Miss Sweet 16 had suggested dinner at Restoran Hua Xin last week but when Gummy Bear reached the restaurant, it was closed. Apparently quite a number of Chinese restaurants were closed last week in replacement of CNY. She told Gummy Bear to drive over to Paramount Garden to this place that serves very good steamed fish but ended up it was also closed. Thankfully there is another restaurant in the same row that serves very good Kong Sai food called Kong Sai Tzai and we headed there. Parking is relatively simple, it's either by the roadside or best park inside Giant Supermarket's compound for a small fee.
We let Miss Sweet 16 to dictate the ordering and sat back catching up with our lives. It took a while for food to arrive as droveful of customers came and went, non of the tables were empty!
Seems like Kong Sai Tzai is famous for it's poached chicken (pak charm kai) and steamed soup. Since it was very hot evening we opted not to have any soup, not when pepper stomach soup is the specialty here. This plate of chicken landed on our table together with a very delicious dip of chopped coriander leaves (cilantro/yin sai), spring onion, soy sauce and oil. Loved the smooth chicken, tender but with a bite.
Then we have a Woo Tau Khau Yuk (braised yam and pork belly). This version of khau yuk tasted slighty different from the Hakka style khau yuk. Nice and not overly salty with fork tender and almost melt in the mouth pork belly.
They recommended Stir-fried Bittergourd With Roasted Pork but Gummy Bear was sort of like hesitated there cos he said he don't like bitter bittergourd. Miss Sweet 16 pacified him it will be just a little bit bitter. When the dish came, Gummy Bear tried first and he said very "jeng" (nice). So imagine someone who doesn't fancy bittergourd gave thumb up! The bittergourd were lightly stir-fried retaining a slight crunch.
The last dish that came is this plain Steamed Fish. Half a soong yue head is served to us. I noticed that they've placed both grounded ginger paste and strips. Loved the paste that gave the fish a light ginger flavour.
Miss Sweet 16 paid around RM50ish for the above dishes with 2 bowls of rice, 3 glasses of herbal tea (it was loh hon guo) and 1 glass of Chinese tea. Thank you Miss Sweet 16... Hokkien food is awaiting us next!
Restoran Kong Sai
39, Jalan 20/22,
Tel: 019-3842922 / 012-2984038
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11.30am – 2.30pm; 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Sat 5.00pm – 10.00pm
GPS: 3.106890, 101.623975 "stolen" from KY Speaks and check his site for the awesome map!