Sometimes, you find some of the best-tasting food in the most unlikeliest of places. I was brought here by 3 of my KL foodie friends – old hands in the KL dining scene as their ages spanned from 56 to 68. I was *actually* reluctantly brought here as I originally suggested that we visit Sang Kee – that old Cantonese “dai chow” spot on Jln Hang Jebat which was mentioned in one of my previous threads (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875254) . But all my 3 friends didn’t want to go there as they were disappointed by the food at Sang Kee ever since, according to them, it changed hands a few years ago. Apparently, the original family who ran it had sold the restaurant to a third-party who now runs the place. The standard of the food at Sang Kee had deteriorated since – no more portions of rice steamed & served in individual metal bowls, and no more caramelized king prawns (Sang Kee’s famed house specialty).
So, I was brought to Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant in Kampung Tunku instead. It’s a rather non-descript-looking restaurant at first glance, but looking at their clientele, mainly groups of middle-aged to older Cantonese-speaking diners, indicated that I may have been brought to one of those places which "in-the-know" locals dined at.
The food, when I finally got to taste them, bore this out – they were old-school Malaysian-Cantonese cuisine at its best: every dish had intense flavors, each emitting delicious aromas as they are brought to the table.
What we had:
- Fish-head “assam pedas” curry, brought to the table bubbling in the claypot it was cooked in. This very popular Malaysian dish has an intoxicating sweet-sour-spicy blend of flavors. Snapper fish-head was used here, and long beans, tomatoes, aubergines & cabbage were added. Fabulous! I was sipping the gravy like a soup towards the end.
- Their specialty stir-fried vegetable dish which consisted of lotus root, water-chestnuts, snow-peas & celery, topped with a generous helping of toasted, slivered almonds. Light, non-oily & utterly delicious!
- Another house specialty recommended by the knowledgeable waitress who took out order: she called it “kum chin tofu”, but what came bore *no* resemblance to the dish I had in mind. Instead, Dragon Star’s version was a large brick of extremely delicate tofu which was deep-fried till all its surface was golden-brown crisp & pock-marked. It’s then topped with minced pork sautéed with pickled radish, and finely-chopped green scallions. Nice!
- Red-cooked pork – almost ”char-siu”-like melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, served with crisp-fried dough sticks. I’d *never* had this dish before – similar, yet distinct from other types of caramelized pork I’d ever encountered.
- Dessert was a smooth, not-too-sweet peanut cream soup (“fa sung woo”), achingly delicious here.
Well, thanks to my friends here – another off-the-beaten-track food find for me this evening.
Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant
54a & 54b, Jln SS1/22 (near Esso).
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7877 6673