Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Big Day Part 2

Good thing being a birthday boy is that I have the say in everything on the eve and on my birthday itself (^_^) Jenn was kind enough to let me decide on EVERYTHING - where we go, what we do and what to eat. On Saturday, both of us had all the day for ourselves and we headed to a place that both of us frequented a lot in the past - Sg. Wang! But first we had breakfast near Imbi.. and shopped around until 1pm before going back home to rest.

The main agenda was once again - dinner!!! As we had Western style wine & dine the other night, I suggested to eat seafood Chinese style this time. However, we didn't want to go too far from our home and so those seafood restaurants in PJ area were viable choices. King Crab? Pantai Seafood??? No no no... Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant :)

Wait a minute! Isn't Lala Chong located near Subang Airport? It was. But the last time I went there, I'd been told that they were going to move to another place to move way for highway development. They had already opened an outlet in Ara Damansara but how many of you know that they have another spanking new outlet in Kg. Kayu Sg. Ara??? That's right... you heard me, Sg. Ara in PJ!!!!!!! I didn't know about it at the beginning until Jenn told me about it (apparently, one of her customers is a loyal diner at Lala Chong).

A quick googling revealed that this place has already been reviewed by several floggers. Conveniently, it is located just a little further away from Pantai Seafood itself. We arrived at 7pm, just before the dinner crowd started to pour in. Parking was available at that time, and both of us even managed to get a table in the air-conditioned area despite many tables were being booked.

Even though the weather was fine outside, we opted to sit in the air-conditioned area as both of us hate the smell of cigarettes. We wouldn't wanna take chances and risk to be seated next to smokers. (sorry no offense to smokers ok?)

Superior Taufu Soup - this dish is similar to shark fin soup but without the controversial meat :) with diced prawns, squid and taufu inside eggy starch-like soup... simply delicious! I had almost 70% of it... stomach was bloated in the end.

Lala in superior stock - Lala Chong's signature dish! The cili padi and shredded ginger provided extra oompphh to the soup itself.

The fresh and succulent clams or lala... close up!

Paku-pakis with tuna - one of my must order dish when it comes to Lala Chong. The tuna added some sweetness to the veggie on top of the spicy taste by the presence of cili padi.

Deep fried prawn with butter milk - simply divine! The prawns were already stripped off their shells before stir fried with the creamy butter milk.

Finger lickin' good!!! Each and every prawn was covered by the rich and creamy butter milk.

It seems that the satay stall has also followed them from Kg. Subang to the spanking new warehouse-like restaurant. Located just outside next to the open air dining area, you will spot it right away.

Leo's verdict - total bill is RM62.70 inclusive of 10% tax which is considered cheap. A quick chat with the waitress revealed that they have moved here about 3 months ago. There are so many seafood restaurants in PJ that worth mentioning such as King Crab & Pantai Seafood. But I can proudly say that Lala Chong is my perennial favourite of all time. Back to those days when I was working with Thule in Glenmarie, this place was the favourite haunt for me and my company... company annual dinner, dinner with Thule Delegates from Sweden, after work dinner with colleagues, etc... now that they have moved here, it only takes me less than 5 minutes to feast on my favourite dishes in the future. I'm sure to be back for crabbie and fish next time... stay tuned!

Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant @ Lot:13556, Jalan Cempaka, Kayu Ara (Tel:03-77281906)


Sean said...

ahh, i've not been to lala chong, not even in its former subang outlet. this new location looks pretty easy to get to, since i know where's atria ... phew! have already read about their lala, but it looks like those prawns are a must-order too! :D

J said...

Those prawns look to die for!
(Hrrrm. Almost literally actually - yummy but artery clogging, I suspect.... haha...)

Leon Koh said...

lovely! they look fresh and yummy!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

is their lala the big 1? the closeup looks like its the small 1 but from the big picture, it does look huge!

in pj eh? need to cari, friends say quality has dropped but it looks just fine from ur dinner!

thenomadGourmand said...

so are we gonna go chinese again this Fri? followed by Sanbanto on sat? ;p ;p

thule a.k.a leo said...

sean - since you have been to damansara village steamboat, this place is easy for you :)

J - yup yup! very sinful... lol! luckily I exercise a lot

leon koh - they are :)

joe - the lala are not puny.. not too big either. Just right :)
aiyah.. u know where Pantai Seafood is mar... Lala Chong is virtually next to it!

PureGlutton said...

Hey, belated Happy Birthday wishes to you! Judging fr all the great eating, u must have had a wonderful birthday!

CUMI & CIKI said...

i drove past here! dropping my friend at the carwork shop.. it looked packed la.. thx for reminding;)

Paranoid Android said...

Oh La La! Probably a good place to feast in a big group as well! Am still getting a hang of the sprawling burbs. Might go there one day!

~Christine~Leng said...

we wanted to check ot lala chong too! a birthday celebration in a seafood restaurant is what I love most ;)

thule a.k.a leo said...

pureglutton - thanks :) yeah, a moment where only two of us together.. which I consider luxury since the arrival of my feisty little princess who demands most of our times

cumi&ciki - it is packed if you come here after 7.30pm. Wwe arrived shortly before 7pm and therefore parking and tables were aplenty

paranoid android - wait for your blog yah?

christine - birthday celebration in lala chong is only fun with a big group of friends :) but Jenn & I enjoyed our times together!