After hearing so much about this shabby place that serves traditional and tasty Hokkien food, we decided to pay a visit and find out for ourselves as to “how tasty and good” they are. This so called restaurant is hidden in an alley which is not noticeable if one is not familiar with this area. Nevertheless, I’ve made it easier for food lovers out there with the GPS coordinates provided below.
The entrance would probably turn off some people as it totally doesn’t look welcoming or remotely like an eatery! It looked more like a construction site office of some sort to me. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Here goes…..
“Restaurant” was totally empty when we arrived. Well, it was only 6pm then. A whiff of musty smell greeted us the minute we stepped into this low ceiling, zero deco and rather cramped dining area. Albeit being air-conditioned, be prepared to have your hair, shirt and pants covered with cooking odor as ventilation is close to none here!
Fried Sweet Potato Noodle @ RM 15.00 ~ Good wok hei imparted into the well kneaded sweet potato dough and fried with thick soy sauce, prawns, pork and cabbage, not forgetting the crispy pork lard too that gave this dish an extra edge! The texture was great as it was not too soft. The set back for me was the celery which I hate most and was found in this dish! It was tasty nonetheless!
Fried Glass Noodle (炒東粉) @ RM 13.00 ~ It requires certain skills to have this dish prepared and apparently, I did not find it here today. The glass noodle (東粉/粉丝) was way too soft and soggy to my liking. Taste wise, well.. so so only!
Fried Rice Sticks (Pek Kueh/炒白果) @ RM 15.00 ~ This was fried the same way as the sweet potato noodle but somehow, I felt the rice sticks tasted real bland. Ingredients wise, exactly the same as the rice sticks. Mediocre and again, a little pricey for its portion.
Signature Deep Fried Pork Roll (招牌油炸春捲) @ RM 22.00 ~ Stuffed with turnip, carrots, pork and deep fried, this dish was flavorful with a strong presence of 5 spice powder. Its crispy skin is such a delight to sink your teeth in but I found it rather salty as I took in more. Seriously overpriced for 20 slices.
Bill came to RM 113.00 inclusive of a pot of Chinese tea for 7 pax. I wouldn’t say it’s that reasonable after all, judging that we only had dishes which weren’t really expensive stuffs but only flour and tapioca! The deep fried pork roll was a cutthroat. I would have settled for another Marmite Spare Ribs anytime for that kinda price!
Although this place gives you the homey kinda feeling, the service rendered was definitely NOT! The guy who came and presented the bill wasn’t too friendly and was rather cold when we asked for the details on the bill. Maybe we interrupted him reading his daily newspaper! Totally not cool! Will I come back? Nope! After all, the food was really mediocre. If I had not have such high expectations, this dining experience wouldn’t be such a letdown. Guess the good reviews about this place is seriously left to be desired!
- Restoran Pu Yuan (檏苑小食馆)
- No. 112, Batu 1 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama
- 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
- Tel – 603-7982 4410
- Mobile – 012-364 2684 (Mr. Lee)
- Business Hour – 1100-1500/1800-2200
- Closed – Alternate Thursdays
- GPS Coordinates
- N03′ 05.609 E101′ 40.528