One of my favourite casual dining outlet which I've never written about is this humble little restaurant at the Ground floor of 1 Utama (Rainforest section) and my usual order is always their Bak Kut Teh which I have ordered it countless times. This place has been here eversince the new wing was in existence which came to 9 years now. I call this restaurant a melting pot of chinese cuisine as it has influences of Hainanese, Teochew, Hakka, Hokkien and etc in their dishes.
Coming Chinese New Year, they have a few new additions to their otherwise already quite extensive variety of local favourites. These special dishes are not in their standard menu but it's written on the black board at the back of the outlet or you can also simply ask the staff for daily specials.
Pomelo Salad (RM21.90)
Made with specially selected pomelo from Tambun, this dish has a mix of sweet and refreshing flavours from the pomelo, kafir lime leaves, bunga kantan, mint leaves and crushed peanuts. I like this for a change because it whets the appetite and definitely the best entree to the meal. The pomelo salad is served during Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival.
Lap Mei Fan (RM21.90)
This is probably the only place I know that serves a single portion of "Lap Mei Fan" which is a type of rice dish cooked with waxed meat and chinese sausages. They are using both types of sausages - meat and duck liver sausages. The rice is cooked with minced sausages and then topped with slices of sausages to give it an extra "kick" of taste in the rice. Yes it may be a little pricey for a single portion but it's worth it if you don't have to cook it yourself.
Arrow Root with Leek (RM25.90)
This is also another signature dish during CNY because the arrow root are only available during this time of the year. There's arrow root, leek, roast pork, carrot slices and also button mushrooms stir-fried together and topped with some red chillies. Love the arrow roots which has a very smooth and powdery texture.
BB Chicken (RM23.90)
This is one of their recommended dishes which is quite unique and it's not the "3 cups chicken" that you would think it is. It's actually chicken braised in a claypot with a spicy caramelised sauce and you can also have it non-spicy.
Hainanese Assam Fish (RM43.90)
This is one dish that I would love to take my dad here to try. He loves fish and since we are Hainanese, he would love to try this dish. I like the sweet, sour and spicy tastes all interwined together with this fresh Silver Promfret. Excellent!
They also have other recommended dishes which is available on a daily basis such as a side order of their crispy Roast Pork (RM15.90/100g) and also their Crispy Oatmeal Prawn (RM31.90) which I simply adore for its golden colour and crisp oatmeal with succulent prawns.
One must really try their Blended Cucumber and Lime Juice (RM6) which they claimed to be "best in the world". It was truly cooling and it's a good drink for detoxing! Hue Gee and I ordered that and Mom gave their Chendol (RM5.50) which is made with the authentic Gula Melaka.
We have so much to eat for lunch and after that we had to walk a few hours at the shopping mall to burn off the calories overload. Thanks to Fay for inviting me to try their CNY dishes and just for your info, they are closed on 1st and 2nd day of CNY and only open for half a day on CNY eve.
:G359, Ground Floor, Rainforest
1 Utama Shopping Centre 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya.
P/S: I'm staying home on my 29th birthday because I had an eye infection. How sad could that be?