When it comes to good Chinese food, you will hear the name of this restaurant being mentioned many times. That doesn’t surprise us, what with its Jalan Imbi branch being set up in 1977. Today, there are seven branches – five in Klang Valley and two in Ipoh.
What the restaurant is known for is its contemporary Chinese cuisine with a special emphasis on the Cantonese style of cooking. What we can’t get enough of is its special stewed pork, so soft and tender that it literally melts in your mouth. Other signature dishes include steamed bamboo fish in soya sauce, braised homemade bean curd with petola, braised sliced pork belly with salted fish in claypot and everyone’s favourite – char siew (barbecue pork). Oh, and do ask for chef recommendations. You and your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised.
Another well-known fact is that one of Klang Valley’s most delicious moon cakes comes from Restaurant Overseas’ kitchens. You’ve been informed.
EXTRA SUPER TANKER RESTAURANT
48, Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7726 7768
The packed car park and tables are a sure indication of what one can expect from Extra Super Tanker Restaurant. Known for its seafood dishes and exquisite Chinese cuisine, the restaurant tops the list for good and unique Chinese dishes in town. So much so that you better make a reservation and book your menu if you want to dine on favorites like the braised pork knuckle with preserved vegetable served with man tau (which runs out nightly), pan-fried fresh tiger prawn with corn flakes, homemade tofu, crispy suckling piglet ribs and more. Even a simple dish like fried rice tastes heavenly here.
Perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that the head chef is also the owner of the restaurant. Whatever the case, Extra Super Tanker restaurant gets our vote for consistently good Chinese food cooked with the freshest ingredients. Book in advance.
JIN XUAN HONG KONG
63G and 65G, Jalan SS21/60
Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7729 8881
You can’t talk about Chinese food and not mention dim sum, which is why we’ve picked this little gem of a dim sum restaurant for its delectable trays of delicious goodies. The restaurant is packed on weekend mornings, so if you really want to get in there, we suggest going first thing in morning or wait in line like the rest of the late comers.
Its menu is similar to those you will see in Hong Kong dim sum restaurants, with a few localised versions. But nevertheless, you will surely delight in usual favourites like its bouncy steamed fish balls, country style shrimp dumpling, har-gaw and the more unique ones like bamboo fungus shrimp dumpling, scallop shrimp dumpling, Teochew siu-mai, fried crab date balls and more. Didn’t we mention that there is a wide variety for you to choose from?
Here’s a tip: Its weekend menu seems to vary with a few creative dim sum dishes making rounds in the restaurant. So if you are up for something other than your usual dim sum choices, then we say check it out this weekend.
The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
168, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2142 8000
If a swanky dining experience is what you are after, well then Li Yen – Ritz Carlton’s award-winning Chinese restaurant – is the place to be. Featuring Cantonese specialties in a luxe Oriental ambience, it is Chinese dining at its very finest. Even traditional Yangqing music is performed live every evening for an authentic feel.
As for the food, you can be sure that it won’t be anything less than ordinary. We suggest the abalone cubes and sliced cucumber marinated with minced garlic for starters, roasted chicken with nam yee sauce (must order 24 hours in advanced), its signature golden prawns deep fried with thousand island dressing and coated with shredded yam, signature bean curd with Honshimeji mushroom and spinach and for dessert, the Li Yen special durian pudding. One thing is for sure – you won’t go hungry with its wide array of dishes, each one cooked to perfection.
Lot 2F-17 & 18, Level 2
Bangsar Village II
Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-03-2287 3770
From the guys who brought you Delicious comes this simple yet elegant Chinese restaurant. Expect authentic Chinese cuisine but served with an innovative twist. The decor is modern with a wooden interior, giving it a rather moody, imperial chamber feel.
Dinners are quite busy here, so reservations are advised. To get the best out of your dining experience here, we suggest blanched sliced pork in spicy sauce, roast meat combination, stir-friend scallops with chef special sauce, pan-seared Wagyu steak with sesame sauce, signature Hokkien noodles and for dessert, coffee pudding with black cherries. Craving for some Chinese soup? Then, we suggest the Mid-Sea Treasure – a bowlful of goodness you won’t regret (your wallet won’t let you at RM53.80 per bowl).