This Chinese franchise outlet in Mid Valley seems to be tucked away in a hidden corner of the mega shopping mall.
We were seated next to Cititel; with a huge glass window separating us from the lobby of the hotel and we could see clearly the guests/people walking around the hotel lobby and I bet they could see us too.
It felt like we were both in aquariums; like in the Underwater World/Sea World/Aquaria where we were being watched at all times.
I didn't like that feeling but seats aside, business was pretty brisk in the restaurant and it explains why, as we were there on a Sunday afternoon and during the peak lunch hour.
We ordered a few types of ramen to share around and also a few side dishes (not much though and we were glad since we were stuffed after the noodles!)
I noticed they had such intricate carvings on their chopsticks; and on closer look, some were mismatched with the silver and gold plates on the chopsticks (or was that intentional?)
I was once told, "One does not walk into Dragon-I without ordering/having their signature Siew Long Bao" and so, for the savouring delight of everyone (especially my parents), we ordered the Siew Long Bao which came in a wooden bamboo basket (RM12)
For those who did not know, Siew Long Bao is a famous Shanghainese dish where the pork is minced and placed or wrapped with a flour-made skin into the shape of a dumpling. What makes it different from other dumplings is how they included the soup into the dumpling as well.
When you take a piece of this dumpling, make sure you have a spoon with a depth to hold the dumpling while you gently take a bite.
It's best, they say, to put the whole dumpling into your mouth to savour it, but a word of caution though; the soup is usually hot (must be hot) as its signature.
The variety of ramen we ordered:
Vegetarian Ramen (RM11.90)
This was simply normal ramen stir-fried with assorted vegetables. It was plain but pretty tasty as well.
Seafood ramen in clear soup (RM18)
This was clear but had a sweet taste; mainly due to the seafood in it which includes medium-sized prawns, squids, and fish fillets, along with juicy scallops.
Pork Ribs with ramen in soup (RM16)
Sichuan Spicy Ramen(RM16)
Fiery hot from the outside; it is always a signature of Sichuan cuisine to be all hot and spicy with lots of chilies!
Stir-fried fish fillets with long beans and garlic (RM16)
For dessert, I personally ordered this red bean long bao which I liked (RM9)
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed as it was served cold.
Total bill was approximately RM100+ for the meal; but it was an enjoyable meal with the family and quality time spent as we exchanged opinions and comments on each of the dish served =)