Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CWZJ Cuisine (The Home of Tea Kings) @ Kuchai Lama

After reading about pork lard rice from FBB ages ago, that thought was never banished from the back of my brain. So when my friends decided to meet up for dinner one day and later come and have a look at our new humble household, we decided that we will go Restaurant C W Z J. With the last two initials the same initials of my name, what could it possibly stand for? Cha Wong Zi Jia (The home of Tea Kings), another king?Will it fall flat again like the King of Roast?

As a bonus, this place was barely a 10 minute drive away on a Friday night, which was already in the good books. Alas there was a half an hour waiting time to boot (which only means good food and a stronger desire to eat that pork lard rice). First lesson learnt, go call in advance to book a table!

Seated down in the rather small restaurant, 7-8 tables on the ground floor, we were greeted with a very good captain. Recommending was his forte, with us merely nodding to all he had in mind for us except for the zhu yao char fan.

Alas again! The pork lard was 3 days old and omitting an odour that the chef refuse to use, sigh. To make it up, there was another claypot rice that would be revealed below.

Serving good quality tea, proper methods of brewing tea, not to mention its RM4 per pax for Pu Er, the seafood tank in the front of the restaurant is a mouth watering distraction while waiting for the dishes to come. With garoupas costing from RM11.80 to RM 22.80 per 100gm, big Alaskan snow crabs, lobsters and geo ducks, we sat down and quickly got into a conversation to forget those wallet burning creatures, while sipping tea.

Good thick Pu Er. The colour remained the same throughout the 2 hour dinner.

Choy Kong (Dried Vegetables, not preserved) with Sang Yu or Haruan Fish, along with assorted boiling soup ingredients like dried scallops, chicken feet and pork ribs. The contents are dished out before scooping the soup for your to savour. A whiff in the air and the distinct smell of the fried sang yu captivates you.

I loved the soup for its complex yet simple tastes. (RM38, each one had a bowl for 7 people)

As recommended, the below dishes was served with Paulaner Beer (RM 26 per bottle) while the claypot rice was being cooked (from washing the rice to cooking it)

A simple Angled LooFah or when i googled "Fussy Melon" or as chinese calls it "Seng Kua". With some minced dried shrimp over a bed of soya sauce, this was simple yet very refreshing. If anything, easy to replicate at home too! (RM 12)

The steamed egg plan with Mui Choy (salted preserved vegetable). The look on the eggplant wasn't very appetising and in fact look a tad raw. Bite into the stripe of vegetable and it is cooked through and through without breaking apart like mush. Eaten with the saltiness of the topping, this was another simple dish worthy of replicating at home! (RM 12)

A favourite with the Beer, the Pork Strips with Nam Yue. Juicy and crispy, deep fried too, i don't see anything wrong (RM 18)

He also recommended their Char Siew. This is unlike the charred sticky versions you get outside but instead exudes a home-cooked feeling when you dig in. With a mixture of lean and fattier cut meat along with the sauce, at RM18, this was worth a try (unless you stand by your benchmark at Meng Kee char siew)

The second round of dinner..

A simple omelette with fresh prawns. The egg was still runny and the prawns very crunchy. (RM 22)

The minced meat tau foo done in a salted egg pumpkin sauce. The sweetness of the pumpkin was toned down with the salted egg to neutral the flavours. The tau foo was smooth and slithered down the throat with ease. The Captain recommended the dish for the sauce, as company to the rice. (RM 18)

A simple organic vegetable; Cheng Long Choy stir fried with some bean sprouts. (RM 15)

The surprising element..

The pot that we waited for. The waxed meat was of good quality judging from the whiff we got coming out from the pot.

Pour some hot oil and dark soya sauce

Stir it vigorously and voila.. A nice bowl of claypot waxed meat rice (RM 28)

What we got was not the usual fluffy rice but bits of hardened rice crisps that all of us on the table loved and fought for. The waxed meat when biten through was full of flavour and i suppose despite the disappointment in not being able to satisfy the original objective, it can only mean one thing, we are coming back.

Address and contact details:

8, Jalan 11/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-79818714
Fax: 03-79824989

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Truly a restaurant i enjoyed, with the above average food and the good service in terms of refilling tea, ordering dishes and the cosy ambience. Worthy of a return.

38 comments:

Mochachocolata Rita said...

Pork Strips with Nam Yue - i wanna i wanna i wanna - i really really wanna zigazig ah (spice girl fever?)

hmm i thought fuzzy melon = jit gwar?

PureGlutton said...

I like those simple vege dishes - like u said, easy to cook at home! Ahh...but beware the cholesterol in the porky dishes, haha! And the lard rice - OMG!! :P

xin said...

gosh. all the food looks so yummy. me is so hungry now :( :( love nam yu pork too. tasty and flavorful. ahhh. at home, we call the loofah as 'si gua' (silk melon)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: haha looks like i shud just call it seng kua..im getting confused liao..

pureglutton: hahah of course i know the cholesterol..that was the whole point of eating there..

mocha: i got no idea..too many diff kind of kuas and melons d..haha spice fever?

myCoffee said...

Love the Taufu in Salted Egg Pumpkin Sauce. Not only does it sound delicious, the picture is totally drool-worthy.

mikky said...

what a meal!!! the potted "la-ah-peng" or the preserved duck with sausages rice is definitely my favorite... :)

550ml jar of faith said...

