Sunday, December 30, 2012

F4 Fish Head & Brother Yat @ Subang

Deep within factory-filled Subang, two warehouse-like restaurants have cultivated loyal followings.

First up, F4 Fish Head, where the specialty is self-explanatory. We like it steamed with ginger, served satisfyingly fresh & surprisingly fleshy.

Herbal chicken, a tender winner at this breezy outlet that's more comfortable than expected.

Salted egg yolk squid, the tastiest version we've had in ages. Fabulous flavor, slightly sweet.

A crowd-pleasing classic: Pork belly with salted fish in claypot, steaming-hot & savory.

Seafood tofu, recommended for folks who like this soft instead of firm.

Sweet potato leaves, as good as it gets. Total cost: RM140, a reasonable bill to foot.

Scarcely a thirty-second drive from F4, here's Brother Yat, a more modestly sized eatery.

Brother Yat's beer-cooked "sauna prawns" are the signature recipe here.

Succulent & remarkably flavorsome, costing below RM50 per half-kilogram.

Pork knuckle in "Mongolian" brown gravy. Meaty where it must be, comprising plenty of parts that cater to both fat-seeking & crispness-craving customers.

Tea-smoked chicken. Not bad, but in the battle of the fowl, we think F4's herbal one triumphs.

In the clash of seafood tofu though, Brother Yat's fried one might prove the victor.

Stir-fried veggies with some crunchy, root-like fibers. Addictive, almost.

Spinach soup & two-style kai lan to wrap up a meal that merits its RM160 price tag.

F4 Fish Head @ Subang

Brother Yat @ Subang

F4 Fish Head & Brother Yat,
Jalan Subang 4, Subang Jaya.
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26 comments:

  1. Had Bro Yat's "sauna" prawns and seafood tofu before...quite good =)

    Yay! Steamed with ginger to clear the sinuses and I dun mind the soft seafood tofu...can experience different textures lar...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: and quite reasonably priced too, rite. Cost at brother yat seems to have barely creeped up 10 percent in the past few years, heh =) ya, for f4, it seems like most customers prefer the fish head to be cooked in a claypot curry, which i haven't tried here, but I'll still stick to steamed with ginger. But between fried tofu and steamed tofu, I think I like fried a bit better =)

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    2. Haha...time to visit our neighbourhood dai chows lar...they are as good or even better :p

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    3. Ulric: good point! I've noticed a few more opened up recently on the street where my Laundrette is :D

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  2. I've not really tasted the restaurants in this area. Its always seemed to give the impression that it was touristy. Your review may just motivate us to check that area out for a change.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, I'm not really familiar with this area, but a friend who lives not far away recommended both these places. It seemed like most of the customers were people in the neighborhood, dressed casually for dinner. But ya, I think it's worth a visit on a weekend when you might be craving dishes like these =)

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  3. thats my neigbour hood:) glad u did a review for both place. love it.

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    1. Su Yee: oooo, nice neighborhood, with a lot of eateries to choose from. And ya, i definitely enjoyed my dinners at both these outlets :D

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  4. Never knew! My house in USJ almost 20 years! Glad you mention, never drove into jalan subang 4 which looks like adead end road, should try one day !

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    1. Wong: oh yeah, when you drive down that road, it looks like it's just factories and warehouses. but suddenly, you'll find these two restaurants :D

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  5. The pork belly looks good. I prefer dishes with darker shades of colour...but both places look pretty good! Went to Ah Lye for curry fish head - somewhere around this are too, right? Food was ok, wouldn't say it was the best.

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, ah lye is in a busier part of subang, i think. folks in subang must be fans of fish head, cos there do seem to be several pretty popular fish head restaurants in this district :D

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  6. hehehe .. a chinse food review huh..
    those pork knuckle and salted fish looks delicious

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, i like chinese food, but somehow i don't eat it often enough. maybe cos these chinese outlets don't usually serve wine, heh. but yeah, the dishes here are tasty :D

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  7. Chinese daichow? Very rare to that here, hehehe.
    Salted egg yolk sotong and pork belly with salted fish are my 2 favourite dishes! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, these two chinese daichow outlets are not bad. maybe if you're ever in subang area, you can visit one of them :D

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  8. F4 Fish Head dishes look pretty good... is this the one with lots of outlets elsewhere?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, this is the only F4 fish head that i know, but it's quite close to another popular fish head specialist, lan je, which has outlets all across the klang valley =)

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  9. Have eaten numerous times at Brother Yat but not F4. Must go try that fish head soon!

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    1. Pureglutton: F4 feels a bit more popular compared to brother yat, based on the crowd size at both places. i think both are really worthwhile! maybe we'll bump into each other here someday :D

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  10. Prices are so reasonable! And fresh ingredients too. I should eat these more often, but somehow I eat chap fun for lunch everyday and wehn i go food hunting, i seldom settle for Chinese :P

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    1. TNG: ya, i guess it's true what they say, if we wanna know where the good daichows are, then look for where the crowds go :D oooh, maybe i should do a chap fun food crawl someday. that's something i haven't eaten for quite awhile! =)

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  11. Brother yat is good, F4 is super crowded... Sean if you want to go chap fan crawl, TAIPAN Restaurant Nanking's one is pretty good. so far one of the better ones. And one in New Town PJ, even serves rendang!

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    1. Nekohime: thanks, will keep those in mind. It's been a very long time since I explored the taipan area :D

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  12. Ohh...I've been to F4 fish head! Its often crowded esp. during dinner time. I like the steamed fish with ginger. Generous amount of ginger which I like. You can also ask them to do yin yong type..then can taste 2 different flavors hor...

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    1. Melissa: ooh, two flavor fish sounds good! will order that next time, thanks :D

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