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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Our Kulai friend Puan Chong and family found Chao Shan Restaurant in Indahpura (Kulai) near their home and they love it. So, we arranged to have dinner there together last night.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Chao Shan is a year old small restaurant and it has quickly become popular with local families for their Teochew dishes at reasonable prices.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Owner chef Tang (left) has over 20 years' experience in F & B, including as Executive Chef of Souper Tang restaurants. Head Chef 自强 too has 2 decades of experience, including years in Melbourne under the tutelage of Hong Kong master chefs.



Eleven adults and 3 children in our party, we had 10 dishes. We enjoyed all the well executed dishes as the ingredients were fresh and the well balanced flavours were at the intensity we like (neither too light nor too strong). We had the larger serving size for most of the dishes.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

First up was the aspic (meat jello) 潮州水晶猪脚冻 (price RM18.90+). I like the mild savoury flavour of the jello which was made by boiling pig skin into liquid and then chilling it into a jiggly gel. The jello was "melt in the (warmth of your) mouth" as no gelling agent was used. The tender pieces of pork trotter meat embedded inside were tender, their mild savoury sweetness adding additional layers of flavour to the delicious traditional Teochew dish.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

潮州芋头龙虎斑炉 Tiger dragon grouper steamboat. I like the gently herbal, savoury sweet taste of the vegetable and mushroom soup. We had a fresh tiger dragon grouper with the soup. There are other fish options like white pomfret and red snapper (prices seasonal).

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

潮州卤水拼盘 Teochew braised platter (price RM39.90+). There were braised duck, pork belly, eggs and tofu. The braising stock was mildly savoury so I could still taste the natural flavours in the tenderly juicy duck and pork belly.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Steamed kampung chicken.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

The meat was lean but still tender. We could still taste the free range chicken's natural chicky sweet flavours beneath the sweet savoury sauces.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

芋头香南乳排骨枝 Fried pork ribs (marinated in fermented beancurd) with yam. Fermented beancurd and yam are two of my favourite things. The fried pork ribs and yam were served with a nice savoury sweet fermented beancurd sauce. The tender yam was well infused with the flavoursome sauce. The fried pork ribs too were well marinated with fermented beancurd. The fried pork ribs were tender as they were stewed in the sauce but still had a bit of crispness on the outside. (RM29.50+.)

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

瓦煲海皇王豆腐 Braised seafood and tofu in claypot (price RM29.90+). The fresh fish, prawn, shellfish etc in the savoury sweet sauce were nice. The nicest thing in the dish was the house made tofu. The tofu was made from scratch in house with soya bean milk made by grinding soya beans. The golden brown fried bean curd skin wrapped a very smooth, soft, creamy whitish core inside. I like the taste and aroma of fresh bean curd.



This tofu and seafood dish is a Must Try.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

油炸尖沙鱼 Tsim sha fish deep fried to golden brown crisp outside while the inside remains white and moist. The crisp outside had a subtle savouriness while the white moist inside was naturally sweet. There was no greasy slick on the dish at all. I like this dish and would order it whenever it is available.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Fried Chinese Kale (kailan) 古法香港芥蓝 (price RM13+).

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Fried green beans with olive vegetable and minced pork 橄榄菜肉碎四季豆 (price RM19.90+). The deep fried green beans were crunchy and juicy sweet.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Teochew fried noodles 潮州炒面条 (price RM14.90+).

Tasty savoury sweet eggy flavours on the tenderly springy egg noodles. Love these noodles.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

潮州河粉 Teochew style hor fun. This is a Must Order. Sweet thin rice ribbon noodles complemented with nice toasty caramelised sauce (wok hei) flavour. Bits of chai poh provided crunch and more savoury flavours. The stir fried dish was not greasy.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

银鱼炒饭 Fried rice with fried whitebait fish.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Olive vegetable fried rice 橄榄菜炒饭. Puan Chong and family love this fluffy, non greasy fried rice with savoury flavour from leafy vegetable preserved in olive oil.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Eat at a Teochew restaurant must of course have orh nee 潮式芋泥. Chao Shan Restaurant's version is made with hand grounded smooth yam and pumpkin paste. Dressed with gingko nuts and eaten with coconut milk. We like it that Chao Shan's orh nee has layers of sweetness from the yam, pumpkin and coconut milk yet it is not overly sweet. (There is no lard or aromatic shallot oil in Chao Shan's orh nee.)

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Recommended for you 👍 Tonight, we enjoyed the more homely Teochew dishes at Chao Shan Restaurant. We like it that the dishes were tasty with well balanced flavours at just the right intensity for all of us. Prices were reasonable too.

Note: Chef Tang is starting a second Chao Shan outlet in Bukit Indah soon.

Chao Shan Teochew Restaurant in Indahpura Kulai Johor 潮汕海鲜餐厅

Restaurant name: Chao San Restaurant 潮汕海鲜餐厅
Address48, Jalan Kenanga 29/3, Bandar Indahpura, Kulai, Johor
GPS1°38'29.5"N 103°37'11.9"E 🌐 1.641515, 103.619972
WazeChao San Restaurant
Tel: 012 773 9880 / 07 665 4498
Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Non Halal



Date visited: 13 Apr 2019




4 comments:

  1. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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  2. Highly recommended for special Teochew dishes.
    Flavours are not too strong and no MSG syndrome after eating.
    Boss and staff are friendly.
    They accept requests to cook dishes for customers who bring their main ingredients, like fish and other seafood. Need to call to confirm.

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  3. Although not truly old Teochew style cooking, it was good enough for me and were priced reasonably for its food. The Teochew kway teow stirred fried with vegetable greens & chai po was excellent.

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  4. The teochew kueh teow stirred friend with vegetable & chai po was excellent. Reasonably prized. Will return for more.

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