Friday, July 20, 2007

New Formosa TaiwanRestaurant @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Firstly, i would like to thank Jeannie the boss of New Formosa for inviting all of us gluttons, the food bloggers for a sumptious feast. So what about this place? This place serves taiwanese cuisine and without a doubt the food was nothing short of brilliant..

So on Tuesday, we were all invited to do some taste testing which was a first. I mean after all who gives a toss about what i think? Haha.. Recently i have been running out of brain juices therefore a short introduction and lets get on to the food people..

A set menu was designed for us to try almost their whole menu and we left with an extra inch or two around our waists.. Be warned..excessive lots of pictures! After all every picture looks so good! And to those halal readers, dont find it offensive if you see some pork ok?

A start to a very long but "shiok!" journey.. A sour plum tea and a herbal very sour and one sweet and pleasant to your taste buds..

Four Seasons of their specialities..Lets take a closer look at them one by one..

What looks like sotong turns out to be crispy battered pork intestine..what i dont like about intestines is the strong and "foul" taste but this was very mild and was like eating sotong..

A mushroom galore..but what do you eat with this?? Although tasty on its own because it tasted healthy, it was a first when i was told that you eat this with rice crackers..(picture below)

A whole new experience as i indulged in this dish, the crispy versus the soft smooth mushrooms..

Garlic Prawns, the prawns are slit into half, and in the middle there is a garlic stuffing. The fragrance lingered around the air, in my mouth and in my breath..The prawns were fresh and another dish well recommended..

Another famous dish that i fell in love straight away, the butter eel. Imagine unagi tossed in "lai you".. Wah! I couldnt stop putting my chopsticks back to this section of the plate..

Next up, was the Sze Chuan duck. The deep fried duck that looked very dry but looks were deceiving as i was again finding myself picking at it and dipping at the plum sauce. Another well done dish..

The second duck dish, the longan duck..(i actually forgot to bring back the menu, so dont blame la ok?) which was another pleasant dish and wasnt dry due to the yummy sauce all over.. It was definitely hard to choose the better duck..both were just as good..!

Another wonder of the world, the roast suckling piglet.. This was fatty and sinful at the same time, but you just couldnt stop yourself as you bite into the crispy skin and a thin layer of meat only..

Another duo in the form of fish, the sweet and sour but spicy as well sauce, reminded me of "dao pan jiang" now everyone had problem breathing and could just stare at the fish..the sauce though would always stay in my mind..

If Yin was the first dish, Yang was the second this time in fillet form which helped us taste..but by now you just couldnt stuff it in..well i couldnt..i remembered the sauce being the non-spicy version of the first one..

The Bamboo Rice filled with goodies like yam cubes and chinese sausages.. another very fragrant dish and i faced the dilemma to eat a whole bowl or leave my limited room for dessert..
In the end, i compromised on half a bowl..too good..!

After so many flavourful dishes, a cleanser.. stir fried asparagus with pumpkin, very simple and helped with our digestion..

By now i had a "Warning! Calories overload!" all written on my forehead..but with all due respect to the host, you couldnt refuse when she asks you how was it right?

Just when i thought we were done.. this plate appeared..then the picture below happened..

Our own celebrity chef at action!..Chicken and oyster stir fry with peanut sauce..

I think it was me, but i found it very mild and would liked it to have more oomph!..If you know what i mean..

Steamboat!!! Oh dear me, by now you would have thought this is a review of what we ate for the whole week! But all of this was achieved in a lightning 2 and the half hours..can you believe that??

All thrown in for cooking, and i finally get to rest my stomach while we wait.. the hot soup was very spicy and almost burnt everyone's tongue whereas the clear soup flavoured with preserved vegetable and tomatoes suited a more moderate taste bud..

Finally for dessert, assorted flavours of mochi..chewy and crunchy from the peanuts..this used to be a favourite while walking at the night market.. This definitely passed my test although the flavours were quite subtle..

The Or Nee.. Yam with Gingko nut and pumpkin on the side.. Looks like baby food but if baby food tastes this good, i be glad to eat this every meal..

Lastly, i caught the action of the hot yam pieces drenched in ice water that emitted steam..too bad by then i was about to crawl out from the restaurant so i gave this a miss..

Wow! That was a very very long review..but jokes aside, this is a very reasonable place to dine in. The quality of the food is evident with a decent ambience and price, faults are so hard to find throughout the whole night despite the laughing and chatting.. Definitely a treasure worth keeping..Rating of 8.6 out of 10..

Address and contact details:
New Formosa Restaurant
46, Jalan SS2/24, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7875 1894
Fax/Tel: 03-7729 0000
Mobile: 019-335 3274

Stay tuned to the other floggers as we show how each person will present their case..


wmw said...

It was a wonderful meal...You would be complete if you had stayed on till the end. haha..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Food looks great, Nipples. Too bad I can't see all the pics. Only some are showing.

New Kid on the Blog said...

how nice if penang does have such food tasting for food bloggers ... unfortunately, we dont have one... sigh.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: haha yeah i know..i m very bad at endings..must improve..

ll: i think its just one too many pics..takes awhile to load..haha patience..

newkindontheblog: hahah maybe you might get chanlilian to help out? haha shes from penang isnt she?

xiu long bao said...

u missed out the ultimate dessert! I luv the silky smooth puddings soooo much!

Kok said...

How can you all eat so much?!?!haha! Next time, invite lah me go. :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xlb: cannot stomach expanded too much d ler..

kok: hahaha the invitation was to everyone..but floggers (malaysians in malaysia) only lar..kekeke

babe_kl said...

wow what a feast! btw you're on today's star, autograph please kekeke

Big Boys Oven said...

my god what a feast. I will definitely try them out, I love some of the authentic taiwanese food.

AngryYoungChild said...

WOW!Is like they wanna make u eat until u burst. Haha..But looks damn nice..>.< omg..

Anyways, ermm about my restaurant. I recommend u not to go now. Tons of problem going on. Will tell u when its the right time. =p I dun want to have u complaining. Or my parents would just close shop. Haha..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: problem..ready to sign on the newspaper anytime ok?

bbo: it was definitely more then a for the emperor!

angryyoungchild: i know its damn alot man!..okok i shall take your recommendation and wait for the taste testing offer..

SuLee said...

is 1.46 in the morning..

I woke up from sleep..hungry..

decided to read your blog...

have no food in the house....

no mamak across the street


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: lol!..oh dear me..i think i have just lost a reader..come back! when you are not so hungry ok? hows life treating u?

jason said...

Ah, can't wait for my turn this Friday! I don't think I have that much pictures though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: dont worry lar..i think its the thought that counts for thanking her for the dinner..

fatboybakes said...

hey nipples, how come jackson is the only flogger who's pic appears in everyone's blog ah? too lazy to comment in the other post about your national appearance in the papers, but see, another plus point of living here....if you went where the grass was greener, you might not be as famous.

MeiyeN said...

what a great event that i missed out once again :(

jason said...

LOL, that's correct :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: haha i m enjoying my new found fame in the mean time then..keke..

meiyen: yes..u did miss quite a good time..

jason: waiting to c ur review..

Elizabeth said...

OMG! Are you sure you ate all those food? i think there's enough to feed a WHOLE ARMY. haha.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

elizabeth: it was an army of 11-12 people..hahah still an army nevertheless..starvation army we r called..