Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Wine Shop

A convenient venue for us to pluck moderately priced wine off the shelves.

The Wine Shop's South African reds are value for money, with a reasonable range below RM100. Here's a nice Neethlingshof Shiraz (2004).

Lazy Bay Shiraz (2007). Glug glug glug.

The Wine Shop serves no food, so we paired its booze with Go Gourmet's Asian fare, including these refreshingly tangy Vietnamese rice paper wraps, filled with marinated chicken, pickles & herbs.

Duck spring rolls. Crisply fried, but contained very little meat for RM10.

Chicken wings, generously stuffed with glass noodles & minced chicken meat. One of our favorites from Go Gourmet; expertly prepared, boasting a flavorful juiciness.

Roast duck, roast chicken & chicken thigh "char siew." Decent, but less than awesome. At least it's all tender and all halal, all the time (we think).

Kung po chicken (kinda wish they had served this in paper cartons instead, reminiscent of the stereotypical Chinese takeout). Slightly sweet, slightly spicy, ultimately unmemorable.

Singapore chili prawns. Lacked the finger-lickin'-good succulence of the best ones out there. And no, unfortunately, Go Gourmet doesn't offer Singapore chili crabs.

Stir-fried chicken with cashews, onions, pineapples, peppers & roasted chilies.

Chinese greens with garlic, for a dose of fiber & vitamins. Not overcooked, mercifully.

Kangkung belacan. Far too fiery; we gasped, gagged and gave up halfway through this.

Ninety-nine bottles of wine on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of wine on the wall, take one down, pass it around...

The Wine Shop,
Asian Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur.


  1. I wonder how does one pair kangkung belacan with wine? :P

  2. Kenny: can try at simply mel's, since they serve both kangkung belacan and wine there now! (I'm betting wine goes better with kangkung than beer, heheh) :D

  3. Oh they allow you to bring in food??

  4. Rebecca: ya, but need to take the food containers away ourselves after eating and dispose of them on our own :D

  5. i still don't know how asian dishes can fit with wines and spirits... either i'm not well verse enough in wines or i just don't like the idea of drinking alcohol?

  6. Eh I thought you bought the wine home! Imagine if someone goes in with a few Big Macs..great pairing eh =D

  7. Kangkung and wine...never knew that could work. I know two friends who will love this place. :)

  8. michelle: yeah, it's difficult to have spicy food and enjoy wine at the same time. my suggestion would be: pair cheap wine with spicy cuisine, and save the pricey wine for other occasions :D
    dropsofcontentment: heheh, i'm thinking it'd be tricky to find suitable wine to partner well with McD's or KFC or most other fast food! for once, i think i'd agree to having beer with those burgers and fried chicken instead! =)
    bangsar-babe: actually it doesn't really work well with red wine. i think white wine would have been better. but it was just another excuse for us to guzzle some booze, heh :D

  9. so you can drink the wine at the shop itself? If you needed food, can you BYOF?!! hahah

  10. eiling: heheh, yep, though i think they prefer if you order from the restaurant next door! :D

  11. i drink with with chinese food ALL the time. Wine goes with everything!! come on!!! :P

  12. ciki: you and me can drink the city dry! :D

  13. GW:

    ther is very good german wines who goes very well with spicy asian food!


  14. uwe: thanks, received your email. will definitely contact you if i need any german wine. good luck! :D