Thursday, January 03, 2008

Sek Yuen Restaurant, Jalan Pudu

(Non-Halal)


When the dust has settled, another year gone...Ah Hah! Time for me to look through my photos and post pics from the "cold files". Hahaha....Long after it's been blogged by others, I take my own sweet time in putting this up, which is good in a way as it evokes pleasant memories of yet another floggers outing. Shall we go back in time...back to July 2007 when we went to Sek Yuen Restaurant, Jalan Pudu?
Sek Yuen Restaurant
The old & original Sek Yuen, still serving diners after all these years
Sek Yuen Restaurant
Coming back here was indeed taking a step back in time for me. I've not been to this place for the longest time and looked forward to dining here as part of a Pudu food crawl. We sat over at the air-conditioned outlet which is just next to the old one. We already knew what we needed to order and as the whole bunch of us sat down, the staff was surprised that we ordered only 3 dishes (as we had to save space for Round 2).
Braised Stuffed Duck

Braised Stuffed Duck
Braised Stuffed Duck - with ginkgo nuts, mushrooms and some other mushy stuff which I can't remember! The gravy was super yummy and this dish was cleared in no time and so was the gravy, all lapped up! Hahaha....
Kar Heong Vegetables
The Kar Heong vegetables was basically Chap Choy (mixed vegetables), a medley of mung bean noodles, dry lily bulbs, sweet bean curd slices, chives, shredded cabbage; fried with fu yue (fermented bean curd). This was one tasty dish as the fu yue gave it a very robust flavour.
Fish Paste Chicken Skin

Fish Paste Chicken Skin
The chicken skin with fish paste was nice though this dish couldn't really fill one's stomach. So I would say it's a wonderful (and pricey) snack instead. The skin was crispy and the fish paste was fresh which made this a good bite! Should go well with beer drinkers :o).

The bill for this meal came up to be slightly higher than expected and we suspected that the owner might have been a bit upset with the 12 of us taking up a big table and ordering only 3 dishes. Prices - the braised stuffed duck (RM70/USD21), the chicken skin stuffed with fish paste (RM60/USD18) and the vegetable (RM15/USD4.50) which seem to be the only reasonably price dish. Anyone else can confirm the prices of the duck and the chicken dish??? Anyway, I still enjoyed myself and I wouldn't mind coming back here again once in a blue moon even if it means having to pay a bit more for nostalgia. Well, Chinese New Year is coming soon and this could be just the place to set the mood...


Sek Yuen
313 & 315, Jalan Pudu
Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-9222 9457

Other reviews : -

Tummy Thoughts
Living In Food Heaven (Chinese post)


People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around. ~ Author Unknown





36 comments:

Jackson said...

wowowowo!! very the back dated post!! hahaha...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nostalgia definitely...mouldy air to add as well..

the duck reminds me that i had remnants that looks nothing like the actual duck..darnit..!

happy belated new year! and how come no fireworks pics?

daphne said...

The stuffed DUCK!! ARGH..

Precious Pea said...

OMG! This meal was digested long long ago!! Hahaha!! Lovely meal, all dishes turned out very good but sadly overpriced. I love the stuffed chicken with fish cake..crispy! The duck also nice. I think i wanna learn doing the duck at home. Anyone with recipe to share???

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

This is one of my favourite restaurants to visit, especially during CNY!

Nic (KHKL) said...

so old skool! both the setting and the food...havent had that chicken skin+fish paste dish in a looonng time. too bad this one got no sesame...yupe, a good place to dine after all the cny shopping at sungai wang! hehe...

yammylicious said...

chicken skin with fish paste !! so special!! chicken skin?! awww!! yea tis restaurant got preview in ah xian ren qing wei be4! slurp! ...hungry......

Kopi Soh said...

Everytime kam here sure hungry wan ler.....hapi new Year dear.

kennymah said...

How very nostalgic ... both the venue reviewed and the date? LOL. But yes, very appropriate, considering CNY is merely a month plus away.

Ah bring on the years of yore... I can hear the gramophone music already... So very "In the Mood for Love"...

Crunchasarus Rex said...

12 pax.. only 3 dishes.. no wonder lah.. muahahha!!

Christy said...

HAPPYIEEEE NEW YEAR!!!:D
The chicken skin with fish paste inside; doesn't it taste weird?:p
(pardon the comment from a seafood-lover-but-dun-take-meat flogger:p)

tankiasu said...

Oh I so need to go back there again soon!

Jason said...

Argh... this post made me miss my 2007! I guess it's good to blog something that happened long time ago once a while right? :)

kat said...

Love this place, esp the steam rice in aluminium bowls! So retro!! Lovely with the kar heong chai. Their taufu-kang is also yummy.

wmw said...

