It has been YEARSSSSSS since I stepped into Overseas Jln Imbi. Were it not for the fact that our foreign guests were residing in Marriot, we probably wouldn't have ventured to this area at all. Afterall, there are many other Overseas outlets that are much more accessible. One good thing is they do have a fairly efficient, and reasonably priced, jockey service.
The place looks like its been stuck in a time warp. Not much difference from 20 years ago. Ventilation in the place leaves a bit to be desired, but it was crowded, nevertheless, a testimony of its culinary appeal.
The charsiu tou (head?) has always been one of my favourites. Indeed, the standards have been maintained, and it makes for a fabulous starter. A combo of lean, with lean & fat meats, the caramelized marinade and char makes it rank as one of the char siu greats.
Peking Duck. First, they plonked the platter of skin in front of us, with no pancakes, or sliced shallots....so we weren't sure if it was meant to be eaten like that. My hungry daughter lunged at it as if we've been keeping her imprisoned on bread and water for the last week..... had to restrain her and tell her to let the adults have their share first. Kids these days!!!! Anyway, after asking the blur waitress, if pancakes etc were part of the package (she wasn't sure), it finally came. I am always suspicious of places that serve you Peking Duck without showing you the whole duck first, and carving it in front of you. I mentally tried to piece together the pieces of skin, like a duck jigsaw puzzle to see if they made up the surface area of an average duck...... not to sure, actually. Taste wise, it was delicious. A big redeeming factor, of course. Alas, I only got one piece. I guess it's about right, for 11 pax to get 1 piece each, with some lucky ones getting two.
Not in sequence, but this was the duck meat in fried noodles. Tasted very good, consistent with the high standards expected of Overseas. The texture of the noodles were just how I liked it. Song, (what's the english equivalent of "song"? Some say crunchy, but its not quite)....
Tau Fu Tau Kan. Beancurd with beancurd skin. A perennial favourite, you cant really go wrong. I have yet to try a bad version of this dish, anywhere.
Lovely plump prawns fried with salted egg yolk. At first, in a moment of temporary blurness, I thought the roe was from the prawn. Anyway, the prawns were rather large, and tasty. And fresh.
Assam tilapia. Tilapias are a bit of a hit and miss, as you sometimes get that muddy estuarine taste, but this one had tender yet firm flesh, with no hint of the aforementioned shortcomings. The assam sauce was screaming out for rice, and what a heavenly combination they made.
Brinjals and long beans, and I think it was meant to come with 4 angled bean too, which was out of stock.
Overall, a rather pleasant dining experience, with a bill totalling approx RM55 per head. A bit on the pricy side, I feel, cos apart from the prawns, and maybe the duck, the other dishes weren't exactly high ticket items. Oh, our guest did have 2 beers, but how much can THAT cost right!
I did miss their signature ham yue fah lam pou....(belly pork with salted fish in claypot).