New Formosa Restaurant – SS2, PJ

I totally adore old establishments.. especially those which had been around for decades.
Nothing bears a more solid testament than the years its been in operational .. and the fact that its food has appealed to both the old folks (then years ago; young.. ahem) and still satisfying the taste buds of the current generation.

New Formosa Restaurant in SS2, PJ happens to be celebrating its 3rd decade in business this year.
To survive the change of PJ, the evolvement of then a town to now a city, its demographics of people which has changed so much since then & the onslaught mushrooming of probably hundreds of chic-er, posher and fusion food eateries around does warrant some respect in that sense.

New Formosa Restaurant

At the invitation of Eu Hooi Khaw, author of Fresh Ingredients & seasoned and respected food writer for about just as long as New Formosa is in business, I roped in Sean, UnkaLeong, WC and Horng for a night out.

Now, I’ve heard and read much of its Or Nee (steamed yam paste) and its legendary butter eel, and New Formosa has been on my “to eat list” for the longest time.

Truly its famed dish did not disappoint!

The not-overly sweet and healthier version of lard free OR NEE.

Formosa Pumpkin & Gingko Or Nee

It came with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and the correct way is to enjoy it all in a scoop! Lovely!!

The infamous butter eel was part of the Formosa’s Special Combination Dish we had that night.


The deep-fried pig intestines with sesame seeds didn’t go down well with me. I may be overly sensitive, for Sean thought it was odourless yet it seemed to really stink to me!
Both the three-cup top shell (clams) stir fried with basil leaves and the stuffed lotus roots with special fish paste and seaweed was good, but I guess the Butter Eel just stole the limelight. Soft and slightly salty, the fragrant curry leaves added a nice kick to the overall taste.

I could do with more of this seeing my current stage of health!
Heartwarming and robust, it requires pre-ordering as it was simmered for 4 hours and loaded with all the goodies your grandmama would throw into a pot of nourishing soup; wolfberry, red dates, diced chicken, pork, mushrooms, gingko nuts, lotus seeds & lily buds.

Simmered Winter MelonAlign Center

Dinner was not only about gorging ourselves silly. Jeanie Lee, wife of the Chef and Sole Proprietor Mr Lee Weng Eng regaled us with tales of Taiwan, its history, the restaurant’s history and of course, we had a lesson or two on Taiwanese food.

The natural Ai Yu jelly served with fresh lemon juice is a very popular dessert in Taiwan, we were told. Here, it is made fresh in-house, and we were shown the natural Ai Yu seeds that they were made from.

Taiwan Lemon Ai Yu jelly

Hence, you can be assured this is no powdered premix! The zesty drink was a great starter, as it got all of our appetites perked up and we were more than ready to chow down a horse.

Nothing of a horse proportion were served though, and instead we got ourselves a succelent suckling pig.

Suckling Pig

This must have been the most anticipated dish of the night. Pictures were snapped extra speedily and within minutes, we stripped the poor baby of its crisp skin.

It was a first for us to eat this with vinegar as one of the dipping sauce, but like any foodie we dunk the meat, skin and whatever other parts of the little one into both the sauces served and gamely pronounced everything to be excellent.

The Braised Snapper with Sichuan hot bean sauce was fresh & the flesh soft and sweet. Good with the silver thread mantous (of which supposedly to be of a better quality compared to the normal ones customarily served elsewhere) sponging up the thick piquant gravy.

Braised Snapper w Sichuan Hot Bean Sauce


By now, sleeves are rolled up and it’s time to work the stomach harder.

readyto get yrs hand dirty!

We barely chowed half-way through the feast prepared for us that night and most of us were almost stuffed!

Fret not, Jeannie said.
Drink up on their 1st grade Oolong tea to ease disgestion…

Oolong tea

Then 2 ducks waddled in, and miraculously sections of space in our tummies became available.
The Longan Pipa Duck was deboned, flattened and marinated with herbs before applied with a solution of white vinegar and maltose prior to being roasted.
The final stage was a quick deep fry for the crispiness and then a quick bath of sweet bean sauce with longan just before serving.

