Monday, January 12, 2009

Restaurant Top Wok @ Sri Petaling

Is it just me or is the word recession ringing a bell in your heads a bit too often, in fact too often and driving you to the corner of the wall before you reply "sod it, screw you and give me proper food"?

Just last week, i attended Toastmasters and i suppose accountants being accountants, jokes being their jokes, everything was centered around the gloomy recession. If anything, only the fellow was laughing his arse off, what a "bright" life.

So i suppose with the last ring on the head, a series of photographs coincidentally appears at the right time on Flickr from a somewhat humble restaurant situated a 2 minute walk from my dad's office.

I suppose this would be very suitable in this so call "down turn" when you have to eat as a horde and won't burn the cash by the pile.

Complimentary Free Soup, isn't this a good beginning? A bit too salty for our liking.

The Dong Po Rou, was a beauty to admire and see. The layers of fat opening up like a flower to reveal chunks of lean meat served with a flavourful sauce. Pity, we didn't have any mantau to wipe up the sauce.

Their home made deep fried bean curd sprinkled with a kind of salt; suspiciously tasted like chicken salt. Regardless the minced meat and bean curd combination matched well, if only they did a sauce instead, so it could have suited the kids better.

The Mutton Claypot. The mutton smell was pungent, the sauce abit too watery, didn't think too much of this.

Now i cant remember what chicken this was called, but essentially its steamed chicken with a cornflour laden gravy with some mixed vegetables. The sauce was rather tasteless, if only a bit more oyster sauce and this would make a good dish.

A healthy mixed vegetables; lotus root and celery playing the main characters.

Another simple vegetable, the amaranth ("yuen choy", is it ar?) with superior soup. Sweet from the wolf berries and flavour from the garlic cloves.

Then came time for the fishes.

Savour the days when you can order garoupa, firm and sweet. Steamed well and a hit among the kids (inclusive of me).

A fish for the future? The cheaper but versatile tilapia. Done here "lai you" style with the shreds of egg flakes.

Overall, not a place to tickle your taste buds, this is not the time to do so (recession remember?) but finding budget places that can fill up your stomach without having to suffer from rubbish food. The food at times bland can always be sorted out with some soya sauce and fresh red chillies and the price was quite reasonable (well reasonable enough for the Dad to keep quiet and come back again).

Address and contact details:
28,Jalan 14/149L,Sri Petaling,
Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-90565808 & 012-3281398(May)

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Edible, cheap and reasonable, to come back again? Why, not?


Life for Beginners said...

Recession, recession, recession. I'm just afraid that large corporations and small companies alike are making use of this "coming downturn" to get away with murder in terms of layoffs and reduced benefits and missing bonuses... :P

Which brings me to your post... whatever happens we still have to eat, right? And eat well, regardless of the cost. Spending less (or one would say more prudently) is no excuse to eat less well. There are plenty of decent eatin' to be had for affordable prices. In fact, I think these sorta establishments would do very well given the downturn, no? ;)

worldwindows said...

Good food for the family. Its so hard to get a decent garoupa for steaming. Most often I come away disappointed. There is no business like food, education and medical and is quite elastic. Only those top end restaurants will worry more!

Tummythoz said...

*note to self: BYO mantau for that Dong Po Rou*
Which part of Sri Petaling? Near The Store?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: remember the sugar bean stall u blogged about? its the row behind..

worldwindows: top end restaurants need not worry..the rich will stay rich enuf to eat..its us that will be the elastic ones..

kenny: very true..we still got to eat rite?

ling239 said...

The Dong Po Rou looks really good, is the gravy starchy ? dun like them being too starchy....:p

Jackson said...

ooohh.... honestly speaking if i didnt read what u write, i will str8 away go n try out this restaurant! U r really a professional fod photographer that make the food alive!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jackson: hahah wat a compliment which i dont deserve..but thanks man!

ling239: dont think it was too starchy..

xin said...

lol. so much for the economy downturn. love the tong po yok, glazy and juicy. usually restaurants serve mantao with this, but too bad u didn't have any. me is a big fan of yuen choy and the lotus root dish

Jason said...

Since many ppl rant that food quality actually dropped due to recession, so we might as well "hentam kuat kuat" with comments too right? Bring on the food!

jasmine said...

yeah, food is the only luxury left in life during bad times... don't have to spend too much to eat well in some cases huh?

but i'm liking the look of the mixed vege dish, the one with lotus roots etc.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jasmine: lotus roots r usually crunchy as in this that why u n the other girl r liking it?

jason: well not so bad la..if food is bad then say so..they no biz, also cham u know..

xin: no mantau from them sigh..

Pureglutton said...

Good ole home-style food...good value for money too. We can do with more of such outlets!

J2Kfm said...

amaranth is yuen choy? oh ... such glamourous name one.

as long as cheap, nvm lah ... hehe.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: yes we need more such outlets for this kind of "time" hor..

j2kfm: i think so la..i remember someone using it b4..n it striked me..such a canggih manggih name too!

Henry Yeo said...

got the hilton card. you free to join me? 50% off

New Kid on the Blog said...

I agreed with Jackson, if I dont read the entire post, I'll go there and try it out.

you take good pictures!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: my eating budget has been totally slashed to the bare minimum with my new TV and hifi..doubt its goin to b likely at all =(

new kid: thanks alot for the compliments!

mimid3vils said...

I like to order fried lotus root when eat outside~~ love the crunchiness~~

PS: U r not a kid anymore, hehe :P

traveleo said...

mmmmmmmmmmm i love the wax meat rice!!! it's smashing!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: haha im always a kid.. =)

travelo: yeah it come comment here 1?

CUMI & CIKI said...

oooo.. i love fat that looks like FLOWER! so pretty one! hahaha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: i m starting to wonder whether fats is the secret behind that hot body of urs..n not that exercise..maybe i shud eat more fats..