Couple of months back, I blogged about a lovely Chinese restaurant in Hartamas that serves mainly Taiwanese dishes. So you can imagine my delight when I found out that FONG LYE has set up a branch at The Gardens Mid Valley while walking there one evening. You see work brings me to malls like Mid Valley almost on a daily basis, and after awhile you crave for new places to eat.
The concept of Fong Lye at The Gardens is slightly different from the one in Hartamas as they serve mainly set meals, which are quick, easy, fast and they cater mostly for individual portions. Taiwanese bentos perfect for those looking for wholesome and fast lunches.
Well anyway, we were there for dinner. But doesn’t make the experience any less delightful. Liz ordered the Chicken Chop La Mian Set as she’s a white meat eater. McCutie join her chicken brigade by ordering Steamed (or was it smoked?) Chicken Rice Set. I struggled a little with the menu, torn between a few choices, eventually settled with the Sizzling Beef Rice Set. Being the greedy pigs we all were, we couldn’t help ourselves by getting side orders of Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Balls from the snack menu.
McCutie’s chicken was tender and soft. Tasty even for something that looks so plain. Liz’s noodle soup wasn’t bad! My beef was made of thinly sliced beef fried over a hot pan with dried chili, ginger, spring onions and a little vinegar to spice things up was superb and tasteful. Overall, the mains were great.
The snacks did not fail in comparison either. Presentation was great. The Taiwanese fried chicken came in a basket topped with fried curry leaves while the Sweet Potato balls where golden when they arrived. The aroma was too alluring for us to keep our chopsticks away. The balls were different from the ones I used to have when I was a kid from Petaling Street. This was made with glutinous rice flour meshed with sweet potatoes and deep fried. The flour expands to great a big air bubble in the middle making it hollow on the inside and crispy gooey on the outer epidermis. Yummylicious!
They even have quite a good selection of tea served here and we went with ROSE BUD OOLONG TEA from the hills of Taiwan. Simply wonderful.
This is rather out of character for me, no matter how much I like to eat at a place I would normally pace myself so I won’t get bored of it that fast. But the following afternoon I would myself once again roaming Mid Valley after a meeting and needed lunch. No guessing where I ended up! this time round I ordered the TEA SMOKED DUCK with RICE VERMICELLI. I have to say if you ever go there to eat…just order this if duck’s your thing. The taste is delicate, somewhat salty with a hint of sweetness to the meat and aromas coming from the tea. Do not let the clear and plain looking soup for the vermicelli fool you. A slurp of the flavourful soup cooked will have you hooked immediately. Quench all these down with a glass of refreshing ICED PEACH OOLONG TEA, kinda remind me of Starbuck’s Iced Lemon Shaken Tea which is perfect for a hot afternoon.