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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Din Tai Fung at Mid Valley; Near to Kuala Lumpur

After having a whole day fun at Kuala Lumpur, my family and I had brunch on the next day at Din Tai Fung Mid Valley. This restaurant is famous with its "Xiao Long Bao".

The restaurant impressed me with the modern casual dining environment.

The chili paste is very nice, even my stingy mother love it.

The first dish we ordered was the classic "Xiao Long Bao". Since we ordered the "Xiao Long Bao" in combo set, the crab meat and pork "Xiao Long Bao" was served together.

The way to eat the "Xiao Long Bao" is dipping it into the vinegar and have it with ginger.

The Classic "Xiao Long Bao"

Crab meat and pork "Xiao Long Bao"

We also tried other dish, but not all of the dish satisfy us.

House Special Appetizer

Shanghainese Druken Chicken. The chef recommended it to be served cold.

Tofu with Spinach. I like it the most.

Actually I don't recommend the noodle of the restaurant. The "La Mian" or so called Ramen was unable to remain its elasticity since it was soaked in the soup in too long time. I have tried lots of Ramen better than this one.

La Mian with Tofu in Plain Soup. Not special at all, disappointing.

Cha Jiang La Mian. Also disappointing.

The restaurant actually doesn't make me feel enough for once only. The only thing worth recommended is the "Xiao Long Bao". I want to mention that the restaurant serve the plain rice without fully cooked, this will significantly affect the restaurant's image.

Anyway, the service of the restaurant is sistematic and quite satisfied, the staff cleaned the table immediately once we finished having our meal.

Finally, I would like to rank the restaurant as 2 stars. Not really worth to dine with expensive price.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Red Star Restaurant @ Chinatown

This is the restaurant recommended by my relatives. But the restaurant is really hard to be found if you never been there before. It is not located at the main roadside but at the 7th floor of a HDB-looking building.

I have been having the Hong Kong Dim Sum of Red Star Restaurant for two times. The Dim Sum of the restaurant is the main reason for me to come here.

Like before, once we reached the entry of the restuarant, the queue was so long until it reach the staircase. Since the restaurant is so famous among Chinese people, even it is inconvenient to get to the restaurant, there are still many people go there. Haiz.. So it is better to reach the restaurant as early as possible to avoid long queue.

The cups and certificates of the restaurant. The chef of the restaurant is also famous, but I have forgotten his name..

After seating, the first thing to do is to order China tea.

There are many trolleys with different Dim Sum move around.

The first Dim Sum I ordered was "Ha Gao" and Xiu Mai", the most known Dim Sum.

Ha Gao (prawn dumpling)

Xiu Mai (pork dumpling)

Char Siew Pau - my favorite. The bun is very soft. This is the one I would like to recommend.

Egg tart. The tart is very soft and crispy, but the egg jelly quite sweet.

Fried Prawn with Banana.

"Chee Cheong Fun" (rice noodle rolls) with scallop. Tasteless; Not worth recommended.

Fried dumpling.

Beside Dim Sum, there are also roasted meat like "Pei Pa Duck" (roasted duck), roasted chicken, roasted sukling pig and so on. But the prices are quite expensive.

Roasted Sukling Pig. Quite salty. $18

These are the food that I ordered and I unable to tell the price one by one, but I remember when I paid the bill, it was around $50. Quite expensive.

The service of the restaurant are also good. I was seek for the egg tart but the egg tart had already finished. So I asked from the waitress and she immediately took for me.

Better don't enter the restaurant from backdoor although there is another entry of the restaurant because you will see the kitchen and the hygiene of the kichen really need to be improved. And I noticed the hygiene of the restaurant was ranked as "B" by National Environment Agency.

I actually wanna rank the restaurant as 4 stars but the hygiene of the kitchen make it only 3.5 stars. However, the food really worth to give a try.

Blk 54 Chin Swee Rd #07-23
Singapore 160054

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Trattoria at 313@Somerset

When I was in the 313 I was attracted by the appearance of the restaurant. Since it is an italian restaurant, I would like to try its cheese.

Based on its name and design, most of the people will know the restaurant provide a casual dining place. Trattoria is less formal then a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria.

I was kinda dissapointed by the choice there. There were many courses unavailable because the restaurant was just opened.

The appearance of the food was not really surprising me, but I like the cheese used by the restaurant very much. The cheese are imported and the ingredients are freshly prepared.

Soup of the day. The main ingredient is corn.

Mushroom soup. The taste is thicker, I prefer this one.

Caesar Salad, with parmesan cheese and caesar dressing.

Lasagna Bolognese, grana cheese is used for this dish.

4x Cheese Pizza, I am not sure the cheese found in the pizza.

Spaghetti Carbonara, with bacon, egg yolk, and pamesan rich sause.

The chef the restaurant is able to apply the cheese in the food so that the food look simple but taste great.

Beside the starters and main courses, I would like to mention a little bit about the dessert and drinks.


San Pellegrino, Mandarino.

The overcrowded restaurant made us unable to dine freely, the furnishing of the restaurant was quite packed. But the food are worth recommended since the taste of the cheese are nice. The service are also okay. I wanna rank it as 3 stars. It is a good place for casual dining.