Tu-Long La Mian Xiao Long Bao @ Mid Valley

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Shanghainese La Mian Xiao Long restaurant have mushroomed in this 2 years. Interesting, it seem to be a new formula in Malaysia food and beverage industry. At least I can recall quite a number of La Mian and Xiao Long Bao restaurant that open this 2 years:

  1. Crystal Jade at Lot 10
  2. Dragon-i (Mid Valley, 1-Utama, Centerpoint, Sunway Pyramid, The Curve, Leisure Mall, Pavilion KL)
  3. Chui Heng at Jalan Imbi
  4. Lim Meng Kee at Imbi
  5. Tu Long at Mid Valley City

Tu Long is a new restaurant open a week ago, located at the Boulevard office, right opposite of Starbucks Coffee. The restaurant decorated with traditional Chinese theme, ie red and black. With open kitchen concept, it make the restaurant look elegant. It could be due to the restaurant still new, the restaurant serve all customers at first floor and leaving ground floor unoccupied, even though the kitchen and furnitures at ground floor is ready. Not all the menu items is available.

See, all these restaurant are offering similar food beverage menu, and most decoration are similar i.e, open kitchen concept and using dark color furniture! It's not hard to related them to have a same formula and replicating each other.

Funny enough, I always order similar food when visit to these restaurant. This are what I ordered in Tu Long:

Xiao Long Bao (RM 8)

I notice they have lobster and crabs meat xiao long bao in the menu, however these 2 items are not available at the moment. The dumpling here are just ok, no surprise.

Golden Scallion Yin Yang Seafood Dumpling (海鲜鸳鸯饺 RM 6)

This Golden scallion Yin Yang seafood dumpling is a mixture of pork meat with fish, and garnish with spring onion (green color) and carrot (orange color). A good mix in color and filling!

Shanghai Pan-fried Dumpling (RM 6)

La Mian with Big Prawns (RM 18)

Braised Pork in Special Sauce (回锅肉 RM16)

The pork dish is actually stir-fried pock slices with vegetables and a so call special chilies oil. The dish taste odd, it smell like smelly bean curd (臭豆腐). If you like smelly bean curd, you probably will like it but not for me.

Overall, I don't like Tu Long, even the hot tea taste like make from low quality tea leaf. If compare with Crystal Jade for the same item, Crystal Jade stand a better marks, therefore I probably will not return.

Tu-Long Xao Long Bao
25-G, 25-1, 27-1
Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2283 3115

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Posted by whistler at 1:55 PM  


wow wow.. was talking with my colleague about this Restaurant during Lunch.. and now saw it in your blog.. hehehehe

12/21/2006 2:12 PM  

Ate here last wk - thot the xiao long bao was not good because they put too much pastry on top so it was hard, didn't like my dessert but surprisingly the lai mian which I ate was nice. Texture wise, good elasticity. How was yr Lai Mian as u didn't mention anything abt it?

boo_licious said...
12/21/2006 6:34 PM  

aprilcherrie: Hope my post does give some idea to you ;)

boo_licious: I notice that on my xiao long bao too, thought that was due to I have left it on table for too long before eating. The La Mian was no surprise to me too, in fact I don't think it's nice at all. After that dinner, colleagues and I agreed that we probably will not visit again.

whistler said...
12/21/2006 6:55 PM  

Last week i only reliase tat shop same floor with the gsc. So regret no try the food. The shop name not call 台弯小吃? :P

Siu KeOnG said...
12/22/2006 12:04 PM  

No, that one is outside of the shopping center, opposite of Starbucks.

whistler said...
12/23/2006 11:54 PM  

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year! Not trying any pork ribs for the festive season. We reckon you are the best person to judge if Sticky Fingers serves good ribs or not since you have eaten at almost every rib joint in town.

boo_licious said...
12/26/2006 8:48 AM  

marry christmas n happy new year..all the best to you

12/26/2006 10:07 AM  

Merry Christmas and Happy New you to you too.

Sticky Finger pork rib is not bad and value for money. I would try The Rib Shop one day, then I can tell which one is the best :D

whistler said...
12/26/2006 10:43 PM  

Hello thr,

Happy Chinese New Year to you all...

I had a bad time at Tu-Long yesterday for lunch. The only thing I agree with you all is the Siao-Lung pao.

1. The aircon is not cold enough, 2. they allow other customer to smoke inside,
3. to make order we have to wait about 5 mins++,
4. the price is expensive especially for the drinks, you may charge expensive but the service and food quality have to be there.
5. Drinks comes after the you nearly finish the food,
6. they charged you for "small makan" even though is not on the table, they only come when you ask
7. some of the waitress doesn't seem to understand cantonese or english... the only one that I find helpful is this pakistani waiter.

At the end of the session, we conclude that we shall not patron there again, disappointed!

FoongLing said...
2/12/2007 4:20 PM  

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