I think it was the first time that I actually traveled home for the Mid Autumn dinner ever since I moved to Penang for work. Turns out it was also the first time we did not do any elaborate Mid Autumn dinner. It was on Thursday and my siblings were all at work so it was kind of difficult, I guess.
Instead, we went out the following day, since it was a public holiday (Malaysia Day). We went to the Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya. Originally, we went there because dad heard of a certain London based famous roasted duck place having an outlet there, and he wanted to try it. I forgot the name of that place.
Turns out that place has already closed down quite a while ago. What a bummer. So we decided to look for some other place to have lunch. Now, we wanted to go Chinese food, and from what we saw in the directory, it was either Canton-i or this:
Canton-i is, well, you know… meh. So we chose this instead: 帝味 Di Wei Restaurant.
The place looked intimidatingly expensive even from the outside. But heck, for once-in-a-while occasions, what the heck, right? Just go in lah!
One inconvenient fact about this restaurant: they have tables for 4 and tables for 10. There were 5 of us and the table for 4 was too small for us, so we ended up occupying half a large table, making it somewhat difficult to have conversations throughout the meal. I hope this restaurant will introduce medium sized tables in their layout.
This time I did the ordering. I was worried that I might not remember the name of the dishes, so I snapped a picture of this order chit.
This BBQ 3 Combi platter left me in no doubt that this is a fine dining-esque Chinese restaurant. There were 5 of us, so we were served 5 pieces of each type of meats. You can’t have more than 1 piece per person. Drat… The meats were of decent quality though. We actually ordered this because we set out to eat roasted duck, so I made sure we really got to eat it even if not from the same restaurant.
Also I remember in the menu, this dish was called 三剑客. The Three Musketeers…
I think it means Stir Fried Garoupa with XO Sauce. I was slightly disappointed when this arrived and it looked nothing like the picture in the menu. The picture showed a fish dish with significantly more gravy and the gravy was light color. Taste wise I think it was alright, did not leave a lasting impression though…
Braised Broccoli with… B Pith… & Mushrooms. Wait, what the heck was B Pith? I don’t remember much of how this dish tasted. It didn’t make a lasting impression too. Was it fish maw? But no way fish maw spells as B Pith.
Oh, wait, I think it was bamboo shoots. 竹笋, yeah. But what’s with Pith? Bamboo Pith? Hmmm… 🙄
This is straightforward. Stew Eggplant with Pork. Known in Chinese as 鱼香茄子. This is a dish best eaten together with rice because the gravy is so sooooo fragrant thanks to the usage of salted fish. But some restaurants do this poorly and the thing ended up being too overly salty.
The one we ordered here was perfect. Good flavors without being too overbearing…
Hmm… oh yes. Crab Meat and Crab Roe Homemade Bean Curd in Sauce. This was another greatly executed dish. The bean curd was fried crispy on the outside and gooey soft on the inside. The gravy was prime for eating with rice too. Yumsss…
I didn’t take pictures of the dim sum. I also didn’t take note of the individual prices. All I remember is signing of the credit card bill for the total price of RM257. Service charge 10% and GST 6% included.
I wanted to say it was bloody expensive. But then, for a meal for 5 adults, in a fine dining-esque Chinese restaurant in a shopping mall, in KL… that sounds about right, no? 🙄
It was a lovely lunch though…