Chinese New Year (CNY) is just 2 weeks away. Many restaurants have already start promoting their CNY dishes which are specially created for this festival.

Young Heart Restaurant too had created some CNY special dishes and I have the opportunity to try them out thanks to CK who invited me to this dinner.


Steamed dumplings (jiao zhi) and pan fried dumplings (guo tie) are their speciality.


We were first served with 3 types vege rolls which are Egg Vege Roll, Unagi Vege Roll and Prawn Vege Roll. This vege rolls are pretty similar to the one I've tasted at Ms. Saigon. A thin layer of Vietnamese rice paper are used to wrapped the vege and ingredients used.

Being a die hard fan of unagi, I tasted the unagi vege roll. The vegetable is very fresh and somehow it overtake the unagi taste. The unagi does not have strong sweet sauce taste like what we get in Japanese restaurant.

There are 3 types of sauces to go with the vege rolls. There are Chinese Style Sauce, Siam Style Sauce and Japanese Style Sauce (clockwise from top).


Next up was Hot & Sour Soup. This soup is quite appetizing. The soup base is slightly thick, similar to shark fin soup base. Preserved vegetable, tofu and come black fungus (wood ear fungus) can be found in this soup.

Golden Scallop Dumpling is one of the dishes in the CNY menu. The dumpling skin is made of a mixture of flour and carrot. Therefore, it turned out more yellowish than usual. The dumpling filling which consists of scallop, prawn and pork taste good.

The sauce to go with the dumpling. There are shredded ginger in vinegar, fried shallots and chili.


Snake Squash with Pork - Don't get mislead by the dish name ya. There isn't any snake involve in this dish, else I'll be 10 feet away.

Snake squash is one kind of gourds. The snake squash taste sweet and it goes well with the pork. The pork is well marinated and smooth.


This is one of the dish that I like a lot during the night. Cheese & Chicken Guo Tie tasted very good. The amount of cheese is just adequate that it added fragrant to the guo tie but at the same time it won't left you feeling 'jelak' after eating it.

Fried Bean Curd - the tofu texture is soft. The tofu tasted fragrant as the tofu is blended with other ingredients such as anchovies, carrot and chinese celery.

Stir Fried Mix Vege & Mushroom. The dish is simple and plain but it's suitable for those who do not like strong taste. The sweetness of the vegetable and mushroom is the selling point of this dish. The mushroom is very fresh, juicy and sweet.

Prosperous Year in Malaysia is actually the name of the next dish which can be simplified as fried chicken. This is another dish which I like a lot too. The batter consist of lemongrass which added fragrant to the dish. This is my first time to eat fried chicken which have the lemongrass smell and it's quite special to me.

Fried Prawn & Garlic was served next. The batter is very crispy with a hint of garlicky smell which is still acceptable for me. If you were to eat the prawn on its own, it's a bit too salty. But the taste will be just right when you eat it together with a bowl of white rice.

Sponge Gourd with Pork - This dishes has a strong taste of dong gui (Angelica Sinensis or female ginseng). The pork goes well with the sponge gourd which had absorbed just the right amount of gravy. So no worry that the sponge gourd will taste plain.

This is another of my favourite dish too - Steam Cod & Bean Curd. The cod fish is very smooth and soft that it just melt right in my mouth. Simple method and simple ingredients were used to cook the fish to maintain the original taste of the cod fish.

We were served with 3 types of noodles that night. The noodles are handmade by the chef. One of it was vegetarian noodle; Black Jelly Mushroom Fried Noodle. Lots of black fungus, cabbage, carrots and mushroom in this noodle. This noodle tasted plain and sweet. Again, it's suitable for those who do not like heavy taste food.

Shredded Pork Noodle - There are lots of minced meat and spring onion to go with the noodle.
Ground Pork in Spicy Bean Sauce Noodle - The sauce tasted like 'ma po' tofu to me. This is strictly for those who can bear the spiciness as is tasted very spicy to me.


Chamomile and Chrysantenum tea was served to us. Chamomile is believe to have calming and soothing effect.

Young Heart Restaurant got its name from the plant which have a heart shape leaf. The plant is called the Sweetheart Hoya.


There are lots of bamboo & greens deco inside this restaurant. It gives me a very comfortable feeling.

A separated room which is very suitable for friends gathering.


Thanks to Ms. Ann Kee for providing a wonderful dinner to us.

Business hour: 12pm - 10pm (Closed on Monday)
Contact: 04 - 228 8084
Hp: 016 - 410 8089

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26 comments

  1. Food Paradise // Jan 10, 2009, 5:56:00 PM  

    wow.... die hard fans of unagi. Like my daughther ah...... nice meeting you too! lol

  2. cariso // Jan 10, 2009, 6:35:00 PM  

    Wow! Si fu, your photos are awesome! Hey, I like that single sweetheart yoga pic the most!

