Monday, January 17, 2011

Restoren Fu Kua @ Taman Megah, PJ

My parents are so proud - now, I like eating bitter gourd!....

At first, the gorgeous Ciki girl had a little trouble convincing me to join her, Marcky and Missy BlurKit for dinner at the famous Fukua (Bittergourd!) Restaurant as I have always hated the bitter taste of that evil** gourd....
(** Despite its reputed health benefits - glucose/sugar controlling side effects, etc)

... but OMG.
What a surprise! I actually ended up liking it so much I dragged my parents for dinner there a couple of days later.
(So this post is an amalgation of 2 visits)

Located in the Taman Megah/ Taman SEA area, just behind the Cash Converters/ Sime Darby Medical Centre (fka. Megah Medical Center), it is 2 shop lots wide, with the option of either air conditioned or non-airconditioned:
Outside the restaurant....

Either way, the restaurant is simple but comfortable, in fact more comfortable than most, by coffeeshop standards:
Inside the air conditioned section....

The dish that really turned the tides for me was the Salted Egg Fu Kua (RM 12):
Awesome awesomeness....

The thin slices of bittergourd had the perfect texture (crunchy), without the usual overpowering bitter flavour, and coated with just enough savoury goodness of the salted egg to make it delicious but not cloying.
(Give me this and a plate of rice and I'm satisfied!)

The Black Bean Fish (RM 36) was not bad:
Fried fish with black bean sauce....

Although I don't really like black bean sauce (my mum does though), the slightly sweet sauce went well the fried fish, and masked any bitterness from the slices of bittergourd they had added in.

Really!, in both cases, there was really no yucky bitter taste at all. Still, if you are INSIST on avoiding the gourd at all costs, there are always the bittergourd-less options like:

- Black Pepper Pork Leg (RM 35):
Poor piggy....

Tender (although a bit more tender would have been awesome) and flavourful meat complemented by the slightly sweet black pepper sauce.

- Salted Veg Soup (RM 12):
(This price is for a big bowl, which can be portioned for about 7 people? Pictured below is just 1 portion)
One bowl of the soup....

Overall, the heartwarming soup was pretty good (but not exemplery) - nice appetisingly sour/salty broth on a cold rainy day.... Was sad that we were a couple of (pork) meatballs short though! - didn't get to try it but Marcky and Missy BlurKit said it was nice.

Too boring? Well, then you can opt for the more exotic offerings like:
- Stir Fried Frogs (RM 45):
Ribbit, ribbit....

Stir fried in a simple ginger and spring onion sauce, the frog was tender and otherwise faultless (although just a teeny weeny bit overcooked, if I were gonna be fussy)....

- Curry wild boar (RM 18):
Oink oink....

The wild boar meat was really tender and without any strong gamey taste (that's good, right?)... and the curry sauce was thick, not too spicy and fragrant of garlic and curry leaves.
(Not bad, but somehow it lacked the depth of flavour from added spices/etc that would have made it great)

Overall, while there were a few dishes that tasted ok but fell short of "wow!", there were definitely some like the Salted Egg Fu Kua that will keep me craving and coming back again and again. :D
(I suspect the healthy aspect of the bittergourd is negated by the unhealthiness of the salted egg, but just can't resist it! It's so tasty...)

So it's: Simple Chinese restaurant with a wide range of dishes, specialises in bittergourd incorporated food and drinks, reasonable prices BUT on weekday afternoons it can be a little hard to find parking and the menu is a bit daunting - many many pages of the food dish names with no descriptions or photos...

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Restoren Fu Kua @ Taman Megah, PJ
No.21, Jalan SS 23/15, Petaling Jaya

Taste: 7
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM 25 per person
Parking: Difficult on weekends

** Approximation - Chinese style sharing meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 016-243 4233/ 016-219 1548
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 11pm



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  1. my grandmother used to make bittergourd with scrambled eggs when i was a kid, and i hated it too! it always tasted just bitter, without any redeeming qualities. but if this place could change the mind of a fellow bittergourd-hater like yourself, then i bet i'd like it too! :D

  2. you know what?? I used to hate bittergourd just like you too.. but everything changed after Jenn literally gave me the eat-it-or-I'll-not-talk-to-you look :P what was bitter became oh-so-good in the end!
    NOw I can't get enough of it.. if you like the stir fried bittergourd with salted egg, I have one restaurant in CHeras to introduce you :) will post on this restaurant soon... make sure you read from time to time ya???

  3. Didja see me outside in my black car? I saw you! ;-)

  4. to Sean:
    You have to try the bittergourd fried with salted egg - It's SO yummy!
    *very sincere words from a convert*
    :) :)

    to thule aka leo:
    I alwayssss read ur blog lah. :)
    (Just that you don't update very consistently! :P)

    to Lyrical Lemongrass:
    Are you stalking me? I should be stalking you! :)

  5. food was so yummy. i cant wait to return for more. i sure like the steamed meat in bamboo that's available for the weekends only.

    hmmm..shall we all return soon? i wonder if they have yee sang there?

  6. I love fukwa! Looks like I'll be heading there soon :P

  7. to missyblurkit:
    ooh, I don't mind going back for another round! :)
    (If it's fu kua yee sang, it may be a bit too hard core for me though. LOL)

    to Pureglutton:
    There are so many yummy fu kua dishes to choose there - Hope you enjoy it! :)

  8. I used to hate bittergourd too! Must give this place a try. My mum raves abt it.

  9. I love Fu Kua. I love restaurant Fu Kua as well :) They started off with a single shop lot. Goes to show that people like their food enough for them to expand and take over the next shoplot ;)

  10. hahahaha! so you ADMIT u like it now do ya.. do ya?!! ROFLMAO...

  11. fukua yeesang sounds brilliant but i can imagine what the old folks will say. lol.

  12. to boo_licious:
    Yes, please do! And call me along - it's so near my house. :)
    (Funny - my mum used to rave about it too but I always said "EEYER. Bittergourd! - no way!")

    to UnkaLeong:
    Good food, for a reasonable price - what's not to like, right? :)
    (Hope they will be there forever)

    to Ciki:
    Thank you for changing my life. :P

    to missyblurkit:
    Lol. Oops.
    (True - Fu kua doesn't have the usual happy/prosperous Chinese words/sounds!)

  13. I love fu kua too!!! Sighhh wish the restaurant is nearer though :(

  14. to babe_kl:
    Well, it's not that far from TTDI area (only about 15 mins drive if no jam?)...
    (Can do lunch or dinner there on day?)


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