>> Dec 24, 2010
Before my Singapore trip, I was having dim sum a few days in a row. Fortunately, I have the decently of splitting the dim sum post to ensure reader do not get bored from consecutive posts on dim sum. Anyway, my first post is going to be on dim sum at Jaya Palace.
Jaya Palace is located opposite Asia Jaya, along that row of industrial buildings that can be seen from federal highway when traveling from Subang towards KL. Anyway, the food at Jaya Palace has been rather good (I've had dinner there a couple of times as well).
Har Gao (RM7.30) as its called in Cantonese, is actually prawn wrapped around a paper thin dumpling skin. As can be seen in the picture above, the dumpling skin was rather translucent. The prawn dumplings here were one of the better ones I've eaten. The whole point of eating a prawn dumpling is to taste the prawn and not the dumpling skin. Some places does the skin too thick though.
The Salad Prawns (RM6.80) were actually deep fried prawn dumplings (with a thicker skin). It is usually served accompanied by mayonnaise. The salad prawns were ordinary if you ask me. It wasn't bad, but there wasn't anything special about it.
When having dim sum in Malaysia, be sure to know the difference between fried carrot cake and fried carrot cake with XO sauce. Fried carrot cake means large pieces of carrot cake deep fried till crispy. If one is after the carrot cake with bean sprouts, egg and 'chai po' (a type of Chinese salted/preserved vegetable), do remember that it is labeled as carrot cake fried with XO sauce.
The carrot cake (RM8.80) was rather good (Compared to Oriental 33 which I will be posting soon). However, the best fried carrot cake so far has to be the cake found at Grand Dorsett (formally known as Sheraton Subang).
Thick yellow noodles (RM24) braised in dark soy sauce and served with lard fritters. My brother refers to Hokkien mee as poison. Originally, the noodles are fried over a hot charcoal stove and then left to braise for a couple of minutes and tossed with deep fried lard fritters. Then again, some pathologist are arguing that lard is actually healthier than processed oil as lard is natural whereas processed oil is not. Processed oil can turn into trans fatty acid at a high temperature which would is a definitely risk factor for Myocardial Infarction (heart attack). The city of New York has banned the use of trans fat due to its major health consequences.
Anyway, enough digression. The noodles above were good. Retrospectively, if you compared them to the noodles at Ahwa (Jalan222), they would probably stand a chance. The noodles were served with additional lard fritters on the side (for the health conscious like me) as well as a good portion of belacan (dried prawn chili).
The handmade noodles (RM13.80) were served in a broth along with beef slices and briskets. The stock was rather tasty (although I am quite certain it contained some MSG). The brisket and beef slices were tendon and nice. I am usually not a big fan of noodles cooked in such manner, but I have to admit that the dish tasted rather good.
The egg tarts (RM5.80) had a nice flaky pastry and extremely soft and rich custard. I would rate the tart as above average (the best egg tart I've eaten in Malaysia so far is from China Court at Subang Avenue).
The Siew Mai aka Pork Dumplings (RM7.30) were ordinary.
The art of making xiao loong bao is rather unique. The meat has to contain a high amount of fat and the art of folding the dumplings is something that requires time to master. The dumpling has to be wrapped to well that none of the juices emitted by the fat meat will sip out. Xiao Loong Bao is usually served with thinly sliced ginger in vinegar. The xiao loong bao served at Jaya Palace was rather ordinary. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything to shout about either.
All in all, Jaya Palace serves one of the better non-halal dim sum around. I would certainly be back here for more. Talk about boring character, we had dinner here on the same day as well. The purpose of our lunch trip was to place the order for the dinner dishes. However, the trip certainly was worth it as the food was good.
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Jaya Palace
The Jaya Palace Restaurant,
Ground Floor, Wisma LYL,
No 12, Jalan 51A/223,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Telephone number: 03 7968 2000
Fax: 03 7956 8867
Sunday & Public Holiday 10am-10.30pm