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Sometimes the closest restaurants are the one that you never really bother to go, and such is the case with Hoi Peng Seafood at SS2 for us. After staying at SS3 for almost ten years, we only went to this place the other day when Horng suggested that maybe we should check it out since it’s a branch from the famous Old Klang Road eatery.

So we did, and luckily, were not disappointed.

Hoi Peng Seafood restaurant at SS2
Hoi Peng Seafood restaurant at SS2

Hoi Peng is located on the same row as the massive electrical appliance store that is ESH, and thankfully, this side of SS2 (which also houses Lobsterman, Nyonya Restaurant, Bibichik, Teo Chew Meng, etc) does not have the same parking problem as the main square.

There isn’t any decoration to speak of, but the restaurant is equipped with air conditioning, something that they were very proud of when it was first opened some 20+ years ago.

the glorious steamed crab, with huge claws to boot
the glorious steamed crab, with huge claws to boot

The menu is pretty simple here, you have crab, prawns, a few types of fish, vegetable, tofu, and chicken. There is no pork, and to me, this is forgivable for a seafood place.

For the four of us, we ordered 2 crabs. They were pretty big and most importantly, tasted very fresh, firm, and packed with that seafood sweetness. We got ours steamed and it was glorious. The Chinese wine, ginger, and small amount of egg white completes the dish. We really loved it.

kam heong mantis shrimp, seafood tofu, "tian chat" vege, fried tongfun
kam heong mantis shrimp, seafood tofu, “tin chat” vege, fried tongfun

The kam heong mantis shrimp had a great tasting coating to it and was rather delicious. However, we wished that the mantis prawns were bigger though, there were more crust than meat here.

Seafood tofu did not disappoint, I would describe it as something in between a very good crab stick and tofu, can’t go wrong with the accompanying chili sauce.

Our stomach stuffer was fried tongfun (glass noodle) with shrimps. Simple and delicious.

Finally, a plate of tin chat (田七 ) vegetable provided the necessary vitamin C quota, and if you have the chance, you should definitely try it. The leafy vegetable has a very distinct taste to it that I really enjoyed.

map to Hoi Penag seafood restaurant, SS2

At almost RM 60 per pax, dinner here is certainly not cheap, but with the quality of food and those excellent crabs, I would not hesitate to return.

Address:
Hoi Peng Seafood Restaurant
30, Jalan SS2/24
47300 Petaling Jaya
GPS3.113683, 101.62073
Tel: 03 7874 2199/ 03- 7875 4060
Hours: 4 pm – 11.30 pm

Horng and I were both from the same “11200” postcode back in Penang, an area that is called Tanjung Bunga (literally cape of flower). So it was a bit of a wonder why it took us so long to step into the Tanjung Bunga nyonya restaurant at SS2 despite having driven by the shop lots on multiple occasions over the years.

well, my very first address was under the Tg. Bungah postcode
well, my very first address was under the Tg. Bungah postcode

As a rule of thumb, if a restaurant has been there for ages and do very little in terms of decoration or renovation, chances are the food is usually at least decent.

In that sense, Tanjung Bunga Penang Nyonya Cuisine is one such places, the interior is rather basic but clean, with air conditioning system that sort of works.

curry fish head, asam prawn, perut ikan
curry fish head, asam prawn, perut ikan

Tanjung Bungah restaurant offers pretty much all the essential Penang  nyonya dishes. For the five of us, we ordered five different dishes for dinner. Serving time was actually pretty fast, with the first dish arriving some 10 minutes after ordering.

Curry fish head with garupa was rich, spicy, and true to Nyonya style, comes with a plenty of vegetable and even mint leaves. Fried asam prawn was prepared the way my mom would, which also reminds me of the version at Kah Soh – retaining the sweetness of tiger prawns while infusing the dish with just the right amount of dark soya sauce and asam.