  3. Allie // Jan 10, 2009, 6:51:00 PM  

    Food Paradise,
    Yea! I always order unagi when I visit Japanese Restaurant.

    Cariso,
    hehe... not qualified to be called si fu. But we can definitely share opinions. :)

  4. Steven Goh // Jan 10, 2009, 7:21:00 PM  

    all the pictures are fantastic, nice one. Next time teach me how to take photo

  5. vkeong // Jan 10, 2009, 7:30:00 PM  

    wow, how many of you were there? That's A LOT of food you tried lol. Gosh that scallop dumpling and unagi roll seriously look good.
    Seems like more and more bloggers are being invited for food tasting sessions.. a very good sign, we will beat the newspapers one day!

  6. New Kid on the Blog // Jan 10, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

    sigh... when will I be invited for food review by restaurants .... :(

    you guys are great!!!

  7. worldwindows // Jan 10, 2009, 7:36:00 PM  

    Snake squash and sponge gourd looks so smooth and good. A good balance those between fried and steamed.

  8. Allie // Jan 10, 2009, 8:23:00 PM  

    Steven,
    Some are taken by PTP one. :)

    Vkeong,
    There are like 12 of us there. It's a great dinner! And feel very full at the end of it.

  9. Allie // Jan 10, 2009, 8:25:00 PM  

    NKOB,
    Hope to meet you soon!

    worldwindows,
    Both of the dishes indeed did balance up the fried stuffs.

  10. gill gill // Jan 10, 2009, 10:15:00 PM  

    your photography skill improved alot, guess CS is your sifu huh? :)

    The tofu contained anchovy? its fish, toufu, carrot & celery if im not mistaken. Correct me if im wrong.

  11. desmond-t // Jan 10, 2009, 11:11:00 PM  

    Wah another Young Heart review... surely gonna visit there adee since it's just a walk away from my house LOL

  12. 550ml jar of faith // Jan 11, 2009, 2:43:00 AM  

    I've read a few different reviews from this session and yet the spread still looks extraordinary each time! I am DEFINITELY visiting this place when I'm back for CNY!

  13. Allie // Jan 11, 2009, 9:48:00 AM  

    Gill Gill,
    Yaya. I did learn a lot from CS.
    The tofu do contain anchovy, the small type.

    Desmond,
    I'll be waiting for your review ya. :)

  14. Allie // Jan 11, 2009, 9:52:00 AM  

    550ml jar of faith,
    It's a comfortable place for gathering with your family or friends.

  15. ck lam // Jan 11, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

    Wow...nice review with all the sharp photos. We definitely ate a lot that night :)

  16. Cokeworld Citizen // Jan 11, 2009, 4:48:00 PM  

    So many people for food tasting session. So lau juak...haha can feel the CNY mood d.

  17. Allie // Jan 11, 2009, 6:54:00 PM  

    CK,
    Ya. I were so full when we left the restaurant. Thanks again for thr invitation!

    Cokeworld Citizen,
    CNY is just 2 weeks away nia.. The mood is in the air d...

  18. SimpleGirl // Jan 12, 2009, 9:59:00 AM  

    Nice place, good variety of food served, the sauces provided are a lot to suits different tastebud, I am attracted bt the chicken wings and vege wrapped....

  19. J2Kfm // Jan 12, 2009, 3:09:00 PM  

    after repeated reviews of this place. i think i can even memorize the food to order if i'm ever there. hahaha .... :)

    very nice shots, btw.

  20. Allie // Jan 12, 2009, 9:50:00 PM  

    Simple Girl,
    The chicken wings taste good. Thumbs up.

    J2Kfm,
    haha.. That's great! You can order without even looking at the menu!
    Thanks for the compliment!

  21. Penang Tua Pui // Jan 12, 2009, 11:31:00 PM  

    what a nice review.... keep it up...

    btw.. I am not ur sifu... please help to clarify.. ok?

    I am not master of it yet... no can't be sifu at all.

  22. CRIZ LAI // Jan 13, 2009, 3:37:00 PM  

    Wow... I saw a koala bear clinging there.. hehe. Nice company for the mini gathering huh? where's all your candid shots.. LOL~

    http://crizfood.com/

  23. Jo // Jan 13, 2009, 10:12:00 PM  

    oh wow .. all this delicious food. I simply cannot tahan already! Great post.

  24. Joie de vivre // Jan 15, 2009, 8:49:00 AM  

    Oooh I'm jealous!

  25. Sophie // Aug 19, 2009, 11:54:00 AM  

    I love spicy food and the Spicy Bean Sauce Noodle likes delish to me!!!

    Here I bought a sauce pack for mapo tofu so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
    http://yummiexpress.freetzi.com

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