Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hearty and Cheap Chinese Meal | Shin Ong Lai Restaurant food review

Dining out in a decent restaurant in KL area does not have to be pricey. We recently tried Shin Ong Lai restaurant in Chow Kit for a sumptuous family dinner.

Shin Ong Lai Restaurant
6, Lorong Tiong Nam 3, Chow Kit.
Opens Tuesdays to Saturdays 7am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 12am
Sundays 5.30pm to 12am
Mondays 7am to 3pm

The restaurant has 2 levels of cosy indoor and air conditioned seatings. We prefer upstairs because there is less crowd and noise as the kitchen is downstairs. The staff were friendly, attentive and entertained baby Yi while we enjoyed our dinner. We really have to apologize though because baby Yi was not feeling so well and threw up at the end of our trip.

These are the 3 tops dishes that we would recommend.

Stir fry rice cake.

Rice Cake sliced into small oval pieces and stir fried the Hokkien noodle way using pork lard, thick caramel sauce with spring onions and thin slices of pork. It was done the right way with the right wok heat called 'wok hei' to give rise a a slightly barbecued style of flavour. Instead of having rice, this is a good option for comfort food.

Steam fish

We ordered a steam tilapia. We loved how fresh the fish was and it was steamed to perfection as the flesh was still soft. The sauce doubled as ginger soup with pork slices and a generous amount of Chinese cabbage on top of the fish. The dish was kept warm by candles and it took us about half an hour to savour it. A standard portion can easily feed 4 adults.

Stir fry roast pork.

Crispy roast pork cut into slices and stir fried in caramel sauce to create a slightly sticky texture. Those who love skin and pork lard will enjoy the dish and it goes well with a can of chilled beer. If you prefer lean meat just like me, there was also part of the roast pork that was less fatty.

We also had braised tofu pot, stir fry vegetables and oyster fried egg which was fresh and did not have any fishy taste. But we were so busy eating by then we did not take any photos. The bill only added up to less than RM30 per head which is very reasonable by KL standards.

Our verdict was 8/10 for the great taste and affordable price tags (which is even cheap for Kuantan standard). Running out of ideas for dinner? Try Shin Ong Lai and let me know what you think.


Zaza Iman said...

Cantik tempatnya.. But ini untuk non muslim saja kan restorannya?

Kak Sue said...

Cantik deko tempat nie..

Nadia Johari said...

Cantik dekorasi kedai dia.. Tenang je nak makan.. Bersih dan kemas.. Enjoy makan dengab fmily

Eintan Nurfuzie said...

muslim boleh makan sini ke?

Diana Rashid said...

wow.. nampak sedap la steam fish tu. I suka kalau pedas2.

marsha said...

All of menu looks yummy. Is it halal kitchen Dr Ying?

iuzira said...

Kedai kemas, customer nak datang pun rasa selesa

Hanny Abdullh said...

Nampak menarik dekorasi dia. Tengok makanan pun sedap..tapi tu lah..kita muslim tak boleh pulak nak makan disana..:)

CXopportunities said...

Looks so yummy for all the foods! The place also comfortable and nice

Lea Azleeya said...

nmpk semua sedap.. deco kedai pun cantik..

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