Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chinese Cottage

The closest thing to a Chinese "tai chow" place at Solaris Dutamas.

Clams with noodles, wolfberries & dates. In our version of The Hunger Games, ravenous customers will fight each other to the death for the last bit of briny broth.

Wild boar curry. The spices may sting, but the savory-juicy hog flesh still shines.

Bitter gourd, coated in creamy, cholesterol-crammed salted egg.

Chicken with crispy ginger. The cost? About RM75 for four dishes. Not too bad?

Adding to Chinese Cottage's advantage: no corkage charge! Buy a bottle at Ben's Independent Grocer downstairs & bring it over. Note that Chinese Cottage has very limited wine glasses.

It's worth walking around Solaris & stopping at low-profile cafes, like One Sweet One Night.

Sago-stewed papaya, for dessert. Pleasantly milky & not overly sweet, but forget about trying to scrape the fruit from the papaya skin; it's suspiciously hardened.

No cocktails here, though run-of-the-mill wine & beer are available.

Avocado-chocolate juice. One Sweet One Night's iPad menu broadcasts a sweeping selection of fusion fare _ everything from mango beef rolls to avocado-black pepper chicken chop _ which might be worth checking out sometime. Or maybe not.


Chinese Cottage,
D1-G3-9, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

One Sweet One Night,
A2-G2-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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26 comments:

  1. oooh, my chinese stomach's growling for some good grubs. and those look yummers. which row is it on? I get confused with the the whole solaris/publika lah.

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    1. Qwazymonkey: lotsa good Chinese grub here, including all the steamed fish, claypot prawns & stir-fried pork =) this one is actually very near marmalade, the row of shops facing the playground that's outside publika if you exit the building from the floor above wondermilk

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  2. ooh they serve my favorite wild boar curry!

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    1. Michelle: it's something i always try to order too if i see it on the menu :D

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  3. think i need to make more than 1 trip here ,lol

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    1. Jeffrey: heh, three trips may be needed :D

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  4. Wild boar hooray! Name one wild boar dish you'd like to have?

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    1. Kenny: oooh, ermm, wild boar fettuccine in a meat sauce maybe! or errrr wild boar with stewed pumpkin, if you mean something chinese :D

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    2. Wild boar tomyam? LOL
      I like the 1st three dishes, but not sure how the chicken with crispy ginger taste like? Nice?

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    3. CK: nooo, i don't like tomyam (but i guess you'll be having a lot of tomyam later this week, heheh)! :D ohh, the chicken is nice, quite crispy but not oily. but not much ginger flavor. even the fried ginger slices taste a bit like fried potatoes or fried garlic :D

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  5. good wine pairing. Rose pairs very well with chinese food and this place looks like a more "atas" tai chow to me.

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    1. Eiling: heh, yeah, rose is my "safe" option whenever i'm not sure what might go well with all the dishes =) ya, it's air-conditioned comfort here, with relatively good service during dinnertime, when there's not too much of a crowd :D

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  6. Ooh...that briny seafood noodles looks like something i need right now - delish! Like Munkey, I need to feel my way around this confusing place called Publika/Solaris Dutamas, hehe!

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    1. Pureglutton: i was pleasantly surprised by how yummy those clam noodles were :D heheh, i spent several weeks getting confused by publika/dutamas, but i can now claim to know the place pretty well! phew! :D

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  7. The bitter gourd looks delicious, not too sure whether is healthy though =)

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    1. Smitten: heheh, yeah, i guess bitter gourd by itself is healthy, but adding the salted egg yolk makes it wicked! :D

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  8. d lala with noodles looks good le ....
    i love lala and nowadays i always take lala in my economy rice during lunch...
    sago stewed papaya ... something new to me...

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    1. Simple person: oh, sounds like a nice lunch! La-la is quite fun to eat =) ya, the papaya is a bit strange. I wonder who came up with that recipe, heh :D

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  9. Chicken with crispy ginger? I love that dish and haven't had many good ones. This one looks like a must have this very weekend. Together with the utterly good looking clam noodles. And one brilliant way to make the hubster eat bittergourd...that style served with lots of salted egg goodness.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i haven't had much experience with crispy ginger chicken recipes! i'd love to try versions of it at other restaurants =) heh, when i was a kid, i hated bitter gourd. but now i'm learning to appreciate it :D

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  10. Wah! all the dishes look superb(maybe im hungry now) and I just wrote about wolfberries on cikipedia:p must be a sign! Gonna go get me some chinese noodles or soup now;)

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    1. Ciki: our stars are aligned! fate is telling us to forage for wolfberries! :D

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  11. Avocado and chocolate juice - I've had that somewhere else before. It was delicious. :)

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    1. Huai Bin: i lurve avocado, but hmmmm, i think i'd have preferred an avocado-vanilla ice cream milkshake :D

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  12. Anyone has the telephone number for Chinese Cottage at Publika Dutamas?

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  13. Hi Sean , May i have you contact please? pls email me bboyinn93@hotmail.com or 016-6389369 by whatsapp or sms . thank you very much

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