Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wok Dish Way @ Kota Damansara

Strategically located at Kota Damansara, Wok Dish Way specialises in a vast selection of tasty Chinese home cooked food, including the signature dish, Lei Cha (擂茶).

This restaurant, named "Bu Zi Dao"(步滋道) in Chinese, seems to be homophonic with "Bu Zhi Dao" (不知道), meaning "I Don't Know". Such interesting name would definitely keep you remembering it!


Clean-looking and it looks inviting, isn't it? 

The Chef, with more than 15 years experience, has prepared the signature dish Lei Cha, using a traditional recipe passed down by the family generations. Originated from the Hakka province, this "Lei Cha" Soup, a tea-based broth is basically a green bowl of chlorophyllic soup made from milled herbs including mint, basil and lots more.

 #1 Lei Cha (步滋道擂茶) @ RM7.90

The healthy set meal comes in a bowlful of white rice, soup, and a mixture of tea leaves and grounded herbs, along with various roasted nuts and greens. This is the authentic Hakka version, with no added preservatives.

#2 Lei Cha Fried Rice (步滋道擂茶炒饭) @ RM9.40 

Try out another version of improvised Lei Cha; This is served with fried rice, with the same types of condiments. The fried beancurd and groundnuts are slightly salty, but others are perfect in their original taste!

Well, you may be turned off with the colour of the rice. But to tell you the truth, it is so green because it is fried with the Lei Cha paste, made of pounded tea leaves, basil, mint, sesame and peanuts.

Despite of the healthiness it brings, most of the time people tend to have a great dislike towards such a green combination. However, the authentic Lei Cha here is more aromatic with savoury taste which would attract beginners like me!

Lei Cha? No, it's actually the Special Homemade Sauce, made of blended chillies, garlic, soy sauce, and most surprisingly, Thousand Island sauce as well. With the right balance of spicy and sweet taste, it gives a tangy flavour to complement with the following dishes!

#3 Fermented Bean Curd with Pork (南乳炸肉) @ RM8 (Small) / RM15 (Big)

Well-marinated with 'Nam Yu', this deep fried pork is tender for the meat and crispy at the edges. Each bite is so addictive and I just can't stop having this!

#4 Claypot Pork Trotter with Vinegar (砂煲猪脚醋) @ RM11.90

The succulent pork trotters are so flavourful with the generous amount of black vinegar used in the broth. Best matched with a bowlful of white rice to enjoy the broth.

#5 Mee Hoon Kueh Segamat Style (Soup) / 昔加末面粉糕 (汤) @ RM6.90

The Southern people usually call the handmade Pan Mee as "Mian Fen Gao", and this bowl is no other than the famous version from Johor. The clear soup base plays the most important role here as it brings out the true flavour of the noodles with no MSG added.

#6 Fried Chicken Wings (香酥炸鸡翼) @ RM15

Just by looking at the photograph, you should know that they are served piping hot. Munching through the crispy skin, I find the inner meat juicy with its tenderness retained!

#7 Crispy Seaweed (特色菜丝) @ RM7.90

The basic vegetable, Choy Sum is shredded into thin pieces and then deep-fried until it turns crispy. Best served with chicken floss to complete the balanced meal.

#8 Deep Fried Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce 
@ RM15 (Small) / RM 25 (Medium) / RM35 (Large)

Another heart-warming dish includes this sweet and sour fish which reminds me of home.

#9 Special Jiang Bao Dish (怪味酱爆) @ RM10

I find the name of the dish quite funny, because the owner adds "Guai Wei" (meaning Strange Taste) in front of its name. Nevertheless, it is not strange, but really appetizing with their homemade special sauce. The meat is stir-fried with the spicy and sweet sauce until fragrant, and again I'm addicted with the juicy meat.

#10 Special Cucumber @ RM4

One Japanese cucumber is cut into half before slicing it into thin pieces, then it is served with the chef's special sauce, mainly comprising the fragrant sesame oil. It's a good yet healthy finger food indeed!

#11 Ice Blended Lei Cha (擂茶冰沙) @ RM7.90

The specialty and highly-recommended beverage is this Lei Cha drinks. It's good for beginners as you don't have to be afraid of the stinky smell of Lei Cha, because it is now added with a generous amount of milk and whipped cream.

#12 Left: Special Drink @ RM3.50
Middle: Iced Longan with Ribena @ RM3.50
Right: Ice Blended Cucumber Lemon @ RM6.90

Comprises of cincau, longan and lemon cubes, the "Special Drink" is especially good and refreshing during hot days!

#13 Left: Ice Blended Red Bean @ RM6.90
Right: Iced Blended Peanut with Milk @ RM6.90

If you'd love to enjoy something icy, go for these with their natural sweetness. 

 #14 Cendol @ RM6.90 (Big) / RM3.50 (Small)

Here's the big bowl of cendol, meant for two-pax sharing. Despite of the room of improvement in this dessert, I am satisfied with the generous portion, considering its price.

Verdict:
1. My dining experience here is warm and comfortable as if I'm feeling at home! Traditional dishes with home-cooked style, it simply reminds me of the family.
2. Personally I find the Lei Cha here is really acceptable, especially for beginners like me. In fact, it becomes one of my favourite dish that day!
3. Overall, I learn that healthy food can be exciting too!

