Chong Thai, Sg. Besar.

After our eventful afternoon in Sekinchan, we headed further up north to Sungai Besar, the centre of administration for Sabak Bernam district in Selangor for dinner.

Chong Thai is not difficult to find as it’s on the main road-ish, and has quite a prominent yellow signboard. Plus, it’s quite substantial in size. I understand that this is THE place for wedding dinners in this town, and they even cater to wedding dinners in Klang!

Anyhow, the place was about 80% full when we walked in, which is always a good sign. The house specials are displayed for all to see, and the captain taking our order was also happy to make recommendations.

The food was served quite quickly, within 10 minutes of sitting down and at the same time. So no worries about long waits or cold food. Found it ingenious that they had a “rice trolley”. No more balancing acts of plates of rice as the waitresses served the rice straight from the trolley. Kept the fluffy grains warm too!

We had to have crabs to complete our seafood quest. Our choice was Kam Heong Crabs and I must admit this is one of the best I have ever had. Yes, the freshness was a contributing factor, but the chef did a wonderful job too as the I could smell how fragrant the dish was when it was served. Taste wise, it did not disappoint either as I found myself licking my fingers. The bits and pieces of curry leaf infused dried prawns, with dried chilli, shallots etc and bits of crab meat left on the plate when all the crab was gone was even better. Could have had just that and white rice and I would be satiated. Ah, bliss indeed.

The other recommended crab dish is their Steamed Flower Crab which we didn’t manage to try. But definitely going to try that on a return visit.

The name of the restaurant already gives a hint of the chef’s love for Thai food. So much so he combines the best of both Chinese and Thai cuisine in his offerings. Was also told that he makes trips to Thailand often to savour their delicious fare to incorporate it into his cooking. This was evident in this dish, Steamed Fish Thai Style. The Thai-inspired sauce was tangy and mildly spicy and was excellent in whetting our apetite for more! Even the julienned cucumber and onion garnishing was pre-preserved to better suit the flavours of this dish. Eating the fish with the sauce and greens made it taste better to us.

We were recommended the “Crispy Chicken” which was served with Thai Chilli Sauce. Even though parts of the chicken was crispy and juicy at the same time, it wasn’t extraordinary. And as luck would have it, the other parts of the chicken served was on the dry side as even the chef here couldn’t mask the dryness of the breastmeat.

Actually, the Butter Chicken (ala the Butter Prawns) dish caught my eye but it’ll have to be tried another day. We also had the stir-fried sweet potato shoots again. Great meal to end the one day trip. Good news is that they’re planning to open a branch in Klang in the near future so it’s one place I’ll definitely go try.

Restoran Makanan Laut Chong Thai
No. 3-4A, Jalan Menteri,
45300 Sungai Besar,
Selangor
Tel: 03-3224 5686

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5 Comments »

  1. cumi&ciki said

    rice trolley plus place that is 80% full.. must be good! needless to say, cumi&ciki will visit it soon.. thanks for the tip:D

    epicuriousgirl says: will be anticipating your write up 🙂

  2. Christy said

    80% full….enough said:)
    And I love seafood…enough said too;)

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, time to make a drive there!

  3. thats very thai indeed..i see chilli everywhere!

    epicuriousgirl says: lucky i love thai influenced cuisine then. the spicy tangy notes…yum!

  4. vkeong said

    omg the crabs.. i am salivating like hell now.. looks very meaty too!

    epicuriousgirl says: It was! Even I salivate at the thought of them… 😛

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