I am incredibly drawn to that omelette dish... looks so darn simple but I know only disaster would ensue if I attempted it at home! And I love the use of proper Chinese teapot!

YilingL said...

the egg and prawn dish looks so good!

Nic (KHKL) said...

ohhhh...there's char siew? i bet it'll be nice with the lard rice. that area got lotsa interesting restaurants hor?

Jamie said...

one word to describe u...
crazy! but in a positive way.

lol... i was astonished when i first interrupt into this blog.
it's full of food, i wonder how long did i saw all these yummy cuisine ><

J2Kfm said...

wah ... I like the claypot rice when you've to mix the sauce in. much like the ones in HK.

got pork lard rice some more. damn sure you'll return for those, eh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jamie: hahah crazy as i am..aint? and hey..come back interrupting..more food to go..

nic: yeah hor..char siew with zhu yao char fan..double combo..crazyyyy..

yiling: it looks good doesnt? despite it being a very very simple dish

mycoffee: the power of the camera eh?


mikky: u will definitely enjoy this then..



550ml: they r not called the kings for no reason..got to have the complete set..infact they brew the tea leaves in another pot as and when you need to refill..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: of course!

Julian Si said...

Pork and Nam Yue would have been deliiissh at pool last nite :-)

Have a good day, Joe. Nice meeting you!

jasmine said...

i like this place too! and the waxed meat rice is always a must with us. my boss makes it a point to have a CNY lunch here every year, so lucky me! get good food without having to pay for it. lol. plus, food is served slowly we have a looooong lunch :P

must try the pork lard rice next time.

Tummythoz said...

Can almost smell the rice from here. *Slobber-slobber*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: so keng ar?

jasmine: lucky lucky u..i just saw the CNY dinner menu...sounds damn delicious!

julian: haha with that pork, i think no one will play any pool!

sc said...

looks good and quite the homely sorta food yeah? those that fill bellies and warm souls

fatboybakes said...

dang, you bad boy...now you've made me crave for the lard rice again...
ooh, i'm glad my family not the only one who calls seng kua "SI KUA". i thought we were weird...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: yes it was rather homely the meal..

fbb: haha call me the next time u want to go..Si kua? isnt that watermelon in mandarin?

CUMI & CIKI said...

eh nipples.. u and fbb can post enough for the lot of us la.. no need work one kah... :P haha

i want LARD rice.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: i thought u finish work sharp at 5.30 also..n ur boss chase u out??? hahaha

mimid3vils said...

Didn't "lou sang" meh?

backStreetGluttons said...

Goodness , such highly rated rich food with more than enough nutrients to last at least 3 days & nights flat ! We hope you have put the Ki to good use or have donated generously, dun forgit

Life for Beginners said...

"What we got was not the usual fluffy rice but bits of hardened rice crisps that all of us on the table loved and fought for."

For some reason I'm imagining everyone at the table battling it out like Bruce Lee with chopsticks. LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: no la..more like..eh I LIKE THIS..*hint* *hint*, leave the pot alone glare around the table...

bsg: it was all digested by 1am with whiskey..

mimi: this was last week..no lou sang yet wor..

~Christine~Leng said...

Kuchai Lama! good good... not far from my place ;P

Henry Yeo said...

joe: I thought you would just dig out the rice crisp against all takers.

New Kid on the Blog said...

talking about wax meat rice, this is normally Cantonese favourite. Don't see other clan like this... but now it had became so commercialize, everyone will sure have one when comes to CNY time.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

new kid: yeah its almost like a CNY item..

henry: no wor..i like it haha..

christine: u stay nearby also?

Michelle said...

I had a bad experience with this place a few years back, the waiter spilled more than 1/2 serving our tea leaves while preparing the tea in front of us, so we requested that they replenish the tea leaves which they spilled and we ended getting charged twice for tea! We had to argue with the boss for over 15 mins on the bill as he argue they charge by the serving used irregardless of the situation so must charge twice. Needless to say that was our 1st and last time we ate in that restaurant.

As for claypot wax meat rice, I love the one they serve in Overseas Restaurant - yum yum!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: sounds bad..but the captain which we found out was the owner's son is running the place looked quite reasonable.. i would hav argued too..since its not cheap man per pot..

jason said...

Fighting for the rice sounds exciting. :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: nt really la..its a matter of being thick skin only

Selba said...

So nice.. I like the pic of the tea pot with the pu er and also the minced meat tau foo... hmmm.. wonder how salted egg pumpkin sauce is made and the taste.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba:i got no idea how its made..i suppose puree the pumpkin and add the salted egg to cook?

TT said...

Its my most favourite restaurant and I reward my family and friends when I am bless with a sizable business deal.

I especially like the variety of crab in different cookings style namely the Alaska King Crabs. approx RM23.80/100 gram. Each crab weight approx. 1KG. Body can be use to fry in different kind of source and noodle or grilled, the legs and claws are delicious when you steam them. You will be serve with different utensils like seafood fork and scissors to handle and shell is soft and easy to handle. Crab meat will be intag. and do not break apart. I got to hae one tonight. Ummm..... the thought of it is unbearable.

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