Longan Pipa Duck & Sichuan Crispy Duck

I actually prefered the Sichuan Crispy Duck. Maybe it is because it was not so heavily flavoured and still boasted of a layer of fat ;p

Wrap a piece in lettuce, spoon over a trickle of plum sauce and take a bite.
Hmm.. dabbing the greasy juice from the side of my mouth, I remembered vaguely fleeting feelings of guilt, (but it was indeed very fleeting) and then all was forgotten as I reached for my next piece.

Fellow gluttons of the night…

The peeps!

The steamed crabs on top of unpolished rice, onion, scallions, shallots, mushrooms, dried shrimp, minced meat and Chinese sausage was just awesome!
Ok, I’m a rice person.. totally love rice but resistance is futile even for carb-haters when the rice was so wonderfully infused with the flavour of the crabs and its other ingredients.
Very fragrant and absolutely delicious, I could have this on its own minus the crab.

Taiwanese Crab Rice

I had my apprehensions when I saw shelled prawns served with steamed yam and sweet potatoes.
But its got an impressive name; “President Ma Banquet Dish” and who’s to argue when the President lends his name to a dish?
The sticks of sweet potato and yam you see below were very tasty and seriously a good substitute when the cravings for french fries hits.
The bouncy prawns married beautifully with the smooth yam and even the deep fried lonely piece of kai lan was devoured.

Stir Fried Yam Prawns

The next dessert got all of us burning a few calories clicking away in the hope of getting the best shot of the action.

Caramel Yam1

Basically the triangular pieces of yam (yes, more yam..) were deep fried and then bathed in a lava of hot caramel sauce with sesame seeds.

While it was still piping hot, each piece is yanked from the plate and dunked into a tub of cold water. The rude cold shower instantly hardens the thick coat of caramel on the exterior of each piece.

Caramel Yam2

The result is sugar- rock hard on the outside yet the yam insides remained mushy and warm.
It was a delight to bite into each and savour the extremes; cold and hot, bland and sweet.
My, another new dish learnt.
And I thought Taiwanese food was meat balls and noodles, Taiwan sausages and fried chicken ala Uncle Bob.

Jeannie, being the fantastic hostess she is, treated us to their more of their signature desserts. I’m glad to announce it has nothing to do with YAM.

New Formosa choices of puddings – mango, green tea, aloe vera, custard and herbal.
I love them all! As usual they were made in house, with no preservative and addictives.
Very refreshing and cooling guilt free snacks no?


Great mains, fantastic desserts and there’s PORK!! What’s not to like?? They serve individual portions of food as well here so it’s ok to drop by even if you dining alone. Else you can always drop me a text 😉

New Formosa,
46, Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 7875-1894, 7875-7478

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Selba

    Wow! Great food! Everything looks so delicious… I wish I could find a Taiwanese restaurant here..

  2. ai wei

    the food here is quite nice especially the desserts. hehehe.
    miss my dinner here …

  3. Life for Beginners

    Wah, I can't believe after all this time I still haven't tried this place. Must drag the Devil to SS2 pronto! 🙂

  4. J2Kfm

    i like the or nee most. the butter eels a little jelak lah, after a few bites.
    what a feast you guys had!

  5. Sean

    am still aiming to return here someday for that stonepot steamboat thingy, insyaallah!

  6. 550ml jar of faith @minchow

    OMG, I just got back from a late heavy lunch and swearing I am stuffed for the next few days, but my appetite's back with a vengeance! Love love yam… I think more should be made out of this divine root! Two thumbs up to New Formosa for embracing the Yam!

  7. thule a.k.a leo

    Ohmygosh!! I almost fainted upon the sight of those magnificient dishes! How could you go on weekdays?? I missed on all these 🙁

    when are we coming out for gathering again?? Brekkie or lunch no problemo… preferably weekend ok?

    by the way, heard from unka that you are sick. How's the male nurse with 6-pack has been treating you??? Getting better now??

  8. Myhorng

    OMG the sleeve pic… and y include the waiter who served dessert? so big somemore? nice write up.

  9. vialentino

    wahliow…seems like someone recover from pneunomia already….the food looks delicious … esp the crab and those with many eggs…dat is something very special ler.

  10. kampungboycitygal

    love the desserts! yum

  11. hcpen

    omg, it looks simply divine, esp the or nee and ai yu jelly~

  12. mimid3vils

    The saw the ai yu seed in TV before but how many sellers make the ai yu ice with it ler?

  13. ~Christine~Leng

    i totally adore their desserts 🙂 gosh… i need an immediate dose of those!

  14. Steven Goh

    wah the piggy is very nice leh, I got the feeling that is even better than the one that I used to take during the CNY time.

  15. thenomadGourmand

    selba: None at all in Indo?

    ai wei: Lets go again one of thses days with christine and citygal

    lfb: yes u must try the food here!

    j2kfm: I agree on the butter eel. I find it salty too

    sean: LOL. Steamboat gd for pneumonia right?

    550ml: U should really come makan here! Some of the other dishes looks soooo promising as well!

    leo: The date is chosen by Jeannie & mostly food reviews are also on weekdays so the kitchen and proprietor can cope I guess.

    As for makan, I would love to!
    But i'm still coughing and it will not be a good idea to expose yr baby to it, unless yr comin alone?

    Unka is perfect male nurse, got the loving part, the nagging part, the fussing, scolding, worrying … ;p

    myhorng: harrlooo! Hehe..must incl tht waiter laa..he did a gd job what!

    vialentino: hehe..this was before the pneumonia lehh..
    But i could do wth 2nd round!

    kbcg: Yes, their desserts are fantastic!

    hcpen: Indeed it was lohh..I feel like I need some right now too!

    mimid3vils: That's why here it tasted much better! Normally I think its made frm powder, aka jelly.

    christineL: Come come, we drag ai wei along too!

  16. UnkaLeong

    Totally forgot about the four dish combo we had as starters. Hehehe…We ate so much that night man!

  17. foodbin

    this post reminds me about the good food i had before.

  18. PureGlutton

    Wow…what a grand banquet! I usually go there for their seafood porridge – good ole comfort food – and light enough a lunch not to fall asleep at work later!

  19. Allie

    That's one great meal you had there. I used to stayed at SS2 area and I love the pasar malam there.

  20. Tummythoz

    Looks like trying to make up for the lost food when you were sick/recovering!

  21. thenomadGourmand

    steven goh: The suckling pig was done very well. Nothing to complain about! If you are in KL for CNY, my treat ok!

    Unka: Hurmph, u only.

    foodbin: where?? frm your blog u seem to be having gd food all the time? LOL. U been here?

    PureGlutton: U can actually make it on time for lunch on a weekday??

    allie: If only u are in KL now! Get a job here! I nd a fellow CAKE glutton!

    tummythoz: Heh..this was way before I got sick worr…but I'm aiming for a second round *wink*

  22. burpandslurp

    My dear, I see you're still eating as well as ever. For that, I'm glad, and mighty jealous! >.<

    And I'm so happy your relationship with your dad is turning for the better…whatever he did, please forgive him…it's just not worth holding a grudge because you are just denying yourself the peace and comfort that comes with reconciliation.

    By the way, are you feeling better? I hope so! *HUGS* and I'll leave the *kiss* for your bf lah! >.<

  23. CRIZ LAI

    Whoa.. those are a feast for royals. Impressive display and great food. Make sure you take me there when I'm down there…. 😛

  24. backStreetGluttons

    This has been an SS2 food icon since some time with a superblast from kgboycitigal & gang some years back. But we have not been here since Biblical times, omg !

  25. Philip

    Thanks very good for post, I follow your blog:-)
    My family enjoyed our meal 😉

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