Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Reminisce

'Reminisce' is one of my favorite words _ a suitably evocative name for this restaurant, which serves Chinese street food in an eccentric but stylish setting adorned with old knickknacks.

Fried glutinous rice, "pasar malam"-style. Packed with tiny bits of pork, but somehow, this turned out to be slightly less fragrant and flavorsome than expected.

Toasted bun with bak-kwa, meat floss & egg. A sensationally savory combo; laden with enough salt & grease to horrify most doctors, but we still licked our fingers clean.

Carrot cake with salted egg, bean sprouts, Chinese sausage & belacan. Wok-fried, but not completely wok-heied. Nevertheless, not a bad effort for a shopping mall outlet.

"Pan mee" soup. Probably the first "pan mee" we've had all year. This won't convert us into fans, but we loved _ absolutely adored _ the super-juicy pork balls, stuffed with some kind of melt-in-the-mouth meaty mixture.

Bee hoon in herbal soup with stewed duck drumstick. Something that I really relished back when I was studying in Penang (though I bet the night-time stall that we once frequented is gone by now). This wasn't the same, of course; the soup could've had a richer herbal flavor, but it still provided a nice taste of nostalgia.

Red bean soup. Warm and thick; reminiscent of how my aunt used to make it in my hometown of Malacca. See: Reminisce lived up to its name after all.

Set meals (which cost between 10-16 ringgit) come with a drink of the day. No prizes whatsoever for guessing what we had that evening.






Reminisce,
Mid Valley Megamall.
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31 comments:

  1. yeah u detoxed from alcohol in this meal!

    so which part of midvalley is dis at?

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  2. Michelle: betul! Luckily I warned no prizes, heheh
    Joe: haha, quite a few more alcohol-free posts coming up soon! This outlet is outside at the boulevard, same row as chili's but further to the end..

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  3. You have piqued my curiousity with that sandwich - it almost sounds like an awful mix of flavours though! Haha....

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  4. Aiiyah, when you wrote bee hoon in herbal soup with stewed duck drumstick.. my ears perked up. then you said not herbally enough.. GROAN, what a dampener.. :o(

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  5. Oh a new place in MV (for me anyway)! I'd totally head here just for the toasted bun with bak-kwa, meat floss & egg. Yummy...

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  6. Saw a review of this place on another blog and was particularly drawn to the stewed duck noodles. A pity about the soup. I guess the place is still worth a visit, eh?

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  7. j: the sandwich is irresistibly good! i'd never noticed or eaten it before this, but i've been told that sandwiches with the same fillings used to be sold at roadside stalls. but nobody seems to know where to find such stalls anymore :D
    ciki: heheh, still got a moderate level of herbal flavor, but not as much as we might want. hmmmm, u might wanna stay away from the carbs in the bee hoon though! =)
    lfb: the toasted bun sandwich sounds almost easy enough to whip up in your own kitchen, if u find that u like it! at home, u could even add some cockles in it to boost the flavor by several notches :D
    lemongrass: yep, do check out this restaurant! it has some simple, comfort-foodish noodle and steamed rice recipes, featuring pork/salted fish/egg/pumpkin/veggies that i believe u'll enjoy! =)

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  8. I saw this restaurant, but I wrote it off as another "char chan teng". Guess I was wrong.

    Must go check this place out when I'm in MV, since I love pan mee. ;)

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  9. I know a place in Cheras that might convert you into a pan mee fan... but since u r not familiar with this area and I hardly see any post featuring restaurants/bars in Cheras, chances that you might actually come here almost ZERO!! LOL!

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  10. Another new joint in MV, eh! Shd be making my way there one of these days! Oh yeah, the stuff we love to gorge on would definitely horrify most doctors to death, LOL!

