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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Mayflower Restaurant ~ Exquisite Oriental Fare @ Kota Kemuning Shah Alam by FollowMeToEatLa

Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

My makan trips have brought me to many places I have never been before, meeting new people and trying out new food. On my most recent Makan Ventures, I had a wonderful experience meeting up with Mayflower's friendly couple, Mr Tee and his lovely wife, Melisa Chan. Mr Tee, the owner of Mayflower is truly a humble man. He shared with us his sad story about his mum, something close to his heart. 

On the other hand, he was the 'Star of the Nite' too.(Of course, besides the Pork Knuckle). Funny guy Tee got us in stitches and kept us entertained with his endless hilarious jokes throughout the dinner. Well, besides getting 'well fed' that nite, we were 'well entertained' too. Hahaha ....

Lovely Couple The Tees - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
 Lovely Couple The Tees

Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

Mayflower Restaurant is a fine dining Chinese restaurant located at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam. Occupying an expansive corner double storey shop lot with a front entrance strategic facing the main road. Mayflower exudes a relaxed and welcoming ambience that has made it a popular dining and drinking destination for both office workers and the residents of the Kota Kemuning district. 

The restaurant’s interior is spacious, cosy and comfortable dining environment with a seating capacity of up to 250 people. The 1st floor is a full function hall, well-equipped with karaoke sound system with a seating capacity of 400 people. Hall are also available for rental for wedding parties, anniversaries and hosting of events where external catering is allowed too.

Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

The name of the restaurant has a very poignant story to it. The touching, yet sad story was shared by the owner, Mr Tee himself. The name 'Mayflower' was chosen by the Mr.Tee as a remembrance to his beloved mother. He lost her mum at a young age of three. She passed on in month of May. 

Carnation is the flower for month of May, so he contemplated to name his restaurant 'Carnation', but then he thought that it may sound kind of awkward. So after much deliberation, he decided on the name 'Mayflower' as a dedication to his mum. Sad but touching story, to learn that a young boy grew up without his mother's love and care.

During our recent 'Makan Ventures', we were served with a 8 full course dinner dishes. Comprising of Zhejiang's Three Treasures, Shanghainese Poached Chicken, Chinese Pork Knuckle, Steamed Fish with Daikon & Ginger, Buttery Shrimps with Corn Kernels, Hakka Braised Pork Belly, Hong Kong-style Steamed Rice and lastly, for desserts was the Royal Jellies & Flaky Shanghainese Pastries.

Star of the Night : Chinese Pork Knuckle - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Star of the Night : Chinese Pork Knuckle

My personal favourite was the Chinese Pork Knuckle. Honestly, this is the one dish which I can never have enough as I love pork in any style. It's well seasoned and marinated, you can taste the favouring not only on the skin but also within the juicy meat of the pork knuckle. Fried to perfection, not too dry ... smell good, taste good with spice flavouring. 

Ms Samantha, the manager shared with the us that this dish goes through a tedious process. Marinated for a full day before it was stewed for 1.5 hours to tenderise the meat, lastly it was fried to perfection, making it's still juicy on the inside but crispy on the outside. Very well-executed !


Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

Crispy and savoury skin, with a tender and juicy interior that was oozing with flavour. It was suffice to say that both bones were licked clean that night.

Unique Sauce - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Unique Sauce

The accompanying sauce was deliciously sweet and nutty, bringing out the best in the knuckle.

A pleasing-to-the-eye Pork Knuckle - RM 70 - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   A pleasing-to-the-eye Pork Knuckle - RM 70

Deeply flavoured skin crackle and crunch with the slightest touch of your teeth, and the meat is moist, tender, and flavourful. 

Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
Miss Know All - Samatha Chok the Manager of Mayflower

Ms Chok gave me a good impression as she really know her stuff well, right up to details from preparation of each dishes, the ingredients that goes into it and so on. She was basically just ratting away as each dishes were served to us. Wish I have brought a recorder or something to note all those informations she's sharing with us !

Delicious looking Shanghainese Poached Chicken - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Delicious looking Shanghainese Poached Chicken

Well, the next dish I wish to review is non other that the 'Shanghainese Poached Chicken'. As the name suggest, this dish originated from Shanghai. Samatha shared with us that this dish was usually served cold in China, but have been improvised to suit local taste. Farm or Kampung chicken is a must for this dish. Poached to perfection, the chicken was firstly de boned and a hot broth was spread over the chicken just before serving.

Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

The chicken was really smooth and tender, combined with the generous amount of wolf berries sauce that made this another comfort food candidate indeed. Served warm instead of cold, the broth was infused with Shaoxing wine flavour upon each bite. Awesome!

A Whole Tender Village Chicken - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   A Whole Tender Village Chicken

Artistic food presentation of the Chicken dish are only for wedding banquet's host table only. Certainly not available for ala carte orders as the whole process might takes up to 3 hours for the decoration alone!

Pleasing-to-the-eye : Buttery Prawns - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Pleasing-to-the-eye : Buttery Prawns

The Buttery Prawns With Corn Kernels was just simply delicious. The deep fried prawns itself was very tasty and aromatic. The meat was so fresh and firm, deep fried to perfection. Together with generous serving of the rich and creamy buttery gravy, it was a perfect combination. As everyone practically licked the plate clean, it was truly an appetizing 'Har-Har' dish that whet one's appetite that night. (happy; Har is prawn in Cantonese)


Sinful Buttery Prawns with Corn Kernel - RM 80 - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Sinful Buttery Prawns with Corn Kernel - RM 80

Partnering of prawns with corn kernels, makes an unusual choice but somehow, it turn out to be harmonious combination.


Photo of Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley

The freshness of the prawns was top-notch and the gravy was splendid, a wonderful accompaniment with white rice.


Artistry in Motion - Mayflower Restaurant in Shah Alam (South) Klang Valley
   Artistry in Motion

pleasing-to-the-eye artwork accompanying the prawns dish. I was truly amazed by degree of skill and creativity exhibited in the 'finished product' by the artistic chef at the Mayflower Restaurant. 




Address: No 2G, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla S 31/S, Kota Kemuning, Seksyen 31, 40460 Shah Alam.
Phone:       : 016-313 3188




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