Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hocklim Restaurant @ New Town, Petaling Jaya

Went to Hocklim Restaurant last Sunday. It is located on the same row with a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and is facing Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya building.

It is a shop with no signboard, but there is a small signboard inside the shop. Weird huh?

My friend ordered Asam Laksa from the Fish Ball Mee Soup stall. We can see that the staffs of Restoran Hocklim were managing the stall. My guess is that this stall is most probably theirs.

Asam Laksa @ RM4.50. I was told that the Asam Laksa was horrible. The Tau Pok (bean curd puffs) smelled greasy, the cockles and the long beans were not fresh. Maybe they did not handle their ingredients properly. Fresh ingredients must be used to draw out the natural flavour of Asam Laksa.

I ordered a medium plate of Steamed Chicken Wan Tan Mee from Seng Kee Wanton Mee stall.

Seng Kee Wanton Mee is said to be one of the best wan tan mee in town, especially their Char Siew Wan Tan Mee. However, by the time i arrived, the Char Siew was sold out, only steamed chicken was left.

I just thought that since item A (Char Siew) on their menu was said to be the best in town, item B (Steamed Chicken) should be of average standard, if not, above average standard. Boy, I was wrong!

Steamed Chicken Wan Tan Mee @ RM4.80. The noodles were terribly dry. Are they trying to cut down on the dark soy and lard oil? I just took a few minutes to take photos but when i start my chopsticks, the Wan Tan Mee just stick together to form a lump of dough (noodles)!

Further, the steamed chicken were crudely done and hard on the teeth. It was supposed to be soft and smooth, that's why other places called it Wat Gai Wan Tan Mee. No wonder the hawker called theirs Gai Si Wan Tan Mee, because it's "sliced" chicken, not "smooth" chicken!

The only complement was the big meaty pork-prawn wontons with smooth skin, albeit floating in a MSG broth.

Overall, a disappointing meal. Considering the Sliced Chicken Wan Tan Mee was slightly on the pricey side, it is only fair that i demand for something more than what i just had.

Bread and Crumbs...

Later, i went to the bakery store at Malaysian Institute of Baking which is located nearby. It is a small bakery store which offers a limited selection of bread and pastry but sold at a higher price. I wonder if those items sold were made by the students of the baking school.

I bought a Lotus Paste Bun @ RM1.70. It was quite good actually. The bun was soft and the lotus paste was not too sweet. Just nice for my taste buds.

Restoran Hocklim
Add: Jalan 52/18, New Town, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Malaysian Institute of Baking
Add: No. 11, Jalan 52/8, New Town, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7956 3492/9011

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]

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