PRAWN DYNASTY @ Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras

With a name like “Prawn Dynasty”, it’s clear what the speciality of this restaurant is. Serving plump fresh udang galah or freshwater prawns, otherwise known as “tai thau hah” in Cantonese, the restaurant sees a steady stream of prawn lovers strolling in. Although open for just a few months, word has already gotten out about the sweet crustaceans served in Prawn Dynasty in this quiet corner of Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras.

At RM39.90 a plate, the freshwater prawns are cooked in more than 20 variety of sauces. You may have a hard time deciding, like we did. In the end, we decided to go with the popular choices of “Kam Heong Lai Yau” (buttermilk sauce), Salted Eggyolk and Black Pepper Prawns. All 3 dishes proved to be worthy winners and if I have to choose a favourite, it has to be the Kam Heong Lai Yau Prawns for its most enticing spicy flavours!

Kam Heong Lai Yau Prawns

Salted Eggyolk Prawns

Black Pepper Prawns

Besides the prawns, the menu also has an extensive listing of other seafood, chicken, pork, tofu and vegetable dishes. If you love steamed fish, please order the divine Orange Roughy Steamed in Ginger & Soya Sauce. Imported from New Zealand, it’s a rather fearsome-looking fish with the smoothest silkiest texture ever and hands-down the best tasting fish I’ve had so far this year!

Orange Roughy in Ginger Soya Sauce (from NZ) RM8.80/100g

I’m a fan of clams and la-la so when I saw “Excited Clams” on the menu, I just had to try it. The clams are cooked in a delightfully fragrant broth, tinged yellow with the addition of butter in it and slices of pork belly give it that extra meaty porky robustness. We slurped up every last drop of that addictive broth.

Excited Clams (RM25/RM40)

Do order some plain rice ready to go with their Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish, the Taiwanese-style 3-Cup Chicken, Crabmeat Tofu and the mis-translated “Saliva Chicken”! No gross saliva in the chicken – it’s just a direct translation from its Cantonese name which means the golden-skinned chicken is salivatingly delicious!

Ham Yue Fa Lam Po (RM25/RM38) – Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish

3-Cup Chicken (RM20/RM38)

Hau Sui Chicken (RM40/RM78) – “Saliva Chicken”

Kam Si Hai Pha Tofu (RM18/RM35) – Crabmeat Tofu

French Beans with Seaweed (RM18/RM30)

What a feast!


26 Jalan 6/91
Taman Shamelin Perkasa
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2856-0765


Opening Hours
Daily: 10.30am to 2.30pm;
5.30pm to 10.30pm

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Lunar New Year Festivities take on an artistic scale at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Center

Who serves Yee Sang with 28K gold? Talk about attracting prosperity, Ruyi ups the game by serving edible gold in their Yee Sang. Labelled “28K Golden Koi YU Sang”, it takes Masterchef James Ho about 20 minutes to assemble this beautiful creative platter. After all, this is Ruyi – where food takes on the forms of art and Chef James’ creative touches is the name of the game.

Central on the plate are two lively colourful koi fishes made of shredded carrots and radish swimming on blue pea flower-tinted rice puffs. In between the kois is a gold ingot, shaped using ginger and green carrots and dusted with 28K edible gold. All around these are the other accompaniment of pickled leek, mandarin oranges, pomelo, dried persimmon, cashew nuts, pickled radish and papaya.

It’s not surprising that the chefs at Ruyi make their own pretty “kuih rose” or “beehives” for the crunchy element of the yee sang.  They also add in their wickedly-addictive house-made crispy salted eggyolk fish skin to the platter.  Atlantic salmon sashimi in the form of appealing florettes and delicate bunches of sea caviar are the “sang” elements to this elaborate yee sang. Truth be told, this Yee Sang is really too pretty – we can barely bring ourselves to “destroy” the intricate ensemble. But toss it we have to, otherwise good luck and prosperity may not come our way. The portion is huge, more than enough for 10 people, trust me.

28K Golden Koi “YU” Sang (RM168) exclusive Koi Fish design with edible gold, crispy salted eggyolk

Besides this golden yee sang, there are several other versions on the menu, ranging from RM88 to RM938 (comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne & abalones!) per big portion.

Seafood soup is always a hit – the Emperor’s Pot can be served with either real or faux sharksfins braised with dried scallops, crab claw and scented with saffron.

Emperor’s Pot (RM188) saffron braised superior sharksfin with conpoy and crab claw

More premium seafood in the form of “Boston Big Brother” will certainly impress guests. There’s lots of deep-fried garlic crisps clinging onto the lobster surrounded by succulent braised abalones and crunchy prawn crackers.

Boston Big Brother (RM428) deep-fried garlic Boston lobster, braised abalones with sweet chilli sauce and prawn crackers

We like the use of dried seafood used for the 8-Treasure Duck, instead of the usual Chinese herbs. Abalones, together with dried oysters, chestnuts and salted eggyolks give the dish a deep umami flavor.

8-Treasure Duck (RM228) stuffed with abalones, dried oysters, chestnuts, salted eggyolks, black moss

XXL Prawns – wok-fried with golden garlic and Chef’s special sauce

Harmonious Claypot Rice (RM48) with smoked duck, waxed meat, exotic mushrooms & taro

Kois seem to be the central theme at Ruyi this year. Besides the Golden Koi Yee Sang, the chefs here have also mastered the art of making “nian gau” in the shape of kois and filled with sweet red beans.

Koi Fish Nian Gau with Redbeans filling (RM68)


For reservations, please call 03-2083-0288 or email


4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Center
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2083-0288

Restaurant hours
12.00pm to 3.00pm & 6.00pm to 12.00am

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Come Friday and Saturday evening just before 6.30pm, there’s a huge crowd looming at the entrance of Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. For what, you may ask. Well, they are just waiting for the clock to strike 6.30pm for the Bucked Out Seafood Market to welcome diners. Yes, this was the scene I saw when I was there several weeks ago – people who had made reservations were all waiting to get into Gobo Chit Chat!

Baskets of raw shrimps everywhere!

Slipper Lobsters

From the entrance, I caught whiffs of fresh seafood wafting out and that’s hardly surprising because the counters and tables inside were practically groaning under the weight of fresh fish, crustaceans, shellfish and all kinds of seafood! I was told there are more than 130 types of food on the buffet spread. Among other things, I spotted pots and pans of Szechuan-style Spicy Mud Crabs, Grilled Squids in Orange Sauce, Tiger Prawns with Cream Corn, Slipper Lobsters in Cream Cheese and Kam Heong Bamboo Clams.

My favourite!

Oysters lover, anyone? These babies were really good!

My plate, filled with favourites

Apart from the ready-cooked dishes, the main attraction of this seafood feast is that you can fill up buckets of your favourite fresh seafood and then hand them over to the chefs to cook it in your selected sauce – hence the name “Bucked Out Seafood!” The serving crew will then bring your bucket of cooked seafood to your table! Take your pick from a variety of sauces available: curry cheese, Sichuan chilli, sambal, rendang and Thai coriander lime garlic.

Pick your seafood into a bucket like this

Goodies from our bucket!


Of course besides seafood, there are also meats, chicken, pasta, noodles, salads and desserts on the buffet – take your pick from the Japanese, Indian and Western food counters.

Salmon Pizza

Roast Lamb

Fragrant Grilled Chicken

Curry Mud Crabs cooked to order, served with fried mantou!

The Bucked Out Seafood Buffet is available every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at RM149 nett per person.


Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Persiaran KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2332-9888