For Sunday night dinners with Adam's parents, Bangsar, Cheras, Old Klang Road and sometimes downtown KL are our common choices because of where he stays. These are new (though slowly becoming familiar, after 4 years) and uncharted territories to me before we started dating, because I am PJ through and through.
Damansara? Kelana Jaya? SS3? Sure.
Kuchai Lama? Gimme a GPS, please. :p (vice versa for Adam, I'm sure)
One night, Cheras was the choice, and we ventured in further than we usually do, finding this place: Restoran Eight Treasure in Taman Connaught. Business was still bustling at 9pm, which we took to be a good sign.
Not knowing what to order, we took the lady boss' recommendations while salivating at the food that was arriving at our neighbouring tables. The food looked good!
The first dish that arrived was this Steamed Minced Meat with Tung Choy, a cheery looking dish thanks to the smattering of reds and greens on top. The minced pork was silkily tender and the flavoursome gravy emitted, a testament to their superb marination of the meat. What we weren't expecting, however, was the fire those little red bits held! The chopped chili was extremely spicy, good for a kick, but we found ourselves omitting them to enjoy the flavour of the steamed pork. Eat with rice, or it will be too salty.
The Hairy Cucumber with Vermicelli in Claypot was great eaten with rice because its soupy nature. The julienned cucumber was stewed to softness, with a natural sweetness. We also liked the handful of salty dried crunchy shrimps, thrown in for some extra crunch and taste.
The Grillied Prawns with Chilli looked and tasted highly appetizing. The luminous, starchy sauce was a mix of salty and spicy, thanks to more fiery chilli bits and the use of fermented black beans. Prawns used were also fresh, witnessed by the bounce of the flesh and just how easy it was to peel the skin off.
The Poached Homebred Farm Chicken with stock and goji berries was the weakest link of the night. Though the flesh was quite juicy, the stock it was presented in was far too salty to enjoy properly. Someone in the kitchen must have been quite heavy handed with the salt that night - I sure hope it's a one-off thing.
The Homemade Yong Tau Foo (with their Stuffed Thai Green Chilli in the forefront) was also quite tasty, served Hakka style with a black bean gravy. The stuffing was adequately prepared with mackerel fish, giving it that pleasant bouncy bite that children love. They pride it as one of their specialties, though I'm inclined to think that you probably will be able to get better elsewhere.
Though some dishes were too salty, the food at Restoran Eight Treasure gave us a very homely feel. May return if ever in the yong tao foo area again and seeking out some tasty Chinese fare. Don't be tempted to try out the yong tao foo here though, since our experience was hardly satisfying. Better can be found at other yong tao foo shops around town. =)
Restoran Eight Treasure
No. 20, Jalan Waras 1,
56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 9130 1066
Opening Hours: Thu-Tue, 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm, closed on Wed