Armada Hotel

My second time visit to Armada Hotel at Petaling Jaya for high tea on 18th Jan 09

For RM38++ it is good for local food. Quite a number of varieties to choose from and some of them are quite nice to eat and some are just too plain. Quite like it because it offers unlimited fruit drink 🙂

Location:
Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Ipoh Chicken Rice

The Ipoh Chicken Rice restaurant in Mid Valley is located at the Boulevard office blocks. It is somewhere nearby the Mid Valley centre court Starbucks.  I am not sure how original recipe of  this shop is.

Besides offering the roasted chicken and steamed chicken, they also have barbecue pork (char siew), roasted pork (siew yuk), pork balls and etc.



This is half roasted chicken and half steamed chicken’s portion.


The barbecue’s sauce is quite ok.

Fish and Pork Balls

Fish Cake

When it comes to chicken rice, we cannot miss out the bean sprouts. Ipoh’s bean sprouts is quite famous too.

I could not remember what style it was but this cram was nicely cooked. I hardly eat crams but I gave a go for this one.

There is another style of cooking crams available at this restaurant. I tried it during my another visit.

Roasted pork (siew yok)
Different style of cooking the roasted pork. It is quite crunchy when biting it. A bit taste like “kam heong”.

The rice portion is quite little. For guys, maybe you need to ask for extra 1 bowl of rice. Besides rice, you can opt for porridge or hor fun (keow teow).

Unfortunately, I passed by this restaurant on 1st November 2011 and I saw it has closed shop and their signboard was taken down too.

Little Taiwan

Little Taiwan has few branches in KL. It serves pork. I tried the Mid Valley branch on its first day of opening with my colleagues and something great happened on that afternoon. Everyone looked like “cried” after having their meals. It is because of the spicy soup based was too spicy. I think it was due to technical problem with its chef in the kitchen who did not know how spicy the soup was.

Luckily, I tried the Siew Ngo noodle. The fried siew ngo, a vegetarian food which usually eat during Chinese New Year or at vegetarian shops. Although the fried siew ngo is quite oily, it is nice to eat with the noodle. They did not put the siew ngo into the soup therefore, the soup is still clear.

Spicy Hot Ramen
Of course this noodle soup is spicy type but it has a lot of ingredients inside this noodle. You can find ramen noodle, bean sprouts, sweet corns, fish cakes, mushrooms and wood ear fungus (木耳). If you can eat spicy food you can try this noodle. It costs RM8.90. It comes in a set meal also. This is the spicy ramen that caused everyone looked “cried” that day.
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Since then, no one dares to try it anymore. Then, on my next visit, I tried the Tan Tan Mian. It comes with a boiled egg cut into half, 2 pork balls, some minced meat and the noodle. The soup based is not oily and not salty but they put some white pepper.
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Recently (end of the year of 2010) they came out with a new set lunch menu to choose. There are the three different set lunches.

Minced Meat with Vegetables
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Salted Chicken with Vegetables
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Taiwanese Sausage with Vegetable
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Besides the new intro of the set menu, they also introduced other new food in their menu. This includes the mee suah with oysters, fried sweet potato and etc.
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Other side orders that we have tried before:-

Peach Milk Tea with pearls

For more reviews about Little Taiwan, you may check out my posts below,
https://liyenz.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/little-taiwan-2/
https://liyenz.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/little-taiwan-3/

Location:
No. T023A, Third Floor, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lot 1.46, Food Republic, Level 1, Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

KFC Breakfast

I have tried some of their breakfast sets offer before this. Their sets come with a main dish and a drink. I wondered how come their breakfast sets’ response is not good compared to the McDonald. I ordered a set of nasi lemak with orange juice and a porridge with tea.

