Sunday, August 26, 2007

Red Ginger @ North Point

The rate at the reviews being done, i might as well follow the trend. Although the main reason i am doing this review, is to display my new baby's effort. So presenting Red Ginger in the eyes of a Canon 400D. Before i forget, I would firstly like to thank Elizabeth, the owner of Red Ginger for the invite to try out the menu of this newly established joint after their first place in Damansara Heights.

Situated in North Point, a new complex besides the main Mid Valley where the new condominiums are. Apparently a trend of restaurants are popping out in this area and Red Ginger is the third place that i have tried after Isthmus and Ninja Jones.

Starting off with a kasturi pomelo drink..This was slightly tangy and sweet served with a spoonful of pomelo meat.. I would have preferred it to be slightly more tangy but overall very satisfied. If you dig deeper, you will also find cubes of surprise..

The Rojak.. The speciality of this dish lies in the prawn paste which was featured very prominently.. In addition to the fresh cubes of fruits, it was a wonderful experience.

Alas when i was about to load up the remainder of the appetizer pictures, i realised my Flickr account has reached its maximum amount of 200 photos. I am seriously contemplating on upgrading it to a Pro account, after all its 24.95 USD a year.

Besides the Rojak, we had the Stuffed Yau Char Kuai, the Chicken Lobak and the Red Ginger Special: Pomelo Salad.

The Stuffed Yau Char Kuai was presented in a flat form, unlike the original cylinder form. The fish paste was a delight with a faultless formula of mayo but the yau char kuai felt flat and it was overpowered by the fish paste.

The Chicken Lobak, was a surprise as it very much felt like the original pork version. Another on the street dish but enjoyed in a comfortable atmosphere.

The last Pomelo salad, featuring an abundance of pomelo flesh with a variety of chopped peanuts and grated coconut. The savoury and sweet flavours was subtle but very lovely.

Heading back to the main dishes..

A stir fry black bean beef which was a simple dish on its own with plentiful of multi-coloured peppers. The beef was rinsed in hot boiling oil before the stir fry process to retain the moisture and avoiding the beef being overcooked. Great cooking tips but i will never see myself trying out myself.

Another great dish to serve with a hot bowl of steam white rice, the salt and wine steamed chicken with red dates and wolf berries. The chicken was on the salty side but if you think one step back, the main purpose of the dish is to serve with rice. Sheer brilliance..

A horde of carbs came as this place is famous for their individual servings of noodles and rice..Kicking off with another speciality, the Dry Curry Sang Har Mee. The Sang Har was on the smaller side, after all it came with 2 whole prawns split into half. The meat was fleshy and complimented the rich dry curry sauce. The brinjals were a delight on its own or enjoyed with strands of noodles, sauce and prawn.

This was another dish that was a first for me, the Kam Heong Hor Fun. At this point, i could have lost my senses due to the overload of food but i did not appreciate this dish when i first picked at it. It wasnt served as dry as a normal Char Kuey Teow, abit on the wet side. The flavours were unlike a normal Char Kuey Teow, slightly on the spicy side but i could not identify the mild flavours. In addition, i spotted crab sticks, an item i despise because its just processed meat which spoils the whole dish as it had also fresh prawns thrown in. It was only when i was told "kam heong" paste was used, it striked me. It was truly a mix and match of flavours that created this dish, and for that i applaud the creativity of the chef. Although i think i have found other favourites to order..

To continue the carbs marathon, we were served the Red Ginger Special Fried Rice. When it was first served, it was like any normal fried rice. This is an item that i would rarely order, because to me it is a home cooked item that could be easily achieved at home, so why pay so much? I took a first bite of the rice and identified chunks of good quality salted fish. Yes it was good but why so special i asked? I was asked to take a second bite and this time i noticed there was a sweet component in addition to the plentiful salted fish; raisins. Again i reckon, another example of creativity put into good use in a such a common dish available in all parts of Malaysia.

Lastly, we had a battle of the noodles..

Ipoh Hor Fun vs The Curry Laksa

When we were taking a breather, Nigel was telling us about Elizabeth. She was trained to cook using French techniques and when coming up with broths, it appeared to be put into good use and she would use authentic methods and improve with the modern arts when she could. The result was a wonderful bowl of Ipoh Hor Fun. A soup you can drink all day long. Unlike the red oil surface you will get in the city of Ipoh, this came without but yet could fight with Kwong Heng any time. The downside is the Hor Fun. Smooth but it could be differentiated from the original. Then again, it only made sense to settle for second best as they could not ensure a steady supply from Ipoh and when the day you have to use a substitute, we as the consumers would be the only ones to be disappointed.

