Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Zhou Restaurant @ Scott Garden, Old Klang Road

This Penang-based porridge specialist, which runs multiple branches in Georgetown, has expanded south to the Klang Valley, opening outlets at Scott Garden & SS2 in recent weeks.

Zhou's calling card: the creativity channeled through its congee. Here's where patrons can have piping-hot pumpkin porridge with frog legs (RM11.80 before taxes) ...

 ... herbal porridge with raw salmon (RM11.80) ...

... & laksa-paste porridge with beef & egg (RM10.80). These prices are reasonable, considering each bowl is pretty big, & the soft, smooth texture should satisfy fans of congee. But the flavors seem too weak & bland to leave a lingering impression.

 A better bet: the congee steamboat; a RM40 serving is sufficient for two or three diners, who can choose from a selection of flavor bases including Szechuan spicy, tomyam, curry, prawn & fish.

Lots to toss into the steamboat: Prawns, broccoli, egg, crab meat, crab sticks, battered fish fillet, fish maw, fish balls, Taiwan-style sausages, mushrooms, sliced pork & fried beancurd skin.

The result's thick, hearty & fulfilling, thanks largely to the multitude of savory ingredients.

Not into congee? Zhou also serves a small variety of East Asian-inspired fare that range from Hong Kong's sweet-salty Swiss chicken (RM18 for half a chicken) ... 

 ... to crisply addictive, deliciously spiced Taiwanese fried chicken (RM11.90).

Roast duck, siu yok & char siew are available too; all in all, Zhou has both hits & misses, but it's probably still worth a mention.

Zhou Porridge Restaurant,
1-17, 1st Floor, Scott Garden, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 11am-midnight. Tel: 03-7980-1277

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18 comments:

  1. Woooo....I love congee! Drooling!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i'm not really a major fan, but it was a good meal for a rainy night! :D

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  2. Oh this place.... no thanks. Too much msg found in their congee, we discovered thirst after the meal. Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and your family Sean :)

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    1. Ken: ooo interestingly enough, that's not a problem at all at this kl branch. The food wasn't salty and we weren't thirsty, heh. Maybe they made amendments in their recipes, hmmm.. But at any rate, here's wishing u and your loved ones a wonderful festive season too =)

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  3. I'd add some siuyoke in that porridge, perfect!

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    1. KY: that would be an excellent addition, thumbs up to that! :D

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  4. A congee paradise! Loving the frog legs pumpkin one...shud go well with the roasts too =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, ya, I think you're right, order some extra roasts and eat with the congee. The pumpkin one was interesting cos got lumps of pumpkin inside, though not flavorful enough unfortunately =)

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    2. Not enuff MSG maybe...hehe :P

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    3. Ulric: haha, ya. I reckon no MSG in this case. Wouldn't mind a bit here actually =)

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  5. I don't believe I have tried any of this, Sean! Great review, as always...Merry Christmas to you from a cold and snow covered Montreal! :)

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    1. Linda: thanks! yeah, it was a fun experience =) merry christmas to you from a humid and occasionally rainy kuala lumpur! =)

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  6. LOL!
    Mild flavoured congee sounds like my thing! HAhaha! I'll flavour it by eating with meat etc.
    Never a fan of MSG.

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    1. Rebecca: heh, ya, you have a good point. maybe it is better after all to add meat to flavor the congee rather than have msg in it =)

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  7. wow...unique porridge!
    porridge steamboat would be a comfort meal during rainy evening :-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, interesting recipes here =) and it's raining this evening! porridge steamboat night, haha :D

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  8. Porridge goodness...gonna check out the pumpkin with frogs legs. Perfect for my current flu-cough bout!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ohh, i hope the porridge helps at least a little bit to remedy your health ... get well before 2014, ya!

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