Nasi Lemak Set

The taste of the nasi lemak is similar to the normal nasi lemak which we can get it from the Malay stalls by the road side. The sambal is not spicy and the portion is quite normal that we can get in the stall. It gives an half of the boiled egg, few slices of cucumber and generous portion of anchovies but it does not have peanuts.
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Porridge set
The porridge’s ingredients are a little bit lesser than the McDonald’s porridge and my opinion is it is not as good taste as the McDonald. Maybe it is because they did not add the sesame oil in the porridge which I think it would make the porridge tastes better. It looks pretty plain for me.
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Here is the improved version of the porridge. The additional thing that it has in this version is anchovies. But still does not have sesame oil. With additional anchovies, it does make the porridge slightly better than the original version.
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However, went I revisited KFC for breakfast set recently at the Maluri’s branch, their porridge version has changed and saddest part was the workers put so much water into the porridge, making it became Teow Chow porridge with chicken and sesame oil.

To compare with what they advertised:-

Twister
Next try is the twister. It is quite nice to eat with the sauce inside the roll.

Closer view of the twister,

AM Riser
I bought the colonel burger set at RM3.90 for their special breakfast promotion.

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Cheesy Bun
It comes out with a new breakfast meal called the Cheessy Bun. Just put a piece of cheese on top of the bun only. As for me, it has nothing great and I feel the mayonnaise and egg combination is not good enough.

Tea
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Orange Juice
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Prince Cafe

Prince Cafe at Mid valley is located opposite of the Boulevard Hotel. It is another Hong Kong style restaurant in Mid Valley and its style is similarly to the Kim Gary which also in Mid Valley. However, it has been closed down for few years.

Most of its offers are set meals and their set comes with a drink and the main dish. They offer various types of food ranging from Chinese to Western food. The price is reasonable for the portion of food that they offer.

I pretty like their ice drinks either the “yin yong” (Mixed coffee and tea) or “lai cha” (tea) because their ice cubes are made of the drink itself.

Yang Chow Fried Rice
I tried their Yang Chow Fried Rice set and chose Green Tea as the drink.
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Chopstick Noodle House

A Chinese restaurant which serves pork in Mid Valley. This restaurant offers both set meals and ala-carte menu. The set meals come with a main dish and a drink.

Szechuan Minced Meat Noodle
This noodle is not spicy but it is very oily because of the chili’s oily that they put into the noodle’s gravy while cooking. Minus the chili’s oily, this noodle is pretty okay to eat and the portion is just nice.
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However, this restaurant has been closed in Mid Valley.

Rak Thai

It has been quite sometimes ago I visited the Rak Thai restaurant which is located at the lower ground of The Gardens. It is opposite the Eu Yang Sang, Chinese restaurant and next to Big Apple Doughnut. It is situated at a nice location, between The Gardens and Mid Valley.

At this restaurant you can listen to the Thai songs. It serves Thai food, ranging from rice, noodles to desserts and drinks. I have tried few of its dishes before this and my personal comments about this restaurant based on my past experiences are:-

1) It likes to use lemon grass, ginger and chili as the base of the food. You can smell the strong lemon grass when you are eating. If you’re eating soup based noodles be careful its cili padi and ginger.

2) Their drinks also have lemon grass leaves and smell.

3) Their food is quite oily as well (maybe I do not like to eat too much oily food).

Thai Fried Keow Teow

It puts a lot of red chili, lemon grass leaves, some dried shrimp and bean sprouts. The lemon grass leaves  make the noodle tastes different than any other fried keow teow and the red chilies make me feel hot. Can you see the amount of red chilies in this plate? The portion is enough for a person especially those who eat less.

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Pineapple Fried Rice
It is common to order a pineapple fried rice when we visit Thai restaurant. For this pineapple fried rice, It looks quite oily. When I finished eating the rice, I could see the oily surface on the pineapple’s skin. The taste is ordinary and the portion is enough for one person.
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Location :
LG232A, The Gardens, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

C-Jade

C-Jade restaurant is a Hong Kong style restaurant, used to be in Mid Valley. This year, 2011, it has closed shop, left the only branch at The Gardens. It is quite famous with its char siew (barbeque pork) and siew yok (roasted pork ribs). However, I’m neither a fan of both.

Char Siew and Steamed Chicken rice (Siong Peng)
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Combination of both barbeque chicken and steamed chicken rice is called “Siong Peng”. You can order roasted chicken if you prefer. You can choose other type of combinations from the menu list.

Rice with soup

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It looks pretty plain with a lot of vegetable. I did not try it, so I am not sure how it tasted. By looking at this picture, I guess the portion is pretty big ya.

