4 Jalan Anggrik Vanilla Y/31Y
Weekends are usually spent dining out. Last Saturday evening, feeling lazy, we decided to eat out in the neighbourhood. Kota Kemuning is not exactly your Taipan USJ with unlimited choices of food outlets.
Anchwa – where to makan leh? Then, I remembered a colleague who mentioned something about this Padi Prada place, so we decided to check it out.
Padi Prada market their forte as serving the best Penang food around. The place is furnished in a typical nyonya cafe style with some nyonya baba decorative items sitting on shelves nailed into the walls.
One of LL’s favourite nyonya item is the Pie Ti, so we had to order this. Padi Prada served theirs a’la DIY – a red plastic segmented tray (reminded me of those trays you use during Chinese New Year!) holding the Pie Ti cases, the filling (which was just their Ju Hu Char), some chopped spring onions, some fried shallots and chilli sauce. All these for RM6.00. The pie ti cases were crispy enough but the ju hu char filling was pretty mediocre and the chilli sauce did nothing to enhance the taste.
I had the Tomyam Meehoon (RM8.00). It was served with lots of chopped mushrooms, pieces of squid rings, shrimps, crabsticks, beansprounts and a sprinkling of chopped chinese celery. Even though there were lots of chopped lemongrass in the sourish soup, somehow I felt there was still something missing (which I could not place) that would have classified it as passable tomyam.
I would say the best item for the night was their Seafood Fried Rice (RM6.00) which LL had (the perennial fried rice lover). It had lots of crunch in it, in the form of cabbage – which I thought was an unusual vegetable to add to fried rice. Nevertheless, it added to its charm. The rice had enough “wok hei” and the chunks of squids, shrimps, chicken fillet, eggs and sprinkling of salted fish and chilli padi all added to the delicious flavours of this dish.
At the captain’s/ladyboss’ recommendation, we ordered their Penang Lorbak (RM7.00). The chopped meats wrapped in beancurd skin and then crispily fried was passable. I did not detect anything unique.
Next, we had their Penang Rojak (RM10.00). The portion served was sufficient for 2 persons, as can be seen in the picture below. What I couldn’t get over was the exorbitant price charged! I certainly do not think the pieces of fruits, with a few pieces of fried yau-char-kway and some very-thinly-sliced brown sotong warranted RM10! Just compare that with their Seafood Fried Rice – I could not help but think they have somehow screwed-up their pricing (you go figure and tell me).
The desserts for the evening was Green Beans Bubur (RM3.00) – very mediocre …
…and Cendol (RM3.50) which they used packed santan (could see the pieces of undissolved santan powder)…
I would only re-visit for their Fried Rice.
My rating: 5/10