If there was one thing I’m hopeless at, it’s my sense of direction. “There’s this place that serves really good butter crabs near Shah Alam”, said Joshua. He tried giving me directions, and lost me at Bandar Utama toll booth. I asked him to take me there instead.Sunny Seafood Restaurant is a family-run restaurant that has been around for quite some time, and according to Joshua the food used to be a lot cheaper. The journey was long – good thing I wasn’t the one driving!We called ahead and ordered 4kg of crabs, cooked claypot butter milk style. Like Joshua said, the crabs were REALLY good stuff. The thick gravy formed a layer of coating on the crabs – “lemak”, spicy and fragrant. Incredibly addictive with their deep fried mantau bread. The crabs were big, fresh and meaty; don’t you just hate it when you get hollow ones?!I also enjoyed the lotus roots with salted egg yolk. The lotus roots were thinly sliced, fried till crispy perfection, and coated with the rich yolk. A small portion wasn’t enough, so we ordered another one. The second one however, wasn’t as crispy.Fried tang hoon had wok hei and it wasn’t overly oily. I liked how generous they were with the ingredients – if only there was sambal belacan to go with the noodles. I didn’t care much for the fried mee hoon. It tasted bland compared to the tang hoon.Pumpkin chicken was another favourite that night. I don’t think I’ve eaten chicken done this way before. The chicken pieces were crispy, moist and deliciously flavoured by the creamy pumpkin gravy. It was mildly spicy from the chilli padi, but still suitable for those who can’t take spicy food.Kangkung belacan is a standard dish at tai chows, or any restaurant for that matter. Sunny’s version was garlicky and spicy with generous lashings of belacan. Kam Heong Mantis Prawn was disappointing. The gravy tasted a bit burnt, and the prawns were soggy. I suggest you skip this.
We washed down the food with their homemade soya bean. Unlike a lot of commercially available ones, this one was not overly sweet and had a smooth finish. Dinner came up to RM197 for the 8 of us. For the amount we ordered, I found it quite reasonable.
I went home that night, pestering rif to take me there again. Because I still don’t know how to get there!
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: I MUST HAVE THOSE BUTTER MILK CRABS AGAIN! And the pumpkin chicken…and the salted egg yolk lotus roots…
If you have a good sense of direction or know you way around Shah Alam, you should be able to find the place easily. For those who are not as direction savvy (like myself), call them in case you get lost!
SUNNY SEAFOOD AIR-COND RESTAURANT
9, Jalan Bulan BZ,
U5/BZ, Bandar Pinggiran Subang,
Sek U5, 40150 Shah Alam.
Tel: 03-7846 2233 or 019-311 1136
Opens 11.30am-3.00pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm.