Under which tree???

Week 1: “Beckiieee…I found this great place!!! UNDER A TREE one..the assam fish head here is soo sooo good.. the sui tan is damn nice..all the dishes very niceee...

Week 2: “So becky.. you had the fish yet? No?? WHY?? I send you the address NOW ok..you must try.. you wont get bored eating it everyday!
ME (thinking to myself) : Everyday??? Sure boh??

Week 3: “Eh becky..have you gone to try it yet?? You know, the place I told you about..the assam fish..
You managed to find it? It’s UNDER A TREE. ”

THAT …for 3 weeks in a row.

THAT….is alike hanging a wriggling fat fish in front of a hungry shark.

THAT…. got images of a huge fishy head, with bulging eyes and full cheeks (I loveee that part I tell you..) swimming in crimson, piping hot broth, with whiff of sharp piquant gravy assailing to my piggy snort…

But still I was hesitant..cos you see.. unless it is a food blogger or someone I know, who I had dined with before & had pronounced his/her standard in food worthy of opinion, I hardly trust their recommendations.

Blame it on past experiences.

Anyhow, I took the bait. Rounded up a gang. And this time thelaziestchefever aka The Gourmand Extraordinaire joined us. Do read about his excited experience here. ;p

As usual, desserts took the most attention & we started on the cakes, again… even before the order for the food was placed!


A Slice of Heaven
Jaya One (next to Cold Storage)
No. 72A Jalan Universiti
46200, Petaling Jaya.

Open daily from 10am to 10pm. For more details, check out Just Heavenly’s blog.


And all those pics of cakes by Ciki and AWOL got me rushing down to Bangsar for my fix…

daily grind

Yup, it’s the Red Velvet and The Hummingbird. I actually preferred The Red Velvet by A Taste Boutique. Not sure if it was still that good since I last had it in Feb. Their cream cheese topping was remarkable.
This one was eerr…butter cream?
The Hummingbird was lovely though, the sponge base is banana-ish with generous amount of pecans. Moist, interesting & delicious!

Ok, now on the REAL food.
THE BEST DISH of the night = Salted Egg Squids. RM19.
This is THE ham tan sotong“. One of their signatures. And superbly tasty.
It came to our table piping crispy hot and remained excellent throughout the meal. Even when it got cold, it didn’t collapse into a pile of soggy batter and rubber rings. Nope, it stayed crispy and tenderly chewable throughout.
For such a huge portion, RM19 is well justified.

hamtan sotong

Their Salted Egg Pork was another recommended dish. However, we tried not to go overboard with the salted egg flavour so then the lady boss recommended their Marmite Pork.
Alas, Emeryn doesn’t take marmite so we skipped that too.
PS: I saw that it was a popular order that night, and the pork pieces absolutely glisten, all sweet and sticky..darn…

We ended up with the Sweet and Sour Pork, RM17, which is basically a version that’s really substandard with floury coating & barely bearable- tasting pork meat and unimaginative gravy. Flat and bland. Urgh.

sweetsour pork

Guess that wasn’t their forte, for the other dishes did shine.

Our simple vege dish of quick fry french beans with chai poh. RM12. Sweet, crunchy and easy on the palate. Nice.

french beans

The steamed egg RM10 won us over with its slippery smooth and custard-like texture.
So simple, yet satisfying.


And here is the steamed assam fish. Tilapia, with moist sweet flesh, & no funny undiscerning taste whatsoever. Lap it up with the gravy, enjoy it with rice, eat it on its own. It’s just good.


The portions frighten us at first, for the lady who took the orders went ahead and set portions for 8, which is something one should be aware of when dining here.
So please inform her in advance, else she places kitchen orders for the number of pax at the table for EACH dish.

All in all, RM100 for all the dishes above, for 8 pax and with chinese tea included wasn’t a bad deal right??
The place may sound really remote, but it is actually about 15mins drive from SS2.
Mr Gourmand Extraordinaire mentioned the Setia Way KTM station is actually very nearby.

28, Jalan SS 9A/16
Sungai Way New Village,
47300 Petaling Jaya.
contact: 012 – 217 7260/012 380 3918

We sat at Tin Sing, which was air-conditioned but these two restaurants you see above actually shares the same kitchen. In short, BOTH restaurants are the same.
And yet the name on their receipt is Mei Sin or something..hhmm..

All hail the gluttons!!


This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Nic (KHKL)

    u had cakes before a real, solid meal? woah, u da bomb! haha!

    i lurve the hummingbird cake from the daily grind. great texture and taste! and this dai chow place looks fine as well. hmmm, i wonder if they have hokkien mee…hehe

  2. thule a.k.a leo

    yummy!!! too bad it's not air-conditioned or else I can bring my baby there…
    put this place in my list and will drop by as soon as my baby gets older. love the ham dan sotong… my kind of food.. lol!!
    I have not come to this place ever since my god bro went back to Sibu… he used to stay here 🙂

  3. thenomadGourmand

    nic: U finally tried the Red Velvet eh?
    Yup the hummingbird was good! and yes, I luv my cakes..n normally eat them as soon as I can, in any order!

    thule: it is air-con. the tin sing side. cheap n good and clean..but yeah, advisable to wait till yr toddler is older 😉

  4. Bangsar-bAbE

    I want ham tan sotong! =D

    Ya lor…I really salute you. Can eat cake before your actual meal!

