Times has changed… we read the blogs for choices of where to eat, including what to order and probably goggle earth-ed to get the road directions- how did we survived back then ? when there were no WWW, no ipods ( I don’t own one also, and still surviving, maybe I don’t know what I am missing..), no mobile phones, where u have to go to the photo shop and get those 36 exposures developed and wait a day or two before you know did your picture turn out ok or did u accidentally cut off 2nd uncle’s head or only got half of Ah Chye’s face.
We are not familiar with SS2, so it was ‘ you look left and I will look right’ instruction from Chunny , to look out for New Formosa Restaurant. Parking was a breeze as we were very early, 6.10pm and we were the first customer.
Before arriving, we had in mind what we wanted to order, thanks to the research done and salivating over the pictures posted on the blogs.We wanted the steam crab claypot rice, but was told we had to pre-order, so please take note to call in one day earlier if you want to order this dish. We ordered Rice in bamboo, butter eel and bittergourd with salted egg. For drinks it was sour plum juice.
The overhead TV was on, showing a Taiwanese talk show, the guy on tv sang some songs and narrate his sob sob story and then seemed to have reunited with his long lost relative or forgiven for some family feud, or something to that effect where it involves some hugging and patting of backs, and it was rather sweet to catch one of the waiteress sniffing away, red-nosed and all with her full concentration on the TV screen.
Back to food… the sour plum juice (RM2.70) was very refreshing and I finished half of it before I realized what I have done. The side dishes of pickled vegetables were appetizing and pretty much build up our appetite for the dishes to come.
The butter eel was a thumbs up, There were bits of chili padi, lots of coated fried garlic bits and curry leaves that comes with the eel. You bite into the crunchy bits outside and get into the tender succulent meat on the inside and you go hmmmmm..
The rice came next, rice cooked with yam, pumpkin, Chinese sausage, meat, dried prawns, it taste very much like ‘lap mei’ rice / the claypot rice with sausages/meat. You get about 4 bowls of rice out of the ‘bamboo’.
I have tried salted egg + bitter gourd at another eatery before, and the bittergourd was coated with the yolk of the salted egg and deep fried, at Formosa, this is done differently, there were a lot of anchovies and salted egg white in the dish, the presence of the egg white makes this dish a bit salty it eaten without rice.
We were actually quite full – as we have to finish 2 bowls of rice each, but being the greedy gluttons that we are, we still wanted some desserts and decided to try the ‘mochi’ – it was ok. At the same price you would probably get twice the amount from the pasar malam though.
The bill came to RM69.70, inclusive of service charge. Overall, it was a satisfactory meal and might come back again ( and with bigger company so that we can order and try out more of the dishes).
The menu also include : steam prawns with herbs. 3 cup chicken, suckling pig, hot and spicy steam boat, a series of puddings/desserts, crunchy pop rice, caramelized yam
Any of you out there keen to join us for a meal (we go dutch) to explore the various types of food or eateries or to recommend any eateries , please leave a note lah
New Formosa Restaurant
46, Jalan SS2/24
47399 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 7875 1894, 78757478
Open daily : 12pm-3pm; 6 pm -11pm