Monday, October 22, 2007

Madam Kwan @ Mid Valley

If you ask any Tom, Dick or Harry and of course Mary and Jane as well, what is good about Malaysia and half or maybe more will say, the cheap food of course! It only makes sense because where else in Australia, Europe or the States can you find breakfast for RM2 ? Keep in mind, you have a mind boggling variety with RM2; a drink with nasi lemak, roti canai or economy mee hoon. You will be happy to find a sandwich and a juice in London for anything less then 3-4 pounds = RM21-RM28 or a decent breakfast meal in McDonalds for 6-7 australian dollars = RM18-21. A clear winner or it doesnt seem to be so?

For those old time readers, you will probably notice that food that i review tend to be on the more expensive side of RM2. It is not because i am sensitive to cheap food or i am too snobbish for a RM5 meal but the fact is cheap food isnt exactly everywhere in Malaysia, right in your face or will keep you alive for long. For starters; cheap food tend to be more carbs then protein, cooked with lots of oil and in less then hygenic situations. Bear in mind, we are living in a country where we have cases of daily heart attacks and diabetes cases in the newspaper or heard by ear; we dont exactly want to indulge in a heart clogging breakfast every morning.

Then again, i am contradicting myself because we also tend to spend money on cholesterol bursting food that costs alot too. Just take a look at your foie gras and chocolate molten cakes; scoops that costs bowls of noodles and yet contributes inches to your pants. But wait a minute, i think i might have digress too much, so without further ado what i want to say is food is cheap but very often people are willing to pay plentiful more to have the same food in a better environment. Maybe its me, but i like to enjoy myself in a place where i dont like i came out from a sauna after a meal or share my food with flies, cats and dogs. Is ambience everything?

Places like Madam Kwan has flourished on dishes that would cost a quarter if eaten in a hawker place. Instead, ignorant people like me choose to pay RM19.90 ++ for this Nasi Bojari because its situated in a shopping complex with air-conditioning. It is probably cooked in a very "clean" kitchen and i can also continue to shop after downing the meal.

Presenting a Nasi Bojari with a big chicken drumstick, prawns sambal and beef rendang..

To be fair to this place, this signature dish tastes very good and they are pretty generous with the serving as well but i am still clueless why people are willing to fork RM20 for this even if they consciously know that they can pay half the price for food that will taste the same if not better.

Since i dont even have a full set of pictures of their other signature dishes like their assam fish, curry chicken, beef rendang, i leave you guys to ponder and wonder again; why do people pay so much more for the same?

Somehow i am in the mood to ponder and wonder and focus less on food..Sigh..What is becoming of me? Have i lost my Mojo??

28 comments:

wmw said...

Ahhh...still recall my school days when eating nasi lemak from Sakura was a luxury. Now there's Madam Kwan's. Food's ok but prices have since gone higher and higher. Good to eat once in a blue moon. BTW, came back from pasar malam and had the best RM1 nasi lemak packet! Ask me about it next time. Better yet, make yourself available on Monday nights, will take you there!

ling239 said...

hmm... as long as you enjoy it, just go ahead and eat it ~
frankly watever is over doing also no good lar... :p

zewt said...

hey... price discrimination... it's RM20.90 in pavillion!!!

when is your gf free? time for dinner as you suggested.

AngryYoungChild said...

Aih, to me laa..Nasi lemak shud be cheap xP Thus i never go Madam Kwan to makan their nasi lemak. So damn kao expensive. Can buy few nasi lemaks..Lol..

New Kid on the Blog said...

their food is like normal penang food, but it's kinda pricey.... :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

somehow my comments disappeared..lets go again..

wmw:haha after gym on mondays i am going to find you!

ling239: sometimes have to take care of your health and wallet also mah..

zewt: i realised im booked out..dis weekend is company's treasure hunt and nxt wk i will be in australia..

angry: haha if RM1 for 1 pack..means 20 packets!!

new kid: you should know..and yes pricey indeed.

Xiu Long Bao said...

Rm20 is not bad for nasi bojari served in a posh place, bear in mind the large portion.

fatboybakes said...

yar, actually their nasi bojari IS probably one of the better value for money meals, coz its huge, and a piece of chicken like that in a mamak will probably already cost you RM6 at least.

certainly better than paying what? RM13 or RM14 for their shredded chicken wantan mee!

