Both are famous. And of Taiwanese origin, of course.
I sometimes wonder if the queue to getting a Jay Chou concert ticket is as long as the waiting list at Fong Lye.
This is where oriental (well, partially) taste meets contemporary style. Where Mandarin lyrics are sung to the beat of rhythm & blues and traditional-looking ceramicwares shine to a neo-fluorescent glow from above. Throw in a generous serving, pleasant service and comfortable chairs, it's no wonder that Fong Lye has become a favourite dining choice for many, especially the young (and trendy-looking) crowd.
Gui Hua And Oolong Tea (RM12.00)
Hollow, starchy and sweet. No, I'm not talking about some popstars of today. Just the Sweet Potato Balls (RM5.30). Is it just me or has the days of powerful ballads and solid sweet potato balls rolled on with the times? As much as I enjoyed the crispy skin, there was something about them balls that didn't leave an impression, though recommended by many. Then again, I am no fan of Taiwanese boybands. Or boybands of any nationality, for that matter.
Three Varieties Of Supreme Diced Chicken Set, which included side dishes and a bowl of minced meat rice (RM19.80) was perhaps my favourite of that day. Sweet was everything, like Jolin Tsai.
The chicken, in dark soy sauce and mixed with some herbs was flavoursome and needed not the minced meat (which was also rather tasty) to complete the meal. Just the bowl of plain, white rice will do.
The side dishes, which included seasoned lotus roots, breaded, fried fritter and half an egg, though quite delectable in their own ways, were drowned by the flavourful chicken.
Watching some Taiwanese channels on cable television can be quite a draining experience. The endless political forums and parliamentary dramas always make me wish that life is simpler, like the voices of those cutesy teenage singers whom whisper (I believe it's called singing as well) about all things loverly.
But no, life's certainly more complicated than that, hence my very limited collection of that particular genre. Well, complexity is good sometimes and the Taiwan Braised Beef Noodle from the set meal at RM19.80 is a testament of that. The rich, complex taste of the broth, which comprised of five spice powder among other seasonings, was addictive. Coupled with tender pieces of beef and smooth strands of egg noodles, it was lovely. Not loverly but just lovely.
Perhaps not as distinctive as smoked bacon or salmon, the Tea Smoked Duck with Bee Hoon (RM15.80) was still delicious, thanks to the subtly salty and tender meat. The bee hoon has not much effect on the meat but added up to a rather substantial meal.
When I first heard Coldplay's Yellow, I thought it was a song Chris Martin wrote for his oriental girlfriend (way before the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow). But I was so wrong and wrong (about the dedication and the oriental girlfriend). Like how skeptical I was when stepping into Fong Lye for the first time as Taiwanese food to me was all about sweet food that has been blown out of mega commercial proportions.
Well, silly me as it is certainly good in its own way and I won't mind coming back for more.
Hmmm, now where is my Rainie Yang album? :D
I'm kidding lah. :D
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