Monday, November 14, 2011

BBQ @ Chef Choi Restaurant, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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I almost forgot that I had these gorgeous pictures lurking around in my SD card.

Luckily, I managed to pull these out from the murky depths of my memory card to blog about this.


Strangely enough, despite this dinner being held many moons ago, the memory of everything has been etched in the brain.

We started off sensibly with the green salad. Crunchy lettuce leaves jostled for space with glistening red cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumbers on the large plate. It was no ordinary salad as we had a choice of two unusual and delicious salad dressings, first a creamy cilantro lemon and a light sesame shoyu one.


One of the biggest highlights of the meal were these fluffy golden brown yorkshire puddings.

These were perfectly risen and incredibly addictive especially with the brown gravy served on the side.

Honestly, if I was not expecting a huge feast I would have happily eaten these crispy battered puddings for dinner that night.

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The BBQ menu here (available on special pre-order) features the best of moo, baa and oink...

Not a place that serves anything of lesser origins, the meats are all of premium quality and so well prepared that it can give the best steakhouse in KL a run for its monies.


For instance, steaks in KL seem to be puny and thinly cut that I often wonder if they can qualify for that term, steak.

Chef Choi's steak florentine is one hefty version - two fingers thick - juicy with a pink centre - cooked to meaty perfection that will have a steak lover crying for more.

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The steak florentine scores in terms of flavour but the prime rib on the bone wins the hearts (and tummies) of those who prefer a more tender cut.

Both are equally good but a little different in their ways.

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Don't forget the a form of a crunchy roast pork belly Chef Choi style.

Just a shade dry, it scored beautifully though in the crunchy crackling section. I'm officially in love with that golden brown crunch. Maybe I can be like Oliver and ask for more please?


Even the baa gets the best treatment ever - infused with rosemary to give it a hint of that herb and studded with garlic cloves.

The meat is juicy and cooked to pink perfection that needs no embellishment except a grind of black pepper.


We also dine on rich buttery boulangere potatoes. Each mouthful is simply heavenly that you don't care the starch and butter goes to your hips straight away.

There is also spaghetti alla vongole and a Spanish treat in the form of seafood paella, all in its fluffy glory and nary a soggy grain that can be usually found in versions served in restaurants here.


Last but not least, there's a touch of French in the desserts with a decadent apple tartin.

The classic one has a beautiful flaky puff pastry with sliced apples drizzled with even more decadence in the form of fresh cream

Ahhhh, definitely a meal to remember forever and ever.

Chef Choi Restaurant
159 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2163 5866

(Non Halal. The BBQ menu is only available for special order. Call ahead to arrange. For more pictures see the Flickr set.)

* The food was paid by the restaurant.


Michelle Chin said...

the reviews on chef choi's restaurant always surprise me to no end. they seem to be always coming up with something new...

minchow said...

What a terribly gorgeous spread! Was there plenty of live barbie action to go with it? Would have been quite a sight!

KY said...

warghhh this is making me drool said...

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Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on, thanks. ^^
P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

Kenny Mah said...

Bravo to Chef Choi Restaurant - certainly not the safe, usual fare one would expect from a Chinese restaurant. :)

missyblurkit said...

more reasons to walk into Chef Choi since I walk past this place everyday.

boo_licious said...

Michelle - the owner loves to experiment with food hence the amazing things we get to eat here.

minchow - no live BBQ so we got no smoke in our eyes. We lived through by breathing in the smoky meats.

KY - I know. The tummy was growling when I edited the pixs.

24mall - can remove or not?

Life for Beginners - yes, they break the buck for the atypical Chinese place.

missyblurkit - good reason to drop by and try the food. I love their noodles. Just the tomato ketchup fried beehoon is enough to make me happy.

missyblurkit said...

tomato ketchup fried meehoon is somewhat similar to the singapore fried meehoon?

Julian Si said...

I've always got a soft sport for yorkies aka yorkshire pud :-)

Hope to see you this month before I head back!

boo_licious said...

missyblurkit - nope, completely different. It is not dry with a sauce that has a tinge of vinegar.

Julian - yes, I love yorkies too and these ones were superb.

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