Monday, 26 September 2016

Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang - Specialty Chinese Dishes and Seafood

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Address

Kajang is famous for its satay offering and most people that go to Kajang usually flock to those Satay stalls. But this time around we are not going for its' Satay but instead to try out a popular Chinese restaurant which is the Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang located at 17-20, Jalan KP 1/2, Taman Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia, a Chinese Restaurant that started way back in 2001 which offers wedding banquet and authentic Chinese and seafood dishes in Kajang.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Dining Area

Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang has recently renovated its restaurant to offers a better dining experience and ambiance that befit the growing demand and upmarket offering for Chinese and Seafood cuisine in Kajang.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Dining Area

With the refurbished setup, the Chef has also come out with a few new dishes to entice its customers taste buds as the preferred choice for Chinese Food and wedding banquet in Kajang.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang VIP Room

For more privacy dining, Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang also offers its customer with 10 private room dining with karaoke facilities; each of these rooms is named after the popular Chinese Dynasty. Some of the rooms can be combined to hold mini private banquet of up to 60 pax. The ground floor hall can accommodate up to 40 tables while its first floor up to 60 tables.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Padi Fried Crab Rice

Our review started off with the restaurant signature dish which is the Padi Fried Crab Rice RM48.00 (Medium) and RM68.00 (Big). The rice is first fried with Pandan Leaf, Lemon Grass, and Eggs before setting into the lotus leaf and sent to the steamer. It is then topped with two type of crab meat i.e flower and mud crab meat. This method of cooking makes the rice very fluffy and flavourful. We like the fact that the crab meat is extracted out to make eating this crab dish a breeze; especially those that loves crab but does not like the process of getting to the crab meat.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Marmite Dong Bo Meat

This is then followed by the Marmite Dong Bo Meat (RM28.00). The pork belly is first fried and then braised with a special sauce to soften the texture especially the fat layer of the belly. When the orders are made, it is then cut to the right portion and is then coated with a marmite sauce that caramelized into the pork belly meat. The result, tender meat with a distinct marmite aroma and taste. Wonderful with a bowl of white rice. This Dong Bo meat is best paired with Red Wine.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Sweet And Sour Fish

Another signature dish of the Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang is the Sweet and Sour Tilapia (RM4.00 per 100gm). The notable difference is the presentation of this dish. Normally for other restaurants, the chef will deep fry the whole fish and served with the sauce but here, the chef, has sliced out all the fish meat and deep fried it separately, this makes for a great presentation and is very easy to eat. The other plus points are that the sauce is set on the base which is good for those that would enjoy the crunchiness of the fried fish meat.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang 2 Varieties Tau Foo

The next dish is the 2 Varieties BeanCurd (RM20.00). The first bean curd has a Japanese influence; in that, it uses the Japanese Egg Taufoo which is mixed with minced fish paste and mushroom. It is moulded before being steamed and fried to a crisp, giving a texture of crispy outside but soft on the inside. The other style has the fried beancurd with a Thai style sauce that gives a refreshing sourish and tangy taste.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Fried Lobster with Curry Powder

The last signature dish is the Fried Lobster with Curry Powder (RM23.80 per 100 gm). These Boston lobster are not the frozen type; you can see them swimming in the aquarium on the ground floor. It is as fresh as you can get. The Lobster are first lightly fried to give it a more reddish hue and then cooked in a special flavourful curry concoction. The firm texture of the lobster is infused with buttery curry taste and an aromatic broth, such that it melts in the mouth and leave a satisfied savoury aftertaste.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Deluxe Mixed Vegetables

The new dishes which will be featured in the standard menu is the Deluxe Mixed Vegetables. Using fresh Wai San (Burdock) which is rich in iron was indeed a surprise to us as normally Wai San is favoured as an ingredient for soup. Stir fried with a combination of fresh diced prawn meat, peanuts, and kale; we find it a nice combination with the different texture that gives our taste bud an experience of the real taste of its' original ingredients.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Vietnamese Style Prawn Cracker

