Weekend Brunch Idea : Leong Ya Yong Tau Foo & Paper-Wrapped Chicken @ Seri KembanganAugust 23, 2013 | 9,940 views
Yong Tau Foo from Leong Ya Restaurant; the ”gentleman” version. The “lady” counterpart sits behind this row; named Leong Ya Indah, and even has a branch in Puchong. It’s a family rivalry thing, I was told.
And here comes the weekend! In a flash, we have reached the last week of August; to be celebrating Independence Day within a week and Mid Autumn Festival in less than a month! And already I am scratching my head pondering over which mooncake story to write this year.
For now, here’s a brunch idea for those in the Klang Valley, in case you’re contemplating on embarking on a food hunt yet almost always fall back (or fall flat) on your intentions; relegating yourself to brunch in malls instead.
It’s been some time since I stepped foot in Seri Kembangan/Serdang area, and it’s about time. Let’s start from this very classic Yong Tau Foo expert (and darn renowned for their “Ji Pau Gai” – paper-wrapped chicken too!) named Leong Ya Restaurant.
Aside from the Hakka classics of Yong Tau Foo (Stuffed fish paste in various manners) and the incredibly popular paper-wrapped chicken, you should try the Salad Pork as well. The kids will love this.
By some divine intervention (okay… call it indecisive driving), we ended up at Seri Kembangan/Sungai Besi area one fine Sunday morning. And hence proceeded to catch a movie at The Mines, a mall that I have not visited since 2002. Believe that.
A quick search for food around the area (on GPS and also the ever-reliable Google), we found Leong Ya Restaurant to be within a kilometre or so away. The name strikes a bell as I read about Leong Ya from various sources, as well as bumped into Leong Ya Indah when we had our Bentong feast at Choy Hi.
Gross? Not when you first sink your teeth into a piece. The famous “Ji Bau Gai” from Leong Ya. Usually, people recognize this as Seri Kembangan’s paper wrapped chicken. No name required.
Apparently, Leong Ya first started from a tale of rags to riches. Serving homemade yong tau foo and paper-wrapped chicken to tin miners around the area about half a century ago, they have since moved into this two shops outlet complete with air-conditioning some years ago.
And the fact that they stay open 7 days a week, and 12 hours daily really help in reducing the ever-arduous meal-planning task.
The menu covers quite an extensive selection of Hakka-inspired Chinese dishes. For example, various pork dishes like Dong Po Yuk (sinfully fat pork belly braised in a dark, savoury sauce) and Salad Pork Chop which was an excellent snack-cum-main dish. The combination of mayonnaise and Thai chili sauce worked well for the cutlets of pork lightly pan fried to a beautiful, tender texture.
Then you have steamed fish, Vietnamese seafood hot pot (one of their best sellers), and several chicken dishes that you will expect from ‘dai chow’ restaurants.
The Yong Tau Foo come in seven varieties; white beancurd, dried beancurd, ladies finger, brinjals/aubergines, red chillies, fried beancurd sheets (fu chuk) and fish balls. We had a sampler platter of one each; everything served on one plate and drenched in a starchy, brown sauce reminiscing of your usual Chee Cheong Fun’s sweet sauce (tim cheong).
Not for sale, but feel free to reach out and revoke those nostalgic memories from your secondary school days!
The Yong Tau Foo served here was not particularly interesting. Definitely not when compared to some of Ipoh’s best. But passable, and I would have preferred for the items to be separated from the gravy instead.
The “Ji Bao Gai” (paper-wrapped chicken) will definitely create a messy scene of mass disorder. But don’t hold back and you shall be rewarded with a succulent cut of chicken (depends on your luck, you may get a wing, a breast or a drumstick) completely drowned in a gravy that defies description. The sauce was a mix bag of sweet and savoury, with fragrant hints of spices and turmeric, I believe. The marinated chicken was prior wrapped in the oil paper then fried before served.
If you can recall, Puchong Yong Tau Fu @ Batu 14 also serves similar combination but of course, lacking in varieties in terms of other dishes to go with rice compared to Leong Ya’s.
An all-day restaurant is always welcomed, especially when you have decided to venture far for food and the place is closed in between hours!
Happy Weekend, and Happy Food Hunting to You! As for me, allow me to dig out those guide books and crawl my way to areas beyond the usual imagination for the next two days.
LEONG YA RESTAURANT (YONG TAU FOO)
No. 26 & 28, Jalan Dagang 4/2,
Taman Sungai Besi Indah,
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Tel. No : +603-8948 4657
Business hours – 10,00am – 10.00pm (daily)
GPS Coordinates : N3 01.516 E101 42.947 (adapted from Sumptuous)