant very easily as it is located along one of the main streets in the area.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3.5/5, Service 4/5, F&B 4/5.

Restoran Kong Sai, 57 & 59 Jalan Temenggung 11/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Kajang, Selangor.

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Review of Restoran Fei Wong, Cheras

Restoran Fei Wong is located at Bandar Mahkota Cheras, and I’ve been here for quite a number of times. It’s a Chinese kopitiam and serves a variety of food. Expect to wait for a little while as it can be a bit crowded during weekends.

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So what do they have here? Well, they actually offer quite a good variety of food. I was here on a Sunday morning, so this is what’s available; Penang char kueh teow, pork noodle, fish ball noodle, fish paste noodle, western food, pan mee, Kampar mee, curry mee, pork ball noodle, chicken rice, wantan mee and so on. Of course, drinks and roti bakar are also available here..

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Curry Mee

We had curry mee, spicy dry pan mee and western breakfast. The curry mee is really good. The curry is rich and also, spicy enough. It had chunks of chicken meat, and is quite a decent size for a breakfast portion. I couldn’t stop finishing the curry gravy. It’s RM5 per bowl, which is well worth it.

 

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Pan Mee

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Fish ball soup

The spicy pan mee was served with a bowl of fish ball soup. This is good as well, but is a bit pricier than the other dishes. Like the name suggests, it is spicy! The anchovies are really crunchy, which blends well with the tangy noodles. It also came with crunchy mushroom, which is a perfect match. Although I opted not to have the pork bits, they did not substitute it with another ingredient such as eggs, which is pretty normal at other restaurants. Anyway, it was a good dish, priced at RM5.70

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Western Breakfast set

The western breakfast consists of a piece of white bread (toasted), a fried egg, coleslaw, fries, a sausage and ham. Although most of the items here are fried, it’s not oily or greasy at all. The fries are tiny but quite crispy. This will cost you RM4.80.

Overall, it’s a good place to have a quick meal here. It offers a wide variety, and most of the items are freshly prepared. The price is affordable too.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3/5, F&B 3/5.

Where at: Fei Wong Restaurant, No. 1-17 Jalan Temenggung 11/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.

Review of Green Talk Mahkota Cheras

Green Talk is one of the pioneer organic vegetarian restaurants in Bandar Mahkota Cheras. They have been in business for about 5 years now. Organic vegetables are grown without pesticide and therefore good for health hence the reason why these restaurants are popping up everywhere.

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Green Talk

I was eager to try out this restaurant so I came here for dinner with friends. This place was nearly full but we managed to get a table and seated almost immediately. They have a good variety of offerings from fried rice, lei cha, noodles, spaghetti, snacks and so on. They also have a good range of fresh fruit juices.

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Apple + banana + cucumber juice.

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Apple + pineapple + beetroot juice.

I know I had to try the nasi lemak which was the featured item in the menu. My friend had the claypot tofu and steamed stuffed cabbage. We ordered some interesting drinks from the fresh fruit juices menu. The nasi lemak was good, which was rice served with greens, vegetable curry, fried tofu and sambal. The fried tofu was good too as it was coated with oats which were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Nasi Lemak

The clay pot tofu looked really good, as it had lots of vegetable, mushrooms, tofu and corn. The taste was okay but it would have been better with a bit more sauce.  The portion of tofu was inadequate.  It would have been better with more tofu though plus this dish was served with brown rice.

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Steamed rolled cabbage

A generous portion of steamed rolled cabbage was served. The filling consisted of vegetables and tofu. It was very fresh and full of greens. This dish was served with a green dip and it tasted like basil based sauce. I ended up having it with some sambal. The portion of the food was sufficient.

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The fruit juice that we ordered was very refreshing and interesting. One of it was apple + pineapple + beetroot. It was actually quite good and we realised quite a number of other customers ordered the same drink as well. Another drink that we had was apple + banana + cucumber. This drink was quite refreshing.

