Tanjung Tualang Prawns @ Luen Fong RestaurantNovember 25, 2009 | 24,018 views
## Updated July 2010 – On the 1st of July 2010, the whole stretch of shops including Luen Fong and Sun Mee Fong restaurants were tragically burnt from a fire. Hence they have ceased operations until further notice. ##
The abundance of roes was astounding! Pity Mr Prawn’s head also punctured by the pressure!
To get you along the mid-week blues (though it’s a much, much revered 4 days working week), let me share another famous Chinese seafood restaurant in Tanjung Tualang of Perak. No doubt you’ve read about my crustacean-walloping experience back in August of 2008. What? You mean you forgot to read the Lung Seng Restaurant review, when we had half a kg of prawns cooked Kam Heong style, while another 500g in lots of crunchy Nestum? Go read now, wipe your chin dry, and come back again.
Okay, done? Tanjung Tualang houses so many seafood restaurants, you’d be thinking where to go for some simpler hawker food. Really. They’re all around the wet market of Tanjung Tualang, built in the midst of the town itself. Another restaurant that has been around for many years now, and with a strong following of its own, is Luen Fong Restaurant – An air-conditioned corner lot next to Sun Mee Fong (sp?), another popular choice amongst the tourists. Though I have heard from a friend, stating that the locals do NOT patronize these erm … tourist-traps. Instead, they go to lesser known brands, an example being Yau Kee (again, not sure of the spelling).
Luen Fong’s specialty is their own concoction of chili sauce, grounded with lots of ginger, and remember to squeeze the lime before dipping in.
This restaurant was recently featured in a TV show, hosted by a man from Guangzhou (any idea?), who went on a spree, eating from north to south, and then some. One of his stop was at Luen Fong, a restaurant with decades of history in its bag.
Of course, the signature of Tanjung Tualang had to be the fresh and large (or medium-sized) freshwater PRAWNS. Though you can actually have the brimming-with-roes, BIG headed prawns even in Ipoh (jump to my Mun Choong post for instance), peeling those shells open, sucking up all the roes and juices from the heads, and devouring those succulent, bouncy and sweet flesh in Tanjung Tualang itself seems to be a more complete experience.
The Axian banner (of Taste With Jason food show) was actually placed in between Luen Fong-Sun Mee Fong. So I have no idea which restaurant was covered by the jolly young chap, but both also equally famous, trust me. (Thanks to myliew, confirmed the bunting was for Sun Mee Fong, next to Luen Fong restaurant)
Steamed Prawns with Egg Whites (500g)
“Kon Chin Har” aka Pan-fried Prawns with Soy Sauce (500g)
As usual, to have the best of both worlds, so to speak, we placed our order for 1kg of prawns (RM58 / USD16.60 per kg), divided into two equal portions and cooked in two different ways. The recommended styles of serving them in plain steamed, and another pan-fried lightly with soy sauce (and whatever else) were picked. The steamed version brought out the freshness of the prawns, as the juices from the prawns was intact, even squirting when I was dissecting the beautiful, orange crustacean. And the roes …. oh my. Not so much tucked inside the heads of the prawns, you can even taste the thousands of eggs tucked in between the legs! (Scroll up to the first image for a better look!) Though I hope those bland-tasting yet luscious substance were the eggs of the prawns, and not erm, excretions or what-nots.
The Kon Chin Har though, was a most delicious method of cooking the prawns. Almost rivaling Mun Choong’s version, albeit a little dry. It is called ‘Kon’ (dry) for a reason though. Both the platter of prawns managed to satisfy our cravings (there were only 3 of us, hence we did not go crazy with the orders. But a small note to ponder here : Do YOU think the servings of prawns above (8-10 pieces on each plate) weighed 1kg in total?
Oyster Omelette (Or Chien) (RM9.00 /USD2.60)
The Or Chien arrived in a most shocking manner, an extremely large portion of deep-fried eggs with batter and tiny oysters. But the eggs was fried to crumbly, and crispy texture, and minimal starch. The oysters though, were nothing short of average, and the greasy omelette was a little revolting at the end of the meal. I still prefer the Or Chien from Penang; In a much smaller portion, but BIG in terms of taste.
And some greens to calm the mind, after the cholesterol-laden meal (RM5.00 / USD1.50)
Luen Fong Restaurant on Market Street
The meal for three came to RM77.70/USD22, including rice and tea. Reasonable enough, but we left wondering maybe what our Kampar friends said was true after all – Not to fall for the average tourists-only restaurants. Next visit? To where the locals go instead.
Location & Contact Number :
Luen Fong Restaurant
No 19, Market Street,
31800 Tanjong Tualang,
Tel No : +605-360 9267, +6012-533 6166, +6016-590 0038
Opens for lunch and dinner.
Sorry no Google Map this time, but this corner restaurant is facing the Tanjung Tualang market, within the town square.