May 26, 2010

Japanese Toufoo with Cheese....?

I saw this long queue outside Kim Gary. I dragged hubby to join in the queue much to his dismay. It was a while before we were allocated a seat. I've heard people talking about Kim Gary but....This 'katak' has never patronized Kim Gary. I found out that it is a franchise restaurant and originated from Hong Kong. Oh good (so I thought). Both of us settled for the Roast honey spare ribs with mushrooms. It came served atop rice. We were really disappointed as there was nothing 'Hong Kong' about it. The spare ribs were dry and bland. Honestly, there was nothing to it. A few pieces of dry bland ribs, some small pieces of Chinese mushrooms with rice and corn. Urghhh! The Japanese bean-curd with abalone mushroom was something different. It is a dish baked with eggs and lots of cheese on top. I didn't mind the taste. Some fusion done well. I've never tasted/eaten any kind of bean curd cooked this way with cheese. Hubby thought it tasted odd.
The potato baked with cheese and bacon tasted good. We both enjoyed this dish. The generous amount of cheese used made it better. The drinks we had were something different too. I had ice-blended red-bean with coconut milk. Hubby had pineapple with coconut milk. It was awesome. Maybe it was because I love coconut was the excuse hubby used when I said I love the drink. Well, that's hubby's judgment.
It isn't really a spectacular dining place may want to say....I've been there.
**10% Service & 5% Government Tax

May 25, 2010

A new RIB House in Penang...

We saw many people outside this restaurant. A new eatery? Oh yes, it is. It is Chicago Rib House. I can't remember what eatery occupied this lot before. Hubby and I decided to join in the queue. It being a Friday, the place was packed. It didn't take long for us to be seated as there were only 2 of us. The place is very simple. Simple table with formica tops and rubber wood (I think they are) chairs. They are well spaced and that makes dining here pleasant. You can see families, couples, teenagers and tweens.
Ermm, sorry we didn't order this dish. That's what I said when the waiter brought this plate to our table. Oh, it is free. Believe it or not, it is free! A whole big skittle of deep fried mushroom. You will get this free if you order two main courses. Now, how's that for good marketing? This isn't just some nonsense. It is good deep fried mushrooms. You'll love the batter. Salad cream is also provided for dipping.

Chicago Rib House is only about 2 weeks old. That was what we found out from Vincent. He is the Assistant Restaurant Manager. A soft-spoken young man. Pleasant for that matter. We didn't know what to order. Everything is nice here. I decided on the Black Catch. It is dory fish fillet marinated in cajun spices and black pepper. Don't I love the fish? Hubby doesn't like dory fish but this time he has no complaints. The fish is fresh and very well marinated. It does not have that 'mud' taste at all.

Hubby went for their signature Pork Ribs. Ooooh, they are delicious and so tender. They are good alright. Heavenly.....was the next word that came out from his mouth. I 'attacked' and got a piece from his plate. Yes! They are very well marinated, grilled, cooked and still juicy. You get value for money here. According to Vincent the pork ribs come from Holland, the broccoli comes from Australia, the fries from simple words....good stuff! Game to visit the place? It is here-Chicago Rib House, GP-170-G-43 Gurney Plaza, Pesiaran Gurney
Tel: 04-2290763
**10% Service Charge

May 9, 2010

Celebrating Mother's Day....

We had dinner at Maple Palace Restaurant to celebrate Mother's Day. The place was packed, believe it or not. Oh my, the din as you walked into the restaurant. Welcome to Chinese dining! We have six adults, one teen and one very young one seated at our table. Our first course was the Heong Sow Gap (Fragrant grilled goose). For once, it wasn't the sharks fin soup as what is usually ordered for any Chinese course dinner. The grilled goose was shredded into thin strips. You make your own rolls with the paper thin pancake provided. I kinda like the thim cheong (sweet sauce) that has to be spread on the pancake. The shredded duck next and on top of it you put sliced cucumber and spring onions. My roll wasn't a roll. I had too much duck meat. Mom-in-law made the best roll amongst all of us. Shame on all of us. The taste of the roll was great. The duck was aromatic and tender. Never mind the shape of the rolls, the taste was what matters. All at the table agreed. I think the pancake slices provided was too little. Only 1 had seconds. The rest......make do with putting duck meat and sliced cucumbers together with spring onions straight into the mouth. I think the Management should consider serving more of the crepe. We asked for seconds but NO MORE SUPPLIES! Our next dish was the Braised abalone with brocolli. Wow, a whole piece of abalone. Nevermind the cholesterol level. The abalone looked too delicious to give it a pass. This serving is real dainty. I thought we could do with a little more of the sea cucumber and broccoli. I know the abalone is out of the question. Everyone ate that piece of abalone with glee. Broccoli and the sea cucumber.....ah well, with standard is what I would say

Steam fish is next. Nothing to shout about. Normal steamed fish in soy sauce. The only thing I could say about this dish is the fish is fresh and not over cooked. Normal or not, it was eaten, every morsel of it.
I liked the next dish, steamed white cabbage with dried scallop. Mom-in-law thought it would have been better had fresh scallops been used. She didn't like the 'smell' the dried scallop gives off. I thought it was nicely done with the 'fatt choy' (black moss) used in abundance. It was superbly seasoned and very tasty. The white cabbage wasn't mushy.
Feast like a King......lobster noodle! The next dish surprised me. I've never seen lobster served this way. Always thought lobster as in Lobster Thermidor. I didn't attack the lobster like the rest at the table did. I went for the noodles. I'm no lobster person. The noodles are out of this world as I ate each mouthful. Free from the taste of alkaline water is what I liked about the noodles. They are egg noodles and weight gain or not, I had two bowls of the noodles. This whole dish is simply awesome. Lots of substance and oomph was how hubby described it. If the lobster shells can be eaten, I'm pretty sure it would have disappeared from the table!
Lotus paste pancake with peanut soup (gruel) or 'fah sang woo' ended the night's dinner. Of all time, my batteries went dead. Sorry, no pictures taken. The fah sang woo wasn't too bad. I've tasted better ones. I think it was a bit liquid but brother-in-law insisted that it was yummy. The lotus paste pancake was cut into too small a piece for me to make any comments. I didn't taste anything except....yeah, it was crispy. I was a little bit under the weather regrets going for this dinner! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS..:o)