My Cookbook @ Sunway Giza Mall – Malaysian Cuisine with A TwistFebruary 15, 2011 | 9,953 views
Signature freshwater prawn (sang har) noodles with a 45 minutes poached egg swimming in a cauldron of prawn bisque; hearty, sinful and extremely addictive. (RM26.90/USD9)
There was this one time when we decided to venture out to Sunway Giza Mall for dinner; more to because Kota Damansara to me was an entirely new area; uncharted territories if you will. But then again, the sheer lack of in-depth knowledge about the food there got us wandering off to Waroeng Mas Timoer (hope I spelled that right); a Sundanese cuisine specialist. The food was not bad, the various sambal was FIERY to the point me choking on the food.
And trust me when I say my threshold for spicy food is rather high.
Anyway, fast forward a month or so, that place has ‘chup lup’!!! (ceased operations, tutup) Wah, high turnover of restaurants/cafes here, that’s what came to my mind. But the Coffee Chemistry experience was good; and set off wagging tongues I supposed, judging from various reviews thereafter.
For this time around, let’s see how My Cookbook fares; a restaurant serving a myriad of Asian cuisine with a twist. And believe you me, this ain’t another passe of a ‘char chan teng‘ (Hong Kong style of cafe) …..
Seafood Cake with Salad (RM11.90/USD4) – Indeed a little pricey, but the two bites of succulent prawn + fish paste + whatever else were delish. But at RM6 per piece, you’d wished for a heftier bite!
We actually walked past this restaurant back then; the set up and the outlook mimics another fusion cafe at most; and a vamped up ‘char chan teng’ at best. But after repeated doses of poisons (read Ciki‘s, Joa Quim‘s, and Sean‘s accounts), this place instantly struck my mind when we ventured over to KD (Kota Damansara) area for dinner.
Crispy Soft-Shell Crabs with Spicy Salad (RM11.90/USD4) – Crispy, batter-coated soft-shell crabs served with the same salad like the seafood cakes. Not bad, but could have been more memorable.
Perusing the menu was a breeze, as every item was depicted beautifully. Simple menu with a spacious layout, every page lists only three items at most. Appetizers from RM8.90 onwards, while mains go for RM15.90-RM26.90. Desserts at RM9.90 each, and drinks for less than RM10 generally.
Dry Curry Wantan Mee with Crispy Chicken Roll (RM15.90/USD5.20) – Now this was substantial enough for one with a moderate appetite; the crispy chicken roll was a good alternative to the usual shredded chicken, char siew or even roast pork. By the way, My Cookbook’s PORK-FREE.
Ended up with orders of appetizers and mains and a dessert, but still the portions were not of humongous proportions. Hence you can order several items to be shared if you’re feeling peckish, OR plain wanna annoy the waiting staff wondering how to serve you on those small, square tables.
The appetizers were okay, the seafood cakes came in about the size of a usual nugget, instead of bigger pieces like depicted. As I have mentioned, good shots can be misleading …..
The best item had to be the signature king prawn noodles with poached egg. Swimming in a very tasteful broth with a strong umami taste; half a freshwater king prawn was served (complete with roes in the carapace and all), with a beautifully poached egg. The soup was immensely flavourful, you can’t help but sip them clean. But one word of caution; I felt the thirst almost immediately after reaching home, hence the culprit has to be the flavoursome stock.
(By the way in the menu it was printed as 45 minutes poached egg, but don’t worry …. you don’t have to wait that long for your eggs to be served)
Homemade Durian ice-Cream with Red Bean in Pumpkin Puree (RM9.90/USD3.30) – The ice-cream was good, but melted too rapidly to be of creamy decadence value. The pumpkin puree was thankfully not too sweet.
The desserts selection covered mostly ice-cream in a puree base; with additional sides like red bean, barley and such.
However, it took them considerable effort to bring the desserts even after our table was cleared. And throughout the meal, they kept serving OUR dishes to the next tables. When apparently we were already waving frantically for them to notice us.
I mean, for those who have yet to get served with their mains, would they have been waiting for their desserts instead? Come on… common sense please.
From MY heart to your plate. Catchy enough. Let’s hope they retain that charm.
However to their credits, they tried very hard to please the diners; perpetual smiles and all. Just that they had to do something about keeping track of table numbers, or at least a mechanism whereby the same staff should be serving the same few tables.
To imagine the guy at the end was screaming my name all over because I was paying with credit card, and he had no idea where I was seated. Geez …. privacy please?
My Cookbook @ Sunway Giza Mall – Should be an above average dining solution, in case you’re lost on what to eat at the Mall. Definitely beats the like of Wong Kok anf Fullhouse, that’s for sure.
My Cookbook (Pork-Free)
A-12, Sunway Giza,
No 2, Jalan PJU 5/14,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6140 6113
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