There are some places that I actually feel guilty I don't visit often enough. The last time I was here in New Formosa was for lou sang with my cell group, for LAST LAST Chinese New Year, gasp,...as in 2014...time just flies, but this is one of those places that I always feel at home, coming to, not least because of the wonderful effervescence of the lovely proprietress, Mrs Lee.
Bamboo rice, their signature rice dish. I am not sure if there is any involvement of real bamboo, or if the name refers to the receptacle in which it is served, but regardless of nomenclature, it is one tasty rice dish, with bits of delicious chinese pork sausage, dried shrimp, crispy shallots... a meal on its own really.
I was shocked to see this dish, because it's such a luxury to be served crabs with only the claws. I wonder what she did with the rest of the body. Glorious crustaceans in that fabulous chilli crab sauce accompanied with fried mantau. Actually by this time we were, or at least I was, already quite stuffed, not unlike the lotus root from the earlier dish. I could just eat that sauce with toast and some butter and be happy. It takes so little to make this person content. This dish is part of the RM598++ set dinner for 10.
For the finale and piece de resistance, the Formosa Stone Fire Pot...Actually this dish alone is enough to feed a small army. The dish starts with the sauteeing of some onions, garlic, chilli to give it a fabulous aroma, and chicken...which is fried, the smells wafting through the entire restaurant...
As a special treat, (this is apparently not on the regular stone fire pot menagerie of livestock), because we were with Makan Fairygodmother, fresh plump sea prawns, sauteed in the residue of the chicken oils, before all the rest of the stuff is tossed in to one big hot pot.
This stone fire hot pot is available for only RM20 per head!!! What a steal!
A special matcha pudding (matcha as in green tea, not the Indian brother in law), with red bean paste. Probably inspired by green tea ice cream with azuki, and what a great combination it is too. The pudding, or jelly, milky green tea and lovely wobbly texture.
And no visit to Formosa is complete with I YAM WHAT I YAM... Yam covered in caramel and then plunged into cold water to crystalise it...initially I thought I'd give this a miss, as I was stuffed, but succumbed to temptation, with no regrets. Crispy sugar coated on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. A bit like me...Oh, wait, I am not sugar coated. Just crispy and cold.
In conjunction with their 36th Anniversary, these celebratory set menus are available at RM498++ or RM598++ per set for 10 people.
Tel: 03 7875 7478.
Address: 46, Jalan SS2/24, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.