Thursday, September 5, 2013

Foodtique @ Bangsar & Chang Xian @ Solaris Dutamas

Scrounging for satisfying Chinese cooking? Here are two fresh possibilities: Foodtique, which opened this month at Bangsar, & Chang Xian, one of Solaris Dutamas' more recent additions.

Foodtique's one of the most eye-pleasing new eateries to populate Telawi this year; sure, some folks might insist that only the taste of food should matter at a restaurant, but that's a sad repudiation of the importance of sight & our other senses in creating a well-rounded experience.

Luscious, crispy-skin goose, gorgeously roasted & dripping in savory juices, RM75 for a substantial cross-section of dark meat. Foodtique is run by the folks behind Empire Gallery's Four Seasons, so there's lots of fowl play here, from aromatic duck to steamed chicken.

Foodtique is a no-pork outlet; some people will whine about the absence of siu yok & char siu, but it's still reassuring to welcome a new Chinese outlet to this neighborhood following the recent demise of Bangsar Village's Reunion. Wine is expected to be offered eventually.

Foodtique kowtows to fusion flavors here & there; this fried rice with foie gras, smoked duck & tobiko flying fish roe (RM20) is fairly fun. Customers can also sample recipes such as salads of soft-shell crab with avocado or salmon with rocket leaves.

If you enjoyed learning about Foodtique in this entry, please remember to return to this site on Oct. 1, when we unveil "Eat Drink KL: 100F," the next stage in this blog's evolution, comprising a new resource that we hope this city's restaurant lovers will support; it'll be free of charge, but it'll require a substantial readership in order to become sustainable.

Next up, for rainy-night comfort: Chang Xian, which is flying under the radar in Solaris Dutamas.

Chang Xian puts plenty of stock in its steamboat soups: Choose from the likes of the lamb-heavy signature broth, flooded with the meatiest of flavors ...

... or herbal shark bone (not fins), peppery pork belly, bitter gourd, white fungus & more. Mostly RM4 before taxes for unlimited servings.

Pork pleasure: Kidneys, small intestines, liver & abdomen, about RM5 per plate ...

... with skin & blood. No part is wasted or too weird for this steamboat selection.

Chicken in Chinese wine (RM8), the top pick in the poultry section.

Squid tentacles (RM5); the seafood selection includes scallops, oysters & clams.

Seaweed strips & coriander leaves help bring some green into our lives.

Can't skip the eggs, century, quail & hen's, all equally a pleasure.

Delicious? Definitely. We should do steamboats more often, maybe.

Chang Xian's house-made sauces are nice too, though certainly on the spicy side.

Hurray! No corkage charge; buy a bottle at Ben's Independent Grocer to bring here.

Foodtique,
Telawi Square, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Tous Les Jours.
Open daily, morning through night.

Chang Xian,
A2-G1-8, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Same row as Ante & Pappa Rich.
Tel: 03-6206-3928

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30 comments:

  1. Did you ask the owner why no char siew or siew yoke? I don't one will miss them given the variety offered! The smoked duck must be one of their specialty!

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    1. Wong: ya, they're not serving pork cos they want to attract muslim customers in this neighborhood, I figure. But you're right, the variety here is very wide, so we can have a full meal without any pork, heh. The smoked duck does appear in quite a few of their dishes on the menu =)

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  2. Crispy-skin goose, I haven't had that for ages! Time to have some. hehehe

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, it had been a very long time for me too! luckily the goose here is meaty and satisfying, heheh =)

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  3. dammit sean, how the heck could you have beaten me to foodtique, when 1. its down the road from where i work, 2. we put in most of the clientele in telawi square... grrrr...

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    1. FBB: heheh, you can check it out for friday lunch! duck in here for a platter of roast duck ... maybe we'd even bump into each other here, i hope! =)

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  4. Yes...steamboat is the best for rainy days...especially with kick-ass sauces! =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, i'm not really familiar with the best places for steamboat, so it's nice that there's this easy & excellent option at solaris dutamas now =)

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    2. Let's steamboat at NSK Kuchai Lama one of these days...they have a fresh seafood market within and they serve Sapporo Premium too! =)

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    3. Ulric: ooo, am always game for fresh seafood (and I guess Sapporo premium would go well with that) =)

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  5. Everything looks so good here! I'll skip those organs :x

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    1. Ken: heheh, i like organs! especially liver, heh. the one i'd skip would probably be kidneys =)

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  6. Oooo...goose! But I prefer duck. Goose does not have that smell that puts people off...but I love that! But no duck, goose also can do... LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i like both! i don't really find goose to be particularly gamy though, but maybe cos i enjoy the flavor of both goose and duck, heh :D

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  7. Wow, I am learning so much about foods from you, Sean. I can't say that I would try anything on these menus, though. :) I do like the decor.

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    1. Linda: oh yep, i enjoy learning more about different sorts of food, and i'd like to try everything (well, nearly everything, heh) :D and yup, the decor's pretty cool =)

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  8. The steamboat options are brilliant!!! I will stay away from the blood though.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, there's both variety and quality packed in the steamboat here. heheh, there was too much blood on the plate though, we could barely finish all those cubes =)

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  9. Gosh, I saw the chicken in chinese wine and pork kidney.. reminds me of my confinement food! Hehehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: hahah, i hope those memories are not unpleasant! i'm a fan of chicken in chinese wine! kidney, maybe not so much :D

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  10. Both serving nice Chinese dishes. I don't like the kidney. But people said its good :-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, it's good to have more places that offer good chinese fare. heheh, i prefer liver compared to kidney, though i'm not sure what the health benefits of both are =)

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  11. wow, siu gap again, so mouth watering, liked it! =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: hahah, ya, goose is always good :D

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    2. hehe, just have it yesterday~ XD

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    3. Mr Lonely: yay, hope you enjoyed it =)

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  12. I eat blood. is that bad? :P

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    1. Ciki: we can form a club of blood-eaters. it might not be a very big club though :D

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  13. The steamboat is pretty reasonably priced for Solaris/Publika area right?

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    1. Rebecca: oh yeah, can definitely have a very hearty meal for well below RM50 per person =)

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