Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant

You can enjoy a Chinese cuisine at reasonable price and nice ambiance at
Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant which is located at Jalan Besar. It is quite near to the Jalan Besar Downtown MRT station and easily accessible by cars and public transportation.

My colleague introduced the malaxiangguo dish which is off the menu for this restaurant. For those who do not know what is it, it is a spicy stirred fry pot with a lot of different ingredients. In some places, the ingredients are based on your selections, it can be a combination of vegetables and meats. Usually, for this dish, the cook puts some of the peppercorns which are spicy and numbing together with the chili oils and dried chili to stir fry the ingredients. It has different level of spiciness and different cooks have different level of spiciness too.

For the first time, we tried with little spiciness because we have a colleague who cannot too spicy. It turned out to be quite decent level of spiciness and it went well with other dishes we ordered that day.

To balance out, the other two dishes were fried vegetable and self-hand-made spring roll with minced meat. I am not able to find out what is the English name of this vegetable but yes, it is delicious especially when it cooks with garlic. The portion is generous and it is more than enough for a table of four persons.

Last but not least, the hand-made spring roll with minced meat. This dish is slightly to its plain taste, yet, it goes well with shredded cucumbers and lettuce. The portion of the meat was too much and we were given 6 skins to wrap. Perhaps, they should allow us to refill so that we can have more wraps. In that case, we can omit the white rice.

This restaurant serves xiao long bao as well, but we did not order for this visit. There are various types of xiao long bao and other dumplings in their menu. It is also one of the good to try dishes.

Address: 143 Jln Besar, Singapore 208859.


Wen Dao Sek

My friend from Malaysia came to Singapore with his relatives for holiday and my friend called me up for a meet up on that weekend. I brought my friend to have brunch at the 126 dim sum house, Wen Dao Sek at Geylang.

I picked up my friend from the Chinatown and I brought my friend to take public transportation. The dim sum house is conveniently reached by bus, so we took a bus ride to the mentioned location. I gave a chance to my friend to enjoy the Singapore’s public transportation.

Many of my Malaysians friends drive to everywhere in the city back in Malaysia. It is quite rare for them to take public transportation because it is still not conveniently reaching the destination without wasting a lot of time.

Back to the dim sum house, it was not my first visit here. We ordered a few different dim sum to try out and I did not particularly recommended any dim sum to try. We ordered a bowl of century egg porridge with some steamed dim sum and fried stuff too.

The food took quite some time to serve even though there was no crowd. Lucky, we were not too hungry and we were able to spare our time talking about our lives while waiting for the food. Then, they served us the century egg porridge. The porridge smelt great with the fried garlic spread on top of the porridge with fried onion and spring onion.

I was surprised to see the big century egg in the porridge. I started to dig into the porridge and mixed the toppings together. The porridge was quite salty and peppery for my taste.

Address: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449.

Wan He Lou

Address: 65 Maude Rd, 208347, Singapore.

My colleague shared the lobster porridge promotion from this Chinese restaurant which is located nearby our office in our girls’ group chat late April. The promotion ended in May. Since most of us were busy during that period, we finally made it one day just before the promotion ended, to try the signature dishes together. I invited other team members of one of my projects to join us too.

It was a normal lunch gathering for the girls cum celebratory lunch for the project team which I thought it was ended in April. However, the project did not close by then, it was dragged until June due to several defects and delayed of handover processes. I adopted the idea of treating the team after a completion of a project from my previous job.

With a group of 9 people, we got to enjoy additional dishes which for free.
Lobster Porridge

It was a little disappointed with the presentation of the lobster porridge. Everyone was asking where was the lobsters. They have de-shelled the lobsters and cooked with the porridge. The cooking style was not my favourite type, however, the taste was good, mainly because of the broth was sweet and delicious.

Fried Gyoza

The porridge promotion came with side dishes. One of it was the fried gyoza, the chives dumplings . It was a bit dry and salty to my preferences.

Fried French Beans

It was cooked in a typical Chinese style, fresh and well tasted when ate together with the porridge.
Then, the fried chicken wingettes were also part of the promotion.

It was well marinated, crispy when it was served and generous in portion, at least it was more than 9 pieces for 9 of us 🙂 I was not able to remember whether the chicken wingettes were the additional free dishes for a table more 6 people. However, the cereal prawns definitely were free for a table more than 6 people.

It was nicely presented, medium big sized prawns and yes, no extra prawns on the plate. It was exactly 9 of them coated with the crispy cereal. Again, the prawns were fresh and well cooked. And, last but not least, the tofu. It was a bit shocked to see the artificial green coloured tofu with so much starch.

We were not able to distinguish the meat in this dish was real chicken or crab meat, or it might be vegetarian meat. Overall, it was a great lunch on that afternoon. It was heavy rain when the food was served, the porridge warmed up the day.

