i was in Genting Highlands with family the last last weekend, a short getaway to run away from hot stuffy Malacca weather (Malacca hasn’t rained for two months, not one drop. i drafted this last week, at this point, Malacca has got rained on last Saturday!). but it seems like Genting Highlands is not as cosy as before. still so muchy better than downtown though!
arrived in Genting only to be greeted by the news of missing plane of MH 370, which dampened our mood instantly. i don’t have any close acquaintance on that flight but i sincerely hope that they will come back soon.
back to Genting,
i brought my huge ass canggih camera, Hugo, along and all i snapped were food, and only food. food blogger at heart haha! explored three restaurants during our stay. and by the pace i blog, i think it’s rational to blog them all in one post instead of splitting it by restaurants which i might take a year to complete wtf.
Day 1: March 8th, 2014 [Saturday]
Western Food @ New Orleans Barbeque
we had our first dinner at New Orleans Barbeque, located inside of Monte Carlo Casino. Casiono is forever crowded, more so on a weekend! luckily we went in slightly before dinner time, managed to seize a table of six!
New Orleans Barbeque offers western cuisine at unbelievably reasonable price! dining ambiance is cosy, like duh. we opted tables by the windows, to ease food photography hehe. this restaurant overlooks the theme park and first world hotels. now that the theme park has been demolished and under reconstruction, all you see are the colorful building and a space of wreck.
when my family last visited Genting (without me), brother brought them to this restaurant and daddy sang praise to the baby pork ribs! so we were back again for a re-inspection visit!
fluffy soft bread to appease hungry diners.
we tried all their starters, and we collectively adored the Chicken Nugget! at first i thought they would serve us some commercial nugget but wait staff assured that it’s homemade, glad that we ordered that! it’s a dish of deep fried meat pieces seasoned with fermented bean curb 南乳 (a rare seasoning in western restaurant) resulting a super fragrant and flavourful nugget. crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. absolutely divine!
Calamari Rings and Soft Shell Crab were deep fried to perfecto! so crunchy that you could hear crackling in your mouth, in a good way though. flavour was pretty straightforward, not muchy of surprise. sorry ar, the Chicken Nugget won our heart. Buffalo Wings were lackluster compared to the other starters. i prefer Plan B‘s! 😛
deep fried thinly-sliced pork chop served on a bed of lyonnaise potato, a French dish of sauteed potato and onion.
spaghetti tossed in tomato-based sauce topped with finely-grated cheese.
lasagna was exceptionally delightful. exceptionally cos i don’t usually enjoy lasagna. generous amount of minced meat layered with lasagna pasta and red sauce. it’s not too creamy to my liking. i always prefer red sauce than white.
this, ladies and gentlemen, is an immaculate slab of pan fried salmon. soft and succulent! it’s 3/4 done as the center part was still slightly raw. i love it this way. should have taken a photograph of it, i was too engrossed eating la.
i couldn’t taste what exactly was the sauce made up of, but it’s sourish, which didn’t overpower the salmon, on the other hand, it enhanced the flavour. would order this again next time!
you know how my homie and i used to joke. whenever i cook a salmon, mostly pan fried, i would tell her, “eh if it’s not cook, we have it as sashimi ar!” haha.
the main limelight of the dinner was this dish, which turned out to be, unfortunately, a huge disappointment. it’s not succulent, lack of depth in flavouring, inadequate seasoning. the only thing applaudable is its fall-of-bone tenderness. but that’s not suffice to make it up. so yeah, boo hoo.
New Orleans Barbeque
Level 2, Highlands Hotel,
Sunday – Friday 1100 – 0000
Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday 1100 – 0200
Day 2: March 9th, 2014 [Sunday]
Fusion Cuisine @ Hou Mei 好味
Hou Mei is a new Chinese restaurant situated at Resort Hotel which offers a range of international and local noodle cuisine, from Taiwan to Vietnam, and from Japanese to Szechuan!
we ordered quite a variety of noodle dishes. to conclude, i love the bounciness of the Udon but daddy thought otherwise, he asked why japanese soupy noodles just anyhow use shoyu as soup base one! =.= #typicalchinaman.
Pan Mee stood out despite it’s just a bowl of flour strips in clear broth, the spotlight was at the sweet flavourful broth, simplicity at its best. the fragrant of salted fish oozing out from the Claypot Rice was mesmerizing! bro walloped the whole pot! #饭桶
i could barely taste the rice wine in Chinese Wine Vermicelli, they could have been more generous with the wine, and that would definitely give a good depth on the taste, and win a [recommended] title. the soba in Cha Soba was a lackluster. blame the noodle for being the black sheep. it’s overcooked but i do love how they are not stingy with the seafood.
we also ordered fresh mixed juices from the Simply Fresh counter situated just outside of Hou Mei! this is a concoction of pineapple, lemon and something something (paiseh i forgot to snap the menu :/ too engrossed in walloping the food), which i personally thought was the most refreshing among the motley juices Simply Fresh offers.
Level 1, Resort Hotel
1200 – 2200
Chinese Food @ Good Friends Restaurant 好友记
Good Friends Restaurant is one of our favourite Chinese restaurant in Genting Highland which offers Hakka cuisine! daddy is Hakka so yeah… the pricing is not really wallet-friendly, but you don’t expect cheap food at elevated tourist attractions right?
as the name suggests, crispy outer layer encased wobbly bean curb! i love how contrast the textures were.
i thought this slab of steamed minced pork was too porky for my liking but daddy and bro seemed to enjoy it berry muchy!
our favourite dish! the pork was proportionate in terms of meat vs fatty bom bom. the meat was soft yet not falling apart. i had 1.5 bowls of rice! blame it on the gravy!
the combo of salted egg and pumpkin was surprisingly better than i thought! this dish proves that salted egg complement with pretty almost everything!
and last but not least, we had Nyonya steamed fish! the sourish paste was berry aromatic with hint of tumeric (?)! fish was fresh too but mami disapproved its earthy smell which i didn’t notice O.O!
Good Friends Restaurant
Level 2 Maxims,
Breakfast & Lunch (Daily):
0630 – 1500
1800 – 2200pm