Saturday, November 24, 2007

Yi Qi Restaurant @ Federal Hotel, Bukit Bintang

I am seating at home, thinking of what to cook. I am also seating at home because i cant go out. Why you ask? Apparently road blocks is the trend and demonstrations for minor reasons are the hip things to do on weekends. I just cannot understand the latest one happening this reason. Going back to history before Malaysia was even named Malaysia and asking for compensation is seriously getting a bit ridiculous. My only comment is how mistreated are you and your community in Malaysia?

Going back to food, and no i am not going to blog about Indian food, oops but a place that was recommended by not 1 but 2 friends. Apparently, here we got the best xiu long bao that could rival JW Marriott.

Half expecting that this will be a dimsum place or at least a noodle place, i was shocked that this was a steam boat place! Not exactly very promising when i told my girlfriend, we were off for some dim sum.

I admit that the ambience is cozy and when you are the 1st two customers of the afternoon, it gives you the feeling that the whole restaurant is just meant for you two. This only means the food aint great, or i am filthy rich to have booked up the whole place and i dont think i fall under the latter category. Like i always said before, take food with an open mind with no expectations. Food tends to taste better this way.

Starting off with shrimp wantons (RM5), the missing item would be the mayo as the wanton was crisp and the fillings was generous with lots of items.

Expecting more dim sum items, i found out only siu mai was the only item to accompany xiu long bao, not even char siu bao was evident..(RM6?) This was just on the alright side which didnt taste bad but didnt taste good either.

When not one but two of your friends say this is good, it should be good right? Now if you say this was value for money, i totally agree. The size is at least one of the half times bigger then what you can get, but some times quantity doesnt matter. I found the skin thicker, soup plenty, meat ok which resulted in nothing spectacular. RM2 a piece.

Since we werent exactly seeking for an adventure, steam boat was out of the question, but i still had to satisfy my stomach right? So it was a teo-cheow duck (RM15). The herbal smell was evident but it didnt translate to a tasty one but rather tasteless. The duck was succulent but i wanted the herbal taste to linger in my mouth and not in my nose.

Another item that was recommended was their yong tau foo or YTF and not WTF. Now the stuffed brinjal was good, but i dont know, i still prefer my hearty Ampang yong tau foo.

The whole bowl comes with a variety for around RM12 to 15..

Another recommended item is their durian pancake (RM5). Not as gentlemen as his counterpart in Mandarin Oriental, the cream oozes durian meat and a pungent durian smell. It rather comforting but with your girlfriend looking at you, i think the piece there would do, Thank You.

Address and contact details:

YiQi Restaurant
Ground Floor, Federal Hotel, 35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone:: 03-2143 1393

Rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Now looking for value for money xiu long bao? You got it here. I have yet to try their steam boat and maybe that could be their real speciality. At this moment, it was good to try but not good enough to send me back to that notoriously full of cars street of Bukit Bintang.


Nic (KHKL) said...

the siu mai and xiao long bao were made of pork? just curious since it's a hotel restaurant. the YTF (lurve the abbreviation) looks good but i'm sure it comes with a price tag.

bsg 3 said...

soon some 29,999 foodists ( bloggers cum floggers cum gluttons ) coming from langkawi ,ipoh , melaka , JB , Pg etc will have a peaceful assembly in front of some juicy restaurants near jln alor/bukit bintang kl one beautiful blue(cops) sunday like your this one and demand compensation for some billions for making them too fat, obese and sad. Hahahaha !
then again is it true that great food bloggers with salivating pixs ( like these ones )cannot be filty rich coz then they will only have them to eat , not pix whoring ! right ? hahaha ( incredible food for thought )

Anonymous said...

wat's up wit u an indians? wat would u and your community know?u ppl have all the quit makin rubbish comments...and if u have any dignity...dun ever step into another indian shop!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: yeah got pork..whats xlb n siu mai without pork rite?

bsg: your msg really took me time to dissect..haha

anon: theres nothing wrong with me and indians, if you think me and my community doesnt know anything, then let me know. I dont think my observation is considered rubbish and i also dont think "u ppl" have all the advantage either. Lets just say Malaysia consists of 3 races and since it was the past, why dont look towards the future and work together equally? to be honest, i think we chinese arent exactly very privileged either.

if you have the dignity, reveal your identity..thank you

ling239 said...

erm... why are there so many holes on the xiu long bao's skin ?
or is it ur camera.... XD

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha not exactly holes la..i think its just not smooth skin onli haha..but the big hole in the middle, apparently is for u to suck in to get the soup..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

the xlb definitely looks sad, man. maybe it was the cook's day off? LOL.

Emiline said...

I have heard of durian, but I'm rather scared of it.
I don't know very much about dim sum, so it was interesting to read more about it.
I had some dumplings last week, but they weren't very good. Maybe because I live in Missouri.

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: apparently so, bcoz my fren still swears by their xlb..

emiline: welcome to the world of exotic food..hope this enlightens you abit..

beachlover said... know what,the first thing I notice is your photo is so clear not the food!!!hahaha!! that the reson you make the food look good!!

ling239 said...

the big "window" (in mandarin) on top of the bao i know for what lar.... XD

celine said...

I haven't got a chance to try on durian pancake, tart, or puff yet. The durian pancake looks creamy, isn't it?

Precious Pea said...

Steamboat? They have steamboat??? Keen to try?? Hehehe.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

beachlover: well thanks for the compliment

ling239: dont understand wor =(

celine: yeap..u better try something durian, if not you will regret..

pp: yeah..porridge steamboat is their speciality..haha err quite keen wor..ARGH your bug is spreading..

myCoffee said...

I have tried their porridge steamboat before. Rather good! And nice ambience too, particularly their private rooms!

Precious Pea said... when? Arrange la!! Count me in!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mycoffee: isit? looks like have to revisit again..

pp: hah we shall discuss this on friday ok?

Big Boys Oven said...

I still prefer jalan peel's stuffed brinjal! delicious.... sounds like the upper class dim sum place are not that good or up to thier!

mama bok said...

The durian looks lovely..!