MUM’s b-day was last weekend, but she wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to go anywhere fancy, so we ended up just going to a nearby Chinese restaurant in Puchong Utama. The place was simply called Dai Pai Dong (in Cantonese, that’s ‘hawker stall’).

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Ze waitress was from Mainland China and spoke no English or Cantonese. Our family being twinkies, we had a hard time understanding what she was saying. Somehow we ended up ordering their ‘house special’, which is chicken in a vege sauce of mushrooms, garlic and carrots. The chicken’s texture was tough and dry despite the sauce, which was quite tasteless. Not very impressive.

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Claypot seafood tofu.. which was also tasteless. On the bright side, that means that they weren’t heavy-handed on the MSG. Too much soup, not enough ingredients

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The saving grace was the salted egg yolk squid, which was fresh, springy and crunchy no the outside, besides being well-seasoned and flavourful.

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It was cheap though – four dishes (+ stir fried spinach and rice) came to about RM50+ which is very affordable for Chinese restaurants these days.

Dai Pai Dong 

(Same row as Domino’s Pizza)

Jalan PU2/7, Taman Puchong Utama, 47100, Puchong, Selangor