Friday, January 23, 2009

Feeding season begins at Green View, SS2

I am pleased to say that I followed up and compensated at a CNY reunion dinner with previous co-workers, nary the inhibitions that had so plagued my last unimpressive food outing.
The agreed time for the group to meet and kick off the lou-sang was 7.30PM at Green View in SS2, located near the Rothmans roundabout, which needs little introduction. The first two to arrive, N and I decided to proceed to order, with me engineering the conversation with the seasoned uncle in my halting Cantonese and N nodding or shaking his head.

The place was jumping, hungry people getting fed delicious meals and while we contended with chomping on peanuts, we stared enviously and cursed our missing dining companions. A flurry of traffic excuses and misdirections later, we were finally able to start our meal at 9.00PM.

To a great year of health, wealth and happiness!

Taste-wise, I'd never been truly won over by the sickly sweet concoction that has come to define this seasonal offering. But this had fresh pieces of salmon, so...ummm.. this was OK I guess?

Next up was Green View's much-celebrated Sang Har Meen (fresh water prawn noodles) starring five of them slippery lil' suckers swimming in a thick aromatic broth. We dug in with much relish.
Stir-fried bamboo clams (Kam Heong style). Undoubtedly a hit!

Vegie medley of brocolli, fat juicy mushrooms, bean curd skin, carrots and water chestnuts.

The uncle who took our orders (sneaky, sneaky fellow who suckered us into ordering way too much food) recommended this fish, promising a delicious "new" way of preparing garoupa. Well the fish turned up in some half-arsed curry concoction which was neither spicy or sour. And to top it all off, the fish wasn't the freshest, its texture rubbery and unpleasant. Next!

Deep-fried salted chicken. This was actually rather good on its own, but somehow got edged out by the other winners on the table.

They waited until the very end, when we'd started struggling to present the Sweet and Sour Crabs. At this point, we were stumped by the excess. The crabs were sweet and as always, a lot of messy fun. However, they used Indonesian crab which somehow seemed rougher in texture and less flavourful to me than Sri Lankan crabs I'd tried at other seafood joints. Still crustacean love knows no boundaries! We persevered.

Deep-fried man tou to soak up the gravy. I would've prefered the unfried ones but at this point, we were just blindly shoving it in so it didn't matter no more.

The bill arrived at nearly RM600 for 7 of us, to a choir of whoops and jaw drops around the table! We really outdid ourselves and I felt a private sense of pride. We stayed on chatting and generally enjoying ourselves until way past 11, when one steely glare after another from staff members shutting up the place finally got to us and we scurried out into the night.

Gong Xi Fa Cai, everyone! May this year for each and every one of you be filled with lots of love and good living!


worldwindows said...

You have a way with words, and I always enjoyed a good read. Now I would like to employ the uncle to do sales. Happy Lunar New Year.

Food Paradise said...

Happy New year to you too!

Little Inbox said...

Wah makan besar already ar?
Happy Niu Year to you!

Babe_KL said...

yumyummm loved the sang har meen here.

May the Oxpicious year brings you cartfuls of good luck, joy, prosperity and best of health! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

Lingzie said...

happy chinese new year to you! may it be a prosperous, gastronomic and happy year for you and your family! :)

cariso said...

Kong Hei Fat Choy!

minchow said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai, everyone!

Worldwindows, thanks for reading! I really enjoy your blog too! And yes, Uncle is the ultimate sales star!

Food Paradise, and you!

Little Inbox, no time like the present to start! Have a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Babe_kl, thanks for dropping by! The Sang Har Meen is awesome! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Lingzie, thanks and same to you! Been missing your blog... been kept busy preparing for the new year, have you?

Cariso, Kong Hei Kong Hei!

backStreetGluttons said...

This type of very business-like highly seasoned Chinese restaurant is above average in food and price & cannot go wrong if you are out for a treat ( with no worries in cash ) !

Happy New Year !

HairyBerry said...

here's hoping that the new year will bring you lots of har har har (joy and happiness) after makan-ing the lovely prawns noodle.

happy cny!

CRIZ LAI said...

Happy "Niu" Year to you and all in the family. May this year be a healthy, wealthy and prosperous year for everyone. :)

Rebecca Saw said...

hey min, Gong Hei Gong hei!!
Can imagine that now you are in Pg stuffing urself silly rite??

minchow said...

Nic, Happy CNY to you too! Indeed, the har-hars have not quite stopped. Intend to keep at it eternally, hehe!!

Criz, Gong Xi Gong Xi!

Nomad Gourmand, am I ever! I am pretty sure I've outgrown everything in my wardrobe just this past week! Hope you're doing about the same! :-P