In my later visits, they started to introduce the set lunches. Here are some of the set lunches that my colleagues or myself have tried before this.

The Porridge Set
It comes with a big pot of porridge of your choice, sea coconut dessert and chee cheung fun. I cannot remember what my colleague has chosen for this porridge but from the picture itself, we can see that the porridge is very smooth (mein).
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The Chee Cheung Fun with white sesame and peanut sauce. Am I saying something wrongly? Peanut sauce? It does taste weird for me to have peanut sauce on the Chee Cheung Fun.
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The dessert – hot sea coconut.
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Char Siew Noodle
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The Char Siew Noodle appears to be oily because of its soup base.

Cart Noodle
Hong Kong’s famous food, cheh chai mee or Cart Noodle. The ingredients of this noodle are of your choices and you can pick it from the menu list. You pay as per selected items. It has 3 different types of noodles to be chosen; thick noodle (as shown in the picture below), thin noodle and hor fun (keow teow). I prefer the thick noodle over the thin noodle because the thin noodle will become soft after a while. I have chosen the curry fish ball and vegetables for my first try.
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Sze Chuan Minced Meat Noodle
The gravy of this noodle is thick and tasty with quite a lot of minced meat together with vegetable. The noodle is the thinner type. When you mix everything together, it looks a bit dry and oily for me. Besides that, it  comes with a bowl of soup (as shown below).
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You can request for chili if you want some spicy feel.

Purple Cane Tea Restaurant

Purple Cane restaurant has 2 different concepts, one with more classy looking restaurant which you can find it at The Gardens, Mid Valley (next to Din Tai Fung at lower ground) or Shaw Parade, Pudu and another type is more relaxing tea house at Petaling Street, some old shoplots behind the Uda Ocean near Pasar Seni LRT station. I am going to introduce the restaurant type here.

The food at this restaurant is pretty okay and mainly will use the tea leaves in their cooking. You can smell the tea leaves on some of the dishes. In the past, this restaurant at The Gardens has set lunch offers and ala carte meals too. It offers a few types of tea and cold drinks also.

Set lunch at The Garden’s restaurant was RM12.00nett. You cannot use the Jusco card for this set lunch to get discounts.

This set comes with a set of rice which 1 meal dish(meat), 1 vegetable dish and chinese tea of your choices. Here is some of the pictures of how the set lunch looks like.

Sweet and Sour Fish
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Beancurd
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Rice
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This is the whole set.
Jasmine Tea
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It is pretty nice presentation. I like their serviette which printed with designs. I am not sure whether they are still giving the same serviette now.

For more reviews about this restaurant, please go to below links:
https://liyenz.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/purple-cane-tea-house/ 
https://liyenz.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/purple-cane-tea-house-2/

Location :
LG-206, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lot L1-01, 1st Flr, Shaw Parade, Off Jalan Pudu, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tony Roma

Tony Roma’s set lunch is ranging from RM16.90++. It comes with a soup of the day, bread/tapa, main dish & a drink. Big portion. Can share with 2 people if you don’t want to eat so full.

If you’ve friends brithday on that day, you can get a card with signatures from the crew members & a free dessert. Make a wish & blow the candle before eat it!

The FOC dessert and card for Birthday
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Chicken Salad Next, I did try out the Salad Chicken. Pretty like it though the portion looks big, you can finish it without worry. It’s all vegetable with some chicken meat on top. The meat is same as the Grilled Chicken with Rosemary sauce.
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Crackers with sauce
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Potato soup
Sometimes they offer the beef soup. For those who don’t eat beef, you can request the waiter/waitress to change the beef soup to potato soup. dsc00032

Sweet corn soup First time trying the sweet corn soup. Good and thick. tony6

Grilled Chicken with Rosemary Sauce It is a breast meat grilled chicken topped with rosemary sauce and some shredded cheese on top of the meat. It tastes good with the sauce. The coleslaw is also nice to eat.
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Onion ring
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Smoked Salmon
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Fish and chips
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Buffalo Chicken
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Location:
LG 217, The Gardens, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.