The service was efficient and staffs were generally friendly. Overall it was a good dining experience especially if you are into organic vegetarian which is obviously healthy. You can also buy organic products ranging from tea to beans to flours at this restaurant.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3.5/5, F&B 3/5.

Review of Restoran Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri, Cheras

Restoran Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri faces the entrance of Aeon Bandar Mahkota Cheras. Hence, it is prominent and easy to find.  It is a popular place judging from the number of people frequenting this place during lunch hour.

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There is an interesting spread of dishes. They have a few types of vegetables, a few types of chicken dishes including fried chicken, fish, fried fish, mutton, seafood and a variety of curries. A number of dishes such as nasi goreng, mee goreng are on their ala carte menu. Since I was craving for nasi kandar, I took a plate of rice, ayam masak merah, stir fried long beans and egg omelette. The trade secret in having a good nasi kandar is in the curry. Over here, they probably added about five to six types of curry and gravy on the rice. It tasted very good. There was a hint of spiciness from the chicken and fish curry. You could also taste the kicap and masak merah gravy which gave a nice fusion of flavours. The gravy covered nearly all portion of the rice hence you have a whole plate to look forward too. The ayam masak merah that I had was tender and it was not spicy at all.

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My friend had rice with mutton kicap, fried chicken and cabbage. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, indicating a sign of well fried chicken. Over here they prepacked papadams in packets to ensure its crunchiness. We had one packet.  I think they charged RM1.00 a packet containing three to four pieces of papadam.

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Nothing beats cold drinks when you are having nasi kandar. We had teh O limau ais and Coke.

I ordered takeaway for a family member and apparently she liked the food too. She mentioned that she liked the mix of curry and gravy and how it enhanced the taste of the rice and the side dishes. Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri serves good nasi kandar. They definitely have a wide variety of dishes and good curry. I will definitely come back to try other dishes.

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Address: Nasi Kandar Pokok Cheri, No. 15G Jalan Temenggung 21/9, Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras Selangor.

 

Pretty awesome stay @ Holiday Inn Resort Batu Ferringhi, Penang

It’s been a while since I have stayed at Holiday Inn hotels. My last experience was at Holiday Inn Express Bangkok which was totally awesome. For now, I am sharing with you my experience with Holiday Inn Resort which is located in Batu Feringghi, Penang.

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Holiday Inn Resort Penang

Prior to my arrival the hotel made a courtesy call to confirm the reservation which was good.

I choose to stay at the tower wing with sea view room instead of staying at the main wing. Apparently the tower wing is newer and more spacious so I had to try it out. I am a regular visitor to Penang Island so I was expecting a hotel for a good rest and perhaps with a good view especially being in Batu Feringgi.

Aside of arriving late, around 10pm, the check-in process was smooth. The room was pretty impressive and it was in my favorite color scheme; blue. The room was spacious, looks new and well ventilated. The balcony is huge with a nice view of sea and part of Batu Ferringhi.

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Tower wing sea view room

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Coffee & Tea

One of my favorite thing about the room was the was super comfortable king bed, more of a super king! I wish I had more time to hang out int he room. There is a set of soft and firm pillows provided. The sheets was clean and smelled fresh.

The bathroom was spacious. Some part of the bathroom (the mirror frame and the area near drain hole) are not very well maintained. The normal toiletries are provided. For others, you may request from the hotel. There is coffee & tea facilities as well. There is a large lcd TV provided in the room with cable channels.

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All marble bathroom.. very luxurious.

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The toiletries.

We didn’t try out the breakfast so couldn’t comment on that. Being in Penang, there are so many choices for places to have breakfast. I did check out the pool and hang out for a while. This hotel (main wing) has been around for many years now. Perhaps a refurbishment on main wing would do the trick.

Anyway I enjoyed my stay at the hotel. The room rates are pretty decent for the area which is a very popular place. I would say the location is pretty good as you can discover all the happenings in this are by foot. The night market is just next door. I cant wait to be back! 🙂

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The view from our room! 🙂

Visited in September 2015.

