Wednesday, July 17, 2013

YouMiQi Cuisine @ Old Klang Road

Scarcely 400 meters from Mid Valley, this recent entry to Old Klang Road offers interesting Chinese Shunde-style specialties that make it worth a visit or two.

Start with a steamboat-like stew, brimming with whatever seafood you'd select from the menu.

Our picks: Braised mud crabs, tiger prawns & mactra clams, complemented with roast pork belly & bean curd strips for extra bite & flavor.

The crab tastes as fresh & meaty-juicy as we could have hoped for. A real pleasure.

Ideal for a cold night. We'd have liked to cast some fish into this mix, but those one-kilogram catfish & groupers would make the expense sting too much. With 800 grams of crab, 300 of prawns & 500 of clams, the cost for this stew surpassed RM150.

Clay pot rice, topped with eel; another piping-hot, appetite-arousing recipe.

The slickly firm, well-separated feel of the grains is terrific, but more generous portions of eel might make this more flavorsome. Still, for RM35++, it's not a ripoff.

Offal lovers can make merry at YouMiQi, thanks to treats like pork heart steamed with plums ...

... pork tongue irresistibly fried with broccoli (RM25++) ...

... & funky-looking chicken giblets (RM25++) that supply a springy crunch. Tastes rarely come more acquired than this.

Surprise! YouMiQi imposes no corkage charge, so bring every bottle you can carry.

This restaurant can get packed during peak dinner hours; head here before 7pm or after 9am to stave off the risk of being turned away. Service is efficient but polite at best.

YouMiQi is on Jalan Klang Lama; it'll be on your left as you drive toward Mid Valley, just before the Valenza budget hotel, where customers can park.

YouMiQi Cuisine (restaurant photos snapped after every customer had left),
57, Batu 3, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7980-0855
Open daily for lunch & dinner

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50 comments:

  1. Love the concept of the steamboat-like stew...best of all u get to pick what to put in it! =)

    Clay pot eel rice looks delish...while offals warms my heart...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, there's a real temptation to just throw in EVERYTHING into the stew! that would make it delicious (but it'd cost a bomb, heh) =)
      ya, i probably over-ordered, but couldn't resist trying the eel rice (i love the rice 'kerak' at the bottom of the pot). and there's even more types of offal on the menu, from kidneys to liver to tripe =)

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    2. Haha...seldom u over-ordered...d selection must have been too tempting...hehe =)

      Tripe n chicken gizza...I m ecstatic! :D

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    3. Ulric: heh, yeah, this is one of those places where it might be helpful to dine in larger groups :D so many organs, so little stomach space! =)

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    4. Oya! Especially if u dump everything but the kitchen sink in the steamboat-like stew...was the broth rich n milky?...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: i think if i had dumped in a fish or an extra crab, it would have been richer and milkier. it was good enough, and we finished the soup, but maybe in comparison to western-style seafood broths, it was milder in flavor, heh =)

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  2. Interesting restaurant....will bring my own wine there! :)

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    1. “追食富迪”: heheh, ya, i really appreciate restaurants that allow us to bring our wine without any charges =)

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  3. Gimme the pork heart yum yum!

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    1. Kelly: i'm hoping to see more pork heart on more menus in the future, heh! :D

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  4. *applause all round* These look fantastic especially the steamboat.

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    1. Cquek: yeah, it was quite a satisfying chinese meal! :D

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  5. What a find. And the soup base does look unique compared to the other usual steamboat base.

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    1. TNG: ya, they named it 'superior soup.' a good alternative to other steamboat, yeah, though definitely costlier =)

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  6. The only Shunde thing I've ever tried is the ginger milk pudding. Read somewhere that a lot of great Chinese chefs come from Shunde region.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i suspect that's probably true. it might be a fertile land for farmed produce as well as livestock, etc :D

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  7. I really like the warm decor, and the rice looks really good!

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    1. Linda: yeah, the decor here has a nice elegance to it. and i think we finished every spoonful of the rice! =)

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  8. Slurps... Food looks great. Name sounds like Yomeishi, the wine for ladies in confinement?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, good place for fans of chinese food. i'm not quite a fan of the name YouMiQi though ... it's a bit difficult for me to remember, heheh :D

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  9. wow, i like crab so much and damn miss chinese food! T.T!

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    1. Mr Lonely: i like crab meat but i'm always lazy to peel through the shell, heheh :D hope u get some good chinese food soon, ya! =)

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  10. so there's like 2kg of food right there.. minus the shells n stuff, maybe 1kg?

    quite impressive! hahaha.

