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Saturday, February 14, 2009

CNY Dinner at Sek Yuen, Jalan Pudu

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Warning: Tidak Ditanggung Halal.

Just a few days before Chinese New Year. Me and a group of colleagues planned to have our 收工酒 ourselves. I suggested Sek Yuen in Jalan Pudu because I read that it is one of the earliest restaurant in Malaysia to start the lou sang (捞生) tradition. It was started by the Phang Brothers in the 1950s.

Old school.

The table my colleague booked is at the shop next to this one, which is air-conditioned. Free parking is available at the back of the shops which is just next to Pudu LRT station. Greeted me when I went up the shop is my colleague's cute daughter.

Reminds me of Arale-chan from the manga Dr. Slump.

It was almost 9.15 p.m. and still not all the invited is here yet. The staff told us, have to serve the dishes already or else the kitchen will be closed at 10.00 p.m. Wah, so early.

Seldom see this red table cloth already in newer restaurant.

First up is of course the yee sang (鱼生), this is my second yee sang of the year. I like the yee sang here, the raw fish is fresh, the sliced vegetable is crunchy and the best of all is that the sauce here is not overly sourish as in other eateries. It gives just a dash of sourness hence it will not overcome the taste of the other ingredients.

Rating: 4/5

Yee Sang (鱼生)

The roast piglet (烧乳猪) was supposed to be canceled but there's been a mis-communication, so there we have it the roast piglet which cost RM 105, which I don't mind paying. It's so yummy. Skin is roasted to crunchiness and the meat is tender. I almost finish the head too if it's the third dish came a bit later.

Rating: 3.75/5

Roast Piglet (烧乳猪) Oink, oink.

Some of the people in the second table came late hence they waited until all were here to start lou sang. Which, then I have the opportunity to take picture.

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The third dish to be on our table is Sek Yuen's famous dish, Pat Poh Ngap (八宝鸭) loosely translate into eight treasures duck. It look like a normal baked duck from the outside but once you cut open the body, you'll find the treasures. Inside it are lin chi (莲子), walnut (核桃) , and other ingredients that I was too busy eating to remember lol.

The meat is tender and soft, the sauce is nice and of course the 'treasures' inside has soaked in the juice from the duck and sauce. Which tasted better than the meat. If this is your first time here, this is a recommended dish to order.

Rating: 4/5

Let the treasures be shown.

Pat Poh Ngap exposed.

Steamed Sek Pan (石斑) is next. Which is quite normal. Not sure whether it is over steamed or what the meat seems to be quite dry and stick to the fish skin very firmly. The fish is very fresh though.

Rating: 3.5/5

Steamed Sek Pan (石斑)

Tiger prawn (老虎虾) is next. I think is stir-fried with garlic and soya sauce. The sauce is tasty and the prawn is quite big and succulent. Love it.

Rating: 3.75/5

Tiger Prawn (老虎虾)

Had to have some green after so many dishes of meat. The Stir-fried Conpoy or dried scallop (江瑶柱) with lai bak (baby bok choy) is just the right dish to be serve. Stir-fried in the sauce that was soaked with the essence of the dried scallop, eating the vege with a bit of dried scallop added and extra omph to the texture and the taste. Slurp.

Rating: 4/5

Stir-fried Conpoy or dried scallop (江瑶柱) with lai bak (baby bok choy)

The best dish of the night. Stewed lamb rack (燉羊腩). Oh my god, the lamb is so tender and juicy. It doesn't have the strong smell and taste of lamb too when eaten due the ginger used to make the sauce. I think 5 aroma powder (五香粉) was used too. This dish to me is the tastiest that night.

Rating: 4.5/5

Stewed lamb rack (燉羊腩)

Last but not least is the stir-fried mixed vegetable (罗汉斋). Vegetable is fresh and it is not overcook. The taste is normal. Funny thing is that there's no dried tofu (豆干) used here, I like to eat dried tofu.

Rating: 3/5

Stir-fried mixed vegetable (罗汉斋)

All in all, the cost of this 8-course meal is RM 600 for 10 pax. Not too bad, quite reasonable. Will surely return for a visit if there's enough people to join the feast.

On the side note. We jokingly told Arale-chan that we will bring her to watch golden fish (金鱼). We didn't expect that there's really a school of golden fish in the aquarium down stair. The thing is that one won't be able to see fishes clearly because the water is so murky. Maybe the owner didn't clean it for weeks already.

Arale-chan posing with the golden fishes.


Restoran Sek Yuen
313-1 & 315,
Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-9222 9457, 03-9222 0903

Operation Hour: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm. Close on Monday.

Cash Term Only

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jasmine said...

they do brisk business during CNY ah? I also went back on Chap Goh Meh, and somehow with the crowd, the food lost out to my first visit... so I reckon I will go back during non peak periods for better food :P

and will keep that lamb dish in mind

TINTIN said...

hahaha...the girl really looks like one in Dr Slump. Imagine if she is wearing a big round specs ^^

TZ said...

This restaurant still survived... I think i went there quite a couple times when i still a kids :P

wmw said...

I like the Kar Heong choy here...

mimid3vils said...

U finished the pig head? :P

babe_kl said...

:o u were the kam yue low??? hehehe...

ling239 said...

miss food served by this type of "antique" restaurant ~ >.<"

fatboybakes said...

i really MUST go to this place, everyone has blogged about it already hor. haiya, i expected to see you posing with the hot castrol models. (in the engine oil post)

ahlost said...

Wah.. The foodz look so yummilicious !!!

Simon Seow said...

jasmine: I think it's because this restaurant is the pioneer in introducing Yee Sang during CNY

TinTin: yeah, put a specs and she's Arale-chan lol

TZ: I came here a few times too when I was just a child.

wmw: Old school is good

Choi Yen: Most of it :p

babe_kl: what!!? >.<

ling: go and try it out

FBB: you've tried it already by now lol

Rose: Yums!