The Verandah

The Verandah

The second buffet lunch that I want to introduce is The Verandah at Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The Federal Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Kuala Lumpur. I went there with my aunt’s friends for buffet lunch in February 2014.

They also offered a wide range of food selections. There were a few of dishes tasted quite nice too. Here are they:

Prawn Noodle
You can tell the waiter to put in less noodle or more of the ingredients that you prefer when you are ordering it. So, it was how it looked like when I wanted less meehoon and more ingredients. The prawn noodle’s soup based was great and full of taste.
The Verandah
Chicken Satay
You also can find this all-time-favourite food at their selection. I advised you not to take their ketupat. It is not all ketupat are nicely done.
The Verandah
Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice
Out of curiosity, I tried the chicken and duck rice. I searched a while for the smallest piece of the meats and took a little bit of the rice. The rice was fragrant and tasted very authentic chicken rice.
They also offered good coffee which was also included in the buffet lunch. I was not sure what type of coffee bean was used but the coffee’s aroma was so nice.

Location : The Verandah, Level 1, Federal Hotel, 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ambience : Noisy.
Rating : 3/5. Wide range of selections from local food to international food. The restaurant was quite spacious but quite noisy. The waiters or waitresses are friendly.

Shin Kee Beef Noodle

After walking for more than 2 hours at the Batu Caves, me and my friend decided to go back to KL for some local Chinese food at Petaling Street. My friend wanted to go to eat beef noodle which is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, near by the Petaling Street. This little beef noodle shop is called, Shin Kee Beef Noodle.

It is strategically located not far away from Pasar Seni Putra LRT station, a stone throw away from the Central Market and 1 minute walk from the Petaling Street’s entrance.

During the peak hour, this shop is packed with people and sometimes you have to share tables with other people too. I am not sure whether this shop is always crowded with people but when we reached this shop at 3.30PM, Saturday, we were quite surprised that there was no body inside the shop. The workers were freely sitting down at the table. I thought they were about to close shop.
Shin Kee Beef Noodle
RM7.00 for a bowl of fresh beef noodle, I think it is a bit expensive to eat a small shop, non shopping complex area but it is still worthy to give a try once a while as this shop is one of the old-famous shop.
Shin Kee Beef Noodle
The beef balls are fresh and springy when you eat it. Unlike some of the beef balls which are either powdery and hard to eat. The texture is different than another famous beef noodle called, Soong Kee also. You can order either soup or dry with your choices of noodles. Besides that, you also can choose to have mixed beef noodle which is also costs RM7.00.

The broth is clear and tasty. I did not feel thirsty after finishing the soup 🙂

I prefer the dry beef noodle and so I can mix it with the minced meat. The generous amount of minced meat can mix well with any type of noodle. Overall, it is not too oily, just look okay when I mix with the kway teow.

By the time we finished up our beef noodles and looked around the shop, it was packed with people already. We were lucky to be there early, I guessed. However, you do not have to worry long waiting time, they served the food and drink very fast.

Their business hour is quite long, starting from 10.30AM to 8.30PM. The notice board did not mention if they have off day. I hope their business hours is still remained the same until now.

7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Coffee Terrance

Coffee Terrance Restaurant at the Genting Highlands is one of the best choices for buffet lunch. It’s quite cheap when you buy the package that comes with a returned bus ticket, returned skyway and buffet/theme park. If not mistaken, it just costs RM 43.00.

For me, going up the hill and enjoy the buffet with cold breezily air, it’s very worthy. This restaurant covers a wide range of food. From the local Malay delicacies to Chinese food, Indian food, Japanese food and Western food. Here is some of the pictures of the food that I have taken during my visit to this restaurant. 🙂

Satay – Malay food

Prawn Noodle and Laksa – Malay food

Fried Vegetable – Chinese Food

Dim Sum – Chinese food

Sushi – Japanese food

Miso soup – Japanese food

Salad – Western food

Lamb & Fish with cream soup

Teh Tarik



Esquire Kitchen

I went to the Esquire  Kitchen for a few occasions and I’ve tried different sets offered by the restaurant. It’s a Chinese restaurant that serves pork. Eating here, you can find those famous food such as Tong Poh Yuk and mantao and Xiao Long Bao too.

Fried fish in Thai sauce
Do you notice that there are some french fries on top of the fish? Look weird to me but in another way, it’s quite unique too. I like its Thai sauce.

Japanese Beancurd
It’s just a normal dish. I like it has the “dao gan“.

Sweet and sour fish
I’m not sure what type of fish they used to cook this dish, it tastes good with the sweet and sour sauce. It garnishes with pineapple cubes, slices of cucumbers and tomatoes.

Usually we will eat the plain mantao with Tong Poh Yuk. Dip it into the Tong Poh Yuk’s sauce.

Tong Poh Yok
This small claypot of the Tong Poh Yuk.

Kwai lin guo

You can order drink and tea. For tea, it’s refillable.