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    1. KY: heh, impressive considering this was only two people eating everything! :D

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  11. nice place! nice food! nice environment!
    love what u share.. thanks :)

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    1. 镜框外ザ軒: hope you manage to check out this place someday =)

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  12. I would love to have that steamboat-like stew with seafood, especially on cold days. Real comfort! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: true, i think this is the perfect food for rainy nights! helps to warm us up and fill us up :D

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  13. Pork heart steamed with plums sound good to me! And near our place too. :P

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    1. CK: ya, that's a fun recipe. oh ya, it's only 10 minutes drive from your apartment, i think! :D

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  14. This is something new. I pass by on my way to work every day and yet I didn't notice this restaurant.

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    1. Chong: ya, i think its signage and overall position might not be that noticeable. but i guess it's starting to do well through word of mouth :D

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  15. Wow...love that hotpot of seafood goodness!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, it's the precious bounty of the ocean! :D

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  16. Look at that claw! It's my fav part of the crab.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, that's definitely the part to get for the most meat in the crab :D

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  17. The steamboat pot is tasty I had it I think a mth back. . But expensive easily 150 plus. . And they charge for opening d stove..rm 15..

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    1. Tummydog: definitely need to budget at least RM50 per person to have a steamboat/stew dinner here! =)

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  18. The steam boat stew in a big wok looks promising !

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    1. Wong: yups, its level of tastiness will depend on what you choose, i think! =)

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  19. This looks like a hearty spot. I can certainly do with some eel claypot rice...even the crabs...I hear them call my name!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, when food calls our name, we must answer! :D yeah, some good stuff here =)

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  20. Tried going to this place tonight after reading this review. Stuck in the traffic for 40 minutes to reach here and both the restaurant and hotel car park full, had to park in front of Volkswagen. Only to find out that they are full :-(
    Is it really good that I shd brave the traffic again?

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    1. Yun Qi: sorry to hear about the trouble. No, it's not worth so much frustration, but I suspect it might be because it's a Friday night. Maybe can try again on a day when there'd be less traffic, and if you're able to arrive there either very early (before 630) or a bit later (930pm onwards). I hope you manage to visit someday, but if not, no worries, it's not a must-visit, I believe =)

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  21. Btw, I did went back, just couldn't resist the pictures here
    But eventually I didn't order the stew, it's just way too much for 2 pax! I ordered a fish soup, 1 vege and 1 claypot rice and we couldn't even finish those. Bad news was, found a fly in the soup when we were half way through. The crew was nice to offer a replacement dish but we decline since we were already full and they didn't charge us for it. Another thing is, the captain, and some of the waiters were from Elegant Inn, so service wise, they are quite good
    Not sure if I'll ever be back, the fly incident is still bothering me, but if I do, definitely will be at least 4-6 pax so I could try the stew or steamboat

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    1. Yun Qi: yikes, sorry to hear about the fly in the soup, but i guess it's a positive sign that the crew decided not to charge you for it. i didn't realize the waiters were from elegant inn, so thanks for the info =)

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  22. =( sorry to hear about fly too .. but cannot denied the food there was awesome i went twice with my bosses Yumm Yummm and the service is excellent =D!!!

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  23. Can we make a reservation for our 30 years reunion next Feb 2014? Do they serve lunch?

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  24. First time visit here for my late birthday celebration. The service is good when there is a jockey parking when we reached, waiter always serve the table in a good manner. The food is good and the environment is good too. I would said, the environment, food and server is good. After paid the bills and step out from the restaurant. Unsatisfied service is occur when the jockeys just service for the big car, they will passed the key to the ower infront of the restaurant. But, for smaller car... the owner need to took their car from the park area without any service from the jockeys. This attitude made me very mad and disappointed with the service provided. Please bear in mind, if jockey is there... please provide the same good service to customer from first to last. Even though customer drive a small car doesn't' mean they will not be your customer again in the future.

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  25. First time visit here for my late birthday celebration. The service is good when there is a jockey parking when we reached, waiter always serve the table in a good manner. The food is good and the environment is good too. I would said, the environment, food and server is good. After paid the bills and step out from the restaurant. Unsatisfied service is occur when the jockeys just service for the big car, they will passed the key to the ower infront of the restaurant. But, for smaller car... the owner need to took their car from the park area without any service from the jockeys. This attitude made me very mad and disappointed with the service provided. Please bear in mind, if jockey is there... please provide the same good service to customer from first to last. Even though customer drive a small car doesn't' mean they will not be your customer again in the future.

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