Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Restoran Foong Yit (The last of the truly family-run Tai Chow) - Taman Bukit Bintang, Kepong

I will classify this as one of the truly family 'tai chow' restaurant. It looks like its run by family members. Three to four local Chinese middle-aged men busied themselves together with local Chinese ladies. A sight to behold in this age of extensive use of migrant labour.

This is the 4th Taman Bukit Bintang restaurant we been to. The rest were Jinjang Fish Head, Lit Heong, and Teow Chow Seafood. All four was well patronised. And in the same row of shophouses. Imagine the rows and rows of tables on the five- foot way and parking area. Wonder where the crowd from. Probably from Kepong and Menjalara and the latest addition of Desa Parkcity and the few well-heeled neighbourhood sprouting around Desa Parkcity the last 3-4 years.

We were told that they have Pomfret from Kuala Selangor. Good choice for a steam fish? Yes it is! But the final result lays in the hand of the cook right, no? 300gm+, plenty of meat from sweet almost milky in taste. The small head, small bones and thick body translated into meat. The sauces with lots of garlic and ginger were good but the cook was a bit heavy handed with the salt. But sad to say the fish was overdone and the flesh was firmer than usual. Still good but the well-done dish was relegated to the level of 'good' instead of 'best'. RM32.00.
TGIF-styled Spare-Ribs. Only better. 3 ribs, well marinated and caramelised. Fork tender and meat left the bone with the slightest tug. RM14. Taste good and value for money. The best deal and meal of the night!
The Seafood Pot had thick pieces of firm, gelatinous and chewy sea cucumber that set the tone for the dish. Generous and quality materials used - canned clams, fish maw and mushrooms. The sauces were excellent but found that the maw needed more soak to soften it further. RM25.
Our customary vegetables to round up our meal. Stir-fried Lettuce with garlic at RM8.00.
Address: 36, Jalan 3/36
Tel: 03 62761385
Business Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30om - Midnight.

12 comments:

SimpleGirl said...

wow, what else u want..TGIF style spare ribs at chinese tai chow....cool

Big Boys Oven said...

I am salivating and hunger for that spare ribs! lol!

New Kid on the Blog said...

i am eyeing the fish leh!!!
looks good!!!

Sin Tai Lim said...

Wow.. this Star Hill Garden Kepong surely got so many Tai Chow shops. So which is the best among these. You rate I'll visit. Thanks again and have a good day.

CUMI & CIKI said...

last of the mohicans.

550ml jar of faith said...

"Fork tender and meat left the bone with the slightest tug" Sounds amazing! I hunger...

foodbin said...

The seafood pot looks delicious.

babe_kl said...

oops this is the branch of Restoran Hong Ngek in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee haha not Lit Heong :p forgot cos din go for so long

try their fried rice, crabmeat balls, pak kor meen!

backStreetGluttons said...

We have always believed that Chinese traditional-styled big piece pork ribs tastes better than the western one , especially those HK styled stuck together many pieces 5 inches long type ( Malaysia dun have )

Little Inbox said...

The spare ribs look tempting.

Selba said...

Pomfret? What's that? Sounds like french fries in German language, hehehe...

worldwindows said...

SG... I will go back just for the ribs.

BBO... Agreed.

NKotB... Penang pomfret fresh of the sea is the best! Use to get them at Pantai Jerjak market.

HH... I think crabs at Teow Chow, ribs in Foong Lit, Knuckle in Jinjang and Lala in Lit Heong. If I have a choice according to my taste buds I would like to be back in Foong Yit.

CampC... I get a different feel when someone cares about their business is serving me.

Faith... Slight exaggeration on my part, hehehe....

FB... The sea cucumber is tops.

B_KL... Gingko noodles, that's neat. I will check it out.

BSG... Now that's something to look forward to when in HKG!

LI... I am scheming to go again.

Selba... The 'pom' sounds awkward.