Prawns ‘r’ us
March 24, 2019
There is no need to wonder what the specialty is in this restaurant. Its very name, Prawn Dynasty, and the two huge prawns on its logo shouts it out loud and clear.
Yes, udang galah (Chinese call it big head prawn) is what customers can’t get enough of here. And no wonder. The crustaceans here are big, fresh, firm and sweet.
Opened just three months ago, Prawn Dynasty already commands a stream of regular customers. Housed in a bungalow unit, there is limited parking inside its compound but plenty of spots on the roadside.
One can sit outside on a cool, balmy day; otherwise the air-conditioned interior is a better choice and there are two private rooms with karaoke option.
As mentioned, udang galah, a river prawn, is the big deal here and it’s so affordable at RM39.90 per plate, whichever way you prefer it cooked and there are 21 styles. We have it with three sauces: Kam Heong Butter, Black Pepper and Salted Egg Yolk.
|Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce|
Each is distinctly different but I love the Salted Egg Yolk best as the gravy is lusciously creamy and I can’t get enough of it, scooping it up with my spoon to coat the prawn thoroughly.
|Udang Galah in Kam Heong Butter|
Kam Heong Butter, a new addition to the menu, is best eaten with plain rice. Chef Mak Kok Bah (“call me Ah Wah”) says he constantly comes up with new sauces for the prawns.
|Prawn in Black Pepper Sauce|
But seriously, udang galah aside, there’s plenty to satisfy the palate at Prawn Dynasty. It offers live crab and fish, live and frozen. Swimming in tanks are red tailed catfish, red tilapia, and marble goby.
|NZ Orange Roughy is sweet and mild flavoured|
We pick Orange Roughy (RM8.80/100g), a deep sea fish imported from New Zealand. Steamed simply with soya sauce, ginger, scallions and Chinese rice wine, the white flesh of the fish is sweet and mild flavoured.
|Excited? Yes, this Excited Clam is clam and pork in a yummy soup|
We want clam (from RM20) and, frankly, feel a tingle of excitement to see Excited Clam on the menu. This turns out to be a lovely soup with a yellow hue (from the use of butter) and mildly hot taste from the addition of whole chilli padi. The clam is cooked together with slivers of pork and coarsely chopped garlic, with evaporated milk and a splash of wine to bring out the flavours. Slurpilicious to the last drop.
|Claypot Salted Fish Pork Belly|
|3 Cup Chicken in Claypot|
It’s not all seafood at Prawn Dynasty either, though seafood is enough reason to dine there. Chicken, pork, egg and tofu are popular items.
We have Claypot Salted Fish Pork Belly (from RM25), cooked with a sprinkle of dried chilli. The aroma from the salted fish quickens the pulse and we quickly get some rice to do this justice. Then there is 3 Cup Chicken (from RM20), with meaty chunks of chicken cooked in a claypot.
|Drool-worthy Saliva Chicken, a literal translation of its name, Kou Sui Ji|
Peering a little down the list on the menu, we are tickled by the name Saliva Chicken (from RM40). A literal translation of its name in Mandarin, Kou Sui Ji (口水鸡), this describes the dish as drool-worthy, not unappetising. And no saliva is used in the cooking process! Served with florets of broccoli, the kampung chicken is firmer in texture and tastes better too, with the garlic chilli sauce. Lots of garlic here, almost blanketing the chicken.
As for tofu, we are recommended Kam Si Tofu (from RM18) or in English, Crab Meat Beancurd. The tofu is silky smooth, and made even smoother by the eggy crab meat sauce. Deepfried enoki mushroom is added on top for a contrast in texure.
|Seaweed with Stirfried French Bean|
Our pick of vegetable for the day is a plate of Seaweed Stirfried French Bean (from RM18). This is a partnership made in culinary kitchen, the stringy beans and Chinese style seaweed doing a perfect tango together. Can eat a plateful all by myself.
Don’t worry if you’re dining solo. Prawn Dynasty also offers individual servings of set lunch (RM16.80) comprising rice with udang galah cooked in 8 styles. Otherwise, there are noodles and rice dishes (from RM9).
Prawn Dynasty Restaurant (non-halal)
26 Jalan 6/91, Taman Shamelin Perkasa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Daily: 10.30am to 2.30pm; 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Udang galah or tai tau har (big head prawn)