  5. Sean

    i'm a big fan of anything coated with salted egg! prices look very attractive … but definitely need to sit in the air-conditioned section considering the current weather!

  6. Tummythoz

    I so wanna hentam that hamtam sotong… droolz

  7. worldwindows

    Hamtan sotong looks real nice. Hamtan goes well with crabs and I am sure more innovative dishes to come.

  8. thule a.k.a leo

    I really miss those dai pai dong feel… now go everywhere has to consider the baby 1st… sigh!!! gotta train her to be adventurous like her daddy 🙂

  9. thenomadGourmand

    bangsar-babe: cakes are priority!

    sean: at night it wasnt tht bad. but yeah, good tht they got A/C!

    tummythoz: not very common dish right the ham tan sotong? I was intrigued at 1st too!

    worldwindows: vyeah..all along i tot salted egg is for prawns and crabs..

    thule: LOL. yes. else you guys are really missing out on all the yummy places!

  10. Allie

    those cakes are killing me ~~

  11. talat

    I would have done the same, the red velvet cake looks so delicious

    Jackie @ PhamFatale.com

  12. Sugar Bean

    Oo, I've been to this place in Sungai Way before, had lunch but didn't have dinner. Their lunch was good, I remember trying their black pepper deer meat during lunchtime, it was really good.

  13. burpandslurp

    lol! No tree in sight! So why under the tree? Xiao.
    the salted egg squids sound so weird yet sooooo tasty. My mouth is watering.

  14. backStreetGluttons

    omg ! We have vitually forgotten bout this place where we used to hang out after the KRTU 18 , those golfing days. We are now jolted out of our overlong slumber…of coz we dun remember any tree

    We will be back TQ !

  15. cariso

    Steamed egg – I will order that. 🙂

  16. J2Kfm

    assam fish – perfect gravy to drown them all rice up. but should not be that easy to find, eh?

    being out of town and all …

    steamed egg (be it single, plural eg. sam wong dan/3 types) the safe choice, and healthier.

  17. thenomadGourmand

    allie: a lover of cakes as well? *high 5*!!

    talat: All the cakes was delicious!

    sugarbean: ohh..i luvv venison! didnt knw they had it ther..there aint any menu!!

    burpandslurp: ya lor..a misnomer.
    Yeah, at first i tot it wont go as well..but surprise, surprise, it was a yummy combination!

    bsg: my pleasure! luv discovering all the back-lanes, udr trees ;p,
    over the river locations to share w all!

    cariso: yes, simple & yummys!

    J2kfm: it wasnt tth hard to find, quite near PJ.
    yes, eggs is so simple, yet when u get it right…absolutely delicious, healthy & satisfying!

  18. ♥peachkins♥

    Great food and great company ..I'm sure you had a great time..

  19. CRIZ LAI

    The price for the food sounded real reasonable. When are you bringing me out?? Haha 😛


  20. Life for Beginners

    That's the way to do it! Desserts before the mains! Heck, desserts should be the main course, no? 😀

  21. vialentino

    lucky i am not cake lover.

    btw…is dat the famous sauted egg squid? at sungei way one?

    next time i will join u all makan once my wife deliver ler…now cant ler…wat a bad timing…

  22. vialentino

    lucky i am not cake lover.

    btw…is dat the famous sauted egg squid? at sungei way one?

    next time i will join u all makan once my wife deliver ler…now cant ler…wat a bad timing…

  23. thenomadGourmand

    peachkins: yes, i did 😉
    ya got food bloggers meets like this in Phil?

    criz: surprisingly rite? seems tht not only Pg got good cheap food! must knw where to find only..

    LFB: oh yes. gimme the cakes alone!

    vialentino: aiyo..dont like cakes? hw can..
    yes, cant wait for you to join us. Ya quite a makan kaki also ;p
    Gonna be sooo fun!

  24. CUMI & CIKI

    yummie baybeh! nice shots woman!

  25. wEtwEtwAtEr

    fulamak! u all really got taste. hahaha… that place is like my family's official dinner place. LOL!
    since you have already tried the assam fish, also try their "lam yu" pai kuat and their marmite pai kuat.

    its spelled A-W-E-S-O-M-E =)

  26. thenomadGourmand

    c&c: thank u thk u.. 😉

    wetwetwater: hello! haha..we r all fussy eaters 😉
    yes, we wanted to order tht..dunno hw come end up with the horrible sweet & sour one!

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