Friday, October 30, 2009

Char-siew @ Famous Seremban Favourites

A couple of weeks ago, there was this char-siew bug which seemed to have bitten some of my colleagues. They were all talking about eating char-siew and where to get the best ones. Some of them went to hunt for one famous shop in Kepong (I didn't go) and for more than a week, char-siew was the main topic when it came to lunch time.

I have read so many blog posts about this famous char-siew place in Sunway Mas... so armed with a map found in AWOL's blog, we made our way to...

Restoran Famous Seremban Favourites
No. 80-1 (Ground Floor)
Jalan PJU 1/3B, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 017-279 8582
(Closed on Tuesdays)

The road leading to this place is extremely packed with traffic - both moving and non-moving ones! By "non-moving", I mean there were many cars double-parked along this already-narrow road... so weaving your car among them really requires a lot of patience and good nature!

You can also read masak-masak's post with detailed directions to this place!

The place wasn't overly crowded when we finally stepped in. It was about 1pm and there were still a couple of tables available. While placing our orders for char-siew, we were asked "you want fat or not fat?" Wow! Can choose your cuts of char-siew somemore! So being the ultimate piggy fan, we opted for "medium fat", haha!

And so our plate of "medium fat" char-siew arrived...

I like the way the char-siew was chopped chunkily - that adds to the enjoyment of biting into the sinful fatty porcine goodness, hehe!

The sides were well-charred, there was the compulsory layer of glistening caramelised coating, the meat was tender and juicy...

But... but... I felt there was something lacking in the flavour of the char-siew. Hmmm... it somehow lacked sufficient "taste" (not salty enough? not sweet enough?) almost bordering on blandness. I know, I know... so many people have been expounding the glorious taste of this char-siew... and yet, I truly feel there's some taste lacking in the marinade of the meat. Perhaps a few more grains of salt and sugar would help?

Oh... the other grouse I had was the poor miserable watery chilli sauce they served. Honestly, that was really the worst chilli sauce I have ever come across - it was really really too watery and you know how watery chilli sauce tastes like, right? I know, good char-siew should not depend on any chilli sauce... but a decent version of chilli sauce would certainly help!

So what did we have besides the char-siew? Their much-talked-about Hakka Mee, of course! I would say their version was mediocre... I have tasted better Hakka Mee. Nevertheless, it provided the necessary carbs for the meal.

We also ordered a bowl of their Fishballs... which also turned out to be very average. They were springy but I would score them average marks in the taste department.

I found the owner to be a bit on the cocky side too. I read somewhere that he's some hotshot MBA or Masters-holder... hmmm. While paying for the meal, we mentioned it was our 1st time eating in his shop... he asked us how we came to know about his shop and we said it's through some food blogs. Guess what he replied? He said "Oh yeah! so many people have blogged about my shop la, since more than 2 years ago. Now only you read ahh? - you people are 2 years late lah!"

*Shrug... roll eyes*


foodbin said...

great looking char siew.

thule a.k.a leo said...

hey.. since you are there, make sure you head to SFS Kopitiam (747) nearby to compare the char siew too ok??? I vouch for the quality of the char siew there!

J2Kfm said...

cocky? Bill;s the name.
but he was rather accommodating the time we went for the droolsome char siew. and they were far, far from bland. maybe success bred arrogance?

Nic (KHKL) said...

haha, try sitting there and chatting away during peak hours. the stare is killing, i tell ya...haha. despite everything, the char siew is good la, definitely. the hakka mee too! :)

Tummythoz said...

Oh no. Standard dropped? Begin mantra 'our tastebuds differ our tastebuds differ our tsatebuds differ ..'

As for Bill, he is one non-smiley person.

PureGlutton said...

Foodbin: Yes, they are photogenic, arent they?! LOL

PureGlutton said...

Foodbin: Yes, they are photogenic, arent they?! LOL

PureGlutton said...

Leo: I heard have to wait a long time at that 747 Kopitiam wor! Not sure if I have the patience and my lunch is only 1 hour!

PureGlutton said...

J2Kfm: Hmmm, dunno la... maybe i went on a wrong day!

PureGlutton said...

Nic: Hehe, we didnt have time to sit and yak too long - had to rush back to work la!

PureGlutton said...

Tummythoz: Ya, tat's so true - everyone's tastebuds are so different! Or maybe i went on a wrong day!