The last dish is the Vietnamese Style Prawn Cracker. Inspired with the Japanese Tempura; 3 giant prawns are first sliced in the middle and then layered with a thin layer of seasoned batter and sent for deep frying. The result is a nice crunchy texture with the succulent prawn meat in every bite. It is like the Cucur Udang but with giant prawns. Although the look of this dish is simple, the taste was extremely delicious.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Private Room

Overall the dishes serves at Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang scored top marks in terms of presentation, taste and prices. The Chef at the restaurant takes great pains to ensure that each dishes are presented to make eating it a simple affair without much fuss.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Wine Collection

As the current trend is for one to enjoy their meal with wine; Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang also offers a wine selection which is hand-picked by the restaurant owner that you can choose from to be paired with your dishes.

Fortuna Seafood Restaurant Kajang Fresh Juice Bar

But for those healthy fans; Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang also has their own Juice Bar that serves freshly squeezed juices.


Fortuna Palace Seafood Restaurant Kajang Address
17-20, Jalan KP 1/2,
Taman Kajang Prima,
43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Address

Helmed by Chef Seeri; a very experience Thai Food Chef at Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya located at the new setup on the 8th Floor of the Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Putrajaya, Selangor will once again; tantalise our taste bud for its delicious Thai dishes.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Dining Room

With the new setup, Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant is able to offer an elegant Thai Dining experience in Putrajaya where you can entertain your guests to authentic Thai cuisine.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort KL Night View

With a scenic view; you can also dine at the outdoor balcony area where you will be rewarded with a breezy and nice backdrop of the KL skyline from afar especially in the late evening.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Saku Sai Gai

Our first dish is the Sago based appetiser Saku Sai Gai (RM 22.00). The filling is a minced chicken cooked in a special sauce. This dessert resembles the Chinese Sesame Balls but instead of deep frying it is steamed. It is best eaten hot as it tends to be chewier as its gets colder.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Thai Pandan Leaf Chicken

Followed by the Thai Pandan Leaf Chicken Gai Hor Dai Toey (RM 22 For 4 pcs). We like the frying style as it is not over fried, this gives a pandan enhanced flavoured with a nice soft crisp while the chicken meat which is already flavoured is succulent and tender.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Seafood Thai Tom Yam Kung

We can't miss the next dish which is the Seafood Tom Yam Kung, Chef has a special skill that makes this soup very authentic in terms of the flavours with the right balance of spicy and sour level which get us going for the second and the third until the last drop.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Thai Style Steamed Fish

Another signature dish of the Chef is the Steamed Sea Bass (Siakap) Thai Style. Using simple condiments such as lime, chopped garlic, coriander root and birds eye chilli to make the sauce and garnished with coriander leaves and scallions; this dish left us spellbound. Coupled with the fresh meat texture, it was a real delight to taste this dish.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Pineapple Fried Rice

Our order of rice is the Kao Pad Sapparod Pineapple Fried Rice with Seafood & Chicken Floss (RM 27.00). Nicely decorated in the pineapple shell, it looks really good. The fried rice has a lot of little chunks of fresh pineapple to give you that natural sweet sourish taste to the rice.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Pan Fried Tenderloin Beef served with Kway Teow

Besides offering some of the authentic Thai dishes, Chef Seeri which has a vast experience has concocted some new fusion dishes, this time, for us to sample on. He decided to implore some Japanese fusion into the Udon Pad Prik Gung Nam Yead Spicy Braised Udon Noodle with Seafood (RM 38.00). The springy texture of the udon was fried with the special Thai sauce and perfectly paired with the bouncy firm texture of the prawns, squid and mussels.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Braised Udon Noodle with Seafood

And the next dish is infused with some Western influence, which is the Pad Neau San Hua Kap Kway Teow aka. Pan Fried Tenderloin Beef served with Kway Teow (RM 28.00). We like the texture of the tenderloin beef as its' meat which is pan fried was coated with a nice sauce while the meat was very tender and juicy.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Sangkaya Phek Pumpkin Egg Custard

2 Special Thai Dessert are set for us to taste; the first of which is the Sangkaya Phek Pumpkin Egg Custard (RM 15.00). The pumpkin is first steamed to a soft creamy texture and moulded in. It is then topped with thick coconut cream that gives it a Sangkaya flavoured.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Sangkaya Phek Yam Egg Custard

and the last one is the  Sangkaya Phek Yam Egg Custard (RM 15.00). Similar to the Pumpkin but the change is the Yam filling. For the Yam, it should be eaten when it is still hot as it gets harden once it comes to room temperature.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Putrajaya Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort Outdoor Dining

So, if you are a true fan of Thai Food, you will definitely be able to enjoy this delicious Thai dish offering made specially by Chef Sree Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort.

Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant  Address;
Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort
Putrajaya, Selangor

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang Holiday

Kuantan Riverside Morning View From Megaview Hotel

It has been more than 15 years we last went to Kuantan, Pahang for a holiday. As it was a long weekend, we decided to make to trip to the east coast Sungai Lembing Kuantan and Kuantan Pahang for a short holiday.

Bentong Pahang Town

Our holiday started with a very early morning drive from Kuala Lumpur. We decided to take a short detour to try out some talked about food in Bentong for our breakfast. More of this in our food trail.

Sungai Pandan Waterfall Sungai Lembing Kuantan

After a quick breakfast, we continued our journey towards Sungai Lembing, Kuantan where we made a pitstop visit to one of the popular Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we were a little disappointed as there was very little upstream water flowing down this picturesque waterfall.

Sungai Lembing Kuantan Pahang

After a short stay at the Sungai Pandan Waterfall, we continued our journey to Sungai Lembing town where we had lunch at one of the restaurants (more of this in our food trail section) at the town centre before checking into the Pollock View Resort for a night stay.

Sungai Lembing Muzuim Kuantan Pahang

We took the opportunity to make a trip down memory lane at the Sungai Lembing Museum where we got a first-hand understanding of the history surrounding this little kampung town called Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We were told that there is a mine tunnel where we can explore first-hand the lives and experience of tin miners in the early days. So after our museum tour, we headed to the enter the very cooling and damp tunnel.

Sungai Lembing Mine Tunnel Kuantan Pahang

We really had an insight towards the lives of the miners working in such dangerous environment although, at that time, it was touted as the best paying job during that era.

Sungai Lembing Suspension Bridge Kuantan Pahang

After that, we head over to the suspension bridge of Sungai Lembing which we thought was a little frightening as this bridge is not only used by pedestrian but also motorcycles as well.

Sungai Lembing Noodle Factory Kuantan Pahang

It was a real nice experience though as on the other side of the river, we could see some cottage industry namely the famous noodle manufacturer and the home of the Mountain Spring Water TauFoo.

Sungai Lembing Tomato Noodle Kuantan Pahang

Before heading back to the Hotel, we had dinner at another restaurant which was recommended by a local we met earlier which said that this restaurant offers the most original Tomato noodles which are a popular dish in Sungai Lembing.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to call it a day as we plan to trek Sungai Lembing popular Bukit Panorama the next morning to witness the sunrise which is acclaimed to be a sight to behold.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Morning View Kuantan Pahang

We woke up at 5am and after a piece of toast and a cup of instant coffee, we made our treacherous journey taking a step at a time to reach the summit of Bukit Panorama to see the first light of the day.

Sungai Lembing Bukit Panorama Sunrise Morning View Kuantan Pahang

Although feeling exhausted on reaching the summit which is already packed with people, we soon find ourselves overlooking at some the cloud bedded scenery on top of the hills. It was really worth all the effort to look at this beautiful view.

Sungai Lembing Food Mountain Spring Water taufoo Kuantan Pahang

After trekking down from the hills, we made our way to the Sungai Lembing food court, where we had one of the smoothest and silkiest Mountain Spring Water Tau Foo for breakfast before checking out of the hotel to make our way to Kuantan town.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

We were told that on our way to Kuantan town, we should make a pit stop at Sivan Temple at Gua Charas where there is a statue of a Sleeping Buddha inside the cave. We reached there at 1230 pm and were not told that the best time to visit this Gua Charas is from 11am to 12pm as there is a light shining from the top of the cave directly at the Buddha's head at 11am until the toe at 12pm.

