Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Some time back ST and I caught a local makan show on TV which featured Fong Lye and Ninja Jones. Both of them looked great and one of these days I'll probably try out Ninja Jones but today we will take a look at Fong Lye, a Taiwanese restaurant.

Fong Lye is located on the 3rd floor of Midvalley The Gardens. The Gardens if you don't know already is an extension to the old Midvalley specialising in higher end (read luxury) retail outlets. It's kinda like the new Pavillion, only a bit less interesting.

Met up with a few of ST's friends for lunch here during the CNY weekend thus we didn't actually get to try all the dishes I took pictures of.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Taiwanese Steam Boat Set (RM28.80)

The Taiwanese Steam Boat was featured in the TV show and it looked like one of the must try items. The serving is actually quite big so don't try it unless you're really hungry or don't have anyone to share it with. They serve the steam boat with some cute bear head shaped things which are nice to see but pretty much tasteless. The other stuff they serve with this dish is pretty standard stuff. The killer item is the sauce. It practically elevates the steam boat to a higher level :)

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Taiwanese Minced Meat Sauce Noodles (RM15.80)

Next up is the minced meat noodles. Maybe it's because I'm not used to eating Taiwanese food but it's not exactly how I thought it would taste like. Not to say that it's not nice but it's just a little more salty than I would imagine it to be.

The side dishes are quite nice and the soup that comes along with the noodles are not your el-cheapo soup. Apparently the side dishes change from time to time.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Soup that comes with the set

Check it out. Ginseng chicken soup. Good stuff. Too bad I never learnt to appreciate the bitter taste of ginseng.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Taiwanese Chicken Chop Soup Noodles (RM16.80)

The Chicken Chop Soup Noodles look really really tasty. I'll be sure to check it out in the future.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Peanut Snow Mountain (RM6.80)

The Peanut Snow Mountain was also featured in the TV show. It tastes exactly like the traditional Chinese Peanut Sweet Soup ("fa sang wu") only it's in shaved ice form. Good stuff. This comes recommended.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Spare Ribs with Sweet and Sour Sauce (RM18.80) and Taiwan Snow Mountain (RM8.80)

Mmm... they look quite tempting as well.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Sichuan Tofu Set (RM15.80)

I love to eat good tofu. I didn't try this that day. Maybe I will one of these days.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Midvalley the Gardens

Incidentally there were these 2 kids sitting at a table next to us who provided some entertainment for Kit Yi. She was laughing with them for quite some time.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

I wasted money on KFC's Breakfast Meals

I couldn't resist it! When I heard KFC was serving breakfast I just had to try it out. Nevermind that I have been cheated by countless KFC promotions. I'm a sucker for all of them :)

Anyways, KFC is playing catchup with McDonalds again. This time they try to outdo McDonald's great breakfast meals. The good news is KFC's breakfast menu is quite extensive (check it out here). They really one upped McDs on this point. I mean KFC's breakfast menu includes noodles and nasi lemak!

The bad news is that KFC's new menu consist mostly of re-used items. For example, the chicken patty appears in half of the breakfast menu items (as does the scrambled egg). Also they're not particularly good. I don't know about you but I have a love affair with McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg. I don't think there's anything in KFC's breakfast menu that comes even close.

KFC Breakfast
KFC Sausage Combo (RM7.70)

I tried the sausage combo because they looked nice. But alas it was wishful thinking.

KFC Breakfast
Cheezy Chicken Muffin (RM5.30)

I picked this muffin because it reminded me of the Sausage McMuffin. The chicken patty has the familiar KFC Original Recipe taste and I liked it. But like I said it's no Sausage McMuffin.

KFC needs to buck up. It's obvious that all new items they introduce are done in the cheapest ways possible. The breakfast menu is not going to win them any new customers.

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