Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chinese Food @ Dragon Star Seafood Restaurant, SS1, Petaling Jaya


the unusual heart of palm fried with onions and prawns

A very quick post for today. Been busy hence processing pictures was put on the backburner these few nights. When it comes to sniffing out great tasting and good value for money places, my mother and relatives are excellent on this account. They're regulars at Restaurant Sam You, whether it is the original outlet in Petaling Jaya new town or its numerous branches. One can understand why, as the food is always good there (the eight treasure duck is much better than Sek Yuen's version!) and at affordable prices.

baked chicken with salt and cekur

This particular restaurant, a new one that took over the old RHB branch just a hop and skip away from my old primary school, Kampung Tunku is their new favourite place. Opened by the same owner of Sam You in SS3, this place serves decent Chinese food that is not too oily. Apologies for the pictures (just snap and go ones ok!), as I had to quickly snap them, since I had my relatives all staring at me urging me to hurry up as they were hungry!

fried dragon leaves with garlic

The family loves vegetables, hence we had two types, both very unusual ones. One was the dragon leaves (RM12), a variety from the chive family except it is not so pungent. Excellent dry fried quickly with a tinge of oil and a bit of garlic, it is fast becoming a favourite vegetable of mine ever since I ate it at Ducking. We also ordered the heart of palm (RM35), something I've eaten before in Mauritius in a salad (a famous one known as the millionaire's salad). Seems we grow them here in Perak, hence these are available in local restaurants now. While the taste is nothing much, you go for the texture that is akin to bamboo shoots (minus that pungent smell). Really nice fried with a slightly spicy sauce and prawns.

steamed long tan (sea grouper)

I liked their baked chicken with salt and cekur (RM23 for half)- very tasty and juicy especially if you eat the skin. Last but not least, another favourite of the family, steamed long tan or sea grouper (RM40). I always go for the slightly chewy skin of the fish, as that's my favourite part.

No pictures of the decor since it's the typical Chinese restaurant but it felt weird to eat in an ex-banking hall, I used to visit to draw monies from the ATM! The restaurant world in Petaling Jaya seems to be quite small too, noticed one of the ex-captains from King Crab has relocated to here. Do visit this place for great Chinese food. Parking can be quite a nightmare around here though, as it is limited to one row (incidentally Salero Negori has opened a cafe under another name on the same row).

Dragon Star Seafood Restauran
54a & 54b, Jln SS1/22
Kampung Tunku
Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7877 6673

(Non Halal. Restaurant is on the row of shophouses that face the main road and next to the Esso Station, near the traffic lights where Kampung Tunku primary school is located.)


*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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Other reviews:
  • foodbin who considers this one of his fave restaurants
  • The Star also did a recent review

12 comments:

qwazymonkey said...

Boo, you have nothing to apologise for lah - your pics are excellent! I can imagine your relatives waving their arms in the air with chopsticks and giving you the evil stare while you were snapping away. LOL

And what's this Dragon Leave thing? Haven't heard of it.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah for a shot and eat situation, those r good pics!

Sin Tai Lim said...

good info for me, a new place to attack. thanks again....

UnkaLeong said...

Hahaha, becks and I just passed it a couple of days or was it night's ago..She went wah, operated by Salero Negori. I went wah Dragon Star. New por. Hehehe..Agree with you on the parking, maybe can park at the petrol station next door?

boo_licious said...

qwazymonkey - Aiks! These are one shots, or else yes they will give me the evil stare! Dragon veg is some new fangled vegetables kinda like Chinese chives.

Joe - I don't even hve any extra pixs, just 5 miserable pixs (2 of the fish horizontal & vertical)!

Sin Tai Lim - hope u like it.

Unkaelong - yeah, we were also eyeing the other place. You can park behind the petrol station and further down I guess.

Daniela said...

Bellissime queste tue preparazioni.
Ciao Daniela.

worldwindows said...

The baked chicken is scrumptious and steamed grouper too. 2 good choices for meat!

KY said...

this place is rather close to where I stay, should give it a try one of these days. Thanks for sharing. :)

boo_licious said...

Thxs Daniela. Ciao!

worldwindows - both my mother's choices, since her fav items also.

KY - yup, very near where you stay. More upscale than a tai chow but still very decent Chinese food.

thenomadGourmand said...

Hehe..yeah. was alrei tellin unka tht we need a group to go and try tis out. and then yesterday Sam Cheong wrote abt it! Suddenly so much publicity!

boo_licious said...

Sam didn't write this review though (he does the food trail column). Yeah, this is one of those places must hve a big table to get a variety.

lynnie said...

I went there to have dinner last week with my parents after we spotted a write-up in the Star.
We were pretty satisfied with the food there and I especially like the chicken too!

I think the ex-captain that you mentioned used to work at the old Rasa Sayang outlet in DJ too before he moved to King Crab as my parents recalled that familiar face. haha...

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