I’ve seen this place before when I passed by on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street but I never realized that this restaurant was on my ‘have to visit’ list (Yes I have a list on my Foursquare account haha). So today I decided to try it out. A bit worried that they don’t have English menu though. But I know a few words in Vietnamese and several types of food, so no harm in trying 😀
I came in and the place was crowded! Must be really good (or really cheap.. one of another). They have second floor seating as well, and I sat on one of the small table. The waitress gave me the menu while speaking in Vietnamese. I just smiled and received the menu. I saw on the menu they have lunch menu set which is interesting options. The girl came again (I’ve just opened 1 page!) and spoke in Vietnamese again. This time I told her “Sorry, I can’t speak Vietnamese” while smiling. And she smiled back and tried to explain with her limited English. In conclusion, all lunch set menu has sold out (what??!) only clay pot set menu left, or the ala carte dishes.
Clay pot menu ala carte
Rice with Stir fried ala carte
Their first page on menu is noodle soup dish (hu tieu), then claypot, rice and fried noodle (mi xao). I didn’t know what to order because everything seemed interesting for me (yes, I was very hungry!). No noodle for sure. I had enough of noodle yesterday 😀 I decided to order Rice with Pork Combination (com thit xao thap cam).
When it came, I was surprised. Didn’t expect this many vegetables! And I didn’t see the “pork combination”. Just pork meat and mushroom, sauted with green vegetable, onions and carrot. Anyway.. I started eating. OMG! It was very delicious!! The taste was just right and I didn’t have to add anything more. I loved it! The vegetables were also fresh, especially the mushroom. Soo yummy! I really enjoyed it.
While I ate, I saw some people eating dessert. I saw on their menu that they only serve dessert during weekday, so why don’t I try it. Ordered 1 Che! I have no idea what is that aside from the red bean. They were sweet and using coconut milk for sure. I like it 😀
I didn’t order drink because they gave free ice tea. The total cost for rice and dessert was 61k vnd. What a deal! It is a good option for lunch or dinner if you are looking for a cheap and delicious homecooked-style Vietnamese food.
First of all, this is my 100th post! Yay 😀 What’s more suitable to post other than food and travel! Yup, I’m writing about my food adventure in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia!
I went to Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on October 21, 2016 and spent 3 days there to enjoy the food and scenery. Sadly, we didn’t go to any iconic building since there is none. When I searched on google, all I found was shopping mall. Recent trip was to Singapore so I don’t think I will go to the shopping mall intentionally. Although I must say One Utama Shopping Mall is a really huge mall with many good shops.
So..let’s just talk about the food! We only stayed in Petaling Jaya during the whole trip. We could’ve gone to Bukit Bintang but we didn’t go. Too lazy because it is quite far. 40 mins with car 😀
These are all the places I went in Petaling Jaya.
1. Teo Chew Lor at One Utama
We arrived at lunch time at our hotel, which is next to One Utama Shopping Mall, so we decided to find place to eat there. It wasn’t easy since the place is so big. We found 1 area on basement floor with several option of restaurants, and picked Teo Chew Lor for our lunch. Our friends ordered duck dish, while us chose mixed one. I ordered for us at the counter then pay there, and get number. Shortly after, the food arrived. The food was delicious, but it was really small portion. My friend said their yeast rice was also tasty.
2. Nasi Kandar next to Sunway Pyramid
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng
Murtabak Sapi (Beef)
Roti Canai plain
Nasi Kandar Ayam Goreng
This restaurant was the first one we found and interesting outside Sunway Pyramid. We were meeting up with some friends at that mall but we didn’t want to have dinner inside mall, so we walked to nearby area and decided to eat here. I forgot to look for their name because I was sooo hungry. We were late for dinner already.
I ordered Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, my husband ordered Nasi Kandar Ayam Goreng, and our friends ordered the same, except for 2 people who ordered Chicken Tandori and Laksa. We also ordered Roti Canai plain and with milk, and Murtabak Sapi (Beef). All of the food except the laksa, was tasty. The price was cheap as well. So if you are in Sunway Pyramid and you fancy Malaysian Indian food, you should try this place.
3. IKEA Restaurant
IKEA swedish meatball
IKEA chicken wings
IKEA! It’s been a while since I ate at Ikea Restaurant. On Saturday, me and 2 friends decided to go there to look around and have lunch. We ordered the meatballs, chicken wings, salmon, and some snacks (I didn’t take picture of the snacks). The restaurant was full even tho we came late, like around 1.30 pm if I remember correctly. We saw many moslems eating there with their family, so pretty sure the food there is halal. No pork no lard.
