Last weekend we met up with Haze’s relative who promised to take us to this place that serves “tilapia better than Lan Jie’s” at Seredah, and truth be told, we actually got more than what we bargained for, making the long drive definitely worth while.

Our destination was Restoran Yew Li, about 1 km north of the Serendah Police Station, not terribly difficult to locate.

Restoran Yew Li at Serendah
Restoran Yew Li at Serendah

The unassuming restaurant is located at an old shop lot and furnished with standard plastic table and chairs. Operating from brunch to about 5-6 pm, there’s usually quite a healthy crowd especially on weekends. Reservation is probably a good idea if you have a larger group.

steamed tilapia with plenty of garlic
steamed tilapia with plenty of garlic

There are two dishes we’re here for, but first, the steamed tilapia (RM 36 for the one we ordered).

The tilapia we got was huge, and skillfully steamed to perfection with a tonne of garlic on top and generous amount of cooking wine in the soup base, which compliments the fish surprisingly well. This was somehow better than using high grade soya sauce in steaming, I think I will try this at home one of these days. We definitely enjoyed this dish, a lot.

huge river prawn, this will cost you
huge river prawn, this will cost you

What most people come for here though, is their giant river prawn. (RM 50+ each)

And when I say big, they are HUGE. It is almost unrealistic to have one prawn per person, and they are also certainly much bigger than the ones we usually had at Pan Heong batu caves. The usual way to cook this here is with dark soya sauce, which really adds to the sweetness of the prawn really well. They are certainly pricey, but sucking the juices oozing out from the prawn heads will certainly help appreciate how awesome they are.

some greens and some pork to complete the meal
some greens and some pork to complete the meal

Additionally, we also had a claypot pork with salted fish and kangkung belacan. These dishes did not disappoint either and were delicious in their own rights, even though they aren’t as “special” as the two above.

Yew Li restaurant is definitely worthy of a visit, and I wished that they open for dinner.

map to Yew Li Serendah

Address:
Restoran Yew Li
19, Jalan Cempaka 1,
Taman Cempaka, 48200 Serendah,
Selangor, Malaysia
GPS3.371501, 101.612708
Tel: 03-6081 3226
Hours: lunch till 5-6 pm

KY eats – Awesome Tilapia & River Prawn at Restoran Yew Li, Serendah
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27 thoughts on “KY eats – Awesome Tilapia & River Prawn at Restoran Yew Li, Serendah

  • June 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    Whoa, that’s one giant prawn (I want!)…and sucking on the head is a prerequisite, of course…haha! 😀

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:56 am
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      eatwhateatwhere: yessss, may not be the healthiest but how to resist? haha.

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      • June 20, 2016 at 7:30 am
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        cheh, prawn is not that big, just trick camera angle

        hehehehhehehehee

        next time, i dare uncle put prawn on head, then more accurate

        hehehehhehehehee

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        • June 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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          immature: who says my head is of standard size?

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  • June 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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    KY, never try river prawns or mantis prawns. Which are hard to find in states.
    Is the taste of river prawn spicy the way restaurant made it?

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:57 am
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      Vickie: yah, these prawns are a bit of a specialty, they don’t make it spicy here as spiciness usually takes the natural tastes away too much.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm
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    ooo, i quite like lan jie, so if this place is considered even better, i’d love the fish! 😀

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  • June 11, 2016 at 2:59 am
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    Damn… this is good stuff. tilapia have been my favourite.!

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:57 am
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      Irvine: they do serve other type of fish too.

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      • June 14, 2016 at 2:21 am
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        tilapia peng leng jeng 😛

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:58 am
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      suituapui: river prawns’ always expensive, especially the big ones.

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:59 am
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      The Yum List: believe it or not, 10 years ago I wouldn’t eat tilapia. haha.

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  • June 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    RM50 per prawn??!! Like eating lobster. Btw, have you been to Red Lobster KL. Is it good?

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    • June 13, 2016 at 8:59 am
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      Z: red lobster in KL isn’t really as impressive as they should, and RM 50 won’t get you lobster. haha.

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  • June 13, 2016 at 7:41 am
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    prawn brain juice is bestt

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      • June 14, 2016 at 6:27 am
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        brain food good, brain makes me brain big, is gooooooood

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  • June 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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    Only Rm 36 for that tilapia? Good value!

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      • June 14, 2016 at 6:22 am
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        20% tilapia, 80% garlic, yes good value
        hehheehehheheeh

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        • June 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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          immature: garlic just may be more expensive!

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