Wok Dish Way 
2A-1, Jalan PJU 5/10, 
Dataran Sunway, 
Kota Damansara, 
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Contact: 603-6150 7496 / 6012-765 7580
Operating Hours: 12noon to 10pm daily, closed on alternate Sundays
Website: www.workdishway.com.my

59 comments:

  1. The Fermented Bean Curd with Pork was super awesome lo. hehe..now we can all copy your food name and price since you updated first. haha

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    1. hi Mich, yes that's really addictive. Anyway, no plagiarism in content-wise :)

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    2. Course. Just the names and price. haha.

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  2. I wanna try special drink , Iced Longan with Ribena & Ice Blended Cucumber Lemon

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    1. hi Izdiher, I assume that the colors attract you? :)

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  3. The Fermented Bean Curd with Pork was super awesome lo!haha!

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    1. hi Nikel, why did you copy the above comment? Lol.

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  4. lui cha drink? i wonder how does it taste like..i actually enjoying eating lui cha without the soup..i know it's strange but somehow i like eating all the veggies and nuts with the rice..so that fried rice lui cha sounds very good to me!

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    1. hi Lena, seems like I can find a Lei Cha lover here; Well I didn't like that soup as well, since I'm a beginner in this Hakka food. As for the drink, it tastes exactly the same as the Lei Cha rice, but with a sweeter and milkier taste.

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  5. i prefer the greens than the cha itself =.=

    and i saw a store named 不知道. seriously!

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    1. hi Constance, it's really mild in this restaurant, perhaps you can give a try there. A store of that name sounds really eye-catching, show me where, can you? :)

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  6. Great selection of food and so strange that I have never tried the Lei Cha before and after looking at that pic, mmmm!!! I must give it a try. Another one of the food I was loving is the sliced cucumber with the sauce. What a simple way of serving the cucumber and looks awesomely good.

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    1. hi Nava, yes you should give it a try because it's all so healthy :)

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  7. The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

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    1. Hello there, thanks for your compliment :) tried before?

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  8. Ahh that crispy seaweed dish is super nice! Indeed, Bu Zhi Dao is a nice name hahaha..

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    1. hi Isabel, exactly! :) I have the same thought too.

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  9. Lolololol sorry but I love their punny name :D
    And their food is so delicious!I can almost taste it from my screen!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. hi Uru, hahas no worries, you should try them out, seriously :D

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  10. Nice play with the sounds for the name of the shop... The Chinese name does not sound very positive though. Lei Cha...eywwwwww!!! No, thank you. Horse food! Give me the black vinegar pork trotters anytime... Yummmmm!!!!! LOL!!!

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    1. hi Arthur, the greens are healthy, bet you should try it once in a while for detoxification purpose :P

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  11. Fermented Bean Curd with Pork is so tempting for me!
    Thanks for the intro! Next time gonna try them out when I visit my uncle in Damansara. :D

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    1. hi Merritt, no problem, i can guarantee that you can't resist its crispiness too :P

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  12. ooo very reasonable prices. a lot of items below RM10. i love lei cha, but haven't managed to eat it in a very long time :D

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    1. hi Sean, it's considered really affordable, considering the location of the restaurant :) You should try their famous Lei Cha soon!

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  13. Oh how I miss Lei Cha! Their price is quite reasonable!

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    1. hi Hayley, satisfy your cravings at this restaurant then :P

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  14. looks nice but am not game on trying the lei cha...kekeke...cendol yes :)

    > kathy

    http://www.smallkucing.com
    http://mamakucingbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. hi Kathy, perhaps other yummy pork dishes suit your taste as well? :P

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  15. not that like lui cha but i wanna try the chicken wing is look so nice :)

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    1. hi Caro, the Lei Cha is actually good for beginners who don't really like it initially :)

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    1. hi Mireia, those are hand-painted by the owner himself! :)

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  17. I love Chinese cuisine, and I do like to see a lot of "green" in my food! Gotta pay this place a visit sometime :)

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    1. hi Jothi, greens are healthy :P Check it out!

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  18. oooh, i just love those fried pork belly and fried chicken wings!! yummy yummy!! but nope, i'm not gonna try that lei cha, taste weird..

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    1. hi SK, but it's recommended for those who are not into Lei Cha, really mild in taste!

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    1. hi Tony, thanks, I shall take it as a compliment then :P

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  20. Ahahah...good name la...Next time if HB would to ask me where to dinner..When I answer 'Bu Zhi Dao'(the real duno where to). Then automatically we reaches here for dinner. LOL =p

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    1. hi Mel, that's true, if your husband / friends / family knows where is "Bu Zhi Dao", then you can come here almost every week :P

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  21. I love lei cha. This place is so special. I would love to try the special cucumber too.

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    1. hi Sheoh Yan, of course you should, or perhaps you can try making some cucumbers at home :)

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  22. The lui cha drink sound weird =.="

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    1. hi Choi Yen, it is an innovation I guess, recommended for Lei Cha lovers :)

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  23. Love all the unique names of those restaurants in M'sia. How fun! The Lei Cha looks good. Would love to try it some day :)

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    1. Hi Shirley, the names are catchy and easy to remember for all :) Hope you can enjoy the beauty of Malaysian foodstuff!

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    1. Hi Maureen, that's so nice of you for such sweet compliment!

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  25. wew Fried Chicken Wings is my fav ... plsss put some honey lolz hehehe

    http://mindaberahi.blogspot.com/

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    1. hi Minda, with honey it's really good! :)

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  26. love the mee hoon kueh soup...my fav!

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    1. hi Yvonne, I love that too :) free from MSG

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  27. your photos look amazingly good I could almost taste each dish. fantastic blog!!!!! btw, i've never had cendol before. wish i could have a taste soon...thanks for the visit!

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    1. Hello Kaye, thanks for your compliment and I hope to have your support here always!

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