Just off Jalan Raja Laut which is one of the busiest areas in Kuala Lumpur, you can spy this tai chow place that is available only at night. It's not too hard to find this place especially once you figured out the signs i.e. Mungo Jerry and Bee Seng Hotel. Once those landmarks have been spotted, all you need to do is turn left into the lane and you will find this makeshift stall with a huge kitchen complete with woks and a stand alone steamer. At first when you walk in you will think it's just stalls but wander further and there's also a shoplot which you can sit in peace and from the rain.
As this place is right smack in one of the seediest areas in town, it's preferable you don't dine here alone but with a whole group of people. It's always a good idea also to bring a crowd to help finish the food as the portions are huge. Ong Lai specialises in a few dishes such as this Fried Pei Kueh Hokkien Style. Pei Kueh has many names as it's also known as Shanghai Nien Gao, Pak Kor Meen and etc. We all thought this was pretty okay, definitely better than the Hokkien mee place in Jalan Maharajalela.
Another specialty they are famous for is their O Chien i.e. the oyster omelette. Tiny oysters are marinated in a mixture with tapioca flour and then cooked in a wok with eggs. They're quite generous with the oysters and it had the right amount of chewyness versus the crispy egg. Definitely a favourite among us all as this was the only dish we finished that night.
Ong Lai is notoriously famous for their Steamed Wan Yu Fish Head which we ordered. I'm not too sure what style this is but it had sinful belly pork slices on top of it. We had great expectations for this dish after hearing so many raves about it but sadly it wasn't our night as the fish had a slight muddy smell to it. Besides these dishes, Ong Lai is also famous for their Fish Head Mee Hoon which looks interesting based on what I have read so I guess we will give this place another try.
Ong Lai Restaurant
Jalan Tiong Nam, Off Jalan Raja Laut
(Food served here is non halal. The restaurant is right behind Bee Seng Hotel and off Jalan Raja Laut. Turn left from Jalan Raja Laut when you spot the Mungo Jerry sign on your right hand side. See KY Speaks for a location map.)