Monday, July 19, 2010

Uncle Prawn

When you blog late, all the best punchlines are taken. I think Alilfatmonkey's "PRAWN STAR OF GIZA" headline is impossible to better. A slew of prawny puns ensued, on tweeter, between Alilfatmonkey, Ciki and me. We finally concluded that Alilfatmonkey was a Crusty Asian who was on prawn roll in his blogging flair.

So, yeah, we were invited, courtesy of Stephanie, and Alilfatmonkey, to sample the marine offerings at the newly opened UNCLE PRAWN in Sunway Giza. Like essay writing, a good essay is determined by the first paragraph, where you know immediately where its leading. Likewise, the name UNCLE PRAWN immediately tells you, well, no prizes for guessing, it is a prawny place. Unlike vague names like say, "Pomegranate"... It's like playing food russian roulette. What cuisine will it be? But with Uncle Prawn, no such room for doubt. Speaking of nomenclature, Sunway Giza is the sequel to Sunway Pyramid, and I am shocked I did not get that immediately. I guess the next would be Sunway Luxor or Sunway Aswan.

Brightly lit, conspicuous in that amazing atria which houses a whole cornucopia of restaurants, Uncle Prawn was already crowded when we arrived.

Photobucket

Photobucket
Uncle Prawn himself, the amiable Tony, who graciously played excellent host.

Photobucket
Aunty Prawn, who incidentally makes fabulous wedding cakes. But, they don't come cheap, AND, even if you HAD the money to pay her, she takes orders on a very selective basis. She handles her prawns with great aplomb.

Photobucket
Alilfatmonkey and S. Thanks monkey for inviting us.

Photobucket
Look at the size of those prawns. However, those weren't destined for our table. All the more reason to return to try them.

Photobucket
Lovely strips of pork belly deep fried with honey. Simply heavenly. Went perfectly with the lovely Malborough savignon blanc that Tony generously served us.

Photobucket
Buttered squid. Apparently this dish had a lot of people guessing. Some thought it was chicken. Ahem, yours truly managed to guess just by looking. It's like butter prawns, except with squid. Again, this seems to be a delicious accompaniment to wine or beer. I liked the texture of the squid, though someone found it quite tough and chewy.

Photobucket
An amazing claypot of assorted stuff, bathing in a sublime curry sauce. It contains frog's legs, a meat (pork) pattie at the base, (AHHH, divine), crabs, (in case you cant see in the picture), prawns, mussels....representatives from the United Nations of the Sea. Seriously, the sauce was excellent.

Photobucket
Frog's legs revealed.

Photobucket
Pork pattie beneath revealed. The correct name for this dish is actually Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and is priced at RM118 for a pot for 4 people.

Photobucket


Photobucket
Undoubtedly the star (yeah yeah, prawn star) of the show. Swimming in delightful orange roe, one can't but help burst into song at that gorgeous sight. Its only RM25/prawn!
Roe Roe Roe down your throat...makes you smile and beam
Merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream
(To the tune of Row Row Row your boat)

Photobucket
Oh, the noodles arent your ordinary noodle, but CIN-TAN mee (not Cintan, the instant noodle), but Pure Egg in cantonese. It does give the noodle a different texture, and makes it very flavourous on its own.

Photobucket
The humble tilapia, with a makeover. Deep fried, similar to the dried butter prawns style. It is to dispel the notion that tilapias are ordinary boring fish. Quite frankly, done this way, I can't really tell what fish it is when you eat it.

Photobucket
And yet ANOTHER dish of prawns. Boy, the restaurant really does live up to its name. Angled Loofah and River Prawn (RM30 per prawn)... in a lovely broth, almost like a bisque. Also highly recommended. The prawns were fresh, and succulent, and not overcooked.

Photobucket
Of course by now, we were like having food coming out of our nostrils, but our gracious hosts insisted we try their signature Braised Sweetened Pork Ribs. Tender, falling off the bone meat, which screams for rice. Anti Carbo people, beware.

Photobucket
Just look at those fabulous fatty layers.Repeat after me, , ANIMAL FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU!!! MARGARINE IS BAD FOR YOU.

Photobucket
Crispy homemade tofu with mushroom and brocolli. Comfort food at its best. Can imagine it being the major hit with my kids. Some semblance of vegetables in an otherwise protein packed meal.

Photobucket
Lemongrass Jelly (I love this jelly, I always order it at Shang Palace and Iketeru at three times the price, chis!) and Guai Lin Gou. I find in my old age, I am increasingly partial to bitter foods... I am taking a serious liking to the stark bitterness of the black herbal jelly.

