A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
Is it just me or is time flying by really fast? Work’s piling, I’m barely able to breath, and in another week, it’s Chinese New Year already. I must be slacking; last year at this time, I was already on my fourth or fifth yue sang. Thankfully, Paprika initiated a makan session (together with Boolicious and Precious Pea) and pre-ordered a couple of special dishes at Extra Super Tanker Restaurant. It seemed like a rather old place, but after checking the website, I discovered that it opened its doors in 2004, which makes it a relative newbie.
For a restaurant that is located in the suburbs, we were surprised to see how crowded it was on a week night. I suggest making reservations if you intend to dine at this restaurant. The two items featured here have to be pre-ordered, and best of all, a menu is available online for you to make your selection before arriving. Despite that, service can still be a bit slow, so if you’re rushing to deliver a baby, I suggest not dropping in first.
The roasted duck in chinese sandwich style (RM78) sounds pretty kinky (I’d like a French sandwich next, thank you, coz I hear the French are pretty hot), and the flavours do not disappoint. Crispy duck skin is sandwiched between a fluffy pau-like bread together with a slice of fried pancake containing an assortment of ingredients including mushrooms and dried shrimps. In short, it’s a peking duck and more. Such brilliance, considering how they have successfully matched fluffy with crisp with crunchy with dense, all in one item. The texture is almost like biting into butter.
The stewed pork ribs (RM30) is cooked in a broth made of fermented beancurd (foo yue), and as gross as it sounds (for those who don’t like fermented beancurd), it is delicious! On my first whiff, I thought it smelt creamy, like milk, but upon tasting it, it was obvious that no milk was added and the texture and flavour had been derived entirely from the beancurd. The pork literally falls off the bones – really tender – and very tasty. A fragrant dip made of foo yue is provided on the side for extra zing.
The yue sang (RM45, with salmon) (a raw fish salad served only during Chinese New Year in these parts of the world) was not too wet and tasted decent, but other than that, there was nothing exceptional about it. I wish I had started eating yue sang sooner, coz based on my calculations, I won’t have that many more opportunities to eat this wonderful dish, what with Chinese New Year being only a 15-day celebration. Drats.
Extra Super Tanker Restaurant
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-77267768 / 03-77267769
Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.