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Korean house is one of the newest restaurants at the very competitive diner’s district that is PJ SS2. I drove past the restaurant quite a number of times before decided to head in and have a look just a while ago. After all, the place does look pretty busy, and a busy restaurant is usually not bad.

SS2 Korean House
very nice and clean indoor/outdoor set up

Now, there are 2 ways you can have Korean food, the cheap way (like at Mu Gong He, Haeun Khon) or you can have a feast with the Korean specialty, the BBQ. Fresh meat don’t come cheap, but sometimes the urge on my taste buds overcome my financial brain cells. Like this particular meal.

SS2 Korean House
BBQ beef and pork, Kimchi stew

For 2 person, we ordered a serving of Joomooluck (marinated beef, similar to Galbi) and a serving of Samgyeopsal (pork belly), Kimchi jjigae (Kimchi Stew), and some rice. Of course, the Banchan (side dishes, 9 types in this case) comes free. On top of that, we got a corn on hotplate and an egg dish on the house. Plenty of food for two fellas.

SS2 Korean House
egg, corn, kimchi, and tofu

Service at this place, and in fact as most other Korean restaurants I have been, was pretty good. The servers were attentive and they grilled the meat for you, so you don’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty. Though the portion of the meat dishes were actually slightly smaller than other places, the taste was good, and the variety of Banchan makes up for it.

The side dishes too, were of decent standard. We were given kimchi, tofu, clams, bean spouts, vegetables, potato salad, anchovies, and a few other things i can’t name. As with many other Korean restaurants, Korean House serves free wheat tea (cold), the taste is a cross of wheat and tea (what else), a bit strange at first, but I actually enjoy it.

SS2 Korean House
Korean House is located at the far side of SS2, away from LDP

This rather lavish meal costs around RM 100 for the two of us, including 5% government tax and another 5% service charge. Price wise this is in line with most Korean restaurants.

185, Jalan SS2/24
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.116916, 101.622763
Phone: 03-7873 0031

The “new” Chow Yhang, as it is written in Chinese character 新朝阳, is actually own by the the same boss that once operate the restaurant of the same name located at where KAYU and Mee Yoke are now. Years after selling off the two corner lots, Chow Yhang now run the new shop just a stone’s throw away from the old location.

Chow Yhang 新朝阳 at SS2
always packed but there’s air contioner

We got there at about 8:30 on Saturday night and there was a healthy crowd at the restaurant, luckily we got a table just as the previous diners were leaving. Though stripped of it’s former glory of spanning across 2 corner shop lots, the new Chow Yhang is still nicely set up restaurant, it’s no frill decoration is clean; and rather comfortable with air conditioners keeping the temperature at check.

Chow Yhang 新朝阳 at SS2
oyster omelet, tofu, vegetable, and soup

For 5 of us, we ordered an oyster omelet (蚝煎), a basic fried vegetable (蒜米豆苗), tofu with minced meat (王金豆腐), seaweed soup (紫菜汤肉碎), and the unique dish – fried bacon (炸华腩).

To my delight, the first dish came in less than 10 minutes after ordering. However, the subsequent dishes did not exactly come fast enough, so we ended up almost finishing the first before the last one arrived. Not so great at planning, I suppose, but I’m not about to complain too much.

Chow Yhang 新朝阳 at SS2
the fried bacon with Thai sauce, yummmm

The food though, was top notch.

Instead of normal white rice, fragrant rice is used, nice. The oyster omelet fried just nice and goes well with the chili paste provided. The tofu, soup, and vegetables hold their own in terms of taste as well as presentation, not too salty nor blunt. The fried bacon though, was excellent, if you happen to be the sort of person who loves bacon. The crispy pork bits with plenty of raw shallots, lettuce, and Thai sauce blends very well to create a pretty unique taste and texture. It is rich and not for the faint hearted.

Chow Yhang 新朝阳 at SS2
Just a couple of turns away from the expensive LDP

The bill came to RM 73, a pretty good deal considering it was less than RM 15.00 for each of us. The most expensive dish was only RM 15 (fried bacon). Would definitely go there again.

135 Jalan SS 2/6
47300, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.116359, 101.616883
Tel: 03-7876 8767

The news on the tragic end of the Croc Hunter Steve Irwin came pretty shocking to many of us. To pay tribute to the fun and whacky celebrity conservationist, I’ve decided to head to Chow Yang for a meal of Stingray ikan bakar. I think I’m not the only one who did this.

Stingray Ikan Bakar at Chow Yang, SS2
are you hungry for some ikan bakar?

