Seri Kembangan's main street (aka Jalan Besar) traverses thru an amazing rustic-looking Chinese neighborhood which looked like it's caught in a 1950s time-warp, lined on both sides with wood-and-zinc-roofed shophouses, restaurants and a largish market.
Chen Fatt Restaurant is perhaps the only decent restaurant on that stretch. It's got an air-conditioned dining room upstairs with wooden tables covered with gaudy-red tableclothes.
The food was rustic but, in one word - INCREDIBLE:
- Beancurd-sticks "sharksfin" soup. For the politically-correct, be rest assured that NO actual sharksfin were used to cook this delicious soup. The flavors were reminiscent of sharksfin (the recipe must be a tightly-guarded secret), replete with crabmeat, and was very delicious, especially when taken with a generous dash of black vinegar;
- Stir-fried caramelised pork-belly slices with pineapple. Dark, sticky, rich and way too tasty to resist, I found myself popping one sinful slice after another - can't be good for my diet!
- Assam fish, with okra, aubergines & tomatoes. Another incredibly addictive dish - loved the spicy, sweet, sourish gravy;
- Crisp yam ring filled with stir-fried chicken cubes, baby corn, mushrooms, peas & carrots - okay but not outstanding;
- Stir-fried wingbeans, aubergines, longbeans & okra with sambal belachan sauce. Fiery but very tasty nonetheless. Not my cup of tea, but my local colleagues LOVED that dish;
- Deep-fried paper-wrapped chicken. Definitely my favorite dish - the chicken pieces were marinated in a subtle, delicately-balanced mix of oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, ginger juice, soysauce, and were positively scrumptious.
- Stir-fried French beans with garlic cloves was a simple but nice dish which complemented the other heavier, meaty dishes.
Chen Fatt Restaurant
1487-B Jalan Besar