Saturday, 2 August 2014

Yoke Heng Restaurant @ Serdang Raya

I've heard about this rather famous restaurant from many people in the past but never had the opportunity to try it until now. It's actually famous for it's claypot loh shue fun (rat's tail rice noodles). Here's the verdict:-
First up is their signature claypot loh shue fun. Unlike other restaurants, the loh shue fun here is not dry or dark in color. It comes in a pale eggy gravy, not unlike the ubiquitous Cantonese style noodles. Topped with a spoonful of chee yow char (fried pork lard) which provides a crunchy contrasting texture to the soft chewy noodles. Fragrant and tasty, it is recommended to be eaten with a dash of black vinegar which is found on all tables. We tried it with the vinegar first and found it to be rather ordinary. But ditch the vinegar and add a dash of the sambal belacan (shrimp paste sambal) and the loh shue fun is taken to a new taste level. Very good indeed.
Ask for the sambal belacan to add to the loh shue fun
Next, we tried the sang har sang mein (fresh prawn with fresh noodles). One large prawn, split in two and quickly braised in an eggy gravy.
This gets my vote as the best sang har mein in the South of Klang Valley. Yes, it's that good. The eggy gravy had drawn the flavors from the prawn in the quick braising. The gravy was so tasty that we practically scraped the last drops from the dish with our spoons. The sang mein was fried until crispy and then topped with the gravy. Some parts had soaked up the gravy whilst other parts remained crunchy which provided nice contrasting textures when eaten immediately. Green scallions provided a nice aroma and some vegetable cruch to balance the richness of the dish. The noodles with just a single prawn was RM35 but it was worth every sen. Highly recommended.
There were only 2 of us on this visit, so we could not try many dishes. However we had to try their chiew pai (signature) house made taufoo. We tasted minced pork, salted fish and some crunchy vegetables in the taufoo. It was tasty enough to eat without the light chilli sauce that came with the dish. Highly recommended as well.

The verdict - this is a restaurant that lives up to the hype and we will definitely be back for more. Watch out for future posts on this restaurant.

Location : No. 33, Jalan SR 8/4, Taman Putra Indah, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Contact : 03-89438753/ 012-6533915

Friday, 1 August 2014

Osaka 1961 @ Taman Kajang Prima

The new Japanese restaurant in Kajang Prima called Osaka 1961 has 2 sections; a ground floor section which is a sushi bar and does set meals as well, and a first floor section that houses a shabu-shabu (steamboat) buffet. We tried the ground floor section and here's the verdict:-
Sorry for the picture quality - lights were quite dim
All sushi on the conveyor belt are RM1.80 a plate. At such a price, you really can't complain. But I have to say that the octopus was very chewy. The raw fish however was fresh.
The Buta (pork) Katsudon set came with a crispy fried pork fillet served on a bed of rice. The set came with a bowl of salad, miso soup and two watermelon slices. Again, you can't complain at RM7.90. The Salmon Fish Set which can be done in Shio or Teriyaki style was somewhat better. We had the salmon done in Teriyaki sauce and the salmon came in a reasonable size for the RM8.90 asking price.
We also had a Osaka Itako Salad. A decent portion of sweetish squid topped on a plate of cucumber, baby tomatoes, shredded cabbage and salad leaves. Nice refreshing salad. No complaints for RM6.90.

Overall, a cheap and cheerful place. It's good value for money but don't get your expectations too high. You get what you pay for. Give it a try.

Location : No 11 Jalan KP 1/6, Taman Kajang Prima, Off Jalan Semenyih, Kajang
Contact : 03-8741 6119