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I have always been running low on ideas when asked to suggest a place to dine with our Muslim comrades, it’s usually either the local mamak joints, or for a wider choice of food, expensive halal restaurants (Italian, Japanese, etc). Things become even more complicated if we were thinking of halal Chinese food on an average budget, I wasn’t able to think of a place other than vegetarian places such as Kuan Yin at Seksyen 17, which is why I was overjoyed when introduced to the strangely named Penang Tropicana Restaurant at SS14.

Restaurant Penang Tropicana, Halal
very 80s deco, but at least it’s air conditioned

The interior decoration of the restaurant seems to be stuck in the 80s, with appropriate music to match too. It is basically a kopitiam set up with air conditioning, which is comfortable enough for me on a hot afternoon.

The menu is rather extensive, with many dishes you could find in any tai chau (大炒) places such as Hoowan (great asam prawn) at Kelana Jaya or Ming Heong at Paramount Garden.

Restaurant Penang Tropicana, Halal
kangkung belacan, Japanese tofu, Thai Plum Chicken, and Asam Stingray

To make things simple, we just ordered from the set menu for 2 person and an extra plate of deep fried squid (calamari). The set comes with kangkung belacan, asam stingray, a tofu dish, Thai style plum sauce chicken, rice, and a couple scoops of chocolate ice cream as dessert. Pretty sufficient and balanced combination for a meal.

Restaurant Penang Tropicana, Halal
deep fried squid, and even ice cream!

While not spectacular, the taste of the individual dishes were actually pretty good. I like the way they cook the asam stingray that is not over done, leaving the texture of the stingray still smooth. The calamari dish was actually very good and I’d imagine it makes very good beer snack.

The set was RM 29.90, with the extra calamari dish and Chinese tea that we had, the total bill came to be about RM 40. I’d say it is a very good value for the 5 different dishes we had. This is the next place I will bring my Malay friends to.

map to Restaurant Penang Tropicana, Halal
located at the heart of Subang Jaya township

Penang Tropicana Restaurant
Jalan SS14/1, Subang Jaya

GPS: 3.066451, 101.586387

Discuss : KY eats – Restaurant Penang Tropicana (halal) at Subang SS14

  1. tankiasu

    Yea looks good and priced reasonably. 🙂 But will probably only visit this if need to eat halal food.

  2. I want to go but I dont know how to go even after looking at your map =\

  3. VaLz,

    That only confirms that females don’t work very well with maps. 😛

  4. Understood your difficulty – Same here.. I used to have headache when frens asked me to plan 1 day trip for Halal food in Ipoh… OMG!

  5. This is one of my most fav nyonya restaurants. Dishes I enjoy very much are their curry and/or assam fish head. In my opinion, this dish goes best with fish head, rather than fish fillets or stingray. Give it a try. The other must order is their samsi tauhu, excellent. Their crispy sotong (squids) is also really yummy. I’ve been frequenting this restaurant for past 15 years, and I must say their dishes are worth every ringgit

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