Monday, January 14, 2008

Taiwanese Food @ Fong Lye, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur

Adorable tea cup

I have been a fan of Fong Lye's food at their
Desa Sri Hartamas outlet and even blogged about it twice. Recently, they have opened a new outlet at The Gardens. Looking modern with white furniture and flower motifs in purple, it is a good place to relax after some shopping.

3 Cup Chicken (RM18.80++)

Unlike the other outlets, which serve cooked dishes with rice or porridge, this outlet features more snacks and set meals. Every set meal ordered is served with a variety of items.

Pork Rice (RM18.80++)

One of the items served with the set meal, is rice topped with minced meat. Very nice and delicious as it reminds one of home cooked food. There is also braised tofu, with a light sauce. Also in the set meal is sliced lotus roots fried with lots of sesame seed. There is also a crunchy prawn puff and a small bowl of soup.

Spare Ribs with Minced Pork Rice (RM18.80++)

Although the prices here to be quite high (set meals range from RM13.80++ to RM28.80++), they make up for it with good quality food and attentive service.

Pork Ribs

A few of their signature dishes from the other outlets are also available here - the 3 Cup chicken. Very aromatic especially with the fresh basil leaves they add, when it is served on a piping hot bowl. The chicken is served in a bowl, which is kept warm over a small fire.


I ordered the recommended spare ribs. Very nice stuff indeed. The meat is tender with a crispy coating outside. They're boneless and kinda remind me of eating a very tender pork chop.


Also ordered was the pork rice set - stewed pork pieces. We expected tender pieces of meat but they weren't braised enough and the meat was quite lean.

Prawn puff

Since there were so many of us, we also ordered snacks to try. I was fascinated to try their Taiwan Burger (RM7.80++). Unfortunately it didn't turn out great. It's just a piece of stewed pork wrapped in a steamed mantou. Didn't taste so good as the stewed meat was too lean and dry.

Braised lotus root

We also ordered another classic Taiwan dish - baked sausages (RM5.80++). You can get these at most roadside stalls or pasar malam. We thought the taste of the sausages weren't too fantastic versus what you get at the SS2 pasar malam.

Baked Taiwan sausage (RM5.80++)

Aside from these items we ordered, the menu has steamboat sets (a choice of beef, mutton and pork). We spied one couple in the next table having it and the steamboat is pretty tiny. Other popular dishes like the Taiwan Braised Beef served with glass noodles, Taiwan Style glutinous rice and Sa Cha fried beef noodle. Usually they serve Mee Sua with oysters like Shihlin but Fong Lye's version is served with intestines. Also available is Tea Smoked Duck.

Taiwan burger (RM7.80++)

Snacks are also available if you just want a quick bite - there's hot and spicy dim sum, Taiwan sausage served with glutinous rice, fried tempura, salad bread and coconut milk toast.

Peanut Snow Mountain (RM6.80++)

For desserts, you get a variety of icy cold snow mountain with mixed toppings or this peanut version we had. Thumbs up to this! Very nice but a bit creamy as they drizzled milk on top of it. It literally tastes like eating peanut butter except it is cold and soft. They also serve ice red bean, ice green tea and ice strawberry milk.


One thing I realise about this place, everything is extremely pretty or cute. I love their teapots and teeny cups with the motifs of kids and phoenix. Also very cute is their mugs they serve their tea in. It features a cute doggie with a wagging tail at the back and front. The milk tea is very nice and aromatic too. If you order tea, it is refillable. They also do iced oolong tea, which is very refreshing.

Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant
Lot T208
3rd Floor
The Gardens
Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03- 2282 8699

(Non Halal. Open daily till 10pm.)

*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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Jackson said...

the 3 cup chicken look so delicious... but kinda pricey la.. but i will sure give them a try

email2me said...

Taiwanese restaurants emphasize a lot on taste and not quantity. Price wise is for the cost of environment and food quality.

This is what I observe on most Taiwanese restaurant I've been to.

ling239 said...

the 3 cup chicken looks good... shd go very well with rice ~ ^_^

Jason said...

I'm eyeing on the Peanut Snow Mountain. I'm such a peanut maniac :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

another place to try in mid valley..been gettin sick of the food there also..

daphne said...

i can't get enough of taiwanese food (after Jap of course). That looks like a good variety there... and the peanut snow mountain! wow.. is that sauce as thick as what it looks?

HairyBerry said...

the peanut snow mountain looks good. that'll be the IT thing for me there. hmm, havent seen this place before though...hehe...

JOjo said...

Wah, the taiwan burger looks super sinful with that thick layer of fat @@"
The peanut snow mountain looks so good, i love peanuts!!!

wmw said...

I think I'll be a regular at this place just for the dessert ;o)

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yammylicious said...

woah the bowl look so cute, 3 Cup Chicken!! slurp.. and i heart the taiwan burger too!

choi yen said...

heard ppl said that the 番薯蛋is nice :)

Sugar Bean said...

We wanted to try this place out the other day but don't know why we went to Sushi Zanmai instead. The Spare Ribs with Minced Pork Rice and the peanut snow mountain look good to us. Gonna try this restaurant out next time!

Big Boys Oven said...

Anyone want to try my 3 cup chicken! lol! I love their teacups and plates, look so lovely and adorable!

Shannon said...

Hi boo_licious,

My name is Shannon and I'm the editorial assistant at I am very impressed with the quality of your posts and to that end, I’d like to invite you to be a part of our newly launched Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at

And beautiful photos! It brings back memories of all the wonderful food I had while living in Taipei. Kudos on posting such thorough reviews as well. I wish I lived closer so I could try some places out!


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boo_licious said...

Jackson - hee hee, 3 cup chicken was yummy. One whiff of the sauce, when it arrives piping hot and you will be hooked.

email2me - ooooh, thxs for the tip! I didn't know since I only ate at a few Taiwanese places.

ling239 - yes! Very delish esp with the minced pork on top of the rice.

Jason - hahaha! We shld have a peanut party for ya!

Joe - I always scratch head on what to try at the place.

Daphne - sauce is very light. It's just shaved ice so very light but full of peanut taste.

Nic - good place for u to hang out when you get back from Spore.

Jojo - hahaha, but sadly taste not good.

wmw - yeah, one of that will definitely perk up anyone when shopping at the Gardens.

bernado - ditto! Now tummy rumbling thinking of next meal there.

yammylicious - yes, very cute stuff they have here.

mimi - what is that in English? Me banana, no read Mandarin.

wenching and esiong - Sushi Zanmai here I think is ok only. Kinda prefer the one at Sunway Pyramid.

BBO - wow, you cook this. I betcha yr neighbours can smell it from a distance.

Shannon - thxs for the invite. Could you email me at Thxs.

bigfish_chin said...

hi boo_licious,
What a nice and great blog your have! All the photos are so attractive...

ai wei said...

seems like a good place fore taiwanese food. gotta try it. and the peanut snow mountain is so looking good. will try will try. hehe

Unknown said...

Not the honous restaurant..the food so so only..not worth for value..I will not go there again

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