Tai chow places are aplenty in Klang Valley but finding a decent one requires luck and plenty of trial and error. Yan Wo Seafood Restaurant in Aman Suria was on my list to try for quite some time, but it was only late last year that I managed to pay them a visit.
Jien and I initially wanted to dine at this char siew place nearby (it’s pretty good) but it was closed so we went to Yan Wo instead. When it comes to Chinese restaurants, it is best to go in a group of 3-4 pax at least because you get to order a variety. In our case, we still went ahead and ordered food for four pax but it really was an overkill.
We had Yan Wo’s signature deep fried chicken in homemade sauce (RM22 – small, RM28 – medium, RM35 – large), whole spareribs in thick sweet sauce (RM30 per portion), braised eggplant in claypot (RM18 – small, RM30 – large) and signature homemade tofu with salted egg (RM22 – small, RM32- large). I also spotted quite a number of people ordering their fried noodles but I’ll leave that for another visit.
Food arrived within 15 minutes and I liked the spareribs best. Braised till tender, the meat is nicely seasoned with melt-in-the-mouth fat. The sauce had a nice balance of sweetness, tang and garlic notes so it wasn’t overly sweet or cloying. But to finish the entire sparerib between two of us…that got a bit too rich in the end because of the fat content. Best for 3-4 pax.
While Yan Wo may seem like any other Chinese restaurant, their dishes are more exciting than most. Signature deep fried chicken in homemade sauce is one of them. Crispy fried chicken pieces coated in honey-like sauce, it was very moreish especially when eaten with bits of chopped birds eye chilli. Think lemon chicken + honey pai kuat…somewhere along those flavour profiles. Nicely done, I must say.
Braised eggplant in claypot tends to be our default order whenever we spot it in the menu. Yan Wo’s version is decent enough to go with white rice. I wished they added a bit more chilli in the mix to kick things up a notch, but that’s personal preference. A bit more “wok hei” is preferred too.
The signature homemade tofu with salted egg is also worth checking out – I like that the gravy is creamy enough with a balance of sweet and savoury. It isn’t your regular dry-style salted egg yolk gravy so it does go nicely with rice. I prefer my salted egg yolk gravy saucier rather than the “Typhoon Shelter” dry style.
Overall, I find the food at Yan Wo quite decent and prices are reasonable. I wouldn’t mind coming back to try more items, especially if I can find enough makan kaki.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Pretty decent dishes. Try the whole spareribs and homemade tofu with salted egg.
Yan Wo Seafood Restaurant
B-G-2, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria, 47301
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.