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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Meal at the blink of an eye

Chinese cuisine with swift and reliable service

Shopping trips to the mall are incomplete without a break at an eatery for some rest as the body needs to replenish itself.

The young and enterprising owners of Next Stop Restaurant at the I01 Mall in Puchong decided to name their place as such because they have studled shoppers' habits.

As another plus point, the fast foodstyle restaurant is conveniently located on the ground floor with cosy seating space inside and a more airy area outside at the concourse.

Chinese fusion cuisine is the name of the game here and your dishes will arrive within the blink of an eye, so to speak.

Besides variety, Next Stop banks on swift and reliable service because marketing manager Cheryl Pang keeps a watchful eye on the staff members.

"Next Stop is connected to the Penang Asam House located on another floor within the mall. We cater to a different crowd there but the basics of operation still apply," she said, referring to Next Stop.

"Our cooks come up with the recipes and we all sit together for brainstorming sessions for new menus. Customers are always on the lookout for variety so We design a new menu every six months," she added.

One house speciality that stands out from the rest is the Durian Spare Ribs with succulent chunks of pork slathered in durian sauce. The aroma of durian announced the thorny fruit's presence from afar and the taste test just sealed the verdict.

For a non-durian lover like me, the Butter Soft Shell Crab scored Brownie Points. It was a relief to sink my teeth into something less heady and with lots of bite after my rendezvous with the durian-soaked porcine treat.

We were also served Mongolian Steak Rice and Nyonya Prawn 8, Sotong. The chicken had a delicious peppery taste while the portion of sauce was generous. The seafood dish

was cooked typically Nyonya style with lots of spices and ladies fingers.

Equally high on Next Stop's list are dishes like Crispy Spicy Calamari, Roasted Hooey Fish Stick with Rice and Roasted Honey Chicken Wing. Some of the dishes we sampled came with rice.

All items are reasonably priced between RM8.90++ and RM12.90++ with value set meals for group dining.

Do try the Teh Si Special, a threelayer drink concocted from tea, Sarawak sugar and evaporated milk (RM3.50++). The rich taste of sugar woUld just bowl you over. Another

thirst-quencher favoured by shoppers is the Chrysanthemum Ginseng.

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