You know, the other day… I think… what happened was… I think… I think… I think I don’t know how to start this blog post. I think I just ran out of grandmother stories to start off a blog post. Oh dear…
Okay, so… you might pity me for having a meatless breakfast, but
man mom plans, God dad decides. And dad decided that mom should not tire herself by cooking an elaborate lunch for me before my drive back to Penang, and that we should go out for lunch instead. When mom asked him “去边度食？Where to eat?“, he simply replied “流口水咯！Lao hao shui lo!”
Lao hao shui is a Cantonese pronunciation, it means drooling…
And that was how we found ourselves in this neighborhood air-conditioned Chinese restaurant in Taman Yulek at 12.30 noon.
I was quite disappointed that they did not stick to the literal translation of the Cantonese name for the restaurant.
I was attracted by the photos that they pasted on their entrance. I presume these are Restoran Mother Recipe‘s signature dishes.
According to dad, this is another hidden restaurant in Yulek which is highly popular among the locals. When we got inside, I counted 8 tables on the dining floor, 3 of them were reserved. There were 3 other families occupying 3 other tables, and the boss was occupying 1 table, so our arrival made the restaurant full house.
Anyway, dad wasted no time and placed the orders, and within 10 minutes, our dishes were served.
菜香豆腐 Pickles Beancurd – This was quite okay. The beancurd was deep fried till the skin was crispy. The pickles and minced pork sauce was passable. I was surprised that the actual dish looked quite similar to the one in the photo.
蒜米青龙菜 Fried Dragon Vegetable with Garlic – I have never seen this vegetable before, but this was surprisingly very good! I think the texture is somewhat similar to 菠菜 (spinach) but with a slight crunch to it, and it has a somewhat refreshing taste. I enjoyed this one very much.
[I was wondering if dragon vegetable is the correct English name for this vegetable or not, so I went to Google for help. And guess what I found? I found this blog post written by a familiar blogger. Apparently this is basically 韭菜 (Chinese chives) planted without pesticides (no wonder it is so refreshing), sourced from the Cameron Highlands. And I wonder why this foodie blogger write about this vegetable in her non-food blog.]
招牌香口骨 Special Spare Ribs – I loved this one too, the pork was cooked just right, and the special sauce was very flavorful. Again, I was surprised that the actual dish looked quite similar to the one in the picture. Clearly the chef here has not been tainted by the “for illustration purposes only” bad practices. I was also surprised by how this pork dish is cheaper than the vegetable dish. I guess I am not surprised now, after reading that the vegetable is pesticide free.
生煲金凤 Claypot Tilapia – I am translating this correctly, right? 金凤 Kam Fong is tilapia, right? This one’s not in the pictures pasted on the entrance. It was recommended by the waitress. I think it was one of those Daily Specials. Anyway, you know I don’t like fish with bones, right? And this is fish with bones, so I didn’t really enjoy it. But I can testify that they cooked the fish properly, there was no hint of that fishy taste that comes with poorly cooked fish.
I think this is a restaurant that I could recommend to others without too much hesitation. So here’s the contact details and address of the restaurant.
The place is very close to Ketumbar Heights Condominium (made famous by that Alviss dude who jumped from 14th floor a few years ago after breaking up with his girlfriend of a few months). I’ll show you a crudely prepared map which will probably only make sense to people who are familiar with Cheras/Yulek. Anyway, you will be able to find this restaurant through Waze with the address given in the picture above.
As we were leaving, we spotted this photo of a 盆菜 poon choy on the wall. We asked the owner how much was this, and he said: RM 600, serves 10 people. That’s… not cheap at all. So we asked him what does this pot have, and he replied: 森妈都有。有鲍鱼啦，冬菇啦，虾啦，鸡啦，鸭啦，总之森妈都有啦！(It has everything. Abalone, mushrooms, prawns, chicken, duck, in short it has everything!)
I think his 森马 everything means “look at the damn picture lah!”
By the way, 森妈 sum ma is a Malaysian Cantonese term. It is derived from the Malay word semua, which means all/everything.
I just wrote many consecutive blog posts about food again, didn’t I?? No!!! I should punish myself. Maybe I should recite 100x:
I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again. I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again. I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again. I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again. I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again. I shall not write more than 3 consecutive posts about food ever again……