The creamy curry laksa was served with red raw looking cockles complimented with tofu pok, fish paste and chicken strips. Apparently the cockles were again rinsed with hot oil and sambal belacan! The soup base was again another surprise as it was creamy but yet bearable to me as i cant take really spicy food. If i could, i would be more then tempted to finish off the whole bowl if not for all the other dishes..

Address and contacts:

Red Ginger (Mid Valley)
Block A, Mezzanine Floor, Northpoint Offices
Mid Valley City, KL

Tel: 03-2287 0890

Red Ginger (Plaza Damansara)
Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara
Bukit Damansara, KL

Tel: 03-2095 3118

Free or not, i will definitely pop by again with my family. As a slightly more expensive alternative to the commercialized Little Penang, what you get is essentially a more exquisite version of on the street noodles with a quieter ambience as it is situated away from the main complex. A respectable 8.4 out of 10.

Once again thank you Elizabeth for being the gracious host.


New Kid on the Blog said...

I just had my lunch!!! After reading this and looking at those pic.... see la... am drooling again!! [sigh]

ling239 said...

no prices... >.<"
btw ur photos very much like Jackson's style now ~ :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

new kid: hahah thank god u just drooled and not faint in hunger again..

ling239: sorry..prices are slightly more expensive then little penang going from RM11.90 to 23.90..hmm i dont seem to agree haha..i think me and jackson still have diff fotos..try looking abit longer..i think we are both unique in our ways..

jason said...

Really lovely shots there. I don't mind to come here again as I like most of the stuff we had that night.

ling239 said...

usually urs is more like an bird eye view type mar... :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: thanks..still plenty of room for improvement..yeap the food was pretty good

ling239: haha well not all the time do i?.. i tend to like close up or side views..but it varies from the food i eat..basically i try to take the best angle..

Ginger said...

the drinks look very good and refreshing! yum~

applauds for the chef!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ginger: it was..i think i had 3 cups that nite..

AngryYoungChild said...

AHAH! that place is actually open! everytime i pass by there, i'll be wondering..

" Is this place ever open ?! "

Joe, u cannot tahan pedas. Or your stomach cannot tahan?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

angryyoungchild: did i forget to say its closed on sundays..? oops..

hmm my mouth will turn into angelina jolie lips if its too spicy..not to mention running to toilets are a common sight after tat spicy pan mee as well..

sc said...

i've only tried their branch at plaza damansara..find the food ok, very much like little penang and pg village..

Big Boys Oven said...

hi hi no't fight.... don't fight...... lol..excuse

OMG! opppsss....sorry... I was....

Anyway... like your delicious reviews... n salivery yummy.

Red ginger... she is delicious and so welcoming, a place with great ambients.... so ethnic and yet so cosy too.

I must invite my ginger Miss Pinky in her baju kebaya over soon.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: yeah a slightly higher class i would say..

bbo: hahah did u get caught in the battle? haha im sure ur miss pinky would love it

Kok said...

I want the char kueh tiaw!!!! Pleasseeeeee!!!

Seaqueen said...

Wow. The Kam Heong hor fun looks yummy. Not bad. They actually asked you to try this place out. You're doing well. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kok: hahah its not exactly char kuey tiaw wor..its kam heong hor fun ler..congrats on ur 12km walk!

seaqueen: well i didnt organise but yeah i guess ppl are starting to see how effective blogs are as an advertising tool..

Jackson said...

u r so fast!!! IS that my name ??haha!! I miss the Curry Laksa!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jackson: haha i m not fast..i think 3-4 bloggers done it d..haha u better take ur own sweet time and write this in mandarin again..

AngryYoungChild said...

Hahaha! I love spicy food. But my stomach cant stand it. I ate at my cousin's thai restaurant And got sick for one whole week. -_- damn sad!

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Hey bro; Well done! Good review and a lot of the pics are spot on. Most impressed! :-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

angryyoungchild: hahah ouch thats must be so painful!..

nigel: thanks mate..i think somehow the noodles came out with a groggy..hmmm...

mh said...

see..the effect of your blogs...

Thank god, this time i read it after i had a real good dinner, otherwise, I'll go to bed with these evil "cravings" that you are spreading around!!!

Red Ginger seems like a nice place ...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: hahaha...lucky eh..lesson learnt..dont read b4 breakfast,lunch and dinner..!

Hello Rainbow said...

I read this restaurant's review everywhere it's driving me mad!! give me some red ginger roarrr!! lol I love the beef picture tho, yummmmmmm.
oh hello btw :)