Where at: 72 Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia

Review of William’s Corner at Taman Mayang PJ

It’s been many years since I have been here. To be honest, I don’t really recall the exact location of this place until a friend mentioned about this place recently. So I decided to check out what is the hype all about.

The location is pretty easy to find. This place is located at the back of Lincoln College in Taman Mayang. There is no clear signage of this place but you can spot a restaurant with lots of tables arranged on the corridor. Apparently it can get really busy here however as usual I got here pretty early for dinner on a weekday so it was not crowded at all.

There is no menu handed out at this place. You can check out the menu which is written on the green board in the restaurant. This is not a ‘mamak’ restaurant. The owner is a Chinese who servers halal / pork free food. This place has been around for many years now. As recommend by my friends we ordered soda herbs, seafood fried rice with soft shell crab, cheese naan with dips and friend noodle with garlic butter grilled chicken.

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Soda Herbs

The soda herb is served in a big mug, perhaps a full pint size. I would say you can share with this drink with 2 or 3 person. So what drink is this? Its ice cream soda drink, fresh local herbs, asam boi and lychee.

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Seafood fried rice with soft shell crab

The seafood fried rice with soft shell crab is nice. The fried rice is fried with seafood and seasoned with kicap (soy sauce). The soft shell crab is deep fried so it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Cheese Naan with dips

The cheese naan bread is served with variety of dips such as butter, caramel, coffee and chocolate sauce. This dips goes really well with the cheese naan. I quite like this.

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Noodle with garlic butter grilled chicken

The noodle with garlic butter grilled chicken was alright. The fried noddle tasted plain (with soy sauce) and lots of pepper. I didn’t really enjoy this.

The portion of the food and drinks is large or some might say x-large portion. I would strongly advise you to check with staff so that you don’t over order. This is a normal restaurant with no air conditioning and with mostly outdoor seating.

Visited in September 2015.

How would I rate them? The atmosphere 3/5, Service 3/5, F&B 3/5.

Review of Cosans Coffee at Sunway Pyramid

Have you heard of Cosans Coffee? I have heard about it through word of mouth.

This review is based on my experience at Cosans Coffee outlet in Sunway Pyramid. I am looking forward to try out the coffee here being my first visit. I always love the smell of fresh coffee brewing at any time of the day. The outlet looks pretty cosy and definitely a nice place to hang out with friends. I saw the menu on the board above the cashier and the offerings looked pretty common. I then asked the staff to recommend their best seller coffee for me. So I end up having Hazelnut Latte.

Here is the Hazelnut Latte (RM13) which looks pretty good. From the looks of it, you probably would guess that the coffee is full bodied with strong aroma and has bitter aftertaste.

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Cosans Coffee : Hazelnut Latte

The Iced Latte (RM14) was okay but seemed a bit milky for my taste. I get the feeling that the coffee flavour is being ‘diluted’ once the ice starts to melt bit by bit.

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Cosans Coffee : Iced Latte

The Lemonade cooler (RM10) is pretty normal ie a glass of lemonade.I dont even a photo if it. The Nutty Banana Caramel cake (RM14.90) was average. The cake’s texture was a bit dry. It’s a chocolate cake with filling of caramel and banana. The banana filling was in the form of paste. Although typically I love any chocolate cake, this one was not really to my liking.

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Cosans Coffee : Banana Caramel Cake

The service was ok but I notice that it takes for a while for the staff to prepare the drinks. We ordered 3 drinks and guess which drink we got last? It was the Lemonade. I really wondered what took them so long to prepare a Lemonade? So, in summary it was an OK experience. I think the coffee here is average. The price seems competitive and seems to match other (establish) brands.

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Cosans Coffee : The damage…

Visited in August 2015. How would I rate them? The atmosphere 4/5, Service 3.5/5, F&B 3/5.