I wouldn’t be amazed if the F&B industry – Restaurants, Cafes, Snack Bars and Food kiosks – have the best rate of new business opportunities of any industry in the world. You will find a wide variety of eateries that, just in KL even, it could take years to consume in every solitary one of these probably. Rendering it ideal for us food lovers, of course. Each new restaurant that opens up potentially brings new flavors and pushes the typical of food gradually upwards.
But on the flip side, this also means that restaurants that don’t adapt to risk getting left out. Just to illustrate for me personally – five years or so ago I thought Secret Recipe’s Lamb Shank was absolutely delicious, per month eating it sometimes twice or 3 x. But nowadays I’ve found it just mediocre-tasting at best.
It’s with this thought at heart, then, as I find myself with the family hunting down a ‘famous & delicious steamed fish head’ somewhere in Jalan Raja Laut. It was one of my dad’s personal favorite main places back when he was employed in Kay-El. He hasn’t been back again here for over 10 years, though, so we’ll find out if the restaurant has been able to stay relevant. Initial signs are stimulating – the restaurant is full house! Anyway, being a Chinese style restaurant, we go for a bunch of meals, you start with Potato Leaves for the night’s quota of me.
Ong Lai undertakes the Kung Pao chicken breast is delicious, with the ideal amount of spicy ‘kick’ from the dried-out chili. The Ku Lou up (special and sour pork) follows, and it is pretty nice also. It goes a little from there downhill, though. I your investment name of this dish – it’s some sort of soupy noodles with 4 large prawns.
Unfortunately the prawns aren’t that fresh, and the souped-up noodles are bland and plain. On to the primary reason we’re here though – for the fish heads! The ginger style below is, to place it beautifully, not the most appetizing seafood mind that I’ve had. The ‘clear’ style is much easier on the taste buds.
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But it is also somewhat plain. As well as the meats of the seafood is of the ‘mushy’ variety which I absolutely dislike. Give me some securely flake’able fish (like cod or salmon) please. Oh, I would as well touch on the hokkien mee also. It is the wrong type of noodle. And likes a little rubbish, too. Therefore the overall verdict? For me personally, the meals was below mediocre, and I couldn’t understand why there were so many people. The only reason I could think of is that they result from the nearby casing areas and are too sluggish to drive somewhere else for better food. And my dad’s verdict?
I didn’t have to ask – the look of utter disappointment on his face said everything. If the standard of food at the restaurant fell, or whether my dad’s preferences have evolved as time passes, who knows? Restoran Ong Lai is within the trunk alley on Lorong Tiong Nam 3 along Jalan Raja Laut. Our dinner cost about MYR200 including drinks – which isn’t too harmful to an 8-person family.