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Kang Guan Restaurant, Carey Island

rif and I had dinner at Kang Guan with a few friends last weekend. I’ve never been to Carey Island, but H comes here quite often, so she did the ordering. The restaurant overlooks the Straits of Malacca, but come night time, all you see is pitch darkness. o_0
The Oh Chien (oyster omelette) was served first and it was mediocre. rif and I like the edges of the omelette to be nice and crispy, but this was floppy (not to mention oily) and the oysters were tiny. The Kam Heong crabs were too sweet and lacked the fragrant smell of curry leaves. The crabs however, were sweet and succulent. I think maybe Marmite or butter crabs would be a better choice.
I found the butter Nestum prawns delicious. I especially liked the rich, buttery sweet sauce that coated the fresh prawns. Topped with crunchy nestum bits, this was scrumptious! Served piping hot, the Asam Fish lacked aesthetic presentation. Luckily, it tasted better than it looked. The thick gravy had a nice balance of spiciness and sourness, and the brinjal, okra and tomatoes were not mushy (I like the veges to have a bit of bite). This was good with rice.
Between the two vegetable dishes, I liked the stir-fried Brussels sprouts more. The garlic slices were nice and crunchy, and the gravy was light and fragrant with the addition of rice wine. Simple and nice.I thought the asparagus with sambal belacan was just alright. It was neither spicy nor fragrant enough, but still palatable in my books. Dinner cost about RM161 for the 6 of us, which worked out to about RM27 per person. I reckon Coconut Flower is cheaper and the food tastes better. While the food wasn’t spectacular, the company was enjoyable. Thanks for the invite babes, I had fun!

Ambiance: 4/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: The other dishes were forgetable, but the butter prawns and asam fish were good.

* To get to Kang Guan, take the KESAS highway towards Klang, and turn left at the exit towards Banting . After Teluk Panglima Garang, go towards Banting and there will be a signboard that says Pulau Carey. Turn right after you turn into the main intersection.

No 3, Batu 1 1/2 Jalan Bandar Lama,
(Tepi Jambatan Pulau Carey),
Teluk Panglima Garang,
Kuala Langat,
Selangor.
03 3122 7737


25 Responses

  1. Sugar Bean

    Didn't know about Carey Island until I read your post (Shame on me). Their seafood seems fresh and good. But if Coconut Flower is better, don't think I'll go all the way to Kang Guan then.

  2. J2Kfm

    aiks … scored so lowly one? somemore rather obscure location. think this wont be in my list for a long long time. :)

  3. SimpleGirl

    too bad…not everything were good..i've been to carey island twice…but it was long back…i remembered those days the one my aunt brought me to were good!

  4. UnkaLeong

    If you ever go back, try the Teo Chew styled steam fish yar;) Definitely more presentable than the Assam Fish :)

  5. EVo

    I found coconut flower just OKay. so if kang guan's not as good i'll stick to my usual seafood place ;P

    Thanks again for sharing b-babe!

  6. CUMI & CIKI

    so, carey island must be a lil over-rated hor? coz like evo, i also think coconut flower is a bit of a tourist trap.

  7. Pureglutton

    The crabs looked good. So if this place is over-rated, there're other better seafood places in Port Klang & Teluk Gong, i think! Coconut Flower is now a HUGE place and they seem to dominate the T.Gong vicinity.

  8. worldwindows

    I haven't been there as the driving put me off. The fresh prawns will always be a winner.

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    worldwindows – Yea…thank goodness I didn't have to drive! o_0

    PureGlutton – The crabs were good, but the cooking style not so… =(

    Seems like a lot of people wants to go to Coconut Flower! Food is alright there, but nothing fantastic…

    Cumi & Ciki – Definitely over-rated! Yup, Coconut Flower is meant for tourists these days…

  10. Bangsar-bAbE

    EVo – Where's your usual seafood place? No prob…food (good or bad) is meant for sharing! ;)

    Unka – Hahaha…alright. Thanks for the rec!

    SimpleGirl – I guess it's individual preference…or maybe we ordered the not so good dishes.

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    J2Kfm – I think you're better off eating seafood in Sitiawan! =P

    Sugar Bean – The seafood was fresh, but I think Coconut Flower is still better.

    You can try Kang Guan, who knows…you MIGHT like it better than I do!

  12. Jenn

    Carey Island… rememeber passing by the junction everytime I went to Banting a few years ago. The road was like s**t (pardon my language) then… too many lorries and only one lane, making it a slow and dangerous stretch.
    Since you mentioned Coconut Flower is better… I'll stick with this restaurant :)
    Brussel Sprout.. a dish that I ate most of the times while in NZ (very cheap) until I developed phobia… hahaha!!!

  13. thule a.k.a leo

    accidentally used my wife "Jenn" account to post comment :) it's me by the way

  14. Life for Beginners

    Hmm, I feel too urbanised now lor. Didn't even know there was a Carey Island! Must take the lead from you and other floggers and become more adventurous! :D

  15. taufulou

    eh eh, you have change your banner haaa…that's cuteeee…

    don really know where is that but sure looks good on the prawns~

  16. Bangsar-bAbE

    taufulou – Yeap…I designed it to represent me! =P

    It's somewhere in Klang…but hor…how to go you must ask rif. I'm like a blind bat!

    LFB – You should go for an adventure with us…I wonder if CK is up for it! ;)

    leo – I agree…the journey there was crappy…so many potholes!

    Strange right? Brussels sprouts is cheap overseas…

  17. vialentino

    hey, how r u doing?

    i miss ur food post a lot…been busy lately with work

    coconut flower taste better and cheaper…but i wanna try this place …looks not bad too…just give a try…

  18. vialentino

    hey, how r u doing?

    i miss ur food post a lot…been busy lately with work

    coconut flower taste better and cheaper…but i wanna try this place …looks not bad too…just give a try…

  19. Bangsar-bAbE

    vialentino – Hey, I'm doing alright. Thanks for asking! =)

    I'll wait for your post on it ya!

    Julian – Yup, next time must ask you to recommend places to eat in Klang… ;)

  20. EVo

    A shop just outside my house @ sri kembangan does dai chow, but handles crabs n prawns very well.

    Other than that i normally go to pantai / unique seafood for my seafood capers hehe.

  21. Bangsar-bAbE

    EVo – I heard there are plenty of good tai chows in S.Kembangan.

    I've only tried two…looks like I have to explore… ;) Unique seafood is nice…but very expensive la!!

  22. Anonymous

    Hey people..1 thing to keep in mind that is no restaurant can cook everything nice..Cpcpnut Flower is over~rated..So called the best in telok gong..Well I give them 2/10..Went there when the so called master chef is in da house..Expensive and for the quality it's utterly rubbish..I ate at kang guan restaurant recently and it was spectacular..Kam Heong Crab came out very3 good,O~put(Yam Cake),Quaker Oats Prawn,Hae Koe(Prawn Mantis),Sweet & Sour Selangi all came out tops..So far I've eaten all around the globe nothing taste as good as this..It was rumoured that the master chef of this place comes in on friday till sunday..PS Try Kangkung Belacan for a change..PS I'm a chinese + malay + indian.Muhibbah babeh

  23. Anonymous

    Bangsar-babe, i was also at Kang Guan just a few days ago… for the 1st time… didn't expect a good sea-food restaurant in the middle of no-where.. I also noticed a lot of corporate people eating there … only regret i did not bring along my camera… good food and scenery..

  24. Bangsar-bAbE

    Glad to hear you had a good meal there. Don't worry about the camera…there's always next time, no? ;)

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