I’ve heard of the famous Lala Chong near the Subang Airport but never had the chance to dine there. They’ve since moved to Kayu Ara Damansara, near to another famous seafood restaurant, Pantai Seafood Kayu Ara whose signboard you can see loud and clear before reaching Lala Chong.
You know how some restaurants serve you appetisers while you wait for your table to fill up? Then you don’t eat it because you don’t like stale peanuts and they charge you for it anyway but you don’t dispute the charge because you’re one of the suckers who never checks the bill?
Or not. In any case, you SHOULD try the mango pickle appetiser at Lala Chong: sweet, sour and spicy. Wonder explosion in your mouth for RM3.
Lala Chong’s signature dish is the “Siong Thong Lala” (RM25 for a large portion): fresh clams in Chinese rice wine, garlic, ginger and cili padi. It was above average, the taste was rather flavourful. However siong thong lala is rather common these days and I dare say that some other places do it better. Like Damansara Village‘s down the road Packs more punch.
Crabs go for RM45 per KG. Their most popular style is the Salted Egg Yolk Crabs because cholesterol-laden crustaceans are always yum. I mean, go all the way, right?
Another recommendation is the buttery, cheese, creamy crabs in claypot. They are generous with the sauce which you eat with deep-fried buns (RM1.50 each). The Marmite crabs = not bad. I’m not a fan of anything cooked in Marmite in general but my friends enjoyed it.
For greens, I recommend that you go for the stir-fried kailan and beancurd with angled luffa, aka petola, both RM18 for a large portion.
The deep-fried honey baby squid (RM20) looks and sounds almost cruel; seriously you’re eating BABIES! As in, potential grown-ups. Doesn’t really matter if it’s human or squid or teenage mutant ninja turtles, does it? Well look, if your conscience pricks you at the most inconvenient time (as in after ordering the dish then realising that you are aiding ocean murderers), call me and I’ll take care of business for you. I mean it, because it’s bloody delicious.
Another Lala Chong speciality is the salt-grilled tilapia (RM44). I suppose it takes a while to cook this because it was the last item to be served. Fresh fish from the restaurant tank (don’t think about it), stuffed with garlic and cili padi (perhaps to remove any fishy smell?), generously coated with salt then grilled over a charcoal fire and served with a sauce made of chilli and garlic. It’s a bit sweet and sour too, really good!
For tummy fillers, try the lala mai fun and lala hor fun. I much prefer the latter but if you have loads of people, get both for variety! RM15 for medium portions, I think.
On a previous visit, we had prawns and 3-cup chicken. Not bad but didn’t really stand out. Here are the photos anyway because I took them already.
So is Lala Chong worth a visit or three? Definitely! If you can find it, that is. If Pantai Seafood is on your right hand side, it means you’re on the right road. Drive straight on for… uh, I don’t know, 200 or 300 metres ahead till you see a big yellow Lala Chong signboard on your right. Plenty of parking available, they have both air-conditioned and open areas. Prices are exclusive of 5% government tax and 5% service charge, major credit cards accepted.
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LaLa Chong Seafood Restaurant
Lot 13556, Jalan Cempaka, Kayu Ara Damansara,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-7728 1906
GPS: N 03 07.451′ E101 36.491′