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.
Address and contact details:
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.