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Despite staying only some 1 km away from B & Best restaurant, I only got to know of this place recently when I read it on Huai Bin’s blog a week ago. Since I’m quite a big fan of fish and seafood noodle, I paid a visit there with Rachel and Horng last weekend.

seafood noodle at B & Best restaurant
choices – prawns, red snapper, grouper, fish ball, dry, soup, spicy version

As there are only a couple restaurants in the two rows of shop lots at Taman Rasa Sayang, SS4, parking is not at all a problem. The restaurant is basically a rather big kopitiam with the seafood noodle being the lone operator for breakfast and lunch session.

There are quite a lot of choices here. Any one or the combination of prawn (2 types), fish (choose from pomphret, red snapper, grouper, and more), lala, oyster, fish ball, and fish cake. They serve noodle, meehun, kueh teow, lou she fun, mee shua, and porridge. And of course, you can have it the kon lou (dry), soup, or spicy style.

seafood noodle soup and dry version, fried fish cake
top 2 pics: dry seafood loshe fun version, bottom: soup version and fish cake

I ordered the standard seafood noodle with 2 added prawns, horng got a bowl of fish soup (red snapper) with dry lou she fun, while Rachel went for seafood noodle with a bit of customization (no shellfish). We also ordered a fish cake to share (RM7)

The seafood, and especially the fish meat, was really fresh and succulent. There were also plenty of lala in the mix. Though not lacking in taste, I did expect the prawns to be bigger. Over all it was a very good bowl of seafood noodle, with fresh ingredients and not overly strong tasting. Perfect for breakfast/brunch.

fish noodle with sambal, KY, Rachel, and Horng
i really love the sambal

The one thing I really love though, is their sambal belacan. It is actually quite difficult to find this particular type of no nonsense sambal belacan where the ingredients are just red chili, belacan, and a squeeze of lime. It reminds me of those I had at Mum’s place, Damansara Perdana.

Total price, with drinks, came to slightly less than RM20 for each of us. The fish cake was just very ordinary, I prefer those from Damansara Jaya and 60s teow chew fish noodle place.

B & Best seafood noodle at SS4 map
B & Best Seafood noodle place is located at SS4

Though on the pricier side, I would definitely go back to this place again. I just love a bowl of good seafood noodle, and the sambal will be calling me soon enough.

Address:
B & Best Restaurant,
No.12, Jalan SS4C/5,
Taman Rasa Sayang,
47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.110649, 101.603058
Tel: 012-295 8948

I’ve actually heard, and read about this place for quite sometime. However, it wasn’t until last weekend did I have the chance to go there, guided by my buddy horng horny who works around the area. Puchong Yong Tau Fu is located rather deep inside Puchong, though not exactly very hidden, it is still a little challenging to get there purely by verbal directions.

Puchong Yong Tau Fu
the yong tau fu place enjoying brisk business

The “restaurant” is more like an over-sized shack with no walls. Seating capacity is rather big, but you might still end up having to wait for a table during rush hour as this place seems to be very popular. The place can be a little too warm on a hot mid afternoon, and probably a little inconvenient during a storm.

Puchong Yong Tau Fu
make to order yong tau fu

That said, Puchong Yong Tau Fu is a rather unique in a good way. The yong tau fu is only cooked just before serving, most all other places just reheat the already-cooked servings instead. In a way, it is a lot fresher, and it does reflect in its taste. A lot more springy, succulent, and not at all stale.

Puchong Yong Tau Fu
i think we over ordered…

We picked two of each 13 different types of yong tau foo for lunch. There were chili, brinjal, okra, bitter gourd, fish ball, dumplings, fu chok, and a few unidentified items. They were all stuffed to the max and rather big in portion.

I also especially love the fact that the soup version is served with plenty of that leafy vegetable typically found in pan mee. It gives your taste buds a refreshing change from the meatier items, very nice.

Puchong Yong Tau Fu
this place is rather close to the LDP cyberjaya toll

The entire meal costs us around RM 20. A pretty decent value considering the huge portion, and we pretty much over ordered anyway.

Other than yong tau foo, they also serve pan mee, paper wrapped chicken, and probably few other dishes. If you want something different when it comes to yong tau fu, this is the place to go.

Address:
Puchong Yong Tau Foo
Lot 105, Batu 14,
Jalan Besar, Kampung Baru Puchong

GPS: 2.99551, 101.62375

I did not know the existence of this place until my house mate Huey Fang the SS2 dining specialist (been to almost all restaurants in SS2 since she will usually get lost at other places) pointed it out to me last night. We then decided to have a light dinner there instead of visiting our frequent mamak square since the sky doesn’t look to be staying dry for long.

The name of the place is 中国华佗馆, pronounced “zhong kwok wah thor kwoon” in Cantonese. I didn’t spot any English or Malay names other than the HERBAL TEA printed under one of the traditional herbal tea containers (see picture below).

Update 25/8/2013: unfortunately this place is now closed

Herbal Tea at SS2 中国华佗馆
smallish place with nice ambiance, excellent porridge

The restaurant, only occupying half a shop lot, is pretty small but not overly crammed. The menu is pretty simple, offering several types of Herbal tea, “thong sui” (糖水), “guai leng gou” (龟零膏), and a few light dishes that can pass for a meal.

