Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chicken Vs Fish: Kong Sai & Lan Je

Chicken or fish? Time to investigate two reputable names that specialize in one or the other, starting with Puchong's Kong Sai, where fowl is king of the roost. 

Kong Sai's kampung chicken might be the toast of the village, slick and smooth, served with the restaurant's signature ginger-chili soy sauce. 

Steamed chicken with salted fish, for something more flavor-packed. 

Chicken feet, free of bones, soaked in a tangy-spicy Thai-influenced kerabu sauce. 

Kong Sai's chicken rice is unmemorable, but it's still better than plain white rice. 

Pork tries to hog the limelight, but pork rib curry with potatoes and pepper pork stomach soup, while both serviceable, might not be stars in their own right.

Stuffed tofu balls, steaming hot and meaty. Kong Sai also has branches in Paramount Garden, Subang's SS15 and Dataran Mentari Sunway.

Lap cheong omelet, filled with sweet-savory sausages that fortify the flavor of the egg. 

Yau mak in fermented bean sauce and taugeh with salted fish, all fresh and crunchy.

 Next, it's fish's turn: Let's look to Lan Je, which has outlets in Subang (the one we visited), Rawang, Balakong, Kota Damansara, Desa Aman Puri and Taman Lensen.

The "one fish for one person" principle is Lan Je's method of coaxing customers not to share their steamed tilapia, enticing many with the relatively low price of about RM16 per plate. 

Garlic and ginger combine with fresh fish and fermented bean sauce for a satisfying treat. Specify whether cili padi should be incorporated or not; we had both the spicy and non-spicy varieties, but ended up scraping away most of the chilies. 

More ginger (so much, really!) to partner with prawns (RM20 for a half-kilo). 

Cuttlefish with celery, alongside gravy-soaked tofu, both respectable enough to order.

Skip the non-seafood snacks though: the sui kow is OK but unmemorable, while the sweet-sour chicken balls are a little too starchy. Lan Je is a no-pork eatery.

Wrapping up this comprehensive look at Lan Je's menu with greens, from kangkung with garlic and sweet potato leaves with bean curd sauce to bitter gourd with eggs and four-angled beans with belacan. 

Like Kong Sai, Lan Je gets pretty packed pretty early. They're both winners in our book! 

Kong Sai,
Jalan Puteri 5/2, Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Lan Je (closed Tuesdays),
Jalan USJ 1/1B, Regalia Business Center, Subang Jaya.
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32 comments:

  1. Lan Je's Taman Lensen outlet has actually closed down. I think business wasn't as good as they expected it to be.

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    1. Baby sumo: oops! But heh, I guess we don't need to sympathize with them, since they're still doing incredibly well in subang at least (full house in a crowded restaurant at 6pm!) :D

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  2. Simply gorgeous, can i join in

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    1. Love2dine: plenty of food to go around, sure ;D

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  3. I heard of Lan Je a long time ago, but I haven't had the chance to try it yet!

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    1. CK: it's not bad :D forgot to mention that the service is very good. fast and friendly, even though the place is so crowded =)

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  4. I'm definitely a fish person!! Could definitely finish the whole fish by myself! :D

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    1. Vien: come to think of it, i've finished a whole roast chicken before! i think i'm more of a chicken person, heh :D

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  5. Haha.. cute post.. and I actually like BOTH :)

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    1. Ciki: thanks! maybe i'll do a beef vs pork post someday :D

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  6. I think the first kong sai first branch is in pj..
    Before they were just a stall next to the road...
    I like their food...

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    1. Simple Person: ooh, that's interesting. but i guess it shows the power of hard work and effort, right, that they can grow from a stall to a business with so many branches :D

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  7. The rice wasnt nice?? that's sad, cos for chic rice, the soy sauce, the chilli,.. well everything makes up for a perfect plate! :D

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    1. TNG: oh, the rice was OK only. i think i'd rate it a 5 or 6/10. i prefer my rice to be oilier, slicker and more flavorful. my grandmother makes really good chicken rice, come to think of it! :D

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  8. I do like the look of all of those greens. Chicken however... not quite there yet. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, no worries. but yeah, we had quite a lot of greens during these dinners, for a change! :D

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  9. The fish at lan je...I certainly don't bother sharing mine and will hop over to hubby's plate to grab his head:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, hopefully hubby doesn't mind! but yeah, RM16 is a good deal for a whole fish. cheaper than a cocktail! :D

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  10. I love my aunty's kong Sai tofu balls...wonder does this place does better...btw i'm a Kong Sai myself..to me my hometown, bentong sell the best "tofu pok" since there are made using spring water..

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    1. Cindy: ooo thanks for the info. If I'm ever in bentong, I'll try to remember to try them :D

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  11. *gasp* You ate rakyat food? :-D

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    1. Lemongrass: heheh, one must go back to the grassroots once in awhile :D

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  12. RM16 for how big??? It sure looks really good. :D

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    1. Kelly: ooh, i'm not sure if it's considered a small or medium-sized tilapia. actually it seems large enough for two to share :D

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  13. HB was mentioning about this place to me (Lan Je).
    He said '1 person 1 fish'...
    hhmm....wonder shall I try =p

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    1. Melissa: it could be worth a shot. maybe you could order a fish to share first, and then if you like it, order one fish for one person :D

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  14. Chicken rice always play an important role, too bad the rice is forgettable huh...should I go for it?

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    1. Choi Yen: it might be worth trying if you're near one of their branches (Puchong, Paramount Garden, Subang's SS15 and Dataran Mentari Sunway). but if not near, then probably can skip it :D

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  15. Is this a branch of the Kong Sai in Seapark?

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    1. Eiling: ya! they're quite successful :D

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  16. I like Kong Sai's chicken :-) most people do, i believe. Have not tried Lan Je yet....now that they are in Subang, that's a much nearer location - must go try soon!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, yeah, i bet they have thousands of fans of kong sai all across the city :D ya, if there was a lan je in sri petaling, nearer to my home, i might drop by there a bit more often too :D

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