Chinese New Year is about three things:
- More food,
- Even more food.
Don’t you agree?
年初二 Day Two we had a somewhat lavish 开年饭 at home. On 年初三 Day Three, breakfast was salad and kimchi sandwich and lunch was porridge (congee). Mom wanted us to detox from all those meat, because we are going to eat out for dinner and that means more meat.
Dinner was at a place of dad’s friend’s friend’s friend. The place is supposed to be good, it got 10 out of 10 good reviews. Of course, all 10 reviews are from dad’s friends and dad’s friend’s friends.
The place is called 心意小厨 Mind Kitchen. It is located in Taman Midah, Cheras. It is basically facing the main road, Jalan Cheras, directly opposite Shell and McDonald’s on the other side. You either know or do not know. I’ll share the address at the end of the post.
The place was closed for two days and re-opened for business on Day Three, and they have four different set menu. There were 7 of us, so we went for the RM288 set.
Speaking of which, this year’s CNY has left me somewhat perplexed. I know more and more people are opting to remain in KL instead of making the torturous journey back to the hometowns made worse with hundreds of kilometers of traffic jam. I expected the malls to remain open and while the shops might be 50-50, the restaurants would remain open. That’s how it was last year. But not this year. This year, it seems that the shops have remained open while most restaurants opted to close for the first two days of CNY. I read that many people who visit the malls were left hungry.
I asked a restaurateur friend why he is not doing business on the first few days of CNY. Apparently he is wary of social media and blogs. You see, during CNY, there would be no fresh ingredients, so if he wants to open for business, he would have stock up on ingredients before CNY, and then cook with those not-so-fresh ingredients. As a result, food quality would be compromised. It used to be alright 5 or 10 years ago, when people generally understood that when you eat out during CNY, you expect the food to be sub-par. The current generation (people like me) though, are less forgiving. If he serves sub-par food during CNY, in the eyes of the younger customers it would still be his fault and he would soon see negative comments on his restaurant in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Not to mention that he would need to pay triple to the workers to come in for the holidays.
“I have to spend more and cannot charge more, and I have to worry that some customers might ruin my restaurant’s reputation for ensuring they get some food to eat. What for? Better to take a break, you bloggers and Facebookers can go hungry for all I care!“, he said. I suspect these are the same concerns that most restaurateurs face in recent years.
Anyway, back to my dinner. We did the Lou Sang routine again (no photo), and then here’s pictures of the other dishes..
Yeah, I have no idea what fish is Hong Mei Fu fish exactly…
I think they were not able to get fresh scallops, so they replaced it with mussels..
Yeah, almond my foot. It is basically tinned pineapple mixed with tinned lychee and syrup..
The food was pretty decent. This place is not exactly a restaurant, so their dishes have a rather homey taste. The few deviations from the published menu, while it might draw the wrath of some people, it is fine for me and my family. I guess we would fall under the category of being unprincipled in the eyes of some, but I would rather think that we are decent people, capable of understanding the limitations of running a business (refer to the points mentioned above).
If you want me to rate this Mind Kitchen, I would probably give it a 7 out of 10..
If you want to find this place, here’s the address: No. 28, Jalan Midah 1, Taman Midah Cheras, 56000, Kuala Lumpur.
Or you can call Grace at the phone number shown in the photo of the menu above.
Oh, that’s not the end of our food though. We decided to have a very belated cake blowing session with mom after all. Bro and his girlfriend got this cake from Komugi (a Japanese bakery) in Pavilion.
It is called the Tofu Cheese, the whole cake is RM 65, and it is super yummy!