Saturday, November 04, 2006

Chef Loong Restaurant - hotel fare at non-hotel prices

Chef Loong Restaurant, is a restaurant serving "dim sum" (Cantonese term meaning touch the heart translated literally. Consist of many dishes of "tidbit" of small portion), deserts and "tong sui" (translated literally is sugar water, which may be sesame seed porridge, groundnut porridge, etc.) in the heart of Petaling Jaya, now a city about 10km from Kuala Lumpur, the capital. The current chef is Low Kean Fatt, who first started working at the age of 15 cooking Cantonese cuisines and has served at various large hotels and restaurants like Shangri-La KL, Mandarin Oriental KL, Four Seasons Singapore.

The restaurant offers Cantonese (Hong Kong)-style, Szecuan-influenced dim sums and Shanghainese dim sum. Currently, there are 60 items of dim sums and deserts in the menu. It is claimed that colors in the food are natural colorings from vegetable. For example, beet root (purple in color) is used for the Steamed Beetroot Duck Dumpling. They also said that their menu are changed every 3 months, where popular dishes are retained while not so popular ones are replaced by new creations. Currently among the dishes offered are Shanghai Siew Loong Pau (dumpling), Deep Fried Golden Almond Prawn (prawns coated with almond flakes that makes it crunchy) and (I hope no one goes for this one) Assorted Meat Dumpling with Shark Fin Brooth, which at RM11.80 (USD3.24) which they claim to be good value as the servings are generous and the brooth are "real good stuff".

For desert, there is Chilled Aloe Vera jelly with Lemon Grass topped with lime sorbet with aromatic hints of lemon grass. This Low proudly claim to be his own creation at the hotel he worked at, and until now, is still enjoyed by many customers who dine there.

Because of chef Low experience in the hotels, the restaurant claims that dim sum in elegant hotel-style presentation can be had at non-hotel rates. They say that for something similar to items offered at hotels can be enjoyed at RM4 to RM6 (USD1.10 to USD1.64) per plate whereas the prices at the hotels will be two to three times more.

The Chef Loong Restaurant is located at
86 Road SS2/60
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-78774826

Business hours
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm
Saturday: 9pm-3pm and 6pm - midnight
Sundsy: 9pm - midnight
Monday: Closed

Source: The Star, Metro, page 14-15.

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