Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Not so tasty

I bought a bag of deep fried sweet potatoes with plum powder sprinkled over them to try at about MYR5 a bag after reading someone's post that this is just so tasty. They were deep fried upon order so I have to wait for quite some time for them to cool down before eating them.

They were crunchy to the point of being hard and I think maybe they were not deep fried long enough so the insides were still a bit raw. Taste ok only, I wonder whether the person who raved about it ate something totally different from this but I did buy the correct item. I ate only two pieces and let my family have the rest of them.

Bought them from this Shihlin stall in Midvalley. Deep fried chicken pieces and oyster mee suah are their best sellers. This Shihlin stall has outlets in most of the shopping mall.

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  1. i have always wanted to try their deep fried chicken...but usually i had proper meal in shopping mall, so til now still didn't get to try...

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    1. Unless you like to eat deep fried food, I will say give it a pass, too oily in my opinion.

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  2. Last year there's another new one opened in Queensbay Mall. It is called xxx Star Super Large Fried Chicken (never pay attention, dunno is Super Star or Hot Star or something). I always buy from them nowadays when I want my sweet potato fries fix.
    I don't know if it is just in Penang, Shihlin's quality has been dropping for quite a while now..

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    1. Oh, they also sell this sweet potato fries - with plum powder too?

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    2. Yup, not just plum powder, there's a few other options..

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    3. Ah, if I go to Penang, I will check this out to see what other options they have for coating the sweet potatoes.

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  3. Somehow, these Taiwan Street Food joints do not appeal to me - not my cup of tea. I'd much sooner go for our own local fare.

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    1. To me, all food from the east tastes almost the same.

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  4. The deep fried sweet potatoes looks very orangey and sweet to me.. Yeah, mention Taiwan food only, oh-wa mee sua and fried chicken comes to mind :)

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  5. never tried that before, but only their deep fried chicken chop and mee sua only.. so will you give this deep fried sweet potatoes a second chance?? probably it was just an isolated case, due to a different outlet and timing :)

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    1. Maybe I go to another outlet to see whether they are thick and fat like the ones I bought or thin like normal potato fries like what Kris mentioned below.

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  6. I'm surprised...the sweet potato fries are the best item on the menu. The last time I had it, it was still good (but that was a year ago already). It didn't look like the ones you have here...thick and short. They were in long sticks (very much like French fries)...crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

    Maybe it's the outlet, maybe it's the worker they hired to fry it...I've seen a complaint on their FB on the mee sua in their MV branch. I have one near my place...maybe it's about time I try them again to see if the quality has deteriorated so badly.

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    1. Long sticks? Then I must go to other outlets to see - fat and thick like the one I got or long sticks that you mentioned.

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  7. Have not tried this deep fried sweet potatoes with plum powder sprinkled over them. I like sweet potatoes to be fried thoroughly cooked and soft, even just plain version will taste nice.

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    1. I think people like this because of the plum powder.

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  8. b=never tried that before. Dont think will purposely try la coz not really into fried food

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    1. If don't like deep fried food, then better stay away.

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  9. I think the only food I enjoy at Shilin is the osyeter mee sua.

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    1. Oyster mee sua is a very popular food in Taiwan, you can eat loads there.

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  10. I saw this outlet at 1-Utama last weekend. Too bad you did not like the deep fried sweet potatoes. Plum powder does not sound so appealing to me. Maybe that's what spoiled the taste. The deep fried sweet potatoes from goreng pisang stall would be lots better.

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    1. People swear by this because of the special plum powder. I am ok with that taste but not with the hardness of the deep fried sweet potatoes sticks.

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  11. I also don't quite like it especially they are not masak inside... anyway, now that you tried, you've know.. :)

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  12. Interesting combo, sounds like one I would like. Pity execution was bad... maybe try another outlet? Raw sweet potato is definitely a no-no.

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    1. Yes, maybe I will try another outlet.

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  13. The only thing I will buy from Shilin snacks is their tempura... hehe!

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    1. You mean the real Shihlin in Taiwan?

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  14. I love sweet potatoes, fried and no fried. But those no fried already taste so nice. Err. With plum powder? No thanks.

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    1. You mean no fried as in steamed? Actually people raved about the plum powder coating so perhaps if you try it you will be smitten too.

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  15. They sound rather interesting. It seems to be general problem I encounter often here, inconsistency in service/ product.

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    1. This is most likely the case. Must check out the other outlets.

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  16. I was crazy for their oyster mee suah at the begining but I still prefer their fried chicken "Uncle Bob Style".

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    1. What does "Uncle Bob Style" mean?

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  17. I think I've tried this before, found it not bad, could it because the taste downgrade already Ya??

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    1. I think more likely it is not consistent. Where did you eat this - at which outlet?

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