Rumah Peranakan @ Taman Sea, PJ – Authentic Nyonya CuisineMarch 1, 2011 | 12,075 views
What? No fancy titles, witty one liners, or trashy introduction? You know, sometimes when I’m completely high on cracks caffeine, I can write post spanning 1001 and words; endless ramblings that just drag on and on and on … that you wish Motormouth would just shut the hell up and get on with the food review.
Much like now.
Anyway, sorry lah, people. Just not in the groove today. Lately I have not been even writing that frequent. (Okay okay, of course I am setting myself standards against the past 2yrs + when you can read a new post almost every day, or every other day …. though I STILL get comments that how come I have all the time in the world to write at this pace; even now)
In 2 more days, Motormouth From Ipoh will be celebrating its 3rd year on the web. Amazing feat? Surprised even myself, for I had initial intention to write for 2 years at most, then the passion to write must have fizzled to sustain another year or so.
But then again, once you start on a project so close to one’s heart; pouring and squeezing every bit of your creative juices/imagination/passion into words and shots (okay, so they’re ugly …. and I don’t get funding for a DSLR, so don’t compare) … it’s just NOT easy to let go.
Honey Sotong – Crunchy, addictive pieces of deep fried batter-coated squids with sesame seeds in a sweet honey sauce. Trust me, your kids will fall head over heels for this …
I’ll probably sit down, lean back on my chair and put my thoughts into words come the 3rd year anniversary. Maybe, just maybe there is some truth behind the saying; that “Nothing in this world lasts forever … but cherish what you are doing/having now, for today’s a gift.”
Read on for the REAL food review; a restaurant serving commendable Nyonya fares in Taman Sea (and it’s not Seapark, go figure) in Petaling Jaya …..
Ayam Pongteh; been introduced to this dish from that Singaporean drama about the beautiful Nyonya cook (Little Nyonya, I think) not too long ago on TV. She was cooking some Babi Pongteh though, but Rumah Peranakan is PORK-free (not sure of Halal status, sorry).
Just a hop and a skip away from my place now; Rumah Peranakan is tucked hidden in the midst of a row of single-storey shophouses in Taman Sea near to Taman Megah. A turn or two away will lead you to the famous Fu Kua Restaurant, next to the equally interesting Siew Yok! (yes, with the exclamation mark).
Very decent ambience, almost impeccable when you think that this restaurant has been around for a few years now (according to my landlord, that is), and everything’s in place as well as spick & span. Interior design looks charming too; with tasteful decorations and ornaments adding a nuance of classic Baba/Nyonya setting reminiscence of the olden days.
Sambal Pucuk Paku (Wild Fern Shoots stir fried in spicy paste with dried shrimps)
Yes, you get the most authentic Nyonya dishes here; from Perut Ikan to Ayam Pongteh, and Ju Hu Char to many others this aged amnesiac failed to reckon.
This dinner took place slightly less than 3 months ago (when I first touched down in KL), so pardon the ignorance. However, the 3 dishes we had were good; especially the squids. The other dishes were screaming for attention too; since Nyonya food emphasizes on robust, delicate tastes with a dominantly spicy/sour flavour, the prospect of ordering the curry/asam dishes actually was rather inviting.
The meal came to about RM50/USD17 or so, for the three of us. Not cheap, but far from exorbitant I’d say. Given the quality of the cooking, the comfortable surroundings and the ample parking spaces in front of the shops. Just avoid this place when Taman Megah’s night market is on full steam ….. Tuesdays right?
And I love Sago Gula Melaka; just this one was not as memorable. Aside from the abundance of shaved ice and the palm sugar syrup used was actually passable; with a pleasant fragrance.
Maybe the next round then. IF I can manage to at least remember this place come dinner hours. Funny I had this almost foolproof plan to eat my way around Klang Valley like a bulldozing Motormouth that I was back in Ipoh.
But somewhere in the middle, the plan ran off the tracks ……
Okay, enough for tonight. I mean, I can be really, REALLY long-winded huh?
Rumah Peranakan Restaurant @ Taman Sea (remember it’s NOT Seapark)
Restaurant Peranakan House (pork-free)
No 4, SS23/11, Taman Sea,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel : 603-7966 8553
Opens for lunch and dinner.