Last weekend we were supposed to have lunch with the cliché-est poet of our time, Mr. Kenny Mah. However, a few miscommunication ensued and the monkeys were left without a lunch date. Since we were all free, adventurous and craving for some cheap food, Paranoid Android’s delicious descriptions of Oyster Omelette on Hot Plate sent us driving towards Klang. Yes, as one friend eloquently puts it, butt-f*cked Klang.
To the many un-adventurous souls, Klang may sound really far and foreign. But in actuality, it’s a great place to hunt for good & traditional Chinese food. There is really more to Klang than just Bak Kut Teh and a meal in Soon Tong alone is worth your trip there.
There’s a long banner hanging down from the ceiling which tells you what their specialty dishes are, so if you’re smart like me, you can just order straight out from it. Now, this is what we had:
1. Oyster Omelette on Hot Plate (RM18.00): This orchien (as they call it in Klang) dish came with runny egg mixture and was left to cook on the hot plate. Soon the crispy egg dish was ready to be consumed. The plump oysters were not overcooked and moist. Eat it with the accompanied garlic-chili paste, which did not overpower the dish but helped enhanced it further. We were thoroughly impressed.
2. Stir-fried Long Bean & Aubergine with Dried Shrimp (RM8.00): Simple and excellent.
3. Fish Maw stuffed with Secret Meat Paste (RM22.00): This was one unique dish and it’s not available on a regular basis, so ask the Lady Boss if they have it. Speaking of the Lady Boss, she was reluctant to tell us what was really in the stuffing and gave us a vague reply “got meat-lah and some fish paste.” Must have thought we were competitors or something. Lovely egg drop gravy which you can opt to have with a dash of black vinegar.
4. Steamed Assam Fish (RM29.00): Delicious gravy and fresh fish. Couldn’t stop slurping the gravy. In fact, I had to stop myself from eating any more rice with it.
5. Tea Smoked Duck (RM28.00 for half a duck): The Lady Boss told us that this was a recipe she acquired while she was traveling abroad and apparently nobody else in this part of town does it but her. Love the smokey ham-like taste and texture of the meat. It’s a cold dish, so refrain from ordering it if you like your duck warm and crispy.
*BURPPP* So what’s for dessert? We traveled an extra 10-minutes towards Taman Chi Liung for some Perth-inspired desserts.
Having lived in Perth before, I’ve got to say that their famous Apple Strudles (RM4.80 a slice and RM23 per loaf) are nothing like the one from Corica Pastries in Northbridge. Heck, it’s not even close to the once popular Strudles chain (which by the way is back in business after years of MIA). But having said that, take it back a few notches and add Klang into the equation, you’ll soon learn to appreciate the pastry for what it is. It’s nice and airy, not too sweet and subtle in taste. The other thing which I love were the Creme Horns (RM2.20 a piece). I actually ordered an extra two for myself.
Sweet endings. Love them.
RESTAURANT SOON TONG
No. 1, Jalan Rengas, Taman Selatan
Tel: 603-3373 2780
GPS: 3°01’34.37″N, 101°26’28.46″E
FRUITY CAFE & BAKERY
No.07, Lebuh Turi, Off Persiaran Raja Muda Musa,
Taman Chi Liung, Klang
Tel: 603- 3373 1017