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)