Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Serai Empire @ Subang


Not a bad-looking place for a shopping mall outlet. The menu is a bit more creative than expected, with a few interesting twists to trite recipes.


Serai Platter: oily rice with oxtail asam pedas, honey-fried squid, ayam goreng rempah & acar. Everything on the plate was well-prepared and went nicely together, from the succulent oxtail & sweet squid to the crisp chicken & fragrant rice.


Sang Har Yin Yong (kuey teow & crispy bee hoon with freshwater prawns & veggies in egg broth). Respectable on its own merits, though not as lip-smacking as the sang har meen at Soo Kee, Grandmama's and all those other places. The portion was hearty enough for large appetites and the three prawns seemed fairly fresh.


Nutella "ravioli." A strange concoction. Basically fried sui kow filled with Nutella.


Pisang goreng with pandan-flavored batter. Couldn't taste the pandan, but these were nevertheless decent banana fritters. Crunchy outside, juicy within, without excess oil.


Frosty Tamarind (ice-blended beverage with tamarind pulp) & Sirap Selasih (rose syrup with basil seeds). Quirky flavors, but a bit too sweet.


Serai Empire,
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29 comments:

  1. Now, I love sui kow and I love Nutella... but both of them together? This is like an Italian-Chinese version of the fried Mars bars... fusion done right or gone wrong? Only a bite will tell... :)

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  2. Nutella ravioli?! puke puke puke :P

    i prefer mine savory thx!!

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  3. I had lower expectations of the place when I walked past it recently. Where's the Serai?

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  4. Empire Subang :( passed by a few times while driving along Federal highway...

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  5. next stop to try there, been to Empire quite often.

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  6. lfb: there are quite a few marriages of east and west on the menu here. u might also wanna try the italian penne with beef rendang =)
    ciki: i kinda liked it (it was crisp, freshly made and packed with nutella), but my friend thought the combo just didn't taste right :D
    lemongrass: don't judge a restaurant by its entrance! but luckily they placed their menu outside for passers-by ... otherwise, i might not have decided to try it :D
    leo: quite an decent shopping mall to go to with your family. it's bright, clean and not too big :D
    joe: i like how many of the eateries are clustered together, though many of them seem to be franchise restaurants...

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  7. italian penne with beef rendang ?? Yums! ;)

    I wil take tht fried nutella too! Oh, is SuChan open yet?

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  8. tng: yep, suchan is open! but didn't venture inside. strangely, it looked kinda deserted compared to the other outlets...

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  9. The italian penne with beef rendang actually sounds kinda good. But that's hardly fusion if it's just slopping some home-made rendang over al dente pasta, eh? I pun boleh buat... (When I'm not busy purchasing roast chicken from Cold Storage, that is, haha.)

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  10. lfb: hey, that's an idea for the next pot luck! pre-cook some penne, buy some beef rendang from some makcik's outlet, bring it all over to the house, mix it up there, and voila! everyone will be licking their lips :D

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  11. *shudders at the thought of PRE-cooked penne*

    Devil would disown me if I ever resort to pasta that's not freshly cooked and perfectly al dente. :P

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  12. lfb: tell him it's the latest trend in italy, where a young generation of chefs have spearheaded a culinary revolution with pre-cooked pasta, after discovering that pasta's flavor gains a unique, whole-grain earthiness after being allowed to settle for about an hour :D

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  13. Riiiight. He's so gonna buy that. My Devil. The original trickster. He who beats FBB at Scrabble for fun, then teases him some more.

    Riiiight.

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  14. lfb: wah, sounds like i'd get along perfectly with him. thick as thieves, we'd be :D

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  15. Thick may be accurate. Thick in the head, to be exact. LOL

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  16. lfb: yes, girth is indeed quite important and often overlooked. i'm glad u can appreciate that :D

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  17. That Serai Platter looks good! Oxtail assam pedas?! Now, that I have never tried before!

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  18. pureglutton: yep, quite a nice change from the usual oxtail stew, since this one was a bit spicy and a bit sour :D

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  19. Nutella ravioli??? Aiyoh can't they do better than this?

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  20. babe_kl: heheh, maybe the chef really, really loves nutella, and wanted it on the dessert menu :D

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  21. ooh i felt like having some ayam goreng now!!

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  22. eiling: it's too late at nite to indulge in fried food, heheh :D

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  23. guys... how about price? its reasonable?

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  24. triesya/zailani: hi, sorry for late response. prices are moderate. i think u can have a main course, dessert and drink for slightly more than RM30.

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  25. Siti: glad u liked it!

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  26. tried it several times and most of the times the place is full.. need to wait for a seat..
    really the place to eat if your really hungry like skipping breakfast..

    a drink and main course for 2 usually reaches rm60-rm80 for me..

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  27. madly: they seem to have gotten really popular over the past year. i guess that's partly a testament to their quality :D

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