Photobucket
Uncle and Aunty Prawn

Photobucket
Cumi & Ciki



Photobucket
Marian and Ciki

Plagiarised from Monkey's Post:
Note: From now till 31 July 2010, spend RM50 at Uncle Prawn and you will get a tilapia for just RM1. If your bill exceeds RM80, you will get 300g of tiger prawns at just RM1.

Great, another sang har mee place to frequent. Parking for now is free at Giza, and the atmosphere in that atrium is rather pleasant.
Thanks to Tony & Teresa for having us, and to Stephanie for organising it.

Uncle Prawn Restaurant
Unit A-15, Sunway Giza,
Jalan PJU 5/14 Dataran Sunway
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel : 61481998

24 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

excellent ahpa.. i must say .. though Munkey coin-ed it, u need to be recognized for the prawn-star i mean, prawn-king that you are! :P

aly said...

OMG! Two prawn posts in a row! I WANNA DIE! Have to go!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I LOVE sang har meen. Take me there, tangechi! Btw, which sang har meen would you rate higher - here, or Richwell's?

J said...

ANIMAL FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU! MARGARINE IS BAD FOR YOU!

ANIMAL FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU! MARGARINE IS BAD FOR YOU!

ANIMAL FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU! MARGARINE IS BAD FOR YOU!
(How many times do I have to repeat it until it becomes true?)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i was surprised i didnt c uncle prawn when i went to sunway giza for the 1st time last wkend.

aiyoh, so little time, duno whether got time to get some prawns in the blood stream.

fatboybakes said...

ooh, nipple, we should amend the song.
ROE ROE down your throat, clog up your bloodstream
merrily merrily merrily your heart will be a scream!

fatboybakes said...

J, you mustn't just say it, like a mindless liturgy. you gotta believe, sistah.

thamby, now would be a good time to ignore you.

fatboybakes said...

aly, two little prawnies, sitting on a wall, one name peter, and one named prawn... argh, i've lost it...

ahmei, guffaw, i aspire to be a prawn star too...

babe_kl said...

LOL the prawns looked great so did your hilarious works and reworks of lyrics!

gfad said...

Fuyoh.. you really the prawn-star la. How many prawns have you had the past few weeks? Summore you'll be frolicking in the sea with them shortly. Will we see some leaked prawn-nography of your exploits soon? You might get chosen to be the next MCA president.. ;)

Tummy Rumble said...

wah, all the sang har goodness.. Must check this place out already. Soo Kee's standard has dropped real bad.. Need to find somewhere else to satisfy my sang har cravings..

KY said...

waa a the pork looks good!

fatboybakes said...

KY, it was...intend to go back for more pork and less prawn...

tummy rumble, give this place a try la... or my previous post was also about sang har mee... still got a few places with nice SHM la...

fatboybakes said...

gfad, DAYMMMMMN, I CANT BELIEVE i didnt think of prawnography!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!drat drat drat!!!!

babekl, heh heh, thanks.

qwazymonkey said...

Ah Pa: Great and funny post as usual. Like you, I think the older I get, the more I love bitter-tasting food.

gfad: Prawnography! Mwahahahhaha. That's clever!

fatboybakes said...

monkey boy, yeah, gfad is one clever lady hor...
how does a guai lin gou cheesecake sound?? GUFFFFAW.

gfad said...

Eh, go experiment with guai lin gou (GLG) cheesecake la. Got wasabi ice cream flavor wat. You can try using the GLG powder to set the cheesecake since it turns into jelly.

vialentino said...

wow...big prawn there....i am over doze with prawns this month...

gfad said...

And I'm taking a leaf from LL's book and ignoring that sarky remark to Jon.. :P

qwazymonkey said...

Why not go with Bittergourd Cheesecake? I'm sure it'll be a hit.

GFAD: what sarky remark? I meant it with all my heart. By the way, there's even soy sauce ice cream at the Japan pavilion in Expo 2010.
Go read my post (shameless publicity on Ah Pa's blog - sorry yea!)

thule a.k.a leo said...

if the slang bengkok a bit.. might sound like Porn Star of Giza :P
RM30 sounds reasonable for the prawn but the question is how big

gfad said...

Jon: Opkors you are not sarky. You are as sweet as can be. Only your AhPa is sarky. Don't learn that bad habit from him, k? :D

fatboybakes said...

gfad, did you just slag me off in my own blog? GUFFFFAWWWWW. hands on hips...

thule, what is a porn star ah? never heard of that term before.

fatboybakes said...

gfad (again), what sarky remark? i meant it what! prawnography...i even used it again in a latest post...credited you some more.

monkey, hmmm, somehow i DOUBT bittergourd cheesecake will be a hit.

Vialentino, yalar, me oso all prawned out oridi.