Thursday, March 15, 2007

Burmese Food @ Paradise Palace, Sogo Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur



Once in a while when I'm sick of eating Malaysian food, I crave for something different. Being totally adventurous, I'm game for anything and have been looking for a Burmese restaurant for a long time. Even though this restaurant has been at Sogo for quite some time, I never noticed it until I was directed here by a Burmese friend who highly recommended it.

It was a good recommendation as we totally enjoyed the food here. The menu is quite extensive but we ordered a few favourites coupled with recommendations from the restaurant manager. First, we had the famous Burmese Laksa known as Mohingar (RM4). Expecting spiciness like our local laksas, we were surprised to find a mild curry sauce with fish, pumpkin and cut up vermicelli noodles. You are given freshly squeezed lime juice and chili flakes for additional flavour. Although it was mild tasting, we totally enjoyed it and slurped it all down.



The restaurant manager recommended us the Kalathar Curry Chicken (RM15) which was served with chunks of chicken and potatoes. Unlike the Mohingar, the curry taste here has a strong cumin flavour.



Our favourite was the Hilsa Fish (RM25) which is also strangely known as Forget Me Not in their menu. Even though it doesn't look too good in the pictures, believe me it tastes incredible. Imagine eating a large sardine with a delicious tomato based sauce. To get the texture of the fish and the soft bones which is edible, the fish is steamed in a huge pot for thirty minutes. This should be taken with lots of rice as it's incredibly more-ish.



For essential greens, we had their stir fried water spinach with mushrooms (RM10) which was not too oily and tasted really good.

If you wish for a change, give this a place a try as the prices are reasonable. Even the foreign workers dine here to sample a taste of their home country.

Paradise Palace
Lot 1, 6th Floor
International Restaurant Floor
Sogo Shopping Centre
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2694 2175

(Halal)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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18 comments:

team BSG said...

tho v r familiar with some Burmese guys and gals v certainly haven't heard nor tried any Burmese restaurants in KL( nobody talks or seem to miss them !). From yr description they use plenty of the usual fragrant spices too. Yeah really have to try ! Tks

boo_licious said...

team bsg - there's actually a lot of burmese restaurants in town, they're just not very prominent.Most of them are located at the Petaling Street/Jalan Silang area where the foreign workers congregate.

babe_kl said...

this restaurant still around? hardly see anyone dine there a few years back when it first open. i ate Burmese in HK before but it tasted more like Chinese, maybe to suit the locals.

sc said...

i was also introduced to this restaurant by my burmese friend :). told me that it's one of the best she could find in m'sia. i loved their mohingar too, but noticed that they removed the yummy fried gourds (which was serve with this noodle)recently. Like their 3 coloured tea and fried vermicelli too

MeiyeN said...

burmese food sounds new to me! i've never been to sogo maybe it's a good reason for me to go there now.. hehe..

Precious Pea said...

Wait till I show my Hubby your blog tonite!

andri said...

Funny. I go to Myanmar ( Burma) a lot for work and i hardly get to taste their local food because my clients always take me to Italian restaurants there! :)

have to try this out la...

Timothy said...

Good stuff. Like your photos... huge and attractively delicious. But I guess curry shots are a little hard to compose huh ..

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Tummythoz said...

TQ so much for d heads-up. Usually have to take fast food there or just grab a bun or 2. Sogo's foodcourt offerings are not worth the price-tags. Will try this out very soon.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Thanks for introducing cuisine that I didn't even know was available here in KL (or Malaysia, for that matter!). So ulu one. The fish sounds so delicious, I really gotta try it soon. Is it sardine, or does it just taste like sardine?

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Wow! Sogo's still around? Used to work around the area. Don't remember Paradise Palace though. My aunt used to cook Mohingya and her's was yummy. She was anglo-burmese. Lovely lady. What surprised me was the mildness of the cuisine compared to Thai/Indo Chinese.

boo_licious said...

babe - yeah, it's still surviving.

sc - wow, glad to hear you like the food here. Those deepfried gourds sound really good - so sad they don't add it anymore.

meiyen - hope you like it.

andri - Hope you'll try the local cuisine as it's pretty good and mild in terms of chillies.

timothy - pixs not as yummy as yours from Izzi.

tummythoz - hope it's up to yr expectations.

lemongrass - lots of different cuisines in KL. The fish reminds me of sardines as it's bones are edible and the tomato base sauce is just like the ones you get from a can.

allan and nigel - yup, sogo is still there plus alive and kicking with people. Lucky you to get home made Mohingya - must be great stuff.

The Expedited Writer said...

That mushroom and spinach stir fry is just what i need these days. Something simple and tasty! Mmh!

boo_licious said...

the expedited writer - it's simple but a nice combo since one can get sick of the garlic version.

ginnah said...

Thanks for introducing Paradise Palace, being Burmese I'm always longing to eat Mohingar. I recently found Hsaba which has a recipe for Mohingar which I'm planning to have a go making it at home.

K said...

Thanks for your information. I heard of this Restaurant long ago but I have never had a chance to there. I had been to Myanmar for business a few times and I am now used to their food. I also like Monthingar. I will find out soon.

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