Ah Yip @ Starhill

April 6, 2012

Ah Yip Herbal Soup has opened a branch at Starhill's Feast Gallery, joining Pak Loh Chiu Chow & Luk Yu Tea House to become this level's third Chinese eatery.

Steaming-hot herbal soups, pork-free but overflowing with nutrition. Some include exotica like deer hooves & tails (prices soar to RM2,400), but the RM15++ standard concoctions, like this old-cucumber & chicken soup, are no less worthwhile.

Salted veggie duck broth. Tastes traditional; something a grandmother would love.

Lotus root & dried squid. Seemingly MSG-free; we suffered no thirsty aftermath. Still, each soup brims with flavor, testifying to the quality & quantity of ingredients.

Chicken feet, scallops & groundnuts. 'Phoenix claws' in all their gelatinous glory. Texture is king.

Ah Yip lacks liquor, so we walked over to Sentidos Tapas, Starhill's stalwart.

Escargot-&-chicken paella. We caught the scintillating scent of saffron when this landed on our table. In the end, it wasn't a bad paella, but it's not a knockout.

Sangria, pretty potent at only RM25++ per glass.

Cocktails might not be on Sentidos' menu, but ask & you'll receive a Mojito & more.

Bellini, unimpeachable for peachy pleasure.

Ah Yip Herbal Soup,
Starhill, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.