Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Brunei Restaurant Review: The FuChow Restaurant

There’s quite a number of Fu Chow people in Brunei and if you’re wondering what’s Fu Chow cuisine, and you asked around – most people would say – just go to Sibu and you will see plenty of Fu Chow cuisine. Recently, there’s a restaurant that specializes in Fu Chow cuisine that’s opened in Brunei and I had the privilege to try the food before their opening day together with Mei Ting, Radio DJ from Pilihan FM Brunei, who did the food talk show with me every Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

 

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Located just next to R & T Electronics, and same row as Guardian in Kiulap, the restaurant name speaks for itself – the FuChow Restaurant. Finally, one can savour the cuisine from the famous food town of Sibu in Brunei, don’t need to fly or drive all the way there to satisfy our cravings! It’s a non-halal restaurant as they serve plenty of pork dishes.

 

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Kong Pia – or known by many as the Asian Bagel, these are actually imported all the way from the famous Kong Pia bakery in Sibu and fried at the restaurant. I have to say ~ even when it’s plain – it’s very delicious! The slight chewy texture, the crispy crust and most importantly – the fragrant smell ~~ ooooo yes!

 

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Kong Pias are usually served with a saucy minced pork, and can be eaten as a snack or breakfast ~~ they are one of my favourite food from Sibu and also available in Kuching. So happy I can get good ones here in Brunei!

 

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They also have various flower and herb tea blends that goes very well with the FuChow cuisine ~~

 

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Rose and plum tea ~~~ ahhhhh ~~~ refreshing ~~ it’s good to order a pot to share ~~

 

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KAM PUA MEE!!! The FuChow/Sibu version of kolomee ~~~ is a must try! One plate is never enough for me ~~ *cough* Remember to add the chili vinegar to heighten the taste! *cries* Yay ~~ no need to go so far can enjoy this in Brunei! W00h00!

 

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The Fu Chow Style braised noodles with bittergourd is pretty good too ~~ my other friend who doesn’t like bittergourd actually enjoyed this dish ~~ the addition of chopped crispy pork cracklings adds an extra dimension to this noodle dish ~ a bit like Singapore Hokkien Mee ~~ yet different ~~

 

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They also have Pak Zhen Herbal soup, with pork knuckles ~~ Pak Zhen usually means 8 treasures but the boss divulge a secret and says there’s actually ten treasures in this soup – just that 8 sounds more traditional and nicer! A hearty soup that is bound to warm the hearts of many ~~

 

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Another interesting dish is this special pepper and pig stomach soup ~~ which has the strong kick of peppers and tender pork stomach ~~ my two friends enjoyed this soup very much but some others find this too peppery for their taste ~~ for me ? I LOVE IT! *slurps slurps* This is not shown in the menu – so you need to request for this ~~ Hei Jiao Zhu Du Tang please!

 

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Cao Cai Mee Fen – a special picked vegetables soup with slightly thicker rice vermicelli is their specialty too ~ the owner tells us that the rice vermicelli and pickled vegetables are specially from Sibu itself! Mmmmmm ~~~

 

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If Pan Mian is your thing, this would be a good dish to try – what’s special about this Pan Mian is that the rice flat noodles are actually pretty soft and silky as you slurp it together with the soup, harmonizing well with the light soup and fried anchovies ~~ adjust seasoning to your taste with soy sauce, chilies and garlic!

 

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How can we forget this Sibu iconic dish!? Ding Bian Hu, which essentially means wok side paste. The slurry batter is cooked on the sides of the wok, then scraped into the soup to cook ~~ then additional ingredients will be added.

 

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Usually, the soup would be full of vegetables and other condiments but the boss was demonstrating to us how to cook it ~~

 

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Let the paste cook on the hot wok side – then scrape it down into the hot water to cook further and soften ~~

 

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Have you seen these dried flowers before? They are usually tied up to look like a ribbon and added to Ding Bian Hu soup ~~ is actually related to Lilies ~ it takes quite a big amount of work to tie these flowers into ribbons just for the dish!

 

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It’s very cool to watch the boss do it step by step ~~ to show the essence of a proper Ding Bian Hu ~~

Here’s a youtube video of the process ~~~ Less than 15 second cuts ~~ *drools*

 

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*slurps* After watching the boss prepare the traditional Fu Chow Ding Bian Hu, it has really worked up my appetite again! Let’s EAT!!!!

