Bagan Lalang is a place I’m not familiar with but a friend of mine recommended that I made this pitstop for seafood at Ong Cheng Huat en route Penang to KL. Located at the end of a winding and narrow road, the restaurant is known for its signature dishes – steamed red snapper, clams, prawn fritters, spring chicken and fried vermicelli.
After circling Bagan Lalang for close to 45 minutes (Ong Cheng Huat is rather secluded), I ordered all the above for just us two. Our food arrived within 10 minutes or so; almost every table ordered the same thing we did.
I particularly enjoyed the steamed red snapper (RM23), cooked with plenty of ginger, garlic, cili padi and preserved vegetables. The fish was fresh and well complemented by the savoury, spicy and tangy broth. We polished off the entire plate right down to the the last drop.
Also good were the steamed local clams (RM12) – plump and juicy, with plenty of kick from the ginger and Chinese rice wine. The spring chicken (RM10) came highly recommended, seasoned and deep fried to juicy perfection. That said, I’m not a big fan of spring chicken so this didn’t bowl me over.
The prawn fritters (RM3) were very addictive, especially when eaten with the fried vermicelli (RM6). I enjoyed the latter with the sambal cili given. The vermicelli had a good dose of wok hei and wasn’t overly oily.
Lunch came up to RM56 for all the above, inclusive of two drinks. Pretty reasonable and the food was well worth the hunt. Ong Cheng Huat is located along Jalan Bagan Lalang. It’s not easily spotted so you will need to look for the signboard along the roadside. Alternatively, call the restaurant (04-3314782 / 012-4535188) for directions.
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Food: 7.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: The food is fuss free, hearty and tasty. Give this place a try if you’re travelling en route Penang to KL.
Ong Cheng Huat Seafood
2004 Jalan Bagan Lalang,
Tel : 04-331 4782, 012-453 5188
Business hours: 11am to 5.30pm
GPS Coordinates: N 5 26.640 E 100 23.772