Wednesday, 6 August 2014

O & S Restaurant (Part 1) @ Paramount Garden

O & S Restaurant @ Paramount Garden is a very popular breakfast and lunch joint in the PJ neighbourhood.  My family and I have been eating at this coffee shop for ages but (only now) I'm finally including it in my blog.  Getting a seat here during peak Sunday mornings is amost impossible (unless you're willing to wait) let alone getting your own table (you've got to be willing to share a table with strangers).

And the reason for that is that this coffee shop is filled with many food choices of hawker stalls selling Penang chee cheong fun, Hakka yong tau foo, wantan mee, prawn mee, curry laksa, assam laksa, char kway teow, beef noodles, chicken/roast meat rice, fish head noodles, pork ball noodles, popiah and even Nyonya kuih...and everything is pretty good here (though some better than others)!

This (Penang) Chee Cheong Fun with "Har Ko" @ RM2 (small) is similar to the Penang-style chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) with fried onions and sesame seeds (and they're quite generous with it) served with Har Ko (a thick prawn paste).  It is best eaten mixed with a dollop of chilli sauce to cut through the saltiness of the prawn paste.  My suggestion is try not to mix in all the prawn paste because its thick, molasses-like consistency can get a bit gluggy towards the end.

I like the fact that the chee cheong fun rolls are very smooth though the gluggy prawn paste may not appeal to's one of those things, you either like it or you don't!  There aren't many hawkers selling this version of chee cheong fun here in KL, so I guess it's the nearest thing we've got without having to travel to Penang for it.

The stall also offers the Curry Chee Cheong Fun @ RM3 (big) and this one is without the curry chicken.  I find it decent enough, although not as good as the Har Kou version.  The curry sauce is a bit watery and light in taste (nothing like the thick, heavily santan-flavoured type) but still fairly good nonetheless.

Another good eat here is the Wantan Mee Stall.  Just a look at all those juicy, mouth-watering caramelised strips of  "char siew" (barbecued pork) is enough to make you lick your lips in anticipation.

This plate of wantan mee with char siew and wantans cost RM5.50.  From the char siew to the noodles to the sauce, everything's pretty decent in taste and is one of our favourites at this restaurant.  And, if you're lucky enough to be given the corner caramelised bits, you'll be in "char siew wonderland"!  Also, you can safely "tapau" (pack) this wantan mee as the noodles manages to maintain its 'integrity' but not being mushy and clumpy when you eat it hours later (which is not the case with many other wantan mee).

But our No. 1 favourite here has to be the Hakka Yong Tau Foo @ RM1.20 a piece (it was RM1 last year, went up to RM1.10 after CNY and now it's RM1.20...that sucks)!  This is the only stall that is self-service...a testimony to the fact that the yong tau foo must be good, otherwise the customers would not be so willing to queue (in an orderly fashion) and self-serve themselves (patiently).  [#Warning: The lady boss is not your typical 'friendly-type' of person!]  If you walk by the tables, you'll notice that almost every table has an order of yong tau foo...further testimony that this yong tau foo is good.

They don't have a wide variety of yong tau foo, just the standard types of brinjal, ladies finger, bitter gourd, chillies, white tau fu, fried tau fu, tau fu pok (bean curd puffs), fish balls, fried fu chuk (bean curd sheet) rolls and fried sui kow (dumpling).  Just look at those inviting springy, tasty fish balls in the pot!

This is the fried fu chuk rolls and sui kow (their most popular items here) which are absolutely delightful.  As they are freshly fried, they're very crispy and the filling is really good.  The minced pork in the fish paste mixture is quite pronounced and that's why this is my husband's favourite fried sui kow.

I like to eat my fried yong tau foo separately (to keep them totally crispy) from the ones in soup.  This stuffed brinjal, bitter gourd and chilli is accompanied by a soup that's extremely flavourful, a tad oily but still good.  I can't remember having yong tau foo soup this good...not sure if it's MSG-laden though since I'm immune to MSG :-)

My Personal Opinion

This is probably one of the busiest and most crowded coffee shops in PJ because of the good hawker food here coz (almost) everything is good....even the "kopi-o" (black coffee).
There're just too many good eats in this coffee shop to cover in one watch out for Part 2!

Likes:  The Hakka yong tau foo, Penang chee cheong fun with har ko and wantan short, just about everything-lah!

Dislikes:  Having to self-serve ourselves at the yong tau foo stall.

O & S Restaurant
39 Jalan 20/14
Paramount Garden
46300 Petaling Jaya


  1. I always eat here when I am in PJ. So this is the paramount garden yong tau fo you said is the best ytf around. I have never tried it because I always eat the chee cheong fun and popiah in o&s.

    1. I'm not sure if it's the best around as there is always a better ytf out there that I've not tried before but I can surely say it's my most favourite one todate...practically every table will order this.


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