Toddy & Seafood, Anyone? (Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant @ Teluk Gong, Klang)January 22, 2009 | 7,012 views
Oohhh …. CNY’s breathing down my neck !!! =P A week’s off from work is like a dream come true eh? Let’s hope this coming new year, everything will run smoothly, and inflation rate will drop to an all-time low. Yeah, right ….
Nothing beats sitting underneath those huts, in cooling weather, sipping (or binging) on a cold glass of toddy (fermented coconut drink) ….
Here’s something from Klang, for a change. Most who have visited Klang would have acknowledged the popularity and abundance of Bak Kut Teh restaurants, sometimes proudly proclaimed as THE Klang Bak Kut Teh, almost synonymous with the town itself.
But one may wonder, since Bak Kut Teh in Klang is served mostly for breakfast-brunch, (yup, hardly able to find a good one for dinner …) what can one eat for lunch or dinner?! No worries, as Teluk Gong in Klang is famous for seafood, paired with the perfect beverage, toddy (palm wine, or coconut flower wine?)
Starter …. Snacks that uncannily resembled Mamee snacks.
Fried Vermicelli with Clams … really, really miniature baby clams (la-la)
Tom Yam Prawns in Coconut
Deep-fried Soft Shell Crabs
Locating this place is surprisingly, a walk in the park. Coming from Klang town, we managed to reach this place within 20 minutes. Least I remembered the trip was not too taxing, as we were in a holiday and cheery mood (it was after all, the beginning of the year!)
The place is spacious, with huts everywhere. One can choose to dine outside underneath the huts (with fans, no worries), or indoors. Ordering was a breeze, as I’ve already had the dishes listed on my mind, thanks to the various blog posts on this place.
The Fried Bihun (Vermicelli Noodles) with La-La (clams) is another one of Klang’s signature of sorts, rarely heard of in this part of Malaysia (Ipoh, where I’m staying). The baby clams (really tiny ones) rendered a sweet-ish flavour to the fried bihun, which thankfully was fried exactly the way noodles should, not too dry, yet not too wet. But lacking in ‘wok hei’ (breath of the wok?).
The prawns (medium-sized ones) cooked in tom yum soup, then served in a hollowed coconut with flesh intact, were fresh, succulent, and not spicy at all. The coconut imparted the curry-like gravy (nothing like authentic tomyam though) a fresh and sweet taste, complete with sweet coconut flesh. If you think eating coconut with curry sounds funny, believe me, it isn’t.
Both the Or Chien (Oyster Omelette) and Soft-Shelled Crabs were nothing to shout about though. And the medium serving of soft shelled crabs (TWO of them) costed RM40! Should’ve ordered salt-baked crabs instead, or steamed fish. And the soft-shelled crabs were soggy, salty, and not up to standard. Refrain from ordering these, my advice.
On the whole, the meal costed us about RM90+ for four, including the perennial favourite of the Indians (now I’m a fan as well!), TODDY! Sweet, sour, and served chilled, the drink is believed to cool the body, especially after a heaty/spicy meal. At RM2.50 per small bottle, and about RM8 per large bottle, it’s WAY cheaper than the beer. Mix them with Guiness Stout, and you’ll brew yourself a cocktail perfect with a seafood meal!
Location : Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant @ 702, Jalan Udang Galah, Kampong Teluk Gong, 42000 Port Klang, Selangor. Opens for lunch and dinner everyday.