Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sek Yuen @ Jalan Pudu

When asked to name one restaurant that could represent history (for educating and nostalgia) and at the same time serve one hell of a dinner to the extent of captivating a foreigner to forever dream of the food, I could only think of Sek Yuen.

Situated in the heart of Pudu which is barely a jog away from the Bukit Bintang area, this place has been around for MANY, MANY years. Years beyond when i was born and probably a place that used to serve my dad and my granddad.

Having embarassingly not been there for a full course dinner (therefore on uncharted territory), Sek Yuen was chosen to leave a memorable experience for my guest from Australia, a good friend from Australia (someone who was born in 1 part of the world, and grew up in the remainder parts of the world, exposed in both the Western and Asian culture).

Where else can one find a place that looks its age coupled with the "auntie" waitresses and captains that had looks like they had working there since their youthful days.

We were not disappointed, i particularly as i was surprised at the delicious dishes and also getting comments from my friend that this was awesome.

A story (warning) to tell, make sure you order more than enough in your first order. We had to resort to using our most powerful weapon; the Auntie Killer to charm his way to the captain's heart in letting us order more food. That itself is virtually an experience and story to pass on to the next generation.

Imagine the pleas and the rebuttal that there was way too much food for us.

I didn't think eating dinner could cause such commotion.

The Pat Poh Ngap ("8 treasures duck") Braised with lots of goodies that had been stuffed to the tender duck. The gravy was full of flavour and would have been good if we had rice, we didn't.

Their "Chiu Pai" Tau Foo (Signature Tau Foo). This was simple yet refreshing for what we had installed.

The Pak Cham Kai ("Poached Chicken?"), This was smooth and tender, matter of fact, smoother than you can imagine. The accompanying "kai lan" lends a nice crunch to the dish.

The Pig Intestine with Chive Flower. For serious "babi"tarians only. The chive flower was equally as crunchy as the pieces of intestines although the slight stench may put those more neutral to pork away. [Babi = Pig]

The real let down of the night, the sweet and sour pork. The batter was on the thick side and the sauce basically drenched the crunchiness away.

The Steam Carp Fish with Minced Ginger. I expected a way bigger portion than on the picture for 8 pax. In any case the bones scared half the people away, and i had my fair share.

The highlight of the night. The roast duck. Two whole ducks in 1 meal and we actually contemplated on adding some more. Crunchy skin and again very tender meat. Obviously given a hot oil bath before being served, this dish actually got my Korean friend to give them a visit.

Imagine a korean pronouncing "duck" like "dog" to aunties that don't understand English. When the sign language and the "quack" came out next, one can only understand how good it was and to what barriers people are willing to pass, to get to this duck.

Just before people start to comment on the lack of vegetables, the belacan kangkung was also ordered which tasted also so so. Conclusion, be a carnivore and come, dont bother with vegetables.

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4 stars out of 5 stars. Where else can one find good food with loads of history embedded in the tables and chairs, along with the actualy building itself, for a cheap price. The whole meal, was only RM28 per pax.


jason said...

Really... shouldn't come... in.. before lu..nch... *plopped on floor*

ck lam said...

Bring back memories looking at your post. Missed the food there...used to eat at this place before got married and settled in Penang.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: haha come back after lunch to drool on..

ck lam: well theres always holidays rite?

Tummythoz said...

"..barely a jog away .."
Spoken like a pure gym bunny. =D

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow.. that good huh.. must try !

550ml jar of faith said...

RM28 per pax! Yes please! Although... is it just me, or is there an inordinate amount of sheen on the dishes?

Precious Pea said...

SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!! salivating at each and every dish you had. I am now even more motivated to cook my own pat poh ngap!!!!!

J2Kfm said...

2 duck dishes at one seating? really must be good.

but why no rice?! with all those gravies and saltiness un-tampered ... a couple of bowls would do fine! :)

zewt said...

it has been soooooo long since i have been there. used to go... but i guess... food is still as good....

Kok said...

I read read your post...and when I saw the sweet and sour pork's photo, I was like "Wah! Don't tell me he said this one is nice." Luckily you said no. haha!

worldwindows said...

My favourites have to be the small intestine with chives and the roast duck. Very difficult to find crunchy small intestines in the menu nowadays.

Xylia said...

I'm curious. When you go to a restaurant, do you ask the employees if you can take pictures or do you just do it? Are there any food institution that are particularly anal about it?

SimpleGirl said...

the duck really looks good, esp the stuffed one..something special rather than the ordinary roasted duck!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simplegirl: i think both were equally good and special in their own ways..worth trying!

xylia: usually i shoot at will..dont ask.. i have personally not been asked so far but i have heard places not asking for photos to be taken.. as far as i know, blogging is virtually free advertising..something restaurant owners now cant refuse..

worldwindows: their cooking goes back years..back to the days when these are all common..

kok: looks so bad ar?

zewt: one day we shall go la..long time nvr c u man..

j2kfm: how u explain so many dishes?? hahaha got half a chicken too!

pp: i shall be queuing up to be the first in line to try..

550ml: its the liberal use of oil i suppose coupled with the lighting..

c&c: of course must try

tthoz: hahah a gym bunny that rarely goes to the gym..

Rasa Malaysia said...

I also don't like sweet and sour pork where the fried pork pieces are swimming and drown in the sauce. I like mine just nicely coated with the sauce, not more, not less.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rasa malaysia: sounds like the perfect way to eat sweet n sour pork..hmmmm

Nic (KHKL) said...

yay!!! babitarians unite! i think it's a good choice for overseas friends! hmmm, must check it out one day!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: hahaha yes its cheap and packs quite a punch..

Simon Seow said...

Unhealthy yes, but a damn good meal that is. Really have to get my non-adventurous friends and eat here.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: u shud..hahah expose them to food blogs more

xin said...

wow...the duck is so sexy! i am really hungry now :(

ling239 said...

for a moment i tot why the duck is so busy-body....@_@
*pat por :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: drop dead gorgeous..haha

ling239: hahahah thats how it ended in the plate..?

Michelle said...

Ooh, the food looks real good - shall be on my list of restaurants to try - especially the pig intestine with chive!