New Formosa, Revisit

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It’s been 2 good ol’ years since I drop by New Formosa (read my first visit HERE), so when Daniel and CK asked me where to go for dinner, I suggested this place to them.

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We love this simple dish of stir-fried bittergourd with salted egg, chopped chillies, spring onion and topped with a handful of crispy, fried whitebaits. We didn’t detect any presence of the salted egg yolks in the dish though, it appears that they only uses the egg white part but it was good nevertheless.

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The carnivores need their meat, hence the spare ribs were ordered and cooked with sweet sour pineapple sauce. The sauce was slightly spicy and appetising, however the spare ribs were too tough to my liking. The two of them loved it though.

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We were impressed with the Deep Fried Sesame Chicken as the batter was light, thin, not greasy and envelopes the juicy, piping hot chicken cutlets beneath. Lipsmackingly delicious and highly recommended.

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Their Butter Eel was good during my previous visit, so I decided to order it again this time. The dish did not disappoint us; the eel were fresh and succulent. The presence of curry leaves lend a faint but aromatic curry flavour to the dish.

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The guys wanted something light for dessert after the heavy, carnivorous meal so they opted for multi-flavoured mua chee (plain, coffee and pandan-flavoured). I was actually drooling over the deep fried yam with caramel (or was it malt?) but oh well, there’s always next time.

New Formosa Restaurant
46, Jalan SS2/24,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Business Hour: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 11pm.
Tel: 03-7875 1894, 03-7875 7478
Email: formosa@streamyx.com

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Taiwanese Snack in Ipoh

Taking a short break from the overdose of fishy pictures from the previous Sawatdee post, here’s something about Ipoh from my visit last month during Chinese New Year.

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When Steven asked me to meet him at Medan Ipoh Bistari (the new stretch of shophouses next to Tesco Taman Ipoh), little that I know we’re going to have soya milk and Taiwanese snack for lunch. Yong He Soya Milk (direct translation from the Chinese words on the signboard) opened its door back in September/October 2008, being the first eatery that serves Taiwanese drinks and snacks in Ipoh. Yong He actually was the name of a suburb of Taipei famous for its breakfast foods, notably soya milk.

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I am not sure how authentic the food you can find here compared to the streets of Taiwan (haven’t been to Taiwan yet but will do someday), but the prices were shockingly cheap. For example, the drinks above costs RM 2 each. The Rice Milk Ice was actually grounded peanut drink, very similar like our peanut congee (fah sang wu) but in a watery state. Rice Soya Milk was basically a mixture of soya milk with the peanut, which I found quite interesting but the strong peanut flavour masked the taste of the soya milk.

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Here’s something more interesting; Salty Soya Milk (RM 2.50). At first, I thought that salty soya milk means plain, unsweetened soya milk… added with salt. Naive… yes, I admit that. It turned out that more ingredients went into the salty soya milk such as fried Chinese crullers (yau char kway), chopped spring onion and a dash of sesame oil. Can’t remember if there were any minced meat in it, though. I think it would be more appropriate to call it “soya milk porridge”. An acquired taste, both of us couldn’t finish it.

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Here’s something really tasty, Pork Chop in Egg Crepe (RM 3.50). The egg crepe (roti canai look-alike) were warm, thin and crispy, enveloping the juicy, fried pork chop cutlets. Goes really well with the chilli and garlic sauce combination. Instead of pork chop, you can choose ham or bacon as the filling too.

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Meat Bun (RM 0.80, I think the pricing was incorrect, it’s darn cheap but that was stated on the receipt) tastes similar like xiu long bao without the soup. The minced pork were sufficiently marinated with browned onions but the bun skin was tad chewy.

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I’m always quite skeptical to have any pan fried kuih made from flour or rice flour as they tend to have the typical “cockroach smell” if the flour’s not fresh. Fortunately, the Radish Cake (RM 2.50) we had were free from any weird smell. Not one of the best I have ever eaten, as the texture was soggy and very soft.

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I would advise to stay away from the rice roll (RM 3.50), as the rice were tasteless, hard and clumpy despite it was served warm. The filling were not bad though, with egg omelette, dried shrimps, meat floss and preserved mustard.

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After spending RM 19.60 (nett) for the food above, we left the place with bulging tummy. If you’re interested to give this place a try, here’s the address:

Makanan Traditional Taiwan (Yong He Soya Milk)
No. 7, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1E,
Medan Ipoh Bistari,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.

Business Hour: 8.00am – 6.00pm daily
Tel: 05 – 545 6318

See also comments from J2Kfm .

Street Snacks Rebranded

Small kiosks or stalls inside shopping malls are indeed popular in Klang Valley with the evidence of long queue and fully occupied dining tables. This is what I saw when we stop by Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks for a quick lunch (it’s in between lunch and dinner time actually) in Ikano Power Centre last month.

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Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks has more than 10 franchise outlets in KL, PJ, Malacca, Penang and Johor, not to mention Singapore and Indonesia. The name was taken from the famous Shihlin Taiwan Night Market in Taipei due to its popularity among locals to search for night snacks (Taiwanese love to snack when watching TV!), so the food served here are re-created from the snacks found in Shihlin Night Market.

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The most famous is the hand made Oyster Mee Sua, comprising a thick stock made of five core ingredients, imported hand made mee sua, fresh oysters and shredded chicken. I didn’t order this as I’m not a fan of oysters but my dining companions seem to love it a lot.

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Instead of mee sua, I had the XXL Crispy Chicken Rice Set or Happy! Ricebox Set which comes with a huge piece of deep fried crispy chicken fillet dusted with chilli powder, cold white beancurd, century egg, special sauce, rice and drink. The chicken fillet was neither too dry nor juicy, just alright but the sauce is good! It complements the beancurd and century egg very well.

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Somehow, I don’t really like the Chicken Floss Egg Crepe as I found the egg crepe was a bit chewy and not fragrant enough.

What do you call a meal in between lunch and dinner?
Lunner!
What do you call a meal in between dinner and supper?
Dipper!

Have a nice weekend!

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Lot LG65,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 7/2,
Mutiara Damansara,
47800, Petaling Jaya.
Web: http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/

Who else been to Shihlin?