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I’ve never eaten Kwang Si cuisine before, and was told the dishes are simple and often braised or steamed. Restoran Keng Ping in Bandar Puteri Puchong offers such cuisine at an affordable price. The outlet is brightly lit – almost stark – save for the printed food menu on the wall.

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“Sai Tou” Fish Ball

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“Sai Tou” Fish Balls (RM0.70 per piece) tasted bland on their own, but quite addictive when dipped with the Lenggong Cili Padi Sauce. Take more than you should and your mouth (and for some, behind) will be on fire. I wasn’t too keen on the Stir-fried Siew Yuk (RM12) not because it wasn’t good, but because I like my siew yuk crispy.

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Stir-fried Siew Yuk

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Claypot Catfish

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Braised Pork Belly with Yam

The Pork Belly with Yam (RM16) was braised till tender, with a creamy texture from the fat. Who said the more expensive the fish, the better? Even catfish can taste good, if prepared properly. Keng Ping’s Claypot Catfish (RM27) had no muddy smell or taste, thanks to the use of ginger, while the flesh was sweet and firm.

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Deep-fried Eggplant

The Deep-fried Eggplant (RM15) was addictive. It came tossed with plenty of fried garlic bits and cili padi for extra ‘oomph’. Claypot Kam Heong Chicken (RM15) however, lacked flavour – it wasn’t robust or spicy enough.

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Claypot Kam Heong Chicken

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Steamed Chicken

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Ginger Paste

Better, was the Steamed Chicken (RM25), served with ginger paste. The meat was firm yet tender, and if you’re lucky to get the chicken thigh, you will find a layer of tasty fat beneath the flesh. The Homemade Tofu (RM10) came with plenty of minced pork and gravy. It was best enjoyed with white rice.

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Homemade Tofu

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Four Heavenly Kings

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Stir-fried Lotus Roots with Mushroom

We had two types of vegetables that afternoon – Four Heavenly Kings (RM10) and Stir-fried Lotus Roots with Mushroom (RM12). The former was tossed with belacan and chilli, while the lotus roots were stir-fried with garlic and light seasoning.

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Braised Egg Noodle

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Fried Rice

For carbs, we tucked into some Fried Rice (RM12) and Braised Egg Noodle (RM12). The latter was such a hit among us that we ordered another plate, and subsequently, another large plate to share. Being greedy didn’t reward us, for it’s best to order a smaller plate. It’s tastier that way; the larger version lacked umami and gravy. The fried rice was bland in comparison to the noodles.

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Steamed River Fish

On our second visit the following week, we tried the steamed river fish which had plenty of bones. While some people can effortlessly pull out fish bones from their mouth (like my mum), I cannot do so without jamming a finger around my gums. I gave up eating, so rif cleared my share.

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Wild Boar Curry

I decided to go ahead with a bowl of white rice when the wild boar curry was served. How can one not eat rice when there’s wild boar curry? There’s no thrill in that. The curry was spicy, robustly flavoured and thickened with santan, while the wild boar pieces were adequately tender. By that, I meant it still required a bit of chewing.

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Stuffed Tofu Puffs

The stuffed tofu puffs was similar to the one I had in Bentong/Bukit Tinggi. I liked it because it was easy to eat and I know chances of me choking to death on a tofu puff are slight compared to fish bones. Definitely something to order if you have kids with you.

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“Jiong Jeng” Fish Belly

“Jiong Jeng” Fish Belly was soft, smooth and fatty, accented by the piquant sauce. rif enjoyed this best. I didn’t like the Claypot Wild Boar because the meat was tough and gamey. Unlike the curried version, the meat gave me a jaw workout and I never enjoy anything that requires more than five chews. Chewing gum aside.

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Claypot Wild Boar

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Sweet & Sour Wild Boar

There was also another wild boar dish, cooked in some sort of sweet-sour sauce. I found the gravy one-dimensional in taste. Fans of stinky beans will love the Sambal Petai with Ikan Bilis. I skipped this because I was due for an appointment later that afternoon and didn’t want to burp petai essence (or god forbid, fart) near the unsuspecting person.

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Sambal Petai with Ikan Bilis

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The vegetable that looked like oversized beansprouts was brought over from the chef’s village, and stir-fried with pork slices and tofu puffs. The green dish above is a type of ‘kuchai’, if I’m not mistaken. I liked this, but found the former slightly raw-tasting.

My two visits to Restoran Keng Ping allowed me to sample a variety of Kwang Si dishes – some hits and some misses. Of the lot, I enjoyed the braised egg noodles, homemade tofu, wild boar curry and fish belly best. If you’re around the area, give it a try and let me know what you think.

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Order wisely and you won’t be disappointed.

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Restoran Keng Ping
No.26, Jalan Puteri 5/2
Bandar Puteri Puchong,
47100 Puchong
Tel: 03-8052 3572 / 017-889 1697 / 017-912 8414

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Simple Person September 21, 2012 - 1:45 pm

sweet & sour wild boar?
normally I have curry

Bangsar Babe September 21, 2012 - 4:39 pm

I prefer curry. ;)

ulric September 21, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Come…I bring u to my weekend ‘dai chow’ in Happy Garden OUG just to see wat ur review will be like…hehe =)

Bangsar Babe September 21, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Hahahaha…ok. Why the curiosity?

ulric September 21, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Wanna gauge the ‘dai chow’ standard of wat I m eating compared to urs mah?…hehe :P

Bangsar Babe September 21, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Hahahaha…shouldn’t be that far off la. :)

Kash September 21, 2012 - 3:25 pm

I don’t think I would say no to the dishes which were your least fav. It’s been a long time I haven’t had any of those dishes so, more portions for me please! I will send you the kari kambing pics later>>>[email protected] rite?

Bangsar Babe September 21, 2012 - 4:40 pm

You mean you like eating fish with a lot of bones? :shock:

Yup, that’s the email.

Kash September 21, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Hai ya, you know how hard it is to get fish from Asia for me?Lol,so definetly I won’t mind eating fish with plenty of bones. Get sick of eating chicken and beef all the time, my neighbour fishes salmon and trout, and he gives me some, but since it’s from the wild, the muddy taste over powers the sauce. And vegetables here…don’t get me started,lol.

Sean September 21, 2012 - 4:34 pm

the fish balls look very nice! i’m not sure i can define kwang si cooking, but some of it feels reminiscent of hakka, kinda, based on these dishes you’ve posted :D

Bangsar Babe September 21, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Yeah, some of the dishes look like Hakka dishes. Especially the pork belly with yam. :)

TY September 22, 2012 - 6:05 am

Any phone number for this restaurant?

Bangsar Babe September 22, 2012 - 8:02 am

Edited and now the number is included under the address. :)

TY September 23, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Thks. Went there last night. The steam chicken and deep fried eggplant are nice!

Bangsar Babe September 23, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Good to know!

TY September 24, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Thks for the recommendation. The owner who is a lady asked me how i know about this place and i told her i saw your blog! Then i gave her the website of your blog and she took it happily…..

Bangsar Babe September 24, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Thanks for letting her know! :)


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