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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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!
Address: SS2 Pasar Malam Jalan SS2/61 Petaling Jaya 47300 Selangor GPS: 3.117366, 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
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, 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).
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
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 (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
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
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
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. 😀
Pan mee is one of the few underrated hawker dishes originated right around here in Klang Valley that has seen some revival as of late, most notably due to chili pan mee places such as the famous Kin Kin pan mee, and restaurant Super Kitchen (which I prefer largely due to better service).
Hock Thai restaurant, at the less glamourous area of SS 2omb
While I occasionally enjoys chili version of this dish, the true pan mee connoisseurs will always tell you that to taste the real pan mee, you need to get back to it’s origin and have the good old fashion hand peeled version.
The quest for good old school pan mee brought me to this relatively obscure row of shop lots at SS 2 that is situated somewhere behind the Bomba building and Tropicana City Mall – a corner kopitiam by the name of Hock Thai Seafood Restaurant (they serve seafood tai chao at night)
dry and normal soup version of pan mee, with hand made noodle
I met Michael there and we ordered both the dry and soup version of pan mee (RM 4.50). The ingredients aren’t fancy, you get the usual pan mee leave, flavorful minced meat, crunchy fried anchovies, slices of mushroom, and those sweet potato leaves.
What is special here though, is the hand made noodle. The pan mee was very soft and smooth, almost bordering the texture of koay chap yet unmistakably pan mee. It was positively delicious, the soup that comes with weren’t overly salty either, just subtle and flavorful. Furthermore, the chili paste that is served as the condiment was not a disappointment either.
This was one pan mee that I actually enjoyed eating without overloading the dish with chili.
Michael ordered an extra bowl of kolo mee
A quick check on foursquare revealed that the Sarawak Kolo Mee (RM 5) too is recommended. We ordered a bowl to share, and sure enough it was another awesome choice. The thin noodle reminds me of angel hair spaghetti and I love the mixture of minced meat and deep fried garlic with the taste of char siu oil in it. Would definitely come again for this too.
If you are a fan of traditional pan mee or kolo mee, Hock Thai kopitiam is definitely a place worth checking out.
Address: Hock Thai Seafood Restaurant Jalan SS2/103, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47300 GPS: 3.12653, 101.62593