 

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They also have stir fried Wild Boar (San Chu Rou) in their menu ~ oooo these would go so well with some fermented tofu (fu yee) ~~

 

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For snacks, they also have braised intestines, pork bellies and other goodies ~~

 

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They even got – Pig’s Tongue ~~ oooooh tenderlicious ~~ do you dare to try my foodie followers?! *nom nom*  ~~ don’t worry ~~ it doesn’t feel like French kissing a pig ~~~

 

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Mmmmm ~~~ pass me another plate of Kam Pua mee to finish my meal ~~ LOL! Be sure to check out The FuChow Restaurant in Kiulap ~~ they are still new so be patient if service is slow due to a packed restaurant. I’m just so glad I can have my favourite Fu Chow/Sibu food in Brunei! More Kong Pia and Kam Pua Mee please ~~~~ *om nom nom nom nom*

 

The FuChow Restaurant

Next to R & T Kiulap, Same row as Guardian Pharmacy

Opens 7am to 10 pm.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Melbourne Food Guide: Best Buffet in Melbourne Melba Restaurant Langham Hotel

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If there was only one buffet you could eat in Melbourne, I suggest going over to Melba restaurant in Langham for their seafood buffet! An interesting story while I was flying business class using Royal Brunei Airlines, I met another well travelled lady who recommended me a certain restaurant called Melba. Back then – I wasn’t sure where it was but when I arrived in Melbourne and met Cindy, she told me she’s going to take me to the best buffet in Melbourne and it’s actually this Melba restaurant that the lady was talking about! This got me really excited to dine at Melba! Melba’s seafood buffet has got quite a luxurious spread of seafood and meats, as well as desserts, specializing in Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisines in their buffet spread.

 

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Fresh oysters, crabs, mussels and prawns at the seafood bar ~ mmmm ~~~ all you can eat oysters ~~ who can resist?!

 

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As part of the yummy seafood – they have a Japanese chef to prepare sushi and sashimi for you! Just order what you want and the chef will slice and make them for you ~~

 

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Mmmmmm ~~~ they even have Unagi and Hamachi ~~ my two favs! *pumps fist at the air* woohoo!

 

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I asked for her to put some diced salmon sashimi on my oysters, as well as a good mix of sashimi, with a soft shell crab sushi wrap ~~ mmmmmm ~~ ITADAKIMASU!!

 

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More sashimi and soft shell crab please ~~~ *drools* I am in Sashimi heaven ~~ #sashimiheaven #sashimicoma

 

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Did I mention these Japanese Korean fusion appetizers were delish!? So so good!

 

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They have Peking duck and other Chinese style roasts and various dim sum in their buffet lineup too ~~ Do you want some Peking Duck Wraps ~~ (to the tune of do you wanna build a snowman – Frozen) ~~ catchy ~~

 

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Siu Mai Dim Sum and Stir Fried Prawns ~~~ om nom nom nom ~~

 

The best part is that they have a chef to cook Chinese style noodles – with seafood and meat of your choice – I chose scallops with Kway Teow (rice noodles) – Super luxurious to the max! You gotta love the flames control of the chef ~ watch those flames!

 

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Stir Fried Kway Teow with scallops and prawns ~~ oooh yes!

 

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On the Western delights side, you can’t miss good old fashioned roasts such as these! Simply foodporn! *drools* Now slice me some of that!

 

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Oooh you just gotta admire these beautiful slices of heaven! Now where’s all the melons I can wrap these with!? *dashes to the fresh fruits section of the buffet*

 

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If you love pasta – they have someone cooking pasta and gnocchi – where you select your preferred sauce or toppings ~~ freshly cooked on the spot for you!

 

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They have a tandoor oven in their open kitchen?! Oh my ~~ look at those gorgeous tandoori chicken! *drools*

 

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Helloooo there ~~~

 

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Indian favourites such as butter chicken is a must try ~~ *DROOOLS*

 

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One thing I love about their buffet is custom made naan, that is made fresh to order by the chef ~~ it’s a joy to watch him make the naan and put it on the tandoor oven!

 

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You gotta love freshly made naan ~ with so many possible combinations ~~ oooh some cheese and herb with garlic naan please?!

 

Have you ever seen a Chocolate with M & Ms Naan? Now you see it here! Simply delicious if you add melted chocolate and ice cream from the buffet spread! #omg #foodporn #naan #dessertnaan

 

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Speaking of desserts – that’s quite a luxurious spread – like kids in a candy store feeling now! Plus there’s all you can eat ice cream – as well as a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN ~~ OOZING LIQUID CHOCOLATE GOODNESS!! That’s where I got the chocolate for my M & Ms Naan!

 

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So so much choice! I don’t even know where to start!

 

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Maybe I can just try a bit of everything! #dessert #dessertporn

 

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Thanks Cindy Chapman and her lovely husband Bradley Chapman for bringing me to Melba Restaurant and showing me an awesome time! All I can say it – I was so stuffed and happy after the buffet ~~ *burp*

 

Melba on Urbanspoon

They are pretty well rated in Urbanspoon as well! I can say it’s one of the best buffet experiences I’ve had! I’m sure you will too so do check them out when you visit Melbourne!

 

Melba Restaurant

1 Southgate Avenue | The Langham, Southbank, Melbourne

(61) (3) 8696 8888

http://www.melbarestaurant.com.au/

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