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Saturday 24 August 2013

Restaurant Bao Bao 你吃宝宝了吗?

Restaurant Bao Bao 你吃宝宝了吗?
8G Jalan Perubatan 2, Pandan Indah
55200 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: E101° 45' 7" N3° 7' 43.5")

We’ve lost count of the times we intended to have our meal at one restaurant only to find ourselves eventually settling for an entirely difference restaurant. Tonight was once such occasion. We had meant to try out Chong Ko Hakka Noodles (彰哥客家面家) famed for their 1Kuala Lipis dishes.

1a town and district in Pahang, Malaysia

As luck would have it the place was closed. We found it strange for a restaurant to be closed on a Saturday night, and suspected that the restaurant could in actual fact be 2closed down.

2Feedback from Kin Kinster: Chong Ko Mee doesn't open for dinner. They open for breakfast and lunch, 8:30am to about 4pm. Closed on Mondays unless it's a public holiday.

closed, or closed down?

A few doors down we came across this restaurant which Cat says (oddly enough) means “have you eaten at Bao Bao yet?” or something to that effect in Mandarin. Being an end lot, the restaurant has no wall on one side providing excellent ventilation. A lot of the times we demur from a few restaurants that were stifling and stuffy. Simply furnished with wooden chairs and tables, you get an almost “school canteen” feel about the place.

last one standing here?

interesting signage

simple furnishings

even simpler menu

this is Brendan's awkward look!

Scanning the simple menu, Brendan and Cat settled on the Fried Pork with 3Nan Lu 4Pan Mee while I had the Braised Pork in Soy Sauce Gravy with Rice.

3fermented bean curd
4flat flour noodle 

my braised pork with rice

assortment of drinks

we honestly don't know what to call this

While we had no issues with the taste of the dishes we were eventually served with, we had problems with the blatant misrepresentation. What was touted as Fried Pork with Nan Lu Pan Mee in the end turned out to be normal Pan Mee with Barbequed Pork Belly (“Char Siu”), with no hint of fermented bean curd at all! Oh well, since it is a small unassuming and nondescript restaurant, we will take no further offence.

Brendan did not manage to finish his Pan Mee, due in most parts to the fact that Cat has now been preparing homemade Pan Mee and the commercial variety no longer holds the appeal it used to have with him. We’ll be having homemade Pan Mee tomorrow night so I’ll be sure to post some photographs of Cat’s efforts here, stay tuned!

reasonable enough

Oh ya! We forgot to mention the damage, right? Plus an assortment of drinks it all came to RM22.50 and funny enough, the bill revealed that Brendan and Cat had in fact had the dried Pan Mee… face palms, anyone?

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