Sunday, 18 December 2016

17122016 Secret Garden Chinese Restaurant

Hello, hello, and this is coming from a very cozy and posh place, called the Secret Garden Chinese Restaurant PJ (家園私房菜). A group of us FoodInkers are called in to review their new and upcoming steamboat menu. They've been known for their Chinese cuisines with home-like environment, so it's a surprise to many that they'd infused steamboat into the upcoming menu.

I'll be honest and say here that I've not heard been here, let alone tried their food yet. So, I'm pretty excited to see what will be served! I like the name of their restaurant, and when I got to know the reason behind their concept, I was more thrilled to get a taste of their food!

Secret Garden is located in Sea Park, PJ, but it's not exactly very visible (hence like a secret garden) if you're just driving around the area. Also, Secret Garden is themed in such a way, that when you walk into the place, it feels like coming home ("HOME SWEET HOME!") and it gives you a soft sense of security when you're in the place. The interior of the place is by far one of the most amazing I've seen to date - there's live plants, wow-ing wall paintings, feng shui, lots of space (something you don't see often today), and it's not just the traditional round tables, but also the long ones (which are for large groups of 10 or so).

 The panoramic interior view of the restaurant

The unique long table

The live plants and charcoal walls

The Secret Garden mural
Isn't it gorgeous?!

A feng shui setup with lots of woods and water running around

The display of the seafood that you can have!

Their signature dish - Signature Taiwanese Style Braised "Dong Po" Pork Belly
RM38 small, RM66 large
I was immediately in love with this at first bite!
They melt in your mouth! (Yes, read it twice please!)

Close up shot

Provided were some sauces and condiments to make our own style of sauces

We were shown some varieties, but I'm just sticking to soy sauce, lime and some chopped garlics

Then, we had the Steamed Free Range Duckweed Fed Chicken with Homemade Sauce
Have you tasted chicken which was raised for more than 120 days?
The meat is more tender and taste better than the normal ones.
Most importantly it's huge! =D

Note: This must be eaten when served warm, and if it is cooled down (no, it can't be reheated), the skin and meat will be chewy. For those that always "feed the camera" first, please pay attention to this, and don't say I didn't warn ya.

Pork slice! with some food decor 
(not the Santa and Snowman will not be part of your menu, LOL)

Some ingredients for the steamboat, brought to you by the fabulous mermaid
But the pork-slice-wrapped doll and this mermaid capture many people's attention!

Secret Garden Imperial Chicken Broth
(I'll put below the price and packages available for CNY menu)

Premium Wild Forest Truffle and Mushrooms Broth
(I'll put below the price and packages available for CNY menu)

We have tobiko squid balls, truffle balls, pork balls with mushrooms, fish slice, handmade fish paste, handmade prawn paste, seafood dumplings, chives pork dumplings

We were also enlightened by the Chef whom demonstrated to us how the handmade pork balls are made.

He made it look so easy, and everyone was like "I think I can do this too"

Video of Chef making the pork balls

And we were given a try to make our own pork balls!
Behold, my very own pork balls!!
(Don't cheekily smile there, I know what you're thinking!)

They also serve Yee Sang but of course, it's only available for the CNY package.


  • 6 pax = RM388
  • 10 pax = RM688 
  • Yee Sang with Salmon
  • Taiwanese Deep-Fried Crispy Salted Chicken
  • Secret Garden Imperial Chicken Broth
Hot Pot Ingredients:
  • Seafood Platter: Tiger Prawn, White Clam, Fish Maw, Scallop
  • Sliced Pork Neck
  • Sliced Beef / Sliced Lamb
  • Handmade Pork Balls with Mushroom
  • Handmade Tobiko Squid Balls
  • SG Seafood Dumpling “Kao Zi” and Chives Pork Dumpling “Kao Zi”
  • Handmade Fish Paste
  • Mix Vegetables and Mushrooms Platter
  • White Bean Curd
  • Fu Chuk Skin (Bean Curd Skin)
  • Udon Noodle
  • Herbal Jelly with Wild Honey


