Thursday, June 14, 2007

Restaurant 52 @ Semenyih

Located in a house numbered 52, this place is actually a hidden gem since the millenium.. Being creative souls, that was how their restaurant was named, after their house number.. This is a no frill place where you can get dirt cheap food with huge portions, when i mean dirt cheap, it is dirt cheap.. If you have a copy of their name card, the speciality dishes are printed at the back, and the list is enormous, so since it was only the four of us, we only managed 7 dishes..well 8 since we had 2 fishes!..Yes you heard me correct, thankfully we asked for small portions so for the sake of this review, i get to take more photos..hehe..Now lets take a look..

Starting off with their Sang Har Mee.. The prawns used are of a small size and its the way it is..People normally say the way to taste a good dish, is the taste the "wok hei" meaning the heat of the wok..which to be honest , i cant taste or distinguish..until i tasted their delicious noodles..absolute gorgeous..

Their Stout Ribs is another delight..sticky dark sauce with a whiff of stout..it is fiery hot in temperature..so make sure you blow before you swallow..(no pun intended)..We are off to a great start..

Shun Pun Zi which is meant to be small little yam balls? fried together with dried cuttlefish, minced pork and mushrooms..delightful little carb dish for those who doesnt want rice..If only it was abit more chewy..

Lai Yow (Butter) Sotong was another choice well made..the delicious egg shreds and the crunchy sotong is definitely a good snack to go with beer..just that we had this at lunch so beer was abit too early..

The Yao Wat Kam Foong.. What looked like a steam fish turned out to be a shocker.. We knew it was meant to be something different but could not taste it out, what we thought was a fried and then steam fish turns out to be a very creative method that i only heard of only that day.. The oil is boiled..then the fire is off..then the fish is put in until its cooked..the skin remains as if its steamed and the meat is succulent..topped with birds eye chilli, ginger and garlic with soya sauce.. Oolala..

This is not the same fish but another fish since we didnt get enough of it..Wahaha..such gluttons..

When i heard salt and pepper, my ears perked up and my mouth watered, it has been way too long since my australian days that i tasted good salt and pepper..this chicken wings cooked that way was one of the best i ever tasted..although abit too salty since the salt stuck on to the chicken wings..

To finish it off, a fan shee yip (potato leaves) cooked with fu you (fermented bean paste?) which was another simple dish well done..

Now the price of all these dishes, bear in mind 2 fishys..costs RM100.50 only..yes you heard me right..Only RM100.50 only..which will bearly cover coffee and cakes in Starbucks or Coffee Bean or a decent meal in a Char Chan Teng (HK coffeeshop)..The catch? It is in Semenyih, and the name card doesnt have an address! Haha..until i googled and this is what i found:

Restoran 52
52 Jalan Sungai Lalang
Semenyih Negeri Sembilan
Tel: 87238733 or 0126439892
Opened for Lunch (11.30-3pm) and Dinner (6-10.30 pm)
Closed on MONDAYS

A highly rated 9 out of 10.. since the only catch is the slight drive you will have to make..

29 comments:

boo_licious said...

eh, u backdated this entry as it wasn't here earlier? Food looks good, so when are u organising a weekend trip to this place?

tankiasu said...

Oh wanted to go to this place for so long oredi, since reading about them on The Star.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boo: yeah i was doing this before i left for office..but the connection to flickr was too slow..so finished it off in office..hmm me organise? i am a very bad organiser..heard we have to get there very early or else the wait is very long..we could try to see if theres any takers in the forum

tankiasu: i heard about thru kuali also..infact they proudly frame up that article..but i cant seem to dig it out from their archives..its pretty good and its around 20-25 min drive from cheras

Tummythoz said...

A friend's been raving abt d food there too. How u found the place? Friend claimed the map given in d newspapers was wrong. He reached after numerous calls for direction. Ohhh, why did I miss that trip with him .. arrggghhh!!!

Coketai said...

You got really good camera and the food is very attractive with the photo! Should find a chance to try even though I don;t know when!!!Thanks.

LY.Tai

zewt said...

ok.... this will be the place we'll feast ok! but have to make it in july as mentioned!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: its a good rave..confirmed by me! hehe

coketai: thanks alot..its really a very old camera..3 years old coming d.. the place has been around for awhile..so dont worry they will wait for u

zewt: sure? no problems..will be waiting..after tax filing?

Lee Ping said...

Joe,

I wish I could feast with you guys. Heck, I can even afford to pay for the entire meal. RM100.50 is less than US$50?

My friends and I had a cookout at her house a few months ago and we labored half a day making Shun Pun Zi. It is great living in Malaysia, isn't it? The heaven for food.

wmw said...

Wah lau! That's super cheap....Shhhh...sorry, I'll keep it down!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leeping: looks like i will have to start converting for u guys..actually RM100.50 is only around 30 USD..and a thank you in advance for willing to foot our next bill when you drop by hehe

wmw: wahahaha!..noisy saja la..so want to go or not?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

OMG!!! The food looks delicious. Faster faster organise a trip there, Joe!!!!

Lee Ping said...

I will only pay for those who regularly leave (NICE) comments on my blog. WMW, Teckiee, Kenny, Lydia, LL, you and Jackson have made it to the invitee list so far.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: can can..err we need tentative dates and very good co-drivers..

leeping: haha as long as i m in..im happy!

leo said...

Wow.. poached in oil... This is a technique seldom used in Chinese cooking...

Food must have been good huh...

Kenny Mah said...

Ya ya ya... organise a trip there. Count me in! :D

P.S. The Shun Pun Zi looks gooooodddd.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: it was very good..and bcoz it was so cheap..expectations of course you must manage la.. but it was good..

kenny: settled ok? i am trying to organise something through the floggers yahoo forum..will let you know

tigerfish said...

Wah...so cheap! All the food so tempting :O ...what is the "white sauce" on the first fish arh ?
Me can only do steamed fish coz afraid the boiling oil will burn down the apt.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: the sauce is basically soya sauce which is almost steam fish alike..infact it tastes like steam fish..

Big Boys Oven said...

refering to work hei, for example the sang har mein, this dish will be perfect if you pan fry the mein rather than dip fry. if you try, you will know the difference. Usually a lot of cookers prefer to dip fry them as it is faster compare to pan fry.

teckiee said...

eh eh.. where's my post? bullied by blogger again...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbo: unfortunately i will never try the diff as i dont cook haha..but if anyone out there would like to show me the difference..i be more then happy to try

teckiee: haha..no post wor??..you drunk from yesterday nite isit?

zewt said...

yup... after tax filing... smart fella u.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: abothen haha..

Alvin said...

o_o looks very nice ler....but i donno how to go semenyih. ahahaa

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

alvin: we are arranging for a trip somewhere in the 3rd wk of july..will let you know if u r interested..

Joel said...

damn, now you made me hungry...

Anonymous said...

Semenyih is in Selangor noobs.
plz look at the map closely. it is just next to kajang.,

AC said...

Semenyih is in Selangor lah Dude! Macam mana cari makan? Address is not correct!

AC said...

This restaurant is very good. There is another newly opened, located just a further of 200 meters from this restaurant. It also very good. You should try this restaurant (I forgot the name already) if you like Restaurant 52.