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Yoke Heng Seafood Restaurant, Seri Kembangan

Seri Kembangan’s legendary Yoke Heng needs no introduction. Tucked in an otherwise quiet commercial area, this nostalgic Chinese restaurant is always bustling with crowds come lunch and dinner. It also has its fair share of celebrity visits – photos of which are pasted all over its walls.

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The restaurant spans two shoplots; one of which is air conditioned. We were lucky during our visit as we got in just before the lunch crowd. If you’re here during peak hours, expect significant wait time.

Don’t expect menus: the lady boss is the one who takes the orders, and she recites dishes off the top of her head at rapidfire speed when you ask for recommendations (ocassionally stopping in between to yell out something to staff). Many reviews have called her unfriendly, but I think she’s just harried – managing high volumes of customers is no easy feat.

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Legendary Hong Kong actor Bowie Woo Fung on a visit here in 2016. The restaurant was also featured in popular local TV food show Ho Chak.
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Thankfully, our dishes did not take too long to be served!

Despite its name officially being Yoke Heng Seafood Restaurant, the place is actually best known for its Claypot Lou Shee Fun. Unlike typical Chinese noodles (mee) which are made from egg and wheat flour, lou shee fun (literally ‘rat’s tail noodle’ owing to their long and tapered shape) features a blend of ground rice flour from glutinous or non-glutinous rice plus water, which gives them a chewy, slightly gelatinous texture.

The version at Yoke Heng is unique. While most places serving Claypot Lou Shee Fun serve it dry in a dark soy sauce, Yoke Heng’s iteration comes swimming in a hearty broth with lots of egg and mushrooms. Since they cook it over high heat, you can taste the smokiness imparted form the wok hei (the breath of the wok – a result of Maillard reactions), and the broth is rich as well, coating each strand of chewy noodle with eggy, creamy goodness. Topping it off are bits of crunchy fried lard. If there’s one thing you have to order at Yoke Heng, I recommend this dish!

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Our other carb order was fried rice. It was tasty, with a generous amount of pork, and had that same wok hei essence infused into the rice.

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Asked the lady boss on the off chance that they have venison – and they did! Not many Chinese restaurants serve it these days, as it can be quite pricey. I like the meat as it softer than beef, and has a tender and chewy texture. We ordered it to be cooked in black pepper, onions, and green peppers. Venison is usually cooked with strong seasoning, as it can be quite gamey.

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Last but not least, we ordered the signature Fire Pork Ribs, which are marinated in a sweet and savoury sauce, deep fried, then baked in tin foil. The pork was perfectly cooked, tender but with a bit of chew, and fell easily off the bone.

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Our meal for five came up to about RM130 including drinks, which I felt was reasonable considering the venison dish. The highlight, for me, was the Claypot Lou Shee Fun. They are also famous for their Sang Har Mee (fresh water prawn noodles), which unfortunately we did not manage to try on this visit.

  • Price: 3.5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 3/5
  • Ambience: 3/5

YOKE HENG SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

No 33, Jalan SR 8/4, Taman Putra Indah, Taman Serdang Raya, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Opening hours: 6AM – 2.30PM, 5PM – 10.30PM (closed Mondays and Wednesdays)

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Sepiring, The Mines Seri Kembangan

Having the same ol’ hawker food for lunch everyday can get boring, so the colleagues and I drove out to The Mines for some food and chill. Since the prices looked reasonable, we went to Sepiring, a cafe that serves local favourites such as rice and laksa.

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Interior is modern, cosy and dimly lit for a comfy ambience. Place needs better ventilation as the mixed smell of food lingered in the air, and not a pleasant one at that.

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Set lunch comes with an iced peach tea.

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Colleague had ‘Rice Rhapsody’ (RM13.90); flavoured rice cooked with chicken thigh cubes and sliced mushrooms, braised Chinese mushroom, pak choy and shrimp dumpling soup.

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I tried their Curry Laksa (RM13.90), which came in a decent portion with taufu pok and chicken charsiew. The grilled chicken was sweet with a nice glaze, while the shrimp dumplings were sizable. Only qualms was that it seemed to have been soaked in soup for too log as the skin was soft and soggy. The curry broth was meh and kinda oily. Overall, it was an okay meal for the price, but wouldn’t go purposely to have it if am at The Mines.

SEPIRING 

Unit No. L1-91, Level 1, Mines Shopping Fair, 228 Jalan Dulang

Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan.

 

Leong Meng Fatt – Homemade Yong Tau Foo

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Yong Tao Foo consists of ground meat and fish paste stuffed into beancurd and vegetables, which is then added to a soup or deep fried. Since it is a Hakka Chinese cuisine, it is commonly found in places where there is a large Hakka Chinese community. One of these places is at the Seri Kembangan New Village, where traditional wooden homes often double as a shop in the front.

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Pi brought us here for lunch. The place was surprisingly cool despite the hot weather outside. The kitchen area is on the left, while diners sit on the right. At the entrance, all sorts of yong tau foo that have been fried or boiled are laid out on a counter. You pick the stuff you want in a plate and they’ll serve it to your table.

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Stuffed tofu and fishballs. The fishballs were sizable and springy. Good balls. Lol.

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Ordered a buttload of fried stuff. There was fried foochok (beancurd) which was thin and crispy with a small sheet of fish meat on the inside. I liked the fried wantans and suigao (long dumplings), but the fried crullers were hard to the bite. The items weren’t very fresh though since they were fried earlier and had been lying around on the display counter for some time. Not bad, but not very good either. But then again, they open in the morning so it might taste better if they’re freshly fried from the wok.

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Iced soya bean to wash it down 🙂

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Leong Meng Fatt Yong tao Foo stall 

18A Jalan 7/1
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 6016-2640 335
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed on Mondays