Siu chow and tai chow are probably two of the most common lunch or dinner choices among Chinese families. Where tai chow is considered more premium as it involves a number of cooked-to-order dishes eaten with rice, siu chow (literally translated as small fry) on the other hand are one-dish meals with rice (also cooked-to-order) which are regarded as a more economical lunch or dinner option.
There are many of these siu chow places on ShopeeFood (where some of them are also tai chow places). Although most of them cook almost the same well-known dishes, we order them from different eateries so that we don't get bored with the taste...and here are some of them.
#1 - Pandan Jaya World Restaurant, Pandan Jaya
Sweet & Sour Sliced Fish Rice @ RM13.90 - Ordered sweet and sour fish next but (unfortunately) got a wrong order of the same ginger and spring onion fish again. >.<
Concluding Thoughts - Nothing we tried disappointed. Standouts were the black pepper pork chop and fragrant spare ribs. Portions were acceptable. Prices among one of the lowest. Pleased to see compartmentalised packaging of the dish separate from the rice.
#2 - Wong Chao, Taman Shamelin Perkasa
Concluding Thoughts - This place used to have a very limited menu (though they've recently added a few more options). After trying two dishes that didn't really tickle our tastebuds, suffice to say we won't be ordering from here anymore.
#3 - San Tai Thong, Taman Tenaga
Concluding Thoughts - Most of the dishes we tried were satisfying and some were really good. Portions are decent (except for the braised pork belly) but prices are certainly on the higher side. Standouts include the braised pork belly dishes with mui choy and salted egg yolk pumpkin.
#4 - Wah Kee Stir-Fried (Restoran Ma Bao), Taman Maluri
Concluding Thoughts - Although we've only tried two, the flavours did not impress especially the smallish kung po prawns. Even though prices are reasonable, we doubt we'll be ordering from here again.
#5 - Ah Keong Steam Fish Restaurant, Taman Lembah Maju
Mixed Vegetable Rice @ RM15.90 - Fried with aromatics of ginger and garlic slices for better flavour with a variety of vegetables (may be different depending on what they have) consisting of pak choy (napa cabbage), celery, carrot, cauliflower, sugar snap peas together with abalone mushrooms, black fungus, lean pork slices and prawn (yes, singular!). Cooked to the right doneness and finished with good dash of Shaoxing cooking wine (that I could taste) which just lifted up the taste of the vegetables and sauce.
Kari Pork Rice @ RM15.90 - They do a decent rendition of curry with pork slices with onions and curry leaves. The curry is fairly thick with quite nice flavours.
Concluding Thoughts - Tasty, subtle flavours. Fair portions. Prices slightly higher than the rest. One of our favourites. Standouts were the simple mixed vegetable rice and sweet and sour grouper.
My Personal Opinion
With very limited siu chow and tai chow places in my neighbourhood to rely on for our weekday (and sometimes weekend) dinners, we had to seek out more of such places (near us) since dishes with rice (or be it just a one-dish meal) is the preferred choice of dinner for my family.
We found one recently in Fun OK Seafood Restaurant (that has now moved to a bigger space in Ampang) and can now add Pandan Jaya World, San Tai Thong and Ah Keong Seafood to our list of tai chow places to eat.
Now that the 2022 World Cup has finally descended, these are good options since I'm foreseeing little to no cooking during this period...kekeke! ;P The weekend's here...my snacks are ready.....C'mon England! ;)
Pandan Jaya World, No 1G Jalan Pandan 3/6, Pandan Jaya, KL
Wong Chao, No 1 Ground Floor, Lorong 6B/91, Taman Shamelin Perkasa, KL
San Tai Thong, 13 Jalan Selimang, Taman Tenaga, Cheras.
Wah Kee, No 1 Jalan Jejaka 3, Taman Maluri, KL
Ah Keong Steam Fish, 21 Jalan Maju 3/1, Taman Lembah Maju, KL