Perut ikan, or pickled swim bladder curry, could be slightly richer and creamier, but a passable dish nonetheless.

inchi cabin and paku pakis
inchi cabin and paku pakis

Then there’s paku pakis, or the wild fern shoots, a vegetable dish to fill the vitamin C quota, and one with texture that I always love. The preparation method here is more “lemak” than spicy, which suits us just find as there was already curry on the table.

Our favorite dish turned out to be the inchi cabin, or the Nyonya fried chicken. The unique blend of spices and sauce used to marinate this version of fried chicken was just spot on, We wish we ordered more.

Dinner came to be about RM 15-20 per person, which is on par with other similar restaurants, would not hesitate to go back there again.

map to Tanjung Bungah Restaruant, SS2

Address:
Tanjung Bungah Nyonya Cuisine
117, Jalan SS 2/6, Ss 2,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.116029, 101.616522
Tel: 03-7877 4531
Hours: lunch and dinner, closed on Thursdays

It’s been a while since I last went to the SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday night), so I thought it’ll be good to check it out again and grab dinner while we’re at it.

The SS2 Pasar Malam is one of the biggest night markets in the country, and almost the same size as the Connaught version (every Wednesday). Parking is usually a tricky affair, but if you’re willing to walk for a few minutes, there are ample parking at the residential area surrounding the SS2 square, where the pasar malam is held.

Taiping char kuih teow at SS2 pasar malam
Taiping char kuih teow at SS2 pasar malam

After walking about a bit, I spotted this Taiping char kuih teow stall situated just opposite McDonald’s restaurant. Seeing that business is pretty brisk, I decided to give it a try.

Of course, I had to order with Hokkien as a standard litmus test to any hawker who claims to be offering Northern food, this one passed.

the char kuih teow stall, opposite McDonald's at SS2
the char kuih teow stall, opposite McDonald’s at SS2

The plate of char kuih teow (I had kuih teow + mee) that came was quite a good looking one. With an extra egg prepared over-easy that had some sweet soya sauce sprinkled on top, a little bit like the fried egg we had Restaurant Muar at Tengkat Tong Shin, which was a good thing.

it was delicious, did not disappoint at all
it was delicious, did not disappoint at all

There were no prawns in this version of CKT, but luckily plenty of fresh cockles to go around. Execution was great and there was definitely plenty of “wok hei” in this dish. I would not hesitant to order this again. If you’re a char kuih teow lover, check out this version.

At RM 6 a plate with that extra egg, it is a little bit on the expensive side, but I thought it was worth it nonetheless.

tofu bakar as snack, very appropriate
tofu bakar as snack, very appropriate

After the char kuih teow, we met Edvin, our dive master, by coincidence, and he introduced us this tofu bakar for dessert.

At RM 4.50 a box, you get crispy tofu bakar with prawn crackers, a layer of sweet prawn sauce, chili paste, chicken floss, and some fresh cucumber. It claimed to be from Penang but I’ve never seen anything like this back home. Very tasty nonetheless.

salt baked chicken, I had it for breakfast the next day
salt baked chicken, I had it for breakfast the next day

Lastly, we also ordered some salt baked chicken to go. The drumstick + thigh version cost RM 7 a piece and made for awesome breakfast the next day, though I imagine it’d be even better if I had some porridge to go with as that’d tone down the saltiness just a bit.

I need to go to the Pasar Malam again!

map to SS2 Pasar Malam

Address:
SS2 Pasar Malam
Jalan SS2/61
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
GPS3.117366, 101.621668

The PJ SS2 mamak square is a pretty popular and cheap dinner/supper place, with a mixture of Chinese (all pork free) and Malay/Mamak offerings. There’s good chicken rice, fried rice, tomyam, and more, but what most people don’t realise is that there’s a pretty awesome nasi lemak half-stall as well.

Nasi Lemak Utara, sharing the same stall with Burger Wan
Nasi Lemak Utara, sharing the same stall with Burger Wan

This is a half-stall because it shares the same spot as the burger stall, with the nasi lemak “desk” facing on the other side. In fact, the nasi lemak guy and the burger guy are related.

