Thursday, May 29, 2008

Restoran Stadium Negara - Legendary steamboat, KL

I've been meaning to come here for years ... finally made it!
Add: 2 Persiaran Lidol off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL
Tel: +603 2161 8557
Opening hours: 6pm - 1am

Check out how BIG the tea-pot is, filled with aromatic Chrysanthemum leaves (no sugar of course). RM$4.

What a great start ... Chicken Wings, that give Jalan Alor's Wong Ah Wah a run for its money! RM$2.20 per piece, we had 2 pieces. Juicy, tasty, but not overly powerful in marinade. Great balance!

Signature La La - A MUST HAVE!! RM$15
Stir fried in the most amazing garlic and chilli-padi sauce, simply amazing. So tasty!!

Sweet and sour crabs (RM$52) - Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious! Not the usual style which has too much ketchup and is overpowering. This is a milder version, which lets you taste the freshness of the crabs, which were VERY FRESH and naturally juicy/sweet too. Fabulous!
Oh, the Steamed Buns / Man Tao that accompanies it is deeeeeeeelish too, RM$1.20 per piece.

Time for the STEAMBOAT!
Charcoal style - Sure brings back memories of the old days. Takes a little longer to boil, but when the side dishes were so good, we didn't complaint!

We opted for the Ying-yang version aka both Soup and Tom-yum.
Hmm ... When we first started, the Tom-yum tasted a wee bit 'funny' and herbally, but after a while, as the meats and veges flavours sink in, it becomes so flavoursome and delicious! BRAVO!

Not sure how much it cost for the steamboat though, they forgot to charge us for it!
Special mention ... Excellent service, friendly staff who are obviously very proud of where they work, this place is a REAL institution! 40+ years in the business?

Ps. Views of KL city centre as I was driving to Yap Kwan Seng ... Petronas Twin Towers and Public Bank building.

And, you get a view of the rather majestic AmBank building as you enjoy your crabs and steamboat too!

Pps . History lesson from
STADIUM NEGARA had a restaurant from 1965 that was the envy of many -- a famous location ample parking (except for night when badminton, basketball, table tennis or other sport events takes precedent).
Sometime in 2003, it was asked to move.
Thus, it relocated to a bungalow along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng but maintained the name Stadium Negara Restaurant. It serves the same food (such as charcoal steamboat and hopes its old clientele will return)
Charcoal steamboat with two types of soup (chicken soup or tomyam soup) served with a variety of ingredients
BBQ Sri Lankan crabs
Grilled chicken wings
Seafood (crabs, prawns and squid) cooked in different styles

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