Sungai Lembing Gua Charas Sivan Temple Kuantan Pahang

It was another trek up and a journey that takes us deep into the Gua Charas where we finally witness the Sleeping Buddha. After a short prayer, we then headed back to our car.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Address Pahang

We then continued our journey to Kuantan where we decided to take up a special promotion offer for a twin bedded Executive Deluxe room at Megaview Hotel Kuantan which is located at 567, Jalan Besar 25000 Kuantan which is next to the Kuantan River.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan River View Pahang

One of the nice feels is that this hotel; which is located by the river offers a very relaxing ambience for our holiday and being a public holiday, going to the hotel was a breeze.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

Upon checking into the hotel, we find a pleasant nature tone that sets the theme for the hotel. The green colour denotes the natural feel of the environment.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The hotel itself is celebrating its 18th anniversary and we learned that they are refurbishing all their room in stages. We choose the newly refurbished room that overlooks the river.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Pahang

The rooms were clean and have had in-room coffee and tea making facility.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Toilet  Pahang

Our room also came with a glass wall that separates the room and the bathroom to give it an upmarket feel and is really suitable for couples on holiday.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Rain Shower Pahang

Our bathroom also comes with rain showers for you to relax your tired muscles. One of the plus points for me is the water coming out of the faucet was very strong and when set with the right hot water temperature, it was a marvel to drain away all my tired muscle from all the trekking for the day.

Megaview Hotel Kuantan Deluxe Executive Room Sunrise River View Pahang

The difference between the Deluxe rooms and the Executive Deluxe rooms is that the latter has a balcony and located on the 8th and 9th floor, while the former only have a windows view. If you are not really on a budget, the executive deluxe rooms will make your stay much more rewarding.

Kuantan Teluk Cempedak Beach Pahang

After a brief rest, we decided to venture to visit some of the popular destination in Kuantan, As Kuantan is located next to the sea, one has to visit the many beaches that are less than 10 minutes drive away. Our host brought us to the Teluk Cempedak for a brief walk to a rocky beach. Here the local council has erected a canopy walkway to the other part of the beach which was quite difficult to go some years back. As we walk along the canopy walk, we were greeted by monkeys along the walk, an advice is not to feed them as they can be quite aggressive if they didn't get what they wanted.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Dinner Ramin By The River Assam Sotong

After our short trip to Teluk Cempedak, we made our way to Tanjung Lumpur for some popular and Kuantan must eat food, but was disappointed as all were close for Hari Raya Haji holidays. See this we decided to go back to the hotel to check out the food at the hotel. (More on this on our food posting).

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

After dinner, we decided to take a stroll by the river. As it was a Public Holiday, there were not much going on there, we saw a few people fishing by the riverside. The cool and breezy walk were indeed therapeutic and relaxing.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel River View

The next morning, we were awakened to the sound of the fishing vessel coming back from its fishing expedition which is quite a common occurrence this time of the morning. It was a nice sight to behold as the fishing vessel slowly trough along to the inner sanctuary of Kuantan.

Kuantan Megaview Hotel Breakfast Toast and Eggs

We had a nice buffet breakfast which is included in our hotel stay. The hotel breakfast buffet offers some of the local delights like yellow rice with curry, make your own eggs (sunny side up, scrambled and more), Teochew porridge and other breakfast delights.

Pantai Batu Hitam Beserah Kuantan Pahang

After our breakfast, we went to another beach which is the Batu Hitam, beach in Beserah. It was a long white sandy beach and only a part of it; is where the Batu Hitam is at. Although it was very hot and sunny, the strong breeze from the South China Sea continues to blow away much of the heat.

We spent about an hour at the beach before heading back to the hotel to have our lunch at the hotel  and bid farewell to Kuantan, Pahang.

Overall, this short trip was a nice break for us as it is quite some time we took to the road to explore some of the special destination and awesome Malaysian food. With a nice and comfortable place to stay, it was indeed a welcome break from our routine. We look forward to our next Malaysian Expedition.

Direction to Sungai Pandan Waterfall Kuantan

 

Direction to Sungai Lembing, Kuantan


Mega View Hotel Address and Location



Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan Location



Batu Hitam Beach Location