Dancing Fish is located in Bangsar section of Kuala Lumpur, and is located on the third floor of the Bangsar Shopping Centre.
The restaurant has a modern décor, with a tranquil almost spa like feel.
The meal started off with Emping and was served with Sambal Terasi. The chips are made out of melinjo nuts, which are quite bitter. The sambal somewhat offsets the bitterness. Although sambal is generally known as being spicy, I have found that most have a sweeter quality that tends to overpower any heat associated with it, and this sambal was no different.
The Tahu Telur is a tower of tofu and flossy egg mixture. The end result is interesting. Crunchy on the outside with large chunks of soft tofu inside. I could not distinguish any distinct egg flavor. The dish is served with a somewhat sweet sauce.
The Dancing Fish (Nila Goreng) is their signature dish. It certainly looks imposing. This is a skinned fish that has been fileted off of the bone then deep fried. The end result is a crispy fish with a dragon-like appearance. The dish certainly gets a lot of attention, but it seems like too much of the fish has to be removed in order for it to get this appearance. This results in much less fish, and most of it ends up like hard fish jerky or croutons and is almost inedible. I don’t think sacrificing all of that good fish is worth the end product.
The Rendang is a beef curry dish cooked in coconut milk and spices. Although this is said to be a spicy hot dish, almost all versions that I have had have not been very spicy. This version was no different despite the addition of chili’s on top of the dish. Despite the lack of heat, this was still a good dish.
I can see why Dancing Fish has gotten a lot of attention. The décor is somewhat upscale and trendy, and it attracts that kind of crowd. The food is pretty solid. Although the “dancing fish” is Instagram worthy, to me it was more style over substance. I’d rather give up the “food porn” shot to get more quantity of fish that is tender.
Lot 10 Hutong is a special type of food court. Gathered under one roof are some of the country’s most famous hawker stalls to gather under one roof.
With a centralized location, diners don’t have to trek all over the city to try great hawker stall food. Yes, prices are a bit higher, but still very reasonable.
First up was Penang Famous and their Prawn Mee, which is a noodle soup. Egg noodles are swimming in a dark broth, which looks kind of spicy at first glance but is not. In addition to the prawns, there are slices of pork and bean sprouts. A good solid dish.
Next up was Kong Tai and their Singapore Hokkein Prawn Noodle. While somewhat similar to the Prawn Mee, this was not soup based and the overall dish is “paler” in color. Although not a dry noodle dish by any stretch, the dish contains both egg and wide rice noodles. Although there were chili’s in this dish, it was lacking in the heat department, and somewhat lacking in overall flavor as well.
Lot 10 Hutong offers diners many choices, and has an interesting set up as well. Instead of being designed like a normal food court, “stalls” seem to be situated somewhat haphazardly and is like going through a maze. For a chance to try some of the country’s most famous hawker food under one roof, a trip to Lot 10 Hutong should be in the mix.
Madam Kwan’s is a small chain of Malaysian restaurants located in Malaysia and Singapore.
The one located at the Suria KLCC Mall is located on level 4. The restaurant has an open dining room facing the mall. The restaurant is fairly big, and turnover goes fairly quickly.
The Nasi Lemak (RM21.90) included chicken curry, which was tender but not very spicy; a hot chili sauce made with anchovies, which was not too hot, but there was a hint of fishiness; dried shrimp floss, which had a distinct “ocean’ quality; and a hard-boiled egg. The dish was good, and I thought the meal was worth the price given its mall location.
The Beef Rendang (RM18.90) is a beef curry dish, which is cooked slowly until the meat gets very tender. The beef was tender and full of flavor, and was a bit hotter than most that I have had, but not unpleasantly so. Like most portions of rending, this one was also on the smaller side.
I thought Madam Kwan’s served good food, at a very reasonable price, especially given that it is located in a mall where operating costs will be higher. I would not hesitate to eat at Madam Kwan’s again in the future.