Chong Siew Lam Steamed Fish

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It was a Friday, and as usual, we had a long lunch time. I hopped into my friend’s car, and asked him where we’re heading for lunch. After about 20 minutes of journey, we reached a rather secluded place in Serdang Lama and parked the car. Apparently, this restaurant with zinc rooftop that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere was famous for steamed fish and claypot dishes. What’s even more fascinating was in the scorching heat of the afternoon, the place was fully packed with customers! There must be something here that is attracting the crowds, I thought. The place I was talking about is Chong Siew Lam Restaurant and no, there’s no signboard.

Chong Siew Lam

Steamed fish

Walking inside the restaurant, there’s actually a small air-conditioned area which was much more comfortable than sitting in the open area. The air-con room, however, was full, so we had to wait for about 15 minutes to secure a table out of the 6 available. Securing a table in the air-con room was as good as winning the lottery, because the heat was just overwhelming in the middle of the day.

Chong Siew Lam

Open kitchen

Chong Siew Lam

Free flow of rice (RM1/person)

Thankfully, once our table was secured, service was quite prompt. We ordered some of their signature dishes to be shared by 4 of us. The Steamed Freshwater Fish with Ginger was the first to arrive, complete with fire burning underneath to keep it warm. I almost wanted to squeal in delight because the fish was de-boned! Ahh such thoughtful cooks. :) Each piece of flesh was bouncy, flaky and filled with ginger flavour, it was really good. The soy sauce was also generously filled with ginger paste, so it went well with white rice too. Most importantly, we could definitely feel that the fish was fresh.

Chong Siew Lam

Steamed Freshwater Fish with Ginger (RM32)

The Signature Tofu was a recommendation by the owner, which turned out to have amazingly crispy skin and remained tenderly soft inside. A word of caution though, don’t eat this immediately when it’s served to avoid burning of your tongue. :P

Chong Siew Lam

Signature Tofu (RM8)

Since their other signature is claypot, we couldn’t resist to try their Claypot Pork Ribs Curry, which arrived with a mouth-watering aroma. This dish that cost a mere RM8 was generously filled with sizable pieces of pork ribs and served with a thick and coconuty curry gravy. Really good value for money, don’t you think? The delicious gravy and free flow of rice are bound to make any hungry man happy. :)

Chong Siew Lam

Claypot Pork Ribs Curry (RM8)

For a balanced diet, don’t forget your greens. We had the Stir-fried Potato Leaves which was quite average, nothing to shout about.

Chong Siew Lam

Potato Leaves (RM9)

Overall, we enjoyed the dishes here very much – straightforward and nothing fancy, but good food with very reasonable prices. To guarantee a comfortable experience, I’d suggest you to go early to secure a table in the air-con room, for the heat outside plus the smoke from the open kitchen, could be unbearable to some.

Chong Siew Lam

Chong Siew Lam Restaurant, Serdang Lama (SJKC Kung Man School as landmark)

Chong Siew Lam Restaurant
No. 55, Jalan Besar Serdang Lama,
43300 Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel No: +603-8942 1491 / +6016-273 2096 / +6016-690 6979
GPS Coordinates (approximate): 3.015475,101.7207

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14 Comments
  • February 24th, 2012 9:59 AM
    nikel

    wohoo! nice steamed fish!

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  • February 24th, 2012 10:01 AM
    ericleeh

    OHHH HEARD OF THIS BEFORE FROM MY COLLEAGUES!! Heard it’s damn good! damn! must try one day

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  • February 24th, 2012 11:45 AM
    Choi Yen

    de-boned fish, make eating more easier!

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  • February 24th, 2012 12:04 PM
    FiSh

    Without bone? That’s really good and i can eat without no hassle :)

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  • February 24th, 2012 12:39 PM
    Sean

    arrghh, it’s lunchtime on friday but i’m stuck in my freezing office cubicle. i wanna go out and have steamed fish too!!! sobbbs sobbbs…

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Oh dear, stuck in office on Friday?? That’s as bad as taking away my holiday :( You poor thing! Hope you finish up your work soon and have a long and satisfying dinner! :)

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  • February 24th, 2012 1:17 PM
    suituapui

    Love steamed fish but this one’s not really my favourite.

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  • February 24th, 2012 2:29 PM
    [SK]

    i love steam fish like this type, either ginger sauce or “tao choo” sauce.. so this fish is boneless somemore?? hahahaha, better still, good to eat with the rice.. :)

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  • February 24th, 2012 6:45 PM
    Simple Person

    i could eat 2 bowl of big rice with the curry spare ribs…

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  • February 24th, 2012 8:40 PM
    ken

    simple, yet nice food for a filling tummy! :)

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  • February 26th, 2012 11:55 AM
    Jasmine

    I love steamed fish… but Serdang Lama, that’s a little out of reach for me.

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  • February 26th, 2012 11:14 PM
    foongpc

    Wow! I want that steamed fish!!!

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    Jasmine Reply:

    Me too, I also want that steamed fish. How… we share, can or not?

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  • February 26th, 2012 11:40 PM
    J2Kfm

    Deboned/filleted fish. I can see the reason to squeal in delight. :)
    Good find, love ‘dai chow’ places like this that don’t charge an arm and a leg.

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