Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Jin Chwan Seafood Garden, Selayang

Many years ago, I used to go down to Selayang for seafood as my friend's father was a seafood wholesaler there. Uncle would choose some fresh seafood for us and we'll meet at a local restaurant where they'll whip up delightful seafood dishes.
So when Vincent suggested a trip to Selayang for fresh seafood recently, how could I say no? :p
We managed to get to Selayang in good time, lucky for us, traffic was pretty fabulous that day. After many turnings and driving deeper into Selayang, we finally saw Jin Chwan Seafood Garden.. First welcome I got? Full blast of cold air as the Alaskan Crabs were placed at the entrance..Water's ice cold to keep these babies happy..
I had the impression that we were going to a restaurant, but Vincent explained that Jin Chwan is a wholesaler; we'll buy the fresh seafood here and bring to the restaurant of our choice for the preparation.
And gosh, there were plenty of seafood to choose from! After spending quite some time choosing our seafood, we walked over to Kedai Makanan Chef Tam (just a stone throw away, same row) for our dinner.
We bought some beautiful Pearl Clams (RM76)
Figured the best way to cook it was steaming. The sauce, ginger, shallots, garlic and fresh clams combo was simply stunning! The pearl clams were so fresh; the meat was springy and sweet and the killer sauce; it complemented the clams very well.
Some Japanese snails (RM 23) Slightly rubbery, chewy with a hint of Q in texture, the snails were stir fried with dried shrimps and bird's eye chillies. Very appetising indeed. I rather liked this dish too.
For the large sea grouper we got (RM93), the obvious choice was to steam it.
Our fish died in vain. Over steamed, the fish meat was coarse and unrefined. :(. poor fish.
We had a simple vegetable dish of stir fried celery and lily bulbs. Sweet and refreshing. Love the crunch in the veggies.
Some Philippines meat crab (RM126).. We decided to have it prepared 2 methods..
Steamed..
The sauce was way too sparse that I could no savour much of the sweetness. Could have see traces of steamed egg at the base of the plate too. The crabs were quite sweet; meat texture was just ok. Vincent said they were in the tank for too long. :(
The Chilli Crab fared much better.. The sauce was spicy, and sweet sour. A tad different from those I've tried in PJ area, I find this sauce very tasty. Swirls of egg thickens this sauce wonderfully and goes amazingly well with the sweet flavours of the crab. And of course we mopped it up with some fried mantaus (we had steamed too, but the fried ones are much better).
Total cost is RM309 for fresh seafood.
Cooking cost at Kedai Makan Chef Tam (inclusive of rice, drinks and vegetables) RM120.
Jin Chwan Seafood Garden is located at 9, Jalan 2/4, Taman Bidara, 68100 Selayang, Selangor.
Kedai Makanan Chef Tam is located at 6A, Jalan Bidara 2/4, Taman Bidara, 68100 Selayang, Selangor.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Precious Pea said...

Hmmm...in total not cheap also hor? Aiyer...such a waste the fish oversteamed. Faced the same problem at Unique once too. We ordered one expensive tiger garoupa and it was oversteamed. So upset.

09 October, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

but wah..the clams were quite expensive hor..and they looked almost like just normal la la..

pity the garoupa..but the fish does get extremely dry and coarse once its oversteamed..

09 October, 2008  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

The Japanese snails deshelled ?

09 October, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

pea: yes, not cheap..used to be much cheaper, years back la :p. dont you think the fish died in vain when that happened?

joe: oh, the shot didnt do justice to the pearl clams..it's much larger than lala..about triple/ quad the size..

mimid3vils: yes, it's already deshelled :)

10 October, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

oh so those are called pearl clams. I had them in Matang near Taiping at the seafood porridge shop. and I tot they are larger la-la. but the meal you had was WAY expensive lah ...

10 October, 2008  
Blogger backstreetgluttons said...

One of the KL pioneers for this kind of buy and cook at the other one . Tho it has been over-taken by storm by the Unique seafood group,

nowadays Selayang seems so far away like a fantasy land except the Golf Courses at Templar & Perangsang are nearer, believe it or not !

10 October, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

ohh...the lobster noodle at chef tam's is delicious!!! ahh...i can still remember the taste after all these years...hehehe...

and their superior soup lobster is yummy too..ahhhhhhhhhhhh.....

but long time no go d...hehe...

13 October, 2008  
Anonymous crustacean said...

hi,

how much is one live lobster in jin chwan seafood?

31 October, 2008  

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