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  11. The toys maybe the main attraction to me if I ever go there :P

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  12. bangsar-babe: ya, a friend who often eats at mid valley recommended this place to me, saying it serves several unusual dishes (it opened a few weeks ago, but i hadn't even noticed it, even though it's right next to brotzeit, which i visited recently!)
    leo: i haven't eaten in cheras in the past two years! i have two friends living in that area, but whenever i eat with them, i drag them out to the city instead :D
    pureglutton: ya, even though mid valley is massive, there only seem to be a handful of interesting choices there for food. heheh, i had a health check earlier this year, and the doctor sounded pretty pleased, amazingly :D
    choi yen: ya, i also liked the comics hanging on the wall. there was doraemon, spider-man, and lau fu tze! :D

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  13. I malas to make sandwiches on my own. Rather have others do it. Of course, I have to QC them from now on to prevent unsuspecting cockles from creeping in... :P

    P.S. I have no idea why the cockles would be unsuspecting either. Just lazy to tweak the sentence, I guess. :P

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  14. lfb: but the fun of making one's own sandwich is choosing exactly what and how much of everything to put into it. my ideal, customized-for-sean home-made sandwich would include three poached eggs, three slices of roasted duck breast & three chunks sauteed chicken liver. i even have a name for it: "the fowl threesome" :P
    p.s. "of course, i have to QC them from now on to prevent cockles from creeping up on unsuspecting lil' me" :D

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  15. Well, at least the customized-for-sean home-made sandwich has no cockles. It actually sounds rather nice, if over-the-top (in calorie count, cholesterol, what have you).

    But no way I'm gonna call it "the fowl threesome"... Just... wrong.

    P.S. That's what I meant. See? Fortunately ONE of us has more diligence with his letters and grandma. :P

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  16. i just saw the place the other day. Haven't gone around eating there yet. But i love the decor.

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  17. lfb: heheh, if u can think of an indisputably better name for my sandwich, i'd contemplate personally delivering it to you at your office for lunch sometime :D
    p.s. grandma? i'm assuming u meant to type 'grammar' :P
    qwazymonkey: yeah, the decor is definitely as interesting as the dishes! heartwarming to see how they put so much care and effort into it :D

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  18. *thinking hard about alternative names*

    A personally delivered sandwich? You're on.

    P.S. Did I? Heh.

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  19. Lfb: ergkh. now that I'm sober, I'm not sure I wanna contemplate that anymore :P
    P.s. Must be some obscure pop culture reference then, "letters and grandma" :D

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  20. We could call the sandwich just that! "Letters & Grandma"

    As in, "Oi, satu letters dan granmarder mali!" :P

    Of course, then you'll get some blur fler asking why the sandwich no lettuce (letters) wan... :P

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  21. lfb: or u'll get me, asking why the lettuce no grandma (human meat) wan :D i've googled "letters and grandma," and the mystery about it refers to remains unsolved :P

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  22. We should just create a new sandwich and call it "Letters and Grandma", then when you google, you shall find it. :D

    And wouldn't grandmother's flesh be kinda tough and rubbery? Eeks.

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  23. lfb: i wanna create a roti canai sandwich. i'd call it "never a dhall moment." :D and think of how customers who order it would say, "can i have 'never a dhall moment' please?" :D ermmm, obviously, u've never had grandmother's flesh before :P

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  24. Aha! So this is where the"never a dhall moment" concoction came from. Didn't have a chance to read this before I boarded the plane at Penang tadi.

    And eww. I've never had ANYONE's grandmother's flesh before nor will I. Eww. Eww.

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  25. lfb: ooh, if we made a sandwich using a grandmother's flesh, we could call it the 'granny pepperoni panini" :D

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  26. And if you used wholemeal bread, it could be the 'Grainy Granny Pepperoni Panini"...

    ... yikes! I'm starting to become like you. Fainted. :P

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  27. wah not bad ahh... like a new concept restaurant that serves simple dishes like that. I would have thought it looks more like a western cafe.

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  28. lfb: omg, i love how u think! if i ever start this sandwich business, i'm soooooo consulting u for the menu (i can't think of a good name for the cockle-&-cashew nut sandwich) :D
    eiling: yeah, it's a cool concept! it looks modern, but it has all those little touches that remind us of our past =)

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  29. The Cockle Cuckold? That sounds like one sandwich to... AVOID. :P

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  30. lfb: oh ye of little faith. the brininess of the cockles combined with the nuttiness of the cashews and the carbohydratey warmth of the bread would provide a one-way ticket to gastronomic heaven :D

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