Pakcik and I were at Vivocity the other day. It was dinner time and every restaurant was packed. We finally found a table at this small eatery at basement 2 of the mall that sells Ipoh Chicken Rice.
Feeling hungry, we ordered half a chicken to share. The meat was really tender but the skin was a bit too fatty. I love the chilli sauce and the minced ginger which made the rice taste so good. The only thing that I don’t like is the bone. It would be better if the chicken is deboned.
Pakcik had the chicken curry kway tiao instead of rice. The curry gravy was watery but flavourful. Kway tiao was extremely smooth.
It was an enjoyable but calories-packed dinner. Oh well, yummy food is always fattening, so shan’t count the calories~
The first time I tried Mala Xiang Guo was at the hawker centre in Chinatown. Just like Yong Tau Foo, the customers have to pick the ingredients (veggies, meat or mushrooms) and hand them over to the staff. Then choose the level of spiciness and the staff will stir fry the ingredients in mala seasoning. If you need some carbs, there are instant noodles, rice and potato noodles to choose from.
I tried the Mala Xiang Guo in West Mall food court. From 11am to 3pm on weekdays, they offer a set meal (consisting of a bowl of pork/beef + veggies, a bowl of rice and soup) at only $6.80.
I chose the most spicy version and my lips were a bit numb after eating. The seasoning is a bit salty (no MSG detected though) so I need the white rice to neutralise it. Overall, I find the seasoning very addictive and I was already craving for it the next day.
It’s much more pricey to have it in food court compared to Chinatown, but for the convenience, I will definitely return to satisfy my cravings!
Had dinner with Mum last Wednesday at Xian De Lai in JEM. I made reservation for four, but later realised that it wasn’t necessary since the place was not crowded. We chose the buffet option.
So each of us gets a pot like this which boils over solid fuel. There were Mala, Tom yum, Pork, and Duck soup. I had the Mala soup which was the most tasty out of the 4 choices. Mum and Bro were complaining that their tom yum and duck soup were rather bland.
We prepared our dipping sauces from the condiment station. There were much choices and I spotted 2 flies drowning in the Thai sauce. OMG… I was glad that my stomach was strong enough for this.
I was ordering the food on this order chit and it didn’t take long for me to realise that it doesn’t matter how many portions I indicate on the paper, because, the staff will only serve the standard portion size depending on the number of people. =___=”
So that’s the 3 thin slices of chicken (from the cooked dishes menu) for the 4 of us. I do understand that the restaurant does this to prevent food wastage, but I strongly believe that I am old enough to determine how much I can order and consume. Plus, I fully understood that wastage will be charged at $5/100gm.
It gets extremely tiring to keep ordering food because each time only “kid’s size” portion is served. See that 5 slices of beef for 4 of us? That few pieces of veggies? ARGH! I have never had a more tiring meal ever!
Some of the food like braised pork belly, spicy chicken, prawn noodles, etc., are good, while the rest are just normal frozen food that need to be thawed at our table.
Overall, we paid around $130+ for 4 people (wet tissues are chargeable), but we were left unsatisfied and worn out. I would rather pay a lot more for the service + fresh food at Hai Di Lao than this.