Monday, July 19, 2010
ENRICHING DINING EXPERIENCE
If you have a penchant for Sang Har Meen or freshwater prawn noodles, Richwell in PJ is the place to go. Complemented by toothsome egg noodles that are deliciously drenched in thick, rich and eggy gravy, the sizeable prawns (RM10/100g) are fresh and springy to the bite.
Helmed by veteran chef C.Y. Kam from the now defunct Restoran Teochew in Pudu, Richwell is the chef’s new domain where he adroitly serves up ‘old but gold’ comfort food at surprisingly reasonable prices.
You can of course splurge out on the usual fineries such as shark’s fin, abalone and other live seafood but most of the outlet’s homely offerings would only set you back between RM12 to RM45 each depending on serving size.
Two of the best dishes here are Pan-fried Minced Pork with Lotus Root (RM12-small, RM18-medium, RM24-large) and ‘Tong Por Yoke’, a sublime dish of Sliced Pork Braised in Soya Sauce (RM20-small, RM30-medium, RM40-large). The former is an old-school but scrumptious delight in which minced pork, chopped lotus root, water chestnut, and dried sole are flattened into a patty and pan-fried until the edges turn crispy.
Instead of the ubiquitous man tou (steamed wheat rolls), the glistening, fork-tender braised pork slices in its dark and slightly unctuous soya gravy are enjoyed with pieces of crispy, light-as-air rice crackers that lend a nice textural contrast to the rich hearty speciality.
Equally good is the peppery Fried Glass Noodles with Crab in Claypot (RM25-small, RM35-medium, RM45-large) come highly recommended.
Another irresistible creation here is the Red Garoupa in Claypot (RM25-small, RM35-medium, RM45-large) that would have you picking the fish’s sweet, smooth flesh clean and savouring every last drop of the tasty broth and every bite of the silky-soft foo chok (bean curd sheet) in the pot.
Baby Lai Pak (a type of vegetable with milky white stems and dark green leaves) with Yam in Claypot (RM15-small, RM20-medium, RM25-large) lent a satisfying balance to our scrumptious meal.
For the finale, sample Or Nee (RM20), a popular Teochew dessert made from mashed yam and ginkgo nuts.
For reservations at RICHWELL RESTAURANT (non-halal), call tel: (03) 7955 5855. Address: 24G & 26G, Jalan 19/3, Petaling Jaya Selangor. Business hours: 11 am – 3 pm; 5.30 pm – 11 pm daily