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Friday, January 13, 2012

Food: Sam You Restaurant 三友冷气酒家 @ PJ State

With Chinese New Year round the corner, I'm sure a lot of us Chinese folk hosting reunion dinners will be hunting and booking Chinese restaurants! Hopefully our reviews will help give some ideas in that area. =)


Restoran Sam You has been around for a good many years now. Probably not as many as 10, but definitely more than 5 by now. Dad likes this place a lot, and we've brought many friends and relatives here over the years, so it can be considered as our "secret weapon" when we need to take people out and don't want to go to the usual restaurants.


Sam You only has one floor, but is quite spacious inside. They have tables that can cater for groups anywhere between 4-12. It can get a bit noisy if the place is filled up, so be prepared. =P


Ah, the first Yee Sang of the year! Dad reached the restaurant first so he did the ordering before we arrived, and we were surprised to see a plate of Yee Sang waiting on the table. He certainly preempted Chinese New Year much earlier this year. Somehow I think it's a kiasu Malaysian thing that everyone wants to start earlier and earlier and brag about how many yee sang's they've already had before CNY has even begun..lol.

But at RM45 for this Salmon Yee Sang for 4, it's clear the CNY staple just gets more and more expensive every year. This was just okay, we didn't think the salmon was the freshest and Wendy preferred the plum sauce to be stronger.



A hot bowl of soup always preps the tummy nicely for the main dishes ahead. We had the Fish Paste Soup with Seaweed & Ginger (RM 15) that also had a good dose of carrots, egg, and other ingredients. Definitely a soup full of flavour, though perhaps due in part to a small dose of Ajinomoto.. =D


For vegetables, a simple plate of Stir Fried Long Beans with Garlic (RM12). Sam You does the usual simple home cooked dishes without much fault. Prices have increased slightly over the years, but we think it's still a reasonable joint. 


When Dad said he was there and would order first, I said I wanted some fish or prawns. Sam You's specialty is their large Freshwater Prawns Cooked in Special Salad Sauce, but sadly Dad didn't order that day. Instead he followed the advice of the captain and ordered this Cod Fish in Black Sauce and Onions (RM42). It was nice and crispy on the outside, but the 2 pieces were quite small. Thankfully we weren't that hungry or I don't think it would have been enough. Purists too would argue that it was a waste of cod.



Dad is one who likes to try different and special things, so when I'm not there to stop him we'll sometimes end up with dishes like this one - Tofu with Salted & Century Egg (RM10)! The tofu was lightly fried on the outside and a small portion of shallots is sprinkled on top. Wendy says that the century eggs and salted eggs do add an interesting dimension but I personally would have preferred it plain. I suppose if you're a fan of century eggs then this is worth a go. =)



Finally, Sam You does a decent version of Crispy Chicken with Prawn Crackers (RM33). Served with salt and sweet sauce on the side, this is the kind of dish that is sure to be accepted around the table; after all, who can say no to roasted chicken with skin as crispy as this? =D  The option of dipping in salt lets diners have the choice of adding a bit more 'kick' into the meat, and the sauce helps those who don't like to eat dry meat. =)



Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to put up their set menu for everyone to check out. Note - Sam You is already fully booked for Chinese New Year's Eve (Sunday, 22nd Jan), so if you're interested to go, don't wait to give them a call! =D






Sam You Restaurant 三友冷气酒家 | Facebook
No. 56-58, Jalan 52/4 (next to Maybank in PJ State)
Section 52, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6 03 7955 1197
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm
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