We shared everything we ordered so we can try everything! The meatballs were nice. I like eating it with its sauce, cranberry sauce. It is a little bit sweet, but match the taste of meatball and its gravy. The chicken wings are our favorite. At first we thought we ordered too much because the wings are so big! But after first bite, we changed our mind. “Okay, we can finish this one”. It was really good! The meat was not plain despite of their big size. It was tasty. No wonder so many people ordered this. The salmon is just okay. I didn’t like it because it had fishy taste, but my friends could finished it. Full and happy tummy.
4. Tim Ho Wan at One Utama
The first time I tried Tim Ho Wan was at my trip to Hong Kong. This dimsum restaurant is available in most country in Asia now. My favorite there is Pork Bun. The skin is crispy and crusty, with soft bread inside and delicious Char Siu in the middle. Eat it while it’s warm. You will get addicted to it!
We found Tim Ho Wan in One Utama while we strolled around. I asked my friends if they want to eat there, and they said yes since they never tried it before anyway (and I don’t mind to eat here even as well). We ordered several dishes and they were all delicious. They serve dimsum all day. I’ve been eating in Tim Ho Wan in several countries now, and they all have the same taste. It’s good how they manage their food quality for all branch across countries.
5. Village Park Restaurant
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng at Village Park Restaurant
This restaurant is a must visit for nasi lemak. I had it on my restaurant list and my friend also heard it from his friend. We actually came to this restaurant before we went to Tim ho Wan. We were planning to buy a take away order and eat it at hotel. Google said they closed at 6 pm, so we went there before closing time, around 5.30 pm. When we arrived, they were preparing to close the restaurant. There were still several people eating and paying, so we rushed inside and asked for take away order. Sadly, the fried chicken was sold out already. We didn’t buy anything in the end, instead we decided to come again the next day for lunch!
So there we were the next day, standing in restaurant before lunch time, with loads of people eating and queuing. At first we were standing in queue, but then we noticed some people just standing inside as if they were waiting to be seated. So we asked 1 of the employee for a table of 4. He ushered us inside the restaurant and asked us to wait a little. Judging by so many people standing next to us, it wouldn’t be a short waiting time. But I was wrong. After only 10 mins of waiting, he came back to us and gave us table. We ordered nasi lemak ayam goreng, and I wanted to order sotong as well but they were sold out. Ugh.. they must be good then!
Tips when u eat here : order more rice when u make your order! The fried chicken was so delicious and big, need more rice to eat it. Their nasi lemak (rice) also tasty. This restaurant is a must visit! The downside is it’s really hard to find taxi from this place. BUT, you can always order via uber or grab taxi.
6. Pao Xiang Bah Kut Teh at One Utama
I heard about how Bah Kut Teh in Malaysia is different than the one in Singapore. It is said that the original Bah Kut Teh was from Malaysia. They were used to give strength, with herbal in it. While the one in Singapore was modified, less herbal stuff and more pepper. We found 1 place in One Utama that sells Bah Kut Teh. Maybe it was not the best restaurant, but we were too tired from walking the whole day, so nearby place is a plus.
When our order came, I could smell of herbal soup. It was served with small fire below to keep the dish warm. We tried it, The Malaysian Bah Kut Teh. I must say I don’t like it. The herbal taste was too strong for me. My husband was okay with it. In the end, we both prefer Singaporean Bah Kut Teh. But it was a nice experience to try new thing. You should try it first to know which one you like better.
7. Breakfast buffet at One World Hotel
It was a good thing that the breakfast also included in room rate, so we didn’t have to get out in the morning to find the food somewhere else. The breakfast buffet in this hotel is open from 6.30 am to 10 am. They have vast variety of food, as expected from a 5 star hotel. My favorite was nasi lemak (still lol). I like the sambal (chili). The japanese dishes and Indian dishes also great. Roti Canai was tasty, but the curry was too spicy for me. I don’t pick any western food, since I like Asian breakfast more. If you visiting Petaling Jaya, it’s worth to check on this hotel. They have a great breakfast buffet with many options, and also next to a huge shopping mall, One Utama.
Additional food and drink that I had :
1. Melon Yogurt Bingsu at Caffe Bene Sunway Pyramid
That giant bingsu (ice-shaved) is the one. It has yogurt ice cream on top, a round shaped melon layered with shaved ice yogurt. It was actually yummy and fresh, but need people to share. Too much for 1 person.
2. Tokyo Secret at One Utama
I like cheesecake tart, and we found this little shop in One Utama, Tokyo Secret. There was queue line so we were curious to try. It was yummy. The crust was crispy and flaky. The cheesecake was soft and a little salty, but good. Although… if you compare it to Pablo or Hokkaido Cheesecake, it can’t win. The good news is Pablo will open their shop soon in One Utama!
That is all what I can say about my food adventure in Petaling Jaya. It was not a really adventure since we mostly stayed in mall because too lazy to go far lol. What is your favorite eating place in Petaling Jaya? Let me know in comment below.