Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dim Sum @ Restaurant Kong Mah, Sungai Buluh New Village, Selangor

black pepper laced siu mai - a delicious twist to an old favourite

It feels kinda weird to indulge in dim sum at night, probably because our brain is attuned to accept it as a breakfast or brunch. Hence when a friend of mine, Debbie mentioned night time dim sum at Sungai Buloh, I was fascinated, as didn't this mean you had the best of both worlds? No need to wake up early in the morning and forsake your beauty sleep while you get to munch on those delightful morsels of food, the Chinese nicknamed "touch your heart".

lala dim sum two ways

Braving a torrential downpour, we arrived at Sungai Buloh a little damp from the rain but was glad that the rain was a blessing in disguise since it meant less people at this usually packed spot.

steamed buns

The dim sum here falls in the category of the street food kind - chunky versus the dainty morsels usually found in Chinese restaurants. There's an old fashioned feel about how they serve the dim sum here - servers carting large wooden baskets of steaming items for you to select what you want to indulge in.

I want it all.....the selections

There's loads to choose from, until you get a little confused after a while with the riot of colours and choices. According to Debbie who is a regular here, they often introduce new items here to give everyone a varied palate.

pick what you want from the trays

Highly recommended by Debbie were the unusual lala dim sum - large lala shells (still with the clam intact) stuffed with chunky pork meat and bits of prawn. There are two varieties of this, one with a creamy sauce with a touch of cheese and a fragrant black pepper sauce. Both are equally delicious and moreish items you wish to keep eating.

finger licking good - deep fried chicken wings

A new item on the menu that night were the deep fried chicken wings - juicy pick-me-up-and-get-your-hands-dirty food that taste so sinful but good. I especially liked the black pepper siu mai, an unusual item that perked up my tastebuds. The steamed char siu pau is good too, so are the other siu mai selections.

yummiest ever deep fried sesame balls

One item we couldn't get enough were the deep fried sesame balls, with an aromatic peanut filling that screamed yumminess to my tastebuds the moment I bit into them. Needless to say, this was enjoyed by all (it's a favourite of her kids) that it needed a second order before we were fully satisfied. They also do similar versions with sesame paste but order the peanut ones as they are very good. Generally, everything else is good and satisfying - completely worth braving through the rain and traffic. So next time you get hit with dim sum cravings, give this a place a spin! Food is good here, reasonably priced and it's not laden with loads of MSG. Incidentally, do go support my friend Debbie as she is interviewed by
Fried Chillies on Nonya food.

The low down (minus the fluff):
Excellent place for dim sum cravings especially at night (or morning if you're a traditionalist). Focus more on the steamed items with chunky fresh fillings but throw in a deep fried sesame ball as dessert. I've heard egg tarts aren't great here, so give that a miss.

Restoran Kong Mah
32, Jalan Public
Kg Baru Sg Buloh
Sungai Buloh

Tel: 03-6156 1682/019-2254640

(Non Halal.Open from 7am to 1pm, 7pm to 1am. Closed every Tuesday. Prices for dim sum start from RM2.60, RM3, RM4.50 to RM5.50. For more pictures, see my Flickr set. that includes the location map to this place. This restaurant has been around for about 20 years, the next door restaurant Kong Xing is owned by his brother where you can enjoy a tai chow meal with dim sum items from Kong Mah.)

*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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Julian Si said...

Wow, all the way in SB!? That's quite a find.

Mmmmh .... I want some chicken wings. Only 3 weeks till I come back for some days, can't wait!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

It's hard to find dim sum places that open at night. Even if they do, the dim sums are usually not good.

I'll keep this in mind when I crave for dim sum at night. Usually after a drinking session. ;)

Tailim said...

Good find and it's quite near my office. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

Precious Pea said...

Now I feeling like going YumCha...but no kaki! :(

Ellen Whyte said...

YUM! My fave dim sum place is in Paramount Garden, the one by the old post office/ Giant. Think I'll head over there this week...

KY said...

waaa this lala dim sum thingy looks interesting!

Babe_KL said...

have heard so much about them but yet to try, waiting for the map :D

thule a.k.a leo said...

now I can go to Sg Buloh using the road in Kota Damansara.. shorter trip :)
I will utilise my Garmin this time

Unknown said...

MMM chicken wings... my fav. Totally agree with you on the best of both worlds concept!

worldwindows said...

Thanks for map. Very reachable from my house.

Rebecca Saw said...

Ahh..open til late..but but i only finish clubbing at 3am.. ;p

pang said...

lala with minced pork paste is something new wor! like fish maw mai,
intestine mai...etc..
wil visit 'em! :)

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qwazymonkey said...

Excellent! You've joint the late nite dim sum club. I usually makan mine for dinner or supper, though the selection of places is quite limited but it's perfect if you don't want a heavy meal.

I love dim sum equally in the mornings (ok, late late mornings) too!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love dim sum at any time of day or night. I am glad you had dim sum for dinner.

sc said...

some of the flavours seems more supper-ish ya? the lala sounds yummy!

J2Kfm said...

I was not tuned to have dim sum for dinner as well. Not even lunch, before I moved to Penang for my studies. Then near to Prangin Mall-Komtar, there's this Tai Tung dim sum restaurant that ONLY serves dim sum at night. Not bad, and I was hooked.

By the way, I just recently knew that Yoke fook Moon in Ipoh serves dim sum for breakfast until dinner. Yeah, for years and I just knew. Whoops.

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boo_licious said...

julian - yippee, u'll be back to enjoy loads of yummy food!

Bsar Babe - a little far though for a clubbing option.

sin tai lim - hope u enjoy it!

precious pea - am sure you will get to go yumcha! Was thinking u'll like this place.

Au & Target - thot Au's diet is roast chook? didn't know he also ate dim sum. LOL! Enjoy yr dim sum ok?

KY - yeah, they're innovative in coming up with new stuff.

babe_kl - wow, didn't know they're a legendary. Map is up, so go all out and try it.

leo - ah, it is very near from KD, use the old road (the one that connects to Shah Alam).

wai yee - yes, I love these kinda places that get smart abt people who believe in sleeping in!

worldwindows - enjoy!

nomadgourmand - hmmm, maybe the other dim sum place at Jln Ipoh instead, Restoran Million?

pang - hmmm, it's more likely yee piu or fish bladder mai vs fish maw mai, as fish maw is way so much more expensive!

Thxs Mr. Lonely!

qwazymonkey - dim sum is for lazy mornings and dinner I reckon!

Lannae - yes, dim sum shld be an all day thing!

sc - hmmmm, maybe but I'm not really a supper person hence I didn't notice that.

j2kfm - we're always learning something new abt our cities right? Better late than never.

Tom - email is boo_liciouskl@yahoo.com

Nux V said...

looks good and tempting...drooling now!

boo_licious said...

Nux V - did another revisit and I'm officially in love with the sesame balls. So yummy the peanuts.

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