Angie Tan said...

Paying nearly RM20 for nasi bojari is probably the most worthwhile thing @ Madam Kwan's.

I'm saying that because I've tried their extravagant RM13 char koay teow and didn't find it very great. We have Penang Corner just a few shoplots away here and it tastes even better. (^ ^)

The rest of the time, we're just paying extra for the ambiance.

daphne said...

i guess we have to take into the cost of renting a place in a posh-er place as well.. but the food still looks amazing and I'm sure tastes good good (at least I hope...)

as for being in a pondering mood- of course it is not because u lost your mojo, sometimes life just loves to throw curveballs at us!

jason said...

It's much expensive in Pavilion, around RM20 for the Nasi Bojari. Tastewise, the chicken is a bit cold and just ngam ngam cooked @.@

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xlb: when the place got a long queue outside and its dmn noisy n packed, i dun call it a posh atmosphere lor..

fbb: thats y i am ashamed of putting up that picture of a canto kuey teow i ordered..hahaha..

angietan: you reckon? or is it for the sake of convenience..ponder?

daphne: haha could be..my hands are getting abit bz with those furballs i tell u..

jason: serious? or is it a price raise for everywhere..this was eaten awhile ago d..

Seaqueen said...

Ah Mdm Kwan. I'm a sucker for their salted fish fried rice. It may seem lowly and simple but the fragrance of the rice with the aroma of salted fish always captivates me.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

seaqueen: somehow or rather we r all suckers for something..nothing wrong..just somethin to ponder haha..

leo said...

i have to absolutely disagree with the whole concept of madam kwans.

in MY opinion it is a total rip off. not even the ambience (what ambience?!?!?) or service (lack thereof) makes up for the RM 100++ bill u pay for 3 - 4 persons eating hawker food.

utterly ridiculous if u ask me.

Cutie said...

Oh, the price has increased already. Now it's RM20 for the nasi bojari. Really earning big bucks man. Anyway, I guess people like the ambience in Madam Kwans and probably they had build the reputation that everyone thinks that the food is the best..

tigerfish said...

Spot on, dude! No cheap food in the US of A. Even if I had 10 more bucks to spare for nasi lemak, I don't know where to get it if I want it for breakfast. For once, money can't buy everything(well... almost)

jason said...

Serious! I was there em... about one month ago.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: despite ur protests, we have many ppl willing to pay that kind of price..so does it show that we r gettin too rich and dun know where to spend our money?

cutie: oh dear me, it isnt as if thats expensive enuf..another raise?

tigerfish: haha..home made lor..you a real good cook what..

jason: haha dont sweat..i believe u..

MeiyeN said...

haha.. we couldn't understand too! perhaps good "fengshui".. ;)

fatboybakes said...

but in all fairness to these kinda places, rentals are exorbitantly high. i imagine retail space in pavilion must be at LEAST RM15 per sq ft, if not more.

do you know one of those kiosks in midvalley, as in those makeshift pushcart stalls like sister's popiah etc, cost around RM6 per month? it's hardly fair to compare them with mamak stalls.

Precious Pea said...

Their Nasi Bojari is my fav...loves their beef rendang but price gone up so much. Few years back, only RM16.90. But still worth it with their big helpings.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

meiyen: must be lar..haha

fbb: well you see for supply to exist, first comes demand..thus i dont understand why ppl in posh shopping malls..would want to eat posh version of hawker food?..

pp: hahah inflation for everything except our wallets lor..

ekeng said...

still remember i ordered Nasi Bojari at Madam Kwan,Mid Valley. It's delicious but a bit pricey. Worth for a try.

zewt said...

then i guess we have wait till you're back... and till your gf is free since you said u dont wanna be lamp post.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ekeng: haha yeah "pricey" is the key problem..

zewt: no worries..haha im sure the dinner will happen..matter of time

Bernsy said...

eh 20 bucks is worth it what, at least they tasted good...

Anonymous said...

my wife and i had nasi lemak at madam kwan yesterday - jun 2 around noon and now we are both having stomach upset......

i have been trying to get their e-mail address to complaint but no results from online search so far