Monday, April 23, 2007

Restoran Tong Juan, Chukai

I was reminded multiple times by my friends and colleagues to eat the stuffed crabs in Chukai..
So obviously, my first dinner in Chukai was to try this famed dish. KH & wife were nice, accomodating, bringing us to Tong Juan as we were not sure where it was..
KH did the ordering (stuffed crabs compulsory) while we made no special requests on any other dishes..
The wait was rather long although it was not pack (yet) and finally...
the stuffed crabs.. Tahdah!
Each crab costs RM7, the filling consists of mince crab meat, fish meat, onions, garlic...filled to the brim, covered with some doughy batter/skin, the stuffed crabs were then deep fried..
This is the stuffings inside..Sweet, fresh and goes well with the chili. Though a tad oily from the fried dough..
We had deep fried fish (yau zham) which bubbly alicia enjoyed.Heavily laden with lightly caramelised onions, the sauce base was thick, dark soy sauce instead of the ubiquitous light soy sauce. Was glad that they fried the fish till crispy and not hard.The tau foo dish was just normal, not to shout about..
I actually liked the stir fried asparagus very much, finding this veg very fresh, crunchy to the bite and tasty. yum yum..The sambal prawns was very appetising, I was glad that KH ordered this. Well, I didnt really think it was very sambal-ish, felt more of an assam prawns rather than sambal. The sauce emanates mainly sourness and spiciness, and small hints of sweetness. With the prawns being fresh, this was the best dish to me for the nite. Total bill was RM150 for the 5 of us. Not very cheap.

What Julianne thinks?
Delectable and uncomplicated.

Restoran Tong Juan is located at K117, Jalan Sulaimani, Chukai/Kemaman.
Note: KH asked us why we wanted to eat at Tong Juan. Bcoz famous ma! Why ar?
Oh, coz Restoran Malaysia next door was the restaurant that started stuffed crabs, not Tong Juan..
Aiyo, why didnt you say so, could have tried there instead! ._."

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Blogger Tummythoz said...

Noticed u didn't say much about the stuffed crab's taste. Not up to expectation?

23 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

wah, tummythoz very observant!;).. yeah, guess i was expecting something very delish, so when i did try it, was just ok. tasted like wat i said; crab meat mixed with onions and garlic..nice, but nothing spectacular la. dont understand wat the rave was about lor..hehe

23 April, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Like you, when I first tasted the stuffed crabs at Tong Juan, I was expecting to be blown away. Sadly, it tasted rather normal.

23 April, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

Aiyo, I was about to rave about the crab photos then came here and read the comments. Sighs, not all that glitters is gold and all that.

I need to remember to bring my camera with me next time I go out makan. Had a good meal with my friends at Mama's Restaurant (the one famous for Loh Shee Fun) at TTDI yesterday but no pix. Aiya...

23 April, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

Haha... your friend is kinda amusing :P Next time there, remember Restoran Malaysia!

23 April, 2007  
Blogger boo_licious said...

I've eaten at both and Tong Juan is better. Yeah, stuffed crab is definitely a hyped up dish but I still eat it whenever I visit Kemaman.

24 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

lyrical lemongrass: guess our expectation on that dish was a tad high hor?

kenny: the stuffed crabs were nice, but not till to-die-for good ;p. Mama's? I go there now and then, for the loh shu fun and roasted pork noodles...think i wrote about before, somewhere in my archive..

jason: not sure if i'll try restoran malaysia since boo tried both and said Tong Juan is better..

boo: Tong Juan better la? haha, guess it's a default food for most visitors when they're in Kemaman :)

24 April, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

Cool. Will look for your review then. They are consistent with the quality of their food at least. But service is really slow. They need more staff, seriously.

24 April, 2007  
Blogger babe_kl said...

i've eaten at tong juan aeons ago and according to the locals tong juan is where the locals headed for stuffed crabs

24 April, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

kenny: really? have not been there in recent months, but previously, they were rather prompt in service though..

babe: ya, guess so..there were quite a few shops selling stuffed crabs (same row as TJ), but only Tong Juan was packed..

24 April, 2007  

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