I ordered a five flower herbal (五华茶) tea and fish ball with glass noodle, while the other noobs went for porridge (神仙粥), chee cheong fun, and snow fungus with longan thong sui.

Herbal Tea at SS2 中国华佗馆
“thong sui”, fish ball soup, “chee cheong fun”, and a satisfied customer

The porridge was probably the best dishes. while the chee cheong fun and fish ball soup were pretty good as well. At less than RM 4.00 per dish, there’s pretty good value for money too. My traditional herbal tea and the thong sui were RM 2.00 per bowl (yes, old school bowl, not glass) were excellent too. I have also heard good things about the fried rice, but don’t bother to order the carrot cakes or curry chicken rice.

Herbal Tea at SS2, map 中国华佗馆
situated just the row behind McDonald’s at PJ SS2

This is a pretty nice little hide-out at the frenzy that is SS2. I’ll definitely go there again.

Address:
Jalan SS 2/55,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.116959, 101.621400

Steamboat is best enjoyed with a group of friends, so I gathered the usual suspects last weekend and eight of us went to the relatively new Damansara Village Steamboat opposite ProJET gas station near Atria at Damansara Jaya.

Damansara Village Steamboat (pulau ketam style)
very nice set up and excellent ambiance

This place is more than just a simple restaurant, there’s a little pool for kids to catch guppies (longkang fish) from, some furry animals, Iguana, and a giant tortoise on one side, a miniature vegetable farm, and even a guy twisting balloons for free. At least this local restaurant is catching up to McDonald’s concept of making the kids happy first.

As for the restaurant itself, there are indoor and outdoor areas, with everything set up in an open concept. No need for air conditioning when you have high ceiling, no wall, and plenty of fans. The tables are not arranged too close together either, very spacious and comfortable.

Damansara Village Steamboat (pulau ketam style)
the standard steamboat set

For the eight of us, we ordered five portion of the standard steamboat set (assorted fish balls, prawns, mussels, eggs, bamboo clams, noodle, and vegetables). To complete the meal and add some variety, we also asked for 300gm of live tiger prawn (still jumping on the plates!), straw mushroom, 1kg of giant clam, and a pretty good size batfish that looks and tastes pretty much like pomphret.

Damansara Village Steamboat (pulau ketam style)
the extras: tiger prawns, clams, fish, straw mushroom

As this is a Pulau Ketam style steamboat, we go for the traditional clear soup with some herbal ingredients. The sambal provided at this place was pretty good too.

We started out boiling the soup with some seafood, fish balls, and noodle for the first round. Finished everything in less than a few minutes; and proceed with the second round of giant clams and others; then it was the fish; and after that the live prawns; with the final round of more noodles and egg. The soup got better and better as the essence of seafood ingredients got sucked into it. It was a very fulfilling meal, fresh ingredients with very good soup. The food went well with the fresh coconut juice and a bottle of toddy we ordered.

Damansara Village Steamboat (pulau ketam style)
the happy diners

The dinner came to slightly less than RM 30 per person. I would consider that a very good value for the ambiance and great food we had. A place worth visiting again.

Damansara Village Steamboat (pulau ketam style)
less than 2 kilometers from Kelana Jaya LRT station

Address:
1067, Jalan Jenjarum
SS23 Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.124233, 101.612672
Tel: 03-7803 1832

By the way, if you haven’t know already, the big boss is Patrick Teoh.

One of the restaurant that I frequent whenever feeling like eating something not particulary heavy or spicy is the fishball noodle soup by Atria, at Damansara Jaya. The shop is called “Kedai Makan Teow Chew”, which bears no hint on what they serve at all. However, the cooking station that is much like a hawker stall sits right at the entrance, so you can’t miss it.

Fishball noodle soup by Atria, Damansara Jaya

The restaurant is set up much like a one-stall kopitiam, the biggest difference is that it is air conditioned. Though without a door, the air conditioning mainly prevents hungry ghosts from dying of heat rather than creating a really cozy environment. No complaints there though.

Fishball noodle soup is actually the most basic dish they serve. Instead of fishball, you can always choose to have oyster, yong tou fu, pomphret, big prawns, and even abalone (not exactly sure if they really have it) as the main ingredient. They also serve mee hun, mee suah, and kuih teow other than noodle. You get to choose if you want your noodle (or mee hun, etc) to be served dry, or together with the main ingredient in the soup.

Fishball noodle soup by Atria, Damansara Jaya

Their fishball has a really nice and bouncy texture while tasting pretty good too. The other item that you must try is the fish cake. They fry it fresh and serves hot, I have seen people ordering quite alot of those raw for take-away to party and stuff. Tastes great. The restaurant is a couple ringgit pricier than similiar dish at a normal kopitiam, but the slightly better environment and tastes make up for it.

Fishball noodle soup by Atria, Damansara Jaya
did you want to ask about the location?

Address:
Jalan SS 22/21
Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.128320, 101.616910