Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nyonya Food @ Restoran Familiar Faces - Seri Petaling, KL

Restoran Familiar Faces (Nyonya and Noodle House
37, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Seri Petaling
HP: 0122954483, 0123346379
Familiarity breeds contempt. But it seems that this shop gets better with each of my subsequent visit. After having lunch here over a few occasions this one must be the best. Lunch hour was packing in the crowd. All tables were taken up and the kitchen was firing on all its pistons. Our food arrived after a 15-20 minutes wait.

We have a total of 7 Nyonya dishes all of medium size except for the fish which is big. The fish costs RM40.00.

Total bill: RM126 with tea for 10 pax.
Chicken Fillet with Tom Yam Sauce. As usual I was overwhelmed by the thick and aromatic sauce. The additional herbs added more flavours. What do you expect from tom yam sauce?
What do you get when you crossed a chicken with a fish? A Chicken Meat Fish. This Deep-Fried Chicken Meat Fish was at least a kilogram in weight. Set on a piece of banana leaf and finished off with some green cilantro and fresh lime juice squeezed on it. Delicious, so fresh, the fish deep-fried just right. Meat was firm, sweet and so white. We were literally vulturish, picking off every morsel of meat still on the fish and plate. A total wipe-out. This fish is also popularly used in Ikan Bakar joints.
Butter-Fried Calamari. For some strange gastronomic reason some go for the huge pile of buttery, fluffy threads that yield and break at the slightest crunch rather than the calamari. These caramelized strands when done well and with complex flavours trapped within are a favourite for the young and the old. Don't get me wrong, the calamari was fresh. The curry leaves gave it a subtle finish. We polished off the whole plate.
Deep-Fried Seafood Tofu in light and fluffy batter. Layers of thin crust (wu kok style) complements the well-textured tofu and seafood mix. The crust made this dish almost pastry-like. Enjoyed sinking my teeth into the crust releasing the fragrance of freshly fried batter. The oil must be fresh. Toppings and garnishings made it more Nyonya. Our usual Omelette but with the Nyonya twist. Average.Vegetables Curry. I missed having some powdered salted fish added in. Average.A Nyonya meal will not be complete without Pucuk Paku in sambal belacan. Subtle and mercifully not overwhelmed with bird's eye chili so that the glorious sambal could stand out to claim all the glory.Directions:

18 comments:

Food Paradise said...

wow..... I want the calamari.. tofu... pucuk paku and the tom yam chicken fillet.... all looks delicious to me. ^o^

SimpleGirl said...

no wonder you said business is getting better, price is so reasonable...and the Nyonya dishes look so good!

Little Inbox said...

Reasonable price! The dishes look good, but heaty as well.

New Kid on the Blog said...

the dishes look good! and tempting!!! drool....

550ml jar of faith said...

I don't know if it's just because I'm on the verge of getting a sore throat, but looks like a lot of deep frying in this meal. But who's complaining?? Bring on the butterfried calamari!

mimid3vils said...

many deep fried dishes but I like it :P

foodbin said...

the Chinese name for the fish is "Hoi Tai Kai" anyone knows the English name?

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I want the calamari!!! And prices are very reasonable...

Life for Beginners said...

The Butter-Fried Calamari looks like something from outer space but I definitely want to try it! :D

Selba said...

Interesting butter-fried calamari!!!

worldwindows said...

FP... This is a gem that I will bring friends and family to.

SG... Except for the fish the price is reasonable.

LI... Lots of smile and talk = hearty enjoyable meal.

NKotB... Tempting is an understatement. Need to be civil or else...

Faith... The calamari and the fish yummm

MD... Unhealthy but tasty yeh!!

FB... You are right on the Chinese/Cantonese name... English name anyone?

BB... The favourite, shd have ordered another.

LfB... The strands of goodness is as good as the fresh calmari.

Selba... Seems like hidden treasures.

terri@adailyobsession said...

hi, thanx 4 dropping by. this is a serious eating blog!

Big Boys Oven said...

looks really good price only less than RM13, very cheap! yum yum!

ling239 said...

the Butter-Fried Calamari.... cant find the squid pieces leh! :p

cariso said...

Pucuk Paku - I could hardly find this dish in Penang!

worldwindows said...

Terri... Sometimes not serious and irreverent.

BBO... Cheepy, cheepy, cheep, cheep.

Ling239...Taking the shots I was holding up chopstick traffic. So I made way and did not take shots of the squid.

Cariso... Penang island quite develop:) Found near river and jungle. I like it and never tired of having it.

thenomadGourmand said...

wow..sri petaling got quite a few hiddens gems there yeaa..and i liked the "innovative" dishes! not borng yet brings bk memories of gd old nyonya!

worldwindows said...

The best restaurant for me I reckoned!