Dim Sum @ Jaya Palace, Opposite Asia Jaya, Petaling Jaya

>> 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).


Steamed Prawn Dumplings

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.

Salad Prawns

Salad Prawns

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.

Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce.

Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce

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).

Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee

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).

Braised Beef Brisket La Mien

'La Mien' with Beef Brisket

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.

Egg Tart

Egg Tart

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).

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Steamed 'Siew Mai'

The Siew Mai aka Pork Dumplings (RM7.30) were ordinary.

Steamed 'Xiao Loong Bao'

Steamed 'Xiao Loong Bao'

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

Opening hours:

Monday-Saturday 11.30am-10.30pm
Sunday & Public Holiday 10am-10.30pm


Baby Sumo December 24, 2010 at 6:36 AM  

I ate dinner at Jaya Palace once before also, the food here not bad.. didnt know they had dim sum also.

The best xlb I've eaten in KL is at Din Tai Fung... most of the dim sum place seem to make xlb with very thick skin. You know of any good places serving xlb other than DTF?

Tummy Rumble December 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

@baby sumo: maybe dragon-i? but that depends on location as well.. not that many good places..

babe_kl December 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderfully delicious new year ahead!

Tummy Rumble December 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

@babe_kl: you too.. merry xmas n a happy new year..

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