  • 6 pax = RM888
  • 10 pax = RM1688
  • Yee Sang with Jelly Fish and Salmon
  • Taiwanese Deep-Fried Cripsy Salted Chicken and Fried Sotong
  • Premium Wild Forest Truffle and Mushrooms Broth
Hot Pot Ingredients:
  • Seafood Platter: Abalone Clam, Tiger Prawn, Geoduck, Sliced Snapper, White Clam, Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber
  • Sliced Japan Sendai Beef
  • Sliced Iberico
  • Handmade Black Truffle Balls
  • Handmade Squid Balls
  • Handmade Pork Balls with Mushroom
  • SG Seafood Dumpling “Kao Zi” and Chives Pork Dumpling “Kao Zi”
  • Handmade Fish Paste
  • Handmade Prawn Paste
  • Mix Vegetables and Mushrooms Platter
  • Homemade Organic Black Bean Curd
  • Fu Chuk Skin (Bean Curd Skin)
  • Taiwanese Bamboo Charcoal Ramen and Taiwanese Spinach Ramen
  • Chinese New Year Special Dessert

7 & 9 Jalan SS 23/15,
47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operation Hours:
Mon - Sun :

03-7887 6999

Note: This place is mostly packed on normal days, so I'd reckon you quick reserve a table with them if you're thinking of having a CNY meal there.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

10122016 Friendsmily Steamboat House

It's been a long while since I went to a steamboat house, and was grateful to be invited by FoodInk to Friendsmily Steamboat House (FSH) to try out some of their menu!

First, a little background on the place. While it's recently opened (Nov '15), the main business is actually from Kingfisher Seafood Mart (KSM) who has been in the business of selling fresh and frozen seafood. You can actually buy the seafood from KSM and have FSH cook it for you. How cool is that?! However, there'll be surcharge if you require them to steam is a specific manner (you'll find out more when you're there!)

Not sure if there was a label error, but I kinda thought this was snails

Up close shot

This is one mean crab, I tried to get closer, and it reacted to me (like all the time!)
Thank goodness its pincers were tied up, else I'd be needing 911, lol

the prawns are super active!

Here's a short video of them.
Something's caught their attention?

Surcharge for steaming the seafood.
This is what I mentioned earlier.

Had a good tour around the KSM, and I must say the prices here are very good compared to the local supermarkets! I'm definitely interested in coming back to get some stuff, especially the scallops and seafood tofu! After the tour, went back to FSH to find that lots of food prepared!

CHECK IT OUT!! We've got all the good stuff yo!
Don't think I'll need to spell out the items on the table.
Take a look for yourself!

Close up shots

This here is the Wintermelon Pot.
Honestly while this looks absolutely stunning, I didn't think it's practical at all.
We had a tough time to cook the ingredients and to scoop them up.
But was it any good? It's darn AWESOME!
Love the taste!
If it wasn't any hassle, I'd reckon this is hands-down-you-must-try!

In case you're wondering what's on the other pot,
it's the 1/2 Plain Soup and 1/2 Sweet Corn Tomato Drumstick Pot
They're nice and tasty, but I'd still prefer the soup in the Wintermelon pot

Camera "eat" first.
Many of the FoodInkers were busy capturing the food

I figured I might as well so something too!

Seafood Pan Besar (Talapia)
This is one heck of a meal!
You get mussles, scallops, prawns, abalone slices, sotong, clams, and of course the talapia fish too!
You can check out the prices below and for more info.

They've even got some menu packages which includes Yong Tau Fu !
Sweet deals!

Close up shots

Capture of the menu listing for you! =)

Another shot of the Wintermelon Pot with lots of food in it!

Even caught a video for you!

If you're into fresh seafood, then there's a good recommendation for you! You can get some grocery shopping done, and optionally eat them immediately after purchase! Hahaha.

Friendsmily Steamboat House
No.7-1 & 9-1,
Jalan Damai Perdana 6/1B,
Bandar Damai Perdana, 56000 Cheras

Contact: 03-91079374

Note: Kingfisher Seafood Mart, is just below it. 
Don't miss the chance to check them out too while you're there!