Restoran Pekin really needs no introduction to JB folks. Pekin is an old established stalwart in JB Chinese restaurants and banquets. It is still one of the favourites in JB relied on for weddings, anniversaries, and celebrations because their standards are consistent and dependable.
Originally with just one shop in a quiet corner of Taman Sentosa, Restoran Pekin now has five restaurants in Taman Sentosa, Taman Johor Jaya and Taman Sutera. Besides banquets, Restoran Pekin is popular with clients walking in for lunch or dinner. Many are multi generation regulars.
Today, we dropped by Pekin's Sentosa restaurant for lunch. The interior is well appointed and comfortable, without looking pretentious. Piano versions of my favourite Chinese pop songs play softly in the background. I can feel the warmth and simplicity of old school restaurants.
Once we were seated, we were served the customary dish of nibbles. More experienced foodies have told me that they can tell restaurants apart just by how seriously they take their nibbles. Some restaurants simply buy bags of nuts which they just "snip (the bag) and serve". Then, there are other better restaurants that take the trouble to serve a well prepared nibble.
Going by that criteria, Restoran Pekin is in the class of good restaurants with their nibble of fried tofu, anchovies and shallot. There's sweet, sour, savoury and spicy flavours with tender, crunchy and crispy textures.
The tasty nibble gets conversation going and saliva flowing in anticipation of the main dishes.
We ordered this huge Braised Pork Trotter 红烧元蹄 (price RM39+) after the waiter assured us that we can tabao (take away) the leftovers 😂
The trotter is braised in a savoury sweet sauce till the juicy meat, fat, tendons and skin are pillowy soft. I love all the sweet soft and juicy gelatinous parts very much 😂
Sea Cucumber with Dry Fish Maw 海参鱼漂 (price RM60+).
We ordered this dish because a Uber driver recommended it during one of my recent rides 😃 I always ask Uber drivers for foodie tips 😉
Restoran Pekin use good quality sea cucumbers and fish maw to make this dish. The thick sea cucumber and fish maw is stewed in a layered savoury sweet sauce which flavours are deeply infused into both. We love the bouncy, jelly like texture of the sea cucumber and the fish maw's sponginess.
Stir fried Organic Green Dragon Vegetable 有机金龙菜 with bean sprouts (price RM15+).
Well stir fried with a light savoury sauce - the greens and bean sprouts (roots removed) retaining their juicy crunch and natural sweetness.
Fried Rice Noodles 干炒面线 (price RM8). The tender noodles were moist and infused with savoury sweet stock. The moistness was at just the right level and the noodles were not overly greasy at all. There were prawns, lean pork slices, black mushrooms, bean sprouts, eggs etc buried in the flavourful mound. Delicious.
Complimentary 龟苓膏 dessert after our meal. Service at Restoran Pekin is good, and best of all, there is no service charge (just 6% GST).
Our total bill came to RM134 (including 6% GST). We feel the pricing is competitive.
4-Star (out of 5). We always enjoyed our meals at Restoran Pekin. The ingredients are fresh and of good quality. The execution is immaculate. The environment is comfortable and familiar. The service is earnest and sincere. Pricing is also competitive. Pekin's standards are famously consistent and I recommend them to friends with confidence.
Restaurant name: Restoran Pekin 北京楼
Address: 38, Jalan Baldu 5, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1°29'34.3"N 103°47'02.6"E | 1.492865, 103.784056
Tel: +607 333 2928 +607 332 0902
Hours: 11:00am to 10:45pm
Date visited: 29 Nov 2016
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