Sunday, 3 November 2013

Restoran Kang Guan @ Pulau Carey, Kuala Langat

If you are looking for good and fresh seafood served at very cheap prices, than Restaurant Kang Guan is the place. Having been in operation for 55 years now, this restaurant is located on the left near the bridge heading to Carey Island. It may seem like quite a drive from Kuala Lumpur but the distance is worth travelling. To head to this place, take the NKVE (depending where you are) and connect onto ELITE (the highway heading to KLIA) and exit at the Westport exit which connects to KESAS Highway. Once you get onto Kesas, just keep driving south and exit at Banting. At the traffic lights, turn left and keep driving straight until you pass a town and shortly thereafter, you would see the signage to Carey Island. All in all, it takes about an hour (assuming you adhere to the speed limits all the way) assuming you are coming from Damansara and can be much shorter if you are coming from Puchong or Sunway. 

Restaurant Kang Guan in Carey Island

Restaurant built on an elevated platform

Can be busy on most days

Us at the Restaurant

Overlooking the Straits of Malacca

The Bridge heading to Carey Island
This restaurant is usually running at full capacity on most days. Specially weekends and on Public Holidays, it would be full house and it is always wise to call early and book a table. I even go to the extent of informing the time of arrival and ordering my dishes before hand. That way, you do not get items being sold out when you arrive there. Do note that crabs tend to be sold out rather fast on most days and it is best to book prior to arrival. If you come here during the day, you would be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Straits of Malacca that is visible from this restaurant. There are ample of parking spaces here and that should not be a concern. You would find a lot of Muslim customers here too as they do not serve Pork but they do not have the Halal status as alcohol is served. 

Peanuts @ RM 2.00

Waiting for our Meals to Arrive

Busy Chatting....
If you had not done any prior ordering, it would not be a problem except that you may risk not being able to have some kind of seafood as it may be sold out. Otherwise, ordering is quite fast here. They would hand you a menu and you could choose your favourite dishes from there. My usual practice here is that I always avoid ordering rice and the meal is based solely on seafood and perhaps a small dish of noodles. Usually within 20 minutes from time of order, the dishes start arriving. 

Fried Tong Fun @ RM 8.00
Although requested for two people, a huge platter of Fried Tong Fun was placed before us. It was cooked to somewhat the Hokkien Style of preparation and it had loads of Squid, Prawns and Fish Paste in it. The noodles too were moist and springy and that shows that it was fresh. The flavours of the dish were strong and it had a character of it's own. Definitely a well prepared dish and I would rate it at 9.5/10 .

Squid Deep Fried in Flour @ RM 12.00
When I have this same dish with the same portion size in Kuala Lumpur, it would come to at least RM 25.00 and here it was a mere RM 12.00 . The flour coating was excellent and definitely something was added to it to make it taste better but I was just not able to identify it. Definitely not Ajinomoto as I did not feel thirsty after having this. The Squids too were fried to a Golden Brown colour and were crispy and juicy with every bite. The freshness of the Squid was very evident. I would rate this dish at 9.7/10 .

Stir Fried Mantis Prawns @ RM 12.00
The Mantis Prawns were stir fried in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce and it came with diced onions and dried chilies. The Dried Chilies must have contributed to the spicy taste and the Mantis Prawns were crisp with every bite. Loved this dish! For the same dish, you would have to pay at least double the price in Kuala Lumpur. I would rate this dish at 9.7/10 .

Assam Fish @ RM 42.00
The Assam Fish is a signature dish here and it is usually made with quality saltwater fish. As this is a 'real' seafood restaurant, you do not get freshwater fish here. If you love fish, this is a must try dish. The picture is just not too good to show the actual size of the fish but it was huge. The Assam style preparation was slightly sour and spicy. The fish is steamed and the sauce is then poured over it along with some Okra, diced Onions and Tomato's. We thoroughly enjoyed this dish and I would rate it at 10/10 .

Lala Stir Fried with Garlic & Soy Sauce @ RM 12.00

Closer Look At The Clam
Having usually tried the dry style, this time we opted to try something different. The Lala here was Stir Fried with Garlic and Soy Sauce and it was absolutely delicious. The clams too were extremely huge and I have not seen clams that big elsewhere. Each clam was equivalent to the size of a standard business card. The ginger was slow cooked thus allowing it's juices to be seeped into the Soy Sauce and that invariably being seeped into the clams. This was a dish that you would not be satisfied if you did not get your fingers dirty. Absolutely delicious! I would rate this dish at 10/10 .

Butter Nestum Prawns @ RM 23.00

The Prawns Looking Absolutely Delicious
When you order Butter Prawns here, what you get is the Butter Nestum Prawns. It is just their practice to cook it that way and you won't regret it, they were heavenly. This dish priced at RM 23.00, came with 14 massive prawns and they were all extremely fresh. The sweet taste of the prawn meat and the juicy taste of butter and Nestum went very well together. I would rate this dish at 10/10 .

Sweet & Sour Crabs @ RM 52.00

Deliciously Juicy Crabs
Crabs are another must try dish here. Here you only get good quality, fresh and extra large crabs being cooked to perfection. The minimum order size is however 1 Kilogram. If only we could eat some more, I would have surely ordered the Man Tau Buns too as I know that those buns are prepared very well here. Although I would usually prefer the Salted Duck  Egg Crabs or Kam Heong Crabs, these guys made me fall in love with this style of preparation too. It was so delicious so much so I was scooping the gravy and eating it when the crabs were done. Again, I would rate this dish at 10/10 .

Heading Back to our Car after a heavy meal

Opening Hours
This was definitely a very satisfying meal and the total bill including drinks came to RM 169.40 which I felt was quite cheap. Of course if you Google this place you get different reviews and I am aware of that but I definitely feel that this is a great place to head for seafood especially when you have the company of the entire family. After all, good food is best when shared among loved ones!!!

Address: No.3, Batu 1 1/2, Jalan Bandar Lama, (Tepi Jambatan Pulau Carey),
                Teluk Panglima Garang, Kuala Langat, Selangor, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 3122 7737 / 1997 

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