I've just returned from a hefty dinner in a seafood restaurant near Port Klang. The place is the Coconut Flower Restaurant located in Teluk Gong. The occasion was Ben Yeong's birthday. This place really does not need any introduction to most KL people.
To get there simply take the Kesas highway ( towards the Klang direction obviously ) and go all the way straight till you see the signs pointing to Teluk Gong and then follow the signs. You will pass many other similar restaurants become arriving at the Coconut Flower. I've never tried the other restaurants so I can't say if they're good or not but the Coconut Flower Restaurant is generally regarded as the best one there... just ask anyone.
I'm more than a little tired ( probably because I consumed more than Toddy than I should... by the way Toddy is a liquor made from coconut juice ) so I'll restrain myself from giving elaborations though I really feel like it. Suffice it to say the food was mostly great and RM226 for 7 people is a price that can't be beat.
The infamous Toddy. Warning: Too much Toddy is rumoured to cause blindness! I find Toddy to have a cool and refreshing taste ( much like the coconut juice it is based on ) but all the others hated it.
Clockwise from top: 1. Deep fried fish ( no idea what kind )... crunchy whole fishes and 100% edible, no worries about the bone but looks exactly like the Keropor Lekor you find being sold on streetwalks and doesn't taste much better. 2. Mantis prawns totally de-shelled and fried Kung-Pow style. 3. A vegetable dish consisting of Jarum Emas ( what's this called in English? ), mushrooms and what the Chinese call 'Siu Bak Choi' ( little white vegetable ).
Prawns on a sizzling plate. Spicy goodness cooked with sambal, ladies finger and a healthy dose of onions. I love prawns and Coconut Flower delivered fresh prawns. Thumbs up!
This dish is called Carlsberg Chicken. Basically it's stewed chicken bits with a cup of Carlsberg mixed in. Didn't eat much of this. It sucked badly.
Teochew style 'Hung Jo' fish ( Red Snapper? ). Unanimously voted the best dish served that night. Thanks goes out to Tze Teng's girlfriend for recommending it. Truly the highlight of the night.
Two varieties of crabs. One kg each. The top dish is 'Kam Heong' ( golden aroma ) crabs whilst the bottom one is Marmite Crab. Does not disappoint but offers no surprises.
The aftermath: One certainty in life... any dinner involving 7 strapping young lads will not have much wastage.
Here's Ben ( he's another Ben, not the birthday boy ) taking photos... he's got some incriminating photos of me taken during the dinner. Lesson: Toddy makes you more accomodating than you really should be. By the way this Ben's blog is linked from mine. Find it if you can!
This is 'Yee Sang' ( lit. Fish Raw ). Served only during the Chinese New Year season. It is a dish consisting of sliced raw vegetables, crackers and raw fish. The raw fish of choice is usually salmon but despite its name people have been known to substitute fish with jelly fish or some other sea food. Yee Sang is usually eaten before the meal but because we forgot to order it we had it after meal.
Ok that's all... sleep beckons.