Recently, we re-visited Fong Lye, a favourite for Taiwanese cooked dishes with porridge served with sweet potatoes or rice. It's always advisable to eat early at this place or else it gets super packed with people. If you do happen to end up here during peak dinner time, be patient as sometimes the food can take up to 45 minutes to arrive.
Since it was the two of us, we ordered only a few items from the menu. First, was their fried four angled beans (RM15++) which is one of my favourite vegetables. Fried with whole soy beans, deep fried ikan bilis (anchovies), garlic and chili, it's delicious eaten with lots of plain porridge. I especially love the whole soy beans (this is the fresh version which soy bean paste is made from) but be careful with the seeds inside it.
Although most people order bittergourd with sliced pork or chicken, the original dish is actually fried with beef slices. Known as Fu Kwa Ngau (RM16++), this dish is done really well here. Tender beef slices intermingle with the sliced bittergourd coated in the sauce flavoured with soy bean paste. It's not on the menu but ask for it and you won't be dissapointed.
If you have eaten the famous Taiwanese dish, the Three Cup Chicken, you will notice they use basil leaves in their cooking to flavour their dishes. In this unique dish, clams (RM15++) are fried with garlic slices, cut red chillies and basil leaves with a touch of soy sauce to give it flavour. Simple but extremely aromatic, this is so delicious as the flavours don't drown out but enhance the sweet taste of the clams.
No desserts here but they do give you a small shot glass of a lemon drink to cleanse your palate after the satisfying meal. Most of the customers here are regulars so don't be surprised if you keep bumping into the same people all the time here.
Fong Lye Restaurant
9, Ground Floor, Plaza Prismaville
Desa Sri Hartamas
Tel No: 03 - 6201 7998
(Non Halal. Do come early as the place gets packed and noisy inside. Another branch is found along Jalan Imbi.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review