I went over to the stall and picked up a slab of stingray and top it with some okra (ladies finger). Other types of vege you can choose to accompany your fish are long bean, petai, onion, and kacang botol (winged bean). You can also choose to have all of those veges as the side as well.

Although it’s called ikan bakar, the fish is not exactly grilled over fire. Instead, the guy pan fry the fish with a piece of banana leaf in between while applying the sambal paste on top. About half way through, a wok cover is used to blanket the fish while some water is squirted on just next to the fish, creating a steam. I believe this is how the fish is kept from being too dry while getting it cooked thoroughly. This cooking method is different from the Malay style ikan bakar I had near KLCC.

Stingray Ikan Bakar at Chow Yang, SS2
so tender you can just chew down the cartilage with the meat

The result was a fully cooked and very tender stingray meat with plenty of flavor from the sambal paste. The okra on top has a different texture and taste to serve as a very great compliment to the fish. Some sourish and spicey sauce with onion accompany the dish as well. The stuff is so delicious even the mat salleh loves it.

Stingray Ikan Bakar, map to Chow Yang, SS2
Chow Yang at SS2, just behind KAYU

The dish costs me RM 13, pretty fair price. While Chow Yang opens 24 hours daily, this stall operates at night only.

Jalan SS 2/6
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.116862, 101.617377

One night while on the way to the usual SS2 square for dinner, we spotted the “Fresh Coconut Asam Prawn” banner under the Nyonya Restaurant with a pretty appetizing picture of the said dish. Having not a clue on what to eat, I decided to try out the place.

Nyonya Restaurant at PJ SS2
cleaned and air conditioned environment with simple deco

The place serves traditional Nyonya food, chicken, vege, seafood, and also including several different types of kuih. The setting is pretty clean and comfortable, with simple no-fuss decoration that creates a pretty decent dining environment.

Nyonya Restaurant at PJ SS2
the fresh coconut asam prawn and petai with dried oyster

As there was only two of us, I decided to try the advertised asam prawn, and the sambal petai with dried oyster to go with rice. The asam prawn came in a fresh coconut but the serving wasn’t very big, in total there were perhaps half a dozen medium to big size prawns. Basil leaves, pineapple cubes, and brinjal are the other main ingridients that makes up this pretty decent dish.

The sambal petai was absolutely delightful. Stinky petai with some good size dried oysters fried in sambal with onion. It was pretty spicey but goes down very well with rice. I just wished the serving was larger though.

Nyonya Restaurant at PJ SS2
are you feeling hungry? *droolssss*

The dinner cost about RM 50 for two, which was a little on the high side. It is a nice place to bring diners who likes to try local food in a nice, quiet and clean environment, such as your mother in law or that European friend of yours. If it’s just me, I’ll go for the Asam Prawn at Kelana Jaya instead.

Nyonya Restaurant at PJ SS2
map to the nyonya restaurant yo!

52, Jalan SS2 / 24,
47300 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7875 9709
GPS: 3.114355, 101.621271

How many of you are true curry mee (also called curry laksa in Klang Valley) fans who wants the dish served authentic in santan curry with shrimp, cockles, cuttle fish, and coaguated blood? If you are one of the rare breeds who loves it the true Penang style but have a hard time finding a place that serves it, you’re in luck.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
they serve more than just curry mee

The (somewhat famous) Lorong Setarus Tahun Curry Mee in Penang has a branch here at SS2. I have been to this palce on serveral occasions whenever my taste buds yearn for some juicy coagulated blood and the all-you-can-eat curry mee sambal. Masak-masak reviewed this place before too.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
very nice sambal and the otak otak

The santan based soup comes in pale white color without any hint of chili, you will have to add the sambal paste to get the familiar curry color and taste. This is a good serving method as you are able to personalise the spiciness based on your own tolerance level and taste. I would say that the curry mee’s flavor is on par with Penang’s offering.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at Penang
the version served up at Penang island

The Penang restaurant serves little other than curry mee. However, the SS2 branch offers various other dishes too. I like the otak-otak (Penang style, big and chunky), the mee goreng was pretty good too. Loh Bak though, was mediocre.

Map of Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
map to the Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry mee @ SS2 branch

Curry mee is priced at RM 4.50 per bowl. You save about 2 bucks per bowl if you are willing to travel to Penang. No air conditioning in the restaurant on the island tho. It’s your call.

Map of Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at Penang
map to the Penang Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry mee @ Anson Road

The 3 branches:

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee
55, Lorong Seratus Tahun, 10400 Penang
GPS: 5.416099, 100.320534

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee
56, Jalan SS2/66, 47300 PJ Selangor
GPS: 3.120055, 101.620907

Village Cafe [Pork Free]
Block D-105, Phileo Damansara, 46300 PJ, Selangor