Sunday, March 26, 2017

百味濃 Bai Wei Cuisine : Value Meal at Desa Sri Hartamas!

The opening of Bai Wei Cuisine in Sri Hartamas is probably the most welcoming scene for the Chinese community there who are seeking delicious oriental food. Plus, I don't see much Chinese comfort food around this area too. 

The reason behind this name is pretty simple-- Bai Wei Cuisine Restaurant (百味濃) brings us a wide variety of flavours from different provinces in China, such as the classic dishes from Hainan, Teochew and more. 

Tucked around the quieter side of Desa Sri Hartamas, slightly further away from the night entertainment hub, I am delighted that parking is ample during my weekend visit. And the restaurant's weekend crowd mainly comprises families staying around the area. 

A beautiful wall painting of an oriental lady with her cigarette and marble wooden furniture adorn the interior, reminding me of a classic scene in the old Chinese movie. The restaurant is spacious and you can dine comfortably at your ease. 

The two-page menu is pretty simple and straight forward but that does not limit the number of choices you have there. The menu of Bai Wei Cuisine is pretry extensive, ranging from main noodle dishes, to light bites and Chinese sweet soups.


Considering the location, the food here is really affordable and the portion is reasonably huge.
Suitable for all meals be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper! 

MAIN MEAL (主食)
Signature Mee Pok (招牌面卜) @ RM7.50

If you are working nearby, Bai Wei Cuisine is a great choice for a hearty lunch that fits your budget. The No. 1 Signature Noodle, Mee Pok is a must-try for first timers. It looks similar to Hakka noodles as it is generously topped with flavourful minced pork and crispy pork lard, but the homemade noodle here is thinner and smoother in texture. 

I love how they insist in using the homemade ingredients such as noodles, fish cakes, fish balls and fish cakes-- so they do not contain any preservatives or boric acid. The resulting taste? Fresh, crunchy and delicious! 

Celery Noodles (芹菜面) @ RM8.00

Same goes to the homemade celery noodles. It is a well-loved dish especially among the healthy goers as the clear soup is well-flavoured while you can really taste the aroma of celery in the noodles. Your parents would probably love it too!

Fried Porridge (绝味炒粥 - 两人份) @ RM13.00 (Serves two)

Here's another highly-recommended dish that you must try! The key ingredient here is the sliced dried cuttlefish (吊片) that makes every spoonful of the thick, smooth porridge bursting with rich flavours. 

If you are up for heavy flavours, this is certainly for you. 

Fried Fish Noodles and Chee Cheong Fun (炒鱼面猪肠粉) @ RM8.50

My personal favourite also includes this fried noodle dish which is a creative variation from our usual staple Char Kuey Teow. Instead of Hor Fun, it features crunchy Fish Noodle and soft, chewy Chee Cheong Fun sheets. 

The texture is fantastic as we can get a combination of both. Plus, the "wok hei" in this dish brings out the robust aroma and flavours we love. 
  
Golden Homeland Noodles (黄金家乡面) @ RM8.50

Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南鸡饭) @ RM8.00
Not keen on noodles? They serve rice too! 

SNACK (小吃)
Bai Wei Trio Platter (百味三宝) @ RM10.00

I am pretty sure that an individual portion of main dish is sufficient for one. But sometimes we prefer ordering some appetizers for sharing and the first thing we pick is the Bai Wei Trio Platter, comprising 3 types of fish paste stuffed in crispy bean curd sheet with different condiments.

Here we can taste the real fish flavours, so soft and juicy!

Fried Dumpling (锅贴) @ RM7.00

Yam Cake (芋头糕) @ RM4.00

Toast Bread (烘面包) @ RM2.50

While we also share the fried dumpling and steamed yam cake, we want to have the toasted bun just to ourselves. The slab of butter melts perfectly in the mouth with the crispy bun. Simply comforting to the tummy. 

DESSERTS (甜品)
Barley Fu Chuk Gingko (Hot) (白果腐竹薏米) @ RM4.50
Ginger Tea + Soy Milk (Hot) (姜茶豆奶) @ RM4.50
Signature Tau Fu Fah with White, Brown or Almond Sugar (Cold) (招牌豆腐花) @ RM4.50

I am surprised that the restaurant serves 6 types of homemade Chinese soup desserts as well. Everything is prepared in-house, and it costs only RM4.50 per portion! We love the way each dessert is made from generous amount of ingredients, bringing out the real flavours instead of mere sugar sweetness.

Recommendations? The crowd's favourite is the Tau Fu Fah with Almond Sugar and the Barley Fu Chuk Gingko

Double Boiled Winter Melon Longan (Cold) (炖冬瓜龙眼肉) @ RM4.50
If you prefer something cold and soothing to the palate, here you go.

Signature Hainan Tea (招牌海南茶) @ RM3.80

Overall, we are satisfied with our hearty lunch here as it brings us different flavours close to home. But no meal here is complete without the signature frothy Milk Tea-- the right ratio of milk, tea and foam, plus the "pulling" technique are just on point.

To sum up my experience at Bai Wei Cuisine in 3 words, it would be "Value for money, delicious, and comfortable!"

百味濃 Bai Wei Cuisine
(Same row as Old Town White Coffee)
38G, Jalan 28/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2389 3701
Facebook: www.facebook.com/baiweicuisine.srihartamas
Business Hours: 8am - 10pm daily

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