Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lan Je's Steamed Tilapia Fish @ Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

the main star of this place - steamed black tilapia with a generous soybean paste with chillies

Recently at my friend's wedding dinner, I overheard some one mention the magic words, "Lan Je" and "Kota Damansara". Further probing revealed that
the infamous steamed tilapia stall from Rawang has spread their wings and opened a branch in Petaling Jaya. Whoopee!! Now one does not need to travel to the other end of the world for a steamed fish fix.

the fish is delivered table by table, watch out as it is piping hot and some very satisfied customers next to me with cleaned out fish bones.

Discovering this place is quite simple especially after you get your bearings right. Located well hidden from the main road, this shop is packed every lunch time with patrons. Everyone waits patiently for their steamed fish (about 1/2 hour or more, if peak lunch times) to arrive at their table. Once the fish hits the table, everyone's tummy is growling so loudly, you can see them tuck into the fish even before the plates of rice appear.

The steamed fish (large one is RM17) here is good stuff, soft and topped with a slightly spicy chilli bean paste sauce. I did feel the fish was a tad harder than Rawang, where it is usually silky soft but nevertheless it was still good stuff, which made a very satisfying lunch. It seems they also have a branch in Balakong (per address below) hence those who stay around that area can go sample the steamed fish there too. They also have other dishes (that look different from what I ate in Rawang), which is only mediocre, so just stick to the steamed fish.

Lan Je Steamed Fish
F-50G & 51G, Jalan Teknologi 3/9
Bistari "DE" Kota
Kota Damansara
PJU 5, Petaling Jaya

Tel: 012-669 9919, 016-6189919

Lan Je Steamed Fish
No. 10G & 12G, Jalan Kasturi 3
Plaza Kasturi
Batu 11, Jalan Balakong
Tel: 016-2482009, 012-3662434, 012-3962953

(Pork free. From the NKVE exit of Kota Damansara, go straight and up the ramp. You will pass by 2 traffic lights and see a row of shophouses with Gulam Mee on your left hand side. When driving here, on the right you will pass by a Mcdonalds and Shell station. Go straight and take a left turn towards the shophouses, an immediate right turn, go straight and another left turn to get to the back of the shophouses. You will see Lan Je's shop in front so go straight and park around the area. The Kota Damansara outlet is open from 11.30am-3pm, 6-9pm. Closed on Tuesdays. The Balakong outlet is open from 11-3pm for Mondays to Fridays and during the weekends, open from 11-3pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Also closed on Tuesdays. Google map to Kota Damansara is here.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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What do others have to say:
  • awhiffoflemongrass - posted like 2 hours ago, so I guess great tummies think alike??? Avoid the other dishes and just stick to steamed fish. There's even a poem.
  • wanderlust - also said the other side dishes are not fantastic except the prawns in cili padi sauce.
  • tiny piece of me gives some sound advice, don't come here if you are hungry as the wait is long and longer still.
  • happy happy gives the thumbs up to the fish and a tofu with prawns. Warning this site comes with music.


Sugar Bean said...

I'm not really into steamed Tilapia fish but I could recommend this to my parents. Think they would like it!

Hazza said...

I tried to steam tilapia once, but thought it did not taste as good as a saltwater fish. Maybe this place has a good recipe. I might try it when I next visit.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sigh couldnt find it when we were in rawang!

dont think i will do any better with kota damansara either..

boo_licious said...

sugarbean - am sure yr parents will like it.

hiya hazza, I guess we're used to these kind of fishes becoz it's cheaper than saltwater fish. Do give it a try as this one does it very well.

Joe - you go try the Balakong one? Near yr new house.

J2Kfm said...

rawang one on the main road lah, Joe.
but the place very cramped, not really condusive for long meals.

Rarebeet said...

muddy, muddy, muddy, its not funny in a foodie's worldI just commented on AWOL's blog about talapia not being my favourite because it tastes so muddy more often than not. Best drowned in piquant sauces for me

eiling lim said...

ooh i must try this!

thule a.k.a leo said...

hahaha... at last!! Some place I can afford to go without having to drive far far away!!! hip hip hooray!

HairyBerry said...

i like the sauce that was infused with ginger and chilli. really tasty! the fish is really fresh too, sans the muddy taste. good stuff indeed!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Thanks for calling my tummy great. :-P :-P Can't believe the coincidence! ^_^

I like the fish, but the location...sigh..need passport.

fatboybakes said...

OOOOOOOH, good good, no need to go rawang! we couldnt find it on the way to serendah anyway.

foodbin said...

fresh fish and killer sauce = best!

choi yen said...

Can't really figure out where it it located at Kota Damansara by just looking at the address given =.=''

ai wei said...

oh, lan je... have yet to try but i saw this featured in ah xian's show before. would love to drop by the balakong branch. hope it will be nice

Rebecca Saw said...

ya lor ! U and AWOL..i tot u guys went toge! sistas la you two! ;)

Unknown said...

wow what a good news!will go there this weekend

sugar & spice said...

The fish looks like it's simply waiting to be savoured.Lolz.

Too bad Rawang is tad too far. Balakong might be a better bet :)

boo_licious said...

j2kfm - but ori is always better rite? The side dishes are good there though.

Paps - this one has no muddy smell so you can give it a try?

eiling - more accessible to the general public this outlet but the wait is super long!

leo - LOL! Better call ahead and order loads of fishes for both of you though as it runs out quickly.

Nic - yup, fresh fish with a good sauce = heavenly meal. I often shudder at the one at Sg Besi, since that is song fish that is reputed to be fed faeces and etc, so tilapia is a better choice for me when it comes to steamed fish.

LL - yeah, great coincidence! Actually it's not that far from yr hse - just use the Sg Buloh road.

FBB - on the main road from Selayang to Rawang! Cannot be missed so next time make a stop over.

foodbin - totally agree with you!

mimi - new area, on the way from KD to Sungai Buloh.

ai wei - ah, do report if Balakong's branch is good.

nomadgourmand - nope, didn't eat together. I think she ate this sometime back. Mine was quite recent and one of lunch sojurns.

wei zhi - hope u liked it.

sugar & spice - yes, go try and let us all know if Balakong is good.

Monika Borua said...

Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Tilapia fish farming is very profitable and easy. I like this fish very much for it's unique taste and nutritional value.

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