Dragon Gate Dim Sum, Kota Damansara

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Uh, no. This is not related to any kungfu or martial arts school whatsoever. But how cool it would be if the waiters and waitresses are able to deliver your order to your table by walking in the air, yeah?

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Coincidentally, when Motormouth dragged me along for dim sum here, another friend of mine asked us to buy the Living Social voucher for Dragon Gate as well. So, yeah… I actually been here twice.

Conventional classics like har gau (prawn dumplings), siew mai (minced pork and prawn dumplings), char siew pau (BBQ pork bun) and crispy woo kok (deep fried yam puff) are available here among others. However, the famed and multi-branched Jin Xuan Hong is just a few streets away; so, to survive in the competition, one has to be creative and innovative.

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Dragon Gate came up with some quirky selection like Shanghai fried rice sheets with shrimps (transparent rice sheets resembles jelly), Wasabi shrimp balls, Pheonix shrimps with seaweed, HK’s style cha leong (yau char kuey wrapped with rice sheet), Shanghai xiao long bao and the list goes on. The spinach HK chee cheong fun looked as pretty as it tastes, the rice sheets were slippery smooth and not too thick in size.

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My other personal pick would be the lau sar bao/nai yau bao (custard salted egg bun), sweet potatoes and yam cake – deep fried to perfection, egg tart, and Shanghai xiao long bao. The custard salted egg bun were not up to our expectation during our first visit as the filling has harden up, rather than lava molten-alike but the issue was rectified during our second visit. The sweet potatoes and yam cake can be rather filling as they are about 2/3 the size of a ping pong ball, so indulge with care. I’ve tasted better xiao long bao in Guangzhou, China before but Dragon Gate did a pretty good job on this as well.

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As for dessert, I love the mah tai kang (egg drop dessert with water chestnuts and white fungus). Reminds me very much of my mom’s version. The durian pancake, as expected, has more cream than durian flesh, while the mango pudding would be better without the evaporated milk.

Overall, quite a pleasant dim sum experience at Dragon Gate. There are some hit and misses, which is no surprise as they just started operation about a year ago. But with the reasonable price tags and slightly lesser crowd than other dim sum joints, I wouldn’t mind to come again.

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Dragon Gate Dim Sum
1-1, Jalan PJU 5/3,
Dataran Sunway,
47810 Kota Damansara
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel No : 017-626 7026

Business Hours: Breakfast until 3pm daily

Lucky Dessert, Sunway Giza

We are lucky indeed, when Lucky Dessert (發記甜品), one of the most famous dessert brand which originates from Hong Kong has finally made its way to Malaysia in October 2010.

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Established in year 1998 starting from a small countryside shop in Sham Tseng, Lucky Dessert has expanded over the years into 8 outlets at most of the prime locations in Hong Kong. The name might be unfamiliar to our local market but it is one of the well-known dessert chain in Hong Kong. LD Global Sdn Bhd, the master franchise of Lucky Dessert decided to bring the brand out of Hong Kong for the very first time last year and opened its first overseas franchise at Sunway Giza, Petaling Jaya. Nondescript and simple, the interior is decorated with a palette of maroon and brown. There is a non air-conditioned corner for smoking patrons.

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Wide selection of desserts to choose from (people with sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice), divided into different categories, such as fruit-based, traditional hot favourites, shaved ice and non-liquid type. Their best-sellers are the durian and mango based desserts. For durian lovers, it is almost a spontaneous act that one must have their Trinity Durian Delight (thick chunks of durian meat coarsely pureed with sago), Durian Wrapz and Durian Roll. They uses only D24 durians and are sourced from local supplier (while mangoes are sourced from Philippines), which yields a nice balance of sweetness and durian flavour in each mouthful.

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The Banana Krisp is something we have never seen in Malaysia before; the banana was wrapped in a thin layer of sheet and then baked to perfection. The skin which resembles phyllo sheet retains its crispiness even if you left it at room temperature for some time.

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For shaved ice, try the Chocolate Shaved Ice, which was surprisingly served in a flat dish instead of a bowl. Lucky Dessert insisted that they use imported chocolate for this item. It wasn’t too sweet but every spoonfuls were bursting with cocoa taste. It melts fast in our local hot weather, so it’s best to enjoy it immediately.

As for hot dessert, try their unique Lucky Purple Rice or Lucky Chestnut. The purple rice is finely blended into thick consistency, paired with sweet corn kernels, yam cubes and finished with a swirl of coconut cream. Definitely something new that is not available at other places.

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New on the menu: Lucky Dessert is putting up combo sets for one person and two persons respectively starting 1st April 2011. For Combo 1 (one person), there will be 3 items (glossy, chewy glutinous rice balls with crushed peanuts, mango/durian pancake and one hot dessert (choose from any hot dessert selections). For Combo 2, there will be 5 items (glutinous rice balls, mango/durian pancake and rolls, Trinity Durian Delight or Trinity Mango Delight and one hot dessert.

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Verdict: Lucky Dessert indeed did not compromise on the quality of the ingredients used in their desserts, which is good news for those who go for quality. We were ensured that no additional colouring and preservatives are used here and all their hot and cold desserts are prepared fresh daily.

Lucky Dessert 發記甜品
C-11-G, Sunway Giza,
Jalan PJU 5/14,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6148 3798

Web: http://www.luckydessert.com

*Yiling said that there are some hit and misses.

Teochew BKT @ Yi Xin Bak Kut Teh, Kota Damansara

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It was few months ago, when I wanted to use my voucher (got it by spending RM50 at any participating restaurants such as Salad Bar, not sure if the promotion still ongoing) on that fine morning for breakfast, so we were at Kota Damansara. Aunt Lucy (or was it Aunty Lucy?) was on my mind, but unfortunately, they were not open for business yet that morning! And as fate has decided, Calvin immediately spotted Yi Xin BKT few doors away from our original destination, therefore we ended up here instead.

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For most people who’re accustomed to bak kut teh in dark broth and stronger herbal flavour, you will be disappointed here as Yi Xin serves Teochew-style bak kut teh. The broth was concocted from Chinese herbs (wolfberries were spotted in our bowl), therefore it yields a milder taste. The soup is just slightly murky from the herbs, not as greasy as the usual dark broth version and minimal soy sauce was used. The thing that doesn’t change here is you still can choose your preferred cut or part of the meat.

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If you need some greens to compliment your meal, they also serve blanched vegetables with oyster sauce and shallot oil. Again, the oyster sauce used was light in flavour – good news for those who doesn’t like strong tasting sauces. I like their rice though, they were mixed with a bit of soft fried shallots and oil, lending the rice a nice fragrance.

Yi Xin Bak Kut Teh
5-1, Jalan PJU 5/6,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business hour: Mon – Sat: 9.30am to 3.30pm & 5.30pm to 10.30pm, Sun 9.30am to 10.30pm
(Closed on every two Mondays)