A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
Yes, Yang Arif, we crashed a wedding dinner. No, Yang Arif, we weren’t aware that there was a wedding going. Yes, Yang Arif, we saw the school buses and cars parked outside the restaurant. And the wedding entourage, yes. Yes, Yang Arif, I’ll get new prescriptions for my glasses.
Use a different entrance, Yang Arif? But the Bride and Groom and their parents were smiling at us. I know, Yang Arif, we shouldn’t have walked through the wedding arch, especially since we were wearing just shorts and T-shirts, but in our defense, the other guests weren’t quite GQ material either. Sorry, Yang Arif, no laughing matter indeed.
Yes, Yang Arif, we walked the entire length of the restaurant in our shorts. How many people saw us in our shorts? I reckon about 400 people. No, Yang Arif, I wasn’t sniggering. *cough*
Yes, Yang Arif, we cheered on the karaoke singers at the wedding dinner. I agree, Yang Arif, they should never have come up with a Hokkien rendition of My Heart Will Go On. Yes, Yang Arif, we did toast the bridal couple. It was the only polite thing to do. Yes, Yang Arif, we were still in our shorts.
Yes, Yang Arif, we’ll accept the charges.
Sentence: Blogger and friends to listen to 150 hours of bad Hokkien karaoke.
It’s scary how brides these days squeeze themselves into tight bodices until they look like segmented insects. Then again, society can be quite judgemental. I can’t imagine how I’d be able to become half my size if I were to go through that rigmarole again, short of slicing my fat off bit by bit and cooking curry with it.
We did crash a wedding dinner. How were we to know that someone would pick Hari Raya to celebrate a union? Having said that, we still had good fun. After all, entertainment was free, albeit off-tune. And a good laugh is always better than talking about current affairs these days.
Of course, we ordered our own food.
The ultimate test, where there is no way to mask a bad crab. Steamed, with its flesh still juicy and sweet, in egg white and garnished with spring onions and parsley. Our favourite that night.
A two-in-one. Tilapia, part steamed in soy sauce, and part fried in a black pepper sauce. Both styles of cooking resulted in very firm chunks of flesh, still moist, and tasting very fresh.
Another favourite, the squid was cooked to perfection with a nice bite, in a crisp batter of salted egg yolk that clung to the flesh. The curry leaf added a bit of spice to the dish. We should have ordered a double portion. It was that good.
The crabs were delicious, cooked in a sweet and sour sauce which we mopped up with the fried buns (below). I’ve seen better fried buns before…these didn’t have the nice crisp exterior, nor did they tear up well, but they were ok.
Oh, we had vegetables too.
The food at Choong Foong is reasonably priced. The crabs, about 2 kgs cost us RM96, while the fish cost us RM28. The delicious squid dish was just RM12. The food fed 5 people. I’ve tried several other dishes on different occasions. The food will definitely not disappoint.
Getting to Choong Foong may be a little more difficult. The easiest directions I can think of would be from Shah Alam. Imagine driving past Bukit Jelutong towards the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. Instead of taking the tolled way (right fork), head towards the left fork where the signboards say Bukit Jelutong. Once you reach the traffic light, take a right turn then do an immediate left. This will take you on the old road towards Sungai Buloh. Go straight past the first traffic light, and at the 2nd traffic light (Monterez Golf Club), take a right turn. Go straight until the end of the road, and at that T-junction, take a left. Choong Foong is on your left, probably about 200-300 metres down that road. It is a huge single-storey warehouse-looking structure with a large carpark which can quite easily park a whole kampungful of cars and several buses.
There’s another way via the Subang airport, but I can’t for the life of me remember how to get there.
Yes, Yang Arif, I apologise. I promise to pay more attention next time.
Choong Foong Seafood Restaurant
No. 8, Lorong 1D, Kampung Subang
40150 Shah Alam.
Tel: 78463253, 78462482, 78461081.
Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.