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It’s always a constant headache whenever we try to decide on where to eat, and asking me for a suggestion without specifying any criteria usually won’t get us anywhere. So when Eiling came over to have dinner with us, I left the decision to her.

88 Seafood Restaurant at Aman Suria
88 Seafood Restaurant, with pictured menu

With her suggestion, we went to this 88 Seafood Restaurant at Sunwaymas Commercial Center (also known as Aman Suria) for some old fashion Chinese food. This was the first time I had any “tai chau” at this area despite staying relatively close by.

It was around 6:30 when we arrived on a Sunday and already the restaurant was over 70% full, with tables set up both under the roof and alfresco style. Business was rather brisk.

guinness pork ribs, asparagus, salted egg squid, tofu with minced pork
Guinness pork ribs, sambal belacan asparagus, salted-egg squid, tofu with minced pork

I like the fact that every entry on the menu at 88 Seafood comes with a picture, so you know exactly what you want to order will look like. That said, like most Chinese restaurants, you can always order out of the menu. We did just that for our fish dish, asked for normal steamed fish with red snapper instead of their Teow Chew style steamed fish.

We also ordered the Guinness pork ribs, asparagus with sambal belacan, deep fried squid with salted egg, and tofu with mince pork to go with rice for the four of us.

KY, Eiling, Carol, and Horng at 88 Seafood Resataurant
steamed red snapper, KY, Eiling, Kerol, Horng

Though service wasn’t terribly fast, the four dishes did come at almost the same time, with the steamed fish some 5 minutes later. This is much better than some restaurants that serves dish by dish punctuated with long waits in between.

As for the dishes, the asparagus was alright, I’d prefer them to be of smaller size; the tofu too was not bad but I think Lucky Loke at SS3 serves up a better tasting one.

That said, the Guinness pork was really good; and the steamed red snapper was very fresh and tasted superb with all the fried garlic and ginger, not to mention the perfect balance of soya sauce and oil to complete the dish.

This was my first experience with the fried squid with salted egg dish, my previous experience has been limited to salted egg with crab and prawn, but this version too passed with flying colors. It was a combination of the richness of salted egg yolk, fragrance of curry leaves, and the spiciness of chili padi that makes the squid tasted so yummy.

map to Sunway Mas Commercial Center, 88 Seafood Restaurant
88 Seafood Restaurant is located at PJU 1/3b & PJU 1/3c

The dinner came up to some RM 75 or so, and considering we had 5 dishes with meat, seafood, vegetable, and tofu, it was rather inexpensive. Most importantly, it was a well satisfying and none of the dishes disappointed us.

I shall return.

Addess:
88 Restaurant Seafood Restaurant
Jalan PJU 1/3b,
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya

GPS:
3.119835,101.599942

Lucky Loke tai chau (大炒) stall is situated just a stone’s throw away from where I live, and naturally I have been there on quite a number of occasions. However, due to the poor quality of pictures taken on previous visits, I have not had the chance to post about this place until now.

Lucky Loke garlic fish
glorious garlic fish, not to be missed

Lucky Loke is quite an established tai chau place, always the busiest among the 3 places that are around the same area. We decided to have some decent dinner there after coming back from a rather enjoyable karting session last Saturday.

But first, allow me to digress a bit:

  • In the morning, Kelvin asked Kerol “hey wanna go kart?”
  • “huh? I don’t have, why do you want it?”
  • We were quite puzzled until we figured out that she didn’t have Gold Card, only Silver Cards..

Lucky Loke asam prawn
sorry kim, you missed the dinner

Anyway, for the 3 of us, we ordered the must-eat signature dish that is the garlic fish (siakap), asam prawn, and a plate of Hong Kong kailan. Naturally, we have white rice to go with these dishes.

Lucky Loke hong kong kailan
garlic fish, HK kailan, and asam prawn

The garlic fish was excellent as usual. Served with plenty of raw garlic and chili padi on top of the deep fried fish with their special sauce (tasted like fish sauce with some vinegar and other ingredients), the texture of the fish and the taste was just right. Having it deep fried also mean that we didn’t have to worry too much on the bones.

The asam prawn was surprisingly good too, the asam base was very thick and flavorful. There’s garlic, egg plant, and tomato as garnish to the main item, the big size tiger prawns. It was just as good as the one served at restaurant Hoowan at Kelana Jaya. The Hong Kong kailan tasted a bit old this time, but it was still alright.

Lucky Loke map at Petaling Jaya SS3
Lucky Loke is at Restaurant Kean Fatt

The dinner costs about RM 17 for each of us, not the most economical meal there is, but we are still plenty satisfied, it was just so good. Lucky Loke is also famous for their pork rib (phai kuat wong, 排骨王), you should give it a try if you haven’t yet.

Lucky Loke is located at Restaurant Kean Fatt, just directly behind the Taman Bahagia LRT station in SS3. The same restaurant also serves the famous pork noodle for breakfast and lunch.

Address:
Lorong SS3/59E
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor

GPS: 3.109577, 101.611776

Allow me to introduce you one of the bestest asam prawn in this side of Klang Valley, served by restaurant Hoowan that is just right next to the slightly more famous resturant Talipon (buffet steamboat/grill) and opposite the Kelana Jaya LRT station. Some of the noobs, like ST, suan, and paul will most probably agree that the dish is indeed, the asam pwn.

Asam Prawn at Kelana Jaya
asam prawn… *drool*…. yummmmm

As the restaurant is actually a Chinese “order whatever damn dish you want to go with rice” (tai chau) place, they offer a wide variety of dishes. However, as with most these types of restaurants, there isn’t any menu, so you must trust your server’s oral description on each dish. Sometimes I end up ordering the dish that I don’t understand most just for the sake of experimenting.

Asam Prawn at Kelana Jaya

The best dish that the establishment offers would be the Asam Prawn, it comes in a hot claypot, much like how bak kut teh is usually served. For a two person portion, there are usually about 6-8 pretty decent size prawns. Other ingredients are brinjal (eggplant,) lady’s finger (okra,) tomato, onion, and green/red chilli. You must try it for yourself if you are the asam curry type of person. It carries the sour and spicey taste but not overly done. The prawns are usually pretty fresh and goes very well with the curry gravey and the extra ingredients.

The other dishes they serve are pretty decent too. Particulary the trademark tofu and the kang kung belacan. Then again, you too should be bolder in trying out new things. Do note that the place is semi open-air, so avoid going when raining.

Map to Asam Prawn at Kelana Jaya
this is how you get there, foo!

Address:
Jalan SS 25/2,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.113305, 101.605886