“Eat me, or I’ll eat you back!” – is what I heard the fish say. So what did I do?
I ate it of course. It was delicious. Scrumptious morsels of fish meat doused in perfectly balanced sweet and sour sauce, hard to find indeed. Rich in flavour, defintely not in colouring like most sweet & sour dishes are. Where did I get this, you ask? Why, it’s in a neat little restaurant called Dong Yi Shun, the first of Halal-certified chinese muslim cuisine that I’ve ever come across!
There’s a surau found inside the restaurant, a definite must for the Muslims to have their prayers in. So for those who live around Kota Damansara and in need of a Surau and maybe a little Chinese bite, look no further 😉
The drinks selections are sufficient but of course, tea would be the de facto drink in a Chinese restaurant, halal or non-halal. Here, the tea is, well, clearer than most we normally drink. Surprisingly I liked it very much!
First off we had was
Then came the
Then the mother of all dumplings came, the
The picture above, is a very apt example of Andrew sucking up the juices as he takes a bite at the xiao long bao. My friend Ziad once asked me, what on earth is a xiao long bao. I replied: it’s a fine mix of meat and spices sealed within a thin pieces of pastry to secure its juices as it get steamed in a steamer basket for a brief amount of time, thus cooking everything inside the pastry and creating a lovely mix of well-cooked dumpling in its own sauce. *drools*
Mr Fish made its way on to the table presented in such a tantalizing manner, it could even rival a stripper! The
Butterfried prawns of course is a regular in most chinese restaurants, and it can’t really go wrong from there. I found the buttered sauce not too crunchy which doesn’t really go well with my taste, but at least the prawns were fresh and fried so much so that I can eat it whole
Kung Po Chicken again, is another regular. This was, if not equivalent, as flavourful as the ones you’d get in a non-halal chinese restaurant so do try it!
Ah. Now this one caught my tongue, and my nose. The aroma of the
How can anyone resist a dish served in this all-too-familar cow-sizzling iron hot plate? The Sizzling
Luckily the next dish was
At the end of the day we had your everyday corn and egg soup, which I think was served to make us all feel as though it really was a chinese restaurant, not any different then any others and YET serving halal food. I thought it was amazing, like understanding the cultural difference of Muslims living in China where pork is served everywhere. After knowing that they even have a surau built in, and through talking to the Malay ladies serving by the counter, I get the feeling of utmost hospitality unlike the hurried expressions by the waiters and the let’s-get-it-done-with attitude of the taukes situated at the counter in most of the typical chinese restaurants.
What an experience this has been, and true enough, with a good mix of food, ambience (the place caters for open air tables and small private areas for functions) and hospitality, a return visit is most guaranteed.
Restaurant Dong Yi Shun
No28-G & 30-G,
Jalan PJU 5/20B,
Pusat Dagangan Kota Damansara,
PJU 5, 47810 PJ.
They have over 20 outlets in China, and currently they have 2 outlets in Peninsular, and 1 outlet at Sabah. In Peninsular, one is located in Summit USJ and the other one is located in Kota Damansara The Strand. Thanks BBO for the invite, and great to have Jess, Ken, Richard, Edward, Andrew and CK on board 😀