Monday, April 8, 2019

Prawn Dynasty @ Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras



Seafood Fantasia



A newbie on the block, Prawn Dynasty aims to take crustacean dining to a whole new level of sumptuousness. Barely a few months old since its opening in January 2019, the restaurant is in a bustling area in Cheras.



The ambiance is decent, typical of a Chinese restaurant with no frills. Standard white wash walls, red table cloths and live fish tanks. Bright and not too bad in space wise, Prawn Dynasty opted to focus on their food. There’re also private rooms available for a few tables with karaoke option. Parking is limited inside the restaurant compound, but one can also park just outside the vicinity area.


Needless to say, prawns are their signatures, especially 头虾 or big head prawns. Foodies can get their prawns prepared in various ways and sauces. Fear not if some of your dining companions are not into prawns as there are plenty of other Chinese seafood and meat dishes in the menu.


Rolling of the menu list, there are more than 20 ways of the big head prawns available such as Dynasty Steam Prawns, Baked Prawns with Cheese, Salted Egg Prawn, Milky Prawn, Cantonese Style Garlic Chili Prawn, Braised Claypot Prawn with Special Fish Soup, Curry Prawn Indonesian Style, Stir Fried Prawn Vietnamese Style, Dynasty Salt & Pepper Prawn and more.

Foodies will be glad to know that prices for the freshwater prawn or big head prawn here are very affordable. The restaurant serves one standard size for Big Head Prawns at RM39.90 per portion prepared in your choice of sauces. A plus point so one can opt to order as many portions depending on your number of diners as well as a chance to savor few flavours of the crustaceans without having to burn a hole in your pocket.


We tucked in three flavours of Kam Heong Butter Milk Prawn, Prawn with Salted Egg Sauce and Black Pepper Prawns. Each one has at least three big head prawns cut in half depending on the sizes.


The Kam Heong Butter Milk Prawn was served in a claypot. Bubbling upon arrival, the pot of prawns is deliciously aromatic. A luscious thick orangey sauce with lots of aromatics of curry leaves, onions, dried shrimp and spices paired well with the fresh sweet prawns. Best eaten hot, the kam heong sauce is lip-smacking yum, so much so that you’ll end up sucking the prawn shells for every bit of that sauce.


Prawn Dynasty offers two version of Prawn with Salted Egg with one being saucy and the other being the dry version. Our saucy version looked divine at sight! Generously sauced up, the prawns are drenched in that thick and unctuous salted egg buttermilk sauce with dried chili and curry leaves. Its not a spicy dish but the dried chilies gave the sauce a nice boost of underlying flavour to offset the richness of the salted egg. Also best savored piping hot for best flavours…


The third dish of Black Pepper Prawns had a good dose of black pepper and is great if you are a fan of that hit of pepper. The dish was decent though I personally felt it didn’t let one enjoy the natural sweetness of the big head prawns. For those who enjoy the natural sweetness of the crustaceans, the Dynasty Steamed Prawns would be another good option to consider.


Prawn Dynasty is one of the few restaurants that serves Orange Roughy fish. A deep sea fish, Orange Roughy is said to be a fish that has so much nutritious values and can be hard to find as it is not a common fish. We opted for the Ginger and Spring Onion Steamed Orange Roughy Fish (RM8.80/100g) and was extremely pleased with this choice of cooking and flavours.


The flesh of the fish is gorgeous. Medium firm with a sweet and smooth tenderness that goes so well with the classic soy sauce, ginger and ginger mix. Truly a masterpiece and Prawn Dynasty Chef Mak Kok Bah did justice to the fish… a must order!!


I don’t know what to expect when I read the dish named Claypot Excited Clams (Small- RM20.00). Nevertheless, the pot of well-cooked clams in a buttery pale-yellow broth laced with a good hit of Chinese wine and some chili padi heat was so delicious that we made sure to enjoy all the broth along with the tender clams.



The 3 Cup Chicken (Small – RM20.00) was sufficiently satisfying. A well-cooked dish, though nothing to shout about, had all the passing marks of tender chicken braised in soy sauce, wine and sesame oil along with some basil for aroma.



What was much in favor of everyone at our table that lunch was the Claypot Salted Fish Pork Belly (Small – RM25.00). A faultless pleasure, thin sliced pork belly, utterly juicy and glistening with caramelized glaze of aromatic salted fish with soy sauce and dried chili heat makes one polishes of bowls of steamed rice without a mere thought.



The Saliva Chicken (Small – RM40.00) was mediocre since I am used to the pungent Sichuan chili version more than this non-spicy version. Others enjoyed it for the lovely firm poached chicken meat made more aromatic with a generous dousing of soy sauce and fried garlic bits.


A first pairing for me, the Stir-Fried French Beans with Seaweed (Small – RM18.00) turned out to be so yummy. Even the little ones enjoyed this…


While the Crab Meat Bean Curd (Small – RM18.00) was ordered for the little ones, the house made bean curd was lovely with a crowning glory of crispy fried enoki mushrooms.


Check out Prawn Dynasty, especially if you are a fan of big head prawns and seafood. The place is bound to do well with plenty of choices of seafood and meat dishes to cater to foodies of all ages.



PRAWN DYNASTY
26 Jalan 6/91,
Taman Shamelin Perkasa,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2856 0765


Business Hours:
Lunch          10.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner           5.30pm to 10.30pm


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