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!
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,
03 3122 7737