Nasi lemak is usually ready by around 7+ in the evening but it often doesn’t last the whole night. There isn’t many dishes to choose from, but the usual suspects of sambal cuttle fish, fried chicken with rempah (my favorite), curry chicken, and cockles are almost always available.

super delicious nasi lemak, at a fair price
super delicious nasi lemak, at a fair price, check out the rempah too

The rice is fragrant and usually served warm with a sheet of banana leaf, and you get peanuts, fried anchovies, and half a hard boiled egg by default. The sambal is pretty mean and carries quite a kick as well. My go-to order is usually the chicken with rempah (ask for more rempah) and cockles, and that usually comes up to RM 7 or so, pretty reasonable price for what you get.

Next time when you’re there, do give it a try if they are open (there’s no pattern, sometimes the dude takes random holidays it seems).

map to Mamak Square at Petaling Jaya SS2

Address:
Nasi Lemak Utara
Jalan SS 2/60,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.117783, 101.622430

Burger wan Nasi Lemak Utara

Hidden at this not-so glamorous part of SS2 is a little restaurant that has made a name for itself despite the location (at the dead end from the same road that has New Paris) and the rather odd name – Toast & Roast.

Toast & Roast at the less glamorous part of SS2
Toast & Roast at the less glamorous part of SS2

I was initially introduced to this restaurant from Cheesie, and this is her go-to restaurant due to the location as well as the availability of, in her words, very good charsiu.

So last weekends we finally stopped by this little shop and give it a try over lunch.

glorious char siu, one of the bests in town
glorious char siu, one of the bests in town (this is from a rather “fat” section)

Unlike most other locations in SS2, this place doesn’t suffer from a shortage of parking space. The restaurant itself though, can be quite a bit busy over lunch time, and while charsiu and rice can be served relatively fast, noodle dishes can sometimes take a while to arrive.

The premise is pretty clean, and there isn’t any interior decoration to speak of. It’s a no nonsense old school eatery that just happened to have a pretty modern name.

the roast pork is decent, and I quite enjoyed the sui kao (dumpling) too
the roast pork is decent, and I quite enjoyed the sui kao (dumpling) too

We ordered a medium portion of charsiu (bbq pork, RM 16) and a small portion of siuyok (roast pork, RM 8) to share. Yuki opted another plate of charsiu rice as her main dish while the rest of us went with Hakka noodle (RM 4.50 or RM 5.50).

The charsiu that was served to us turned out to be a pretty fat cut. This suits me just as well as “pun fei sau”, or the half fatty version, but might be too much for some. I love the flavor and the melt in your mouth feel from the fats, it was on par with some of the bests. My only complain is the serving size, for RM 16 you only get some 2 dozen pieces.

then there's hakkan noodle, and you can order single serving charsiu rice too
then there’s hakkan noodle, and you can order single serving charsiu rice too

As for the Hakka Mee, you can opt to have it served either with minced pork or charsiu. Since we already ordered charsiu to share, we chose the former.

The combination of minced pork with that bits of fried fish skin worked well, and I enjoyed the texture of the noodle as well. Of course, everything tasted even better when you add in a couple pieces of charsiu to go with. I wasn’t disappointed.

Horng, Yuki, Kerol, and KY
Horng, Yuki, Kerol, and KY

Oh, then there’s those fried sui kao (dumplings RM1) that’s stuffed with black fungus, minced pork, and prawns that were quite addictive. Do order this as they make excellent appetizer while you wait for those Hakka mee.

Toast & Roast can be a bit pricey, but I do think this is the case of “you get what you paid for”. I don’t mind revisiting this place at least once a month or something. :Dmap to Toast & Roast at SS2

Address:
Toast & Roast
No. 20, Jalan SS2/72
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.128346, 101.627866
Tel: 016-682 2249
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, close on Tuesdays 

Toast and Roast