Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Another SoHo

Last weekend Rafs and I found out we are no longer the spring chickens that we thought we were. Unwilling to admit we were sick, we tried climbing an overhang and both ended up with a sprained shoulder instead. There are times when I really feel my arm might just pop out of my shoulder as I tend to hyperextend as a result of bad climbing mixed with laziness. Anyway, feeling like we really needed a treat, we wandered over the far end of the old wing towards One World Hotel and ended up at SoHo for dim sum. I wonder if they are the same people behind Bread Story since the sign board also reads "by Jun".

There is only one word that can describe this place appropriately – bright! The sparse white interior spruced with black lacquer and glass is brightened further by the floor to ceiling windows. It was already 2:30 when we sat down to lunch so we were not surprised to find it only half full. We were given some carrot and cucumber sticks and deep fried wanton skins to munch on while we waited for our dim sum to arrive. The cheong fun was a real winner and was devoured in less than 2 minutes. The rice flour noodle was smooth and delicate. The filling was fu chuk and prawn and we loved the crispy texture of the fu chuk interrupting the soft texture of noodle and prawn. Very good. Our only complain was it was too small a serving. But then again, we are known to be gluttons.
The chilli salt squid came in battered pieces topped with crunchy and spicy garlic-ky bits. Added calories without the added satisfaction as the batter was neither tasty nor crispy. The squid was very tender and tasty and could've done without the batter. We weren't sure what the spicy bits were but it had the fabulously fake taste of Maggi seasoning! Next up was har gow. While the prawns were fresh and plump, the skin was disappointingly thick and stodgy. As were the prawn and chive dumplings. We all really enjoyed the pan-fried turnip cake with the spicy dip. It was fragrant and you could still feel the texture of grated turnip. The prawn and salad pastry was also very good! But then again, I am also a sucker for mayonaise. It was supercrispy and the mayonaise just oozed out of these babies. All in all a very satisfying lunch apart from the mui choy porridge. The consistency of the porridge was like a rice paste and the mui choy tasted a lot like seaweed. The travesty of it all was the pork slices. They were lean and not stewed together with the mui choy! Gasp!

Total bill was RM110.40 including a pot of chrysanthemum tea.

11 comments:

  1. for 2 persons..thats alot of food man..u know, 1 U is just so darn far and jam for me..its so not worth the drive..i prefer the curve..but then again..the jam there is getting worse by the second..will try to make an effort to try this though..

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  2. Same person behind Bread Story. I ate the La Mian here once and liked the texture as it wasn't overcooked like other places. It was a bit disconcerting though as I had tons of wait staff hovering over me so much that I didn't dare snap a picture.

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  3. i kinda liked the food here and find the crockeries very interesting haha... ermm i had the same feelings like boo_licious haha too shy to even whip out my camphone :p

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  4. Interesting deco..... spacious place....innovative dishes.........but the price RM110.40 for 2pax is VERY very expensive. A just bowl of porridge is nearly about RM20. Been there once, never been back since....lol

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  5. i have a sudden urge to eat chee cheong fun and it's NOT GOING AWAY!!!!! :-P

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  6. Ah, actually there were three of us. Forgot to mention another friend. But I reckon we could've finished it all even if it was just the two of us. muahahaha

    Boo & Babe, I feel so cheated. No one was hovering. Infact, we got very little attention.

    The porridge was lousy anyway. I guess it does add up to a lot huh? There were three of us though. RM35 each? Haiya, I'm starting to feel more and more cheated! hahahaha

    Pssst, comelah you ponteng kerja and we can go makan! ;-)

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  7. Usually wander thru that little lane and corner and usually end up eating elsewhere :o)

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  8. wah. this looks like a high class modern dimsum place..and very expensive from the looks of it too. mmm...

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  9. Anonymous11:31 am

    OH! When you mentioned about being CHEATED, we were also got cheated by this SOHO by Jun.... during their opening, they had a promotion, giving free buns for every dine in tables. We went in at 7pm for dinner and was told that we will get free buns at the end of our meal as a complimentary, when we finished and requested for the buns, we were told they had finished and it was only 830pm. It wasn't many tables either. Not only we felt cheated, other tables too. We were told to come back next time.... they are so shit!

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  10. oh! that Jun from Bread Story.... not a very nice singaporean lady, so fake. She cheated Dragon-I shareholders too, once upon a time and even wallop all the tipping money from the poor waiters.

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  11. yeah..it was Jun, the person behind bread story and soho..somehow i find that their food is quite normal, to catch up with the shanghainese food craze i guess?

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