Jackson : Yah lo but it's nice to recall.

joe : Well, you should be thankful that you even had a bite to try! Hahaha...Happy New Year to you too!

daphne : Ehhh....does that mean you like the duck or you don't? hahaha...I can't tell with the ARGH!

crunchasaurus rex : But we also eat fast and left fast mah, not like we sit there the whole night. So, we suspect lo...

christy : It doesn't, on the contrary, it's really yummy!

tankiasu : I think at the rate of the feedback, maybe the floggers should come here soon for CNY makan.

Jason : Yes, glad you agree with me too. It's nice...

kat : We didn't have the steam rice in aluminium bowls, maybe we have to sit at the old side for that??? But yah, I do love the tasty Kar Heong vegetables. You can see Flickr pics now?

precious pea : How about going back there again this year for a proper meal (but no shark's fin please) :o)?

lyrical lemongrass : We should go together...

nic : You are indeed a young "boy"! Hahaha....

yammylicious : It's nice and crispy but this snack as I said quite pricey :o)

kopi soh : Thank you! Hungry ah, lu buay loti, ki chiak??? :o)

kennymah: Yes, puts one in the mood ...for anything!

ekeng said...

Wah...u guys paid RM145 for 3 dishes? *fainted*
I think you guys kena "potong" harga oledi :)

Precious Pea said...

Eh, i don't mind. Actually simple meal will do! HAhaha!! No shark's fin la...that alone already costs RM800!! Too lavish oledi. How how? After CNY?

MeiyeN said...

very expensive indeed but i would love to try this place, really! mom told me that this place is rather nostalgic.. been here for so long!

Jun said...

i love this place! whenever me and my family go there, we usually sit at the non-aircon place-- more nostalgic ;p i took one of my aussie frens there once and she was so fascinated with the charcoal stoves haha...

Judy said...

I have not had lunch and am on a diet but now you make me so hungry and my salad does not look interesting anymore! :(

These dishes are hard to find elsewhere (nice oldish dishes) and new restaurants come up with new dishes. My mum makes the best 8 treasures duck. Pat poh ngap! :)

mrs. pitt said...

tell me it isn't pink! the exterior and the interior look like a place from many many moons ago. the foold looks yummy though esp the fried chicken skin with fish paste. am trying too to shed some pounds since the holiday food orgy.

sc said...

just when i have forgotten about sek yuen..thanks for the lovely reminder!

Big Boys Oven said...

This is cool! a place to be!

wmw said...

ekeng : We think so too... :o)

Precious P : After CNY or before???

meiyen : Yah...I feel young like a kid again stepping into this restaurant. Hahaha...

jun : I see that most of us love this nostalgic place ;O)

judy : Your mom? What about you? Did you learn how to make pat poh ngap??? Hehehe...Now, I have a list for you.

Mrs Pitt : Yes, I believe it's a shade of light pink. Gotta come here and makan if you want some nostalgia. When you come back for a vacation yah???

sc: No worries...we should all remember.

BBO : You should come here to eat if you haven't tried.

~Christine~Leng said...

the stuffed duck looks good! ;P
when is your next Pudu food crawl ya? hehe..

Cokeworld Citizen said...

=.= rm70 for duck leh and 60 for chicken skin and fish paste =.= would be great place to dine in for the nostalgic feel if price is reasonable : )

wonda said...

You posted the some of the food I have not tried before eg. the chicken skin with fish paste

Keropok Man said...

oh the stuffed duck!
have not had that for a long long long time!

celine said...

The chicken skin stuffed with fish paste definitely is a nice snack to try. Yummy yummy!

ling239 said...

is the duck known as "eight treasure duck" in cantonese ?

teckiee said...

wahhh the duck look very good! quite stuffed also ... not like some ducks or chicken.. only teni weni stuff in the center

Jessica said...

wah all dishes look damn nice, but soooooo expensive :O !

wmw said...

Christine : Mmm...now you got me thinking! :o)

cokeworld citizen : Well, since I don't come here that often, don't mind...but maybe cheaper if we had order more dishes. Hahaha...

wonda : Mmm...that's really tasty. Try it when you're ever back here!

keropok man : Do they have such a dish in Singapore?

celine : Yah! Pricey snack thought ;o)

ling239: I believe so...see all the treasure in it? Hehehe...

teckiee : Mmm...gotta go and try this place then. Soon...

jessica : Well, maybe it would have been cheaper if we had order more dishes :o)

Bernsy said...

woa the restaurant really making a killing there.

When i was a kid I was fed biawak soup, eat snakes and tortoise soup , etc... Yeh mei heaven..

Really have not been back in a long long time.... must return to try their food again

wmw said...

Bernsy : Actually, I can't recall if my family fed me those stuff, they might have lied to me. Hahaha.....yes, do go back to relive some memories :o).

christine said...

Wow... You know, my parents hosted their wedding dinner at this restaurant.. errr.. about 29-30 years ago. I think it still looks the same! I have to share this with my parents :P