Nothing warms you more to a restaurant that a gregarious, lovable hostess, who treats you like her own family. Whilst not a believer in Karma, I cannot explain the chemistry between humans, for there are people you meet and like instantly, and conversely, some just creep you right out at the first meeting. Jeanie, the wonderful hostess, falls into the former category, obviously. Again, the invite was via courtesy of Hooi Khaw, and as I've mentioned, an invite by Hooi Khaw is always good. Other fellow diners included Cumi & Ciki, A Whiff of Lemongrass and her husband, The Nomad Gourmand, A Lil fat monkey and friend, and Hooi Khaw.
I thought a few bottles of plonk would not go amiss, afterall, the lunar new year approaches, and it was Friday night.
The myriad colours of yee sang always make me happy. There's something about the communal tossing of salad that gives an air of camaraderie, and fellowship, and really does generate a lot of positive energy. The dish itself was yummy, not too sweet, not too sour, a perfect balance of texture.
I love soup. I have to have soup everyday. And when soup is served individually in these little porcelain pots, it's a happy day. That song rings in my head. It's gonna be a good night. Who sings it ah?
A mini monk jump over the wall, packed with goodness, abalone, scallops, chicken, wolfenberry, dried longan, sea cucumber, pork ribs, yam, ...Oh, Formosa is essentially a Taiwanese food place. Taiwan's old name was Formosa. And of course, we have our own Formosas in Malacca, a Portuguese colony once upon a time. Oh, hangon, is that Famosa? I digress. The explanation was because YAM is a favourite ingredient in Taiwanese food.
The soup, priced at RM36, is a steal!!! Lovely fragrant broth, warming the heart and tummy with homemade goodness.
Very unique. Buttered unagi. And deep fried battered... err....gosh, I have the memory of a goldfish. Anyway, the unagi is very interesting. If you like unagi, then you will definitely like this dish.
Mmmm, one of my favourites. Feng Sha Ji, roasted chicken with red scallions, garlic dressing stuffed with eight treasures. Unpolished rice with lots of goodies like chestnut, etc. Absolutely delicious. And the chicken itself was lovely and moist.
Another uniquely Taiwan dish, Yam and Duck Tart. Sounds saucy eh. The lovely smooth texture of the yam just melts in your mouth.
Their signature fried oyster (hou see) which according to Jeanie, is a must for Chinese New Year. Hou see fatt choy....which of course spawned the conversation about the environmental hazards of Fatt Choy, which apparently is a moss that sucks the land dry. Hmm, if this were a political blog, I'd expand on that topic.
Steamed Long Tan (grouper) Taiwanese style, ...In her menu, she described it as Nian Nian You (Every year has extra fortune) steamed fish with black fermented soy and minced ginger and garlic.
Gingko Ham. Lovely sweetened honeyed gingko surrounding the ham, which required lots of work. It's steamed first, to get rid of the excess salt, then sliced, then steamed again. Gingko, as we know, is supposed to help memory loss. Gingko, as we know, is supposed to help memory loss. Oh, did I already say that?
Buttered prawns, but by which time, I was stuffed. The prawns were nice and crunchy.
The garlic prawns on a skewer were also tasty. But as I said, by this time, oh, [loosening belt to the first hole]..... quite funny, at this juncture, we told Jeanie to slow down a bit, cos the food was coming fast and furious. Then, suddenly, it halted to a grind, and the vegetables came after a long hiatus, with the dessert.
Gorgeous greens, kailan plus another slimy vegetable, (dunno what its called), with pomelo sacs, and almond flakes. The pomelo sacs really give it an extra zing. I wonder if they employ that method of blanching and dipping the vege into ice water to retain the glorious greenness.
Assorted puddings, for dessert, honey herbal pudding...my favourite.
Custard Caramel Pudding.
Green Tea Aloe Vera Pudding.
Mango Pudding ...my 2nd favourite.
O Nee, a very unique dessert rarely found. A yam and gingko paste, that has a lovely texture. This one was low sugar vegetarian, ie, no lard, and was absolutely lovely.
Finally, the piece de resistance. A VERY interesting dessert I've never seen before. Not unlike custard apples, these honey & maltose (we think) coated fried yams and sesame seeds are plunged into ice water, to harden the exterior. As Bald Eagle said, looks like the Taiwanese invented molecular cuisine long before anyone else did. The result, a crisp, caramel coating, (which surprisingly wasn't too sweet) plus a warm delicious smooth yam filling.
Check out the strands of the pulled sugar, and the orange light from Ciki's camera. Very reminiscent of the "I see you" hair bonding thingie.
I Yam what I Yam.
The refreshing sour plum drink, to wash the palate.
This photo is screaming out for a caption competition.
Ciki, Jeanie and Hooi Khaw.
Monkey showing Jeanie his photography skills on his new toy.
Many thanks to Jeanie for having us. I can't wait to bring my family back here again for a cosy family dinner. And thanks HK once again.
New Formosa is located at 46, Jln SS2/24, PJ. Same row as Sri Siam, ESH. Tel : 03-78751894.
Biz hours: 12-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Open throughout CNY and CNY Eve.