Any adventurous foodie must have at least ventured into Seri Kembangan once or twice in search of some scrumptious food item – be it the famous Pan Mee or Yong Tau Foo. So we did just that. Armed with our wallets and hungry stomachs we ventured into this Chinese dominant village and sought out the famed Restoran Lek Lek.
A word of caution though. Do not take this for Lek Lek at Pusat Perdagangan, which operates in a beautiful multi-storey building with air-condition. On the contrary, this is a typical home turned restaurant with zinc roof, plastic tables and chairs, the place where it all started, the “original” and the “birthplace” of Restoran Lek Lek.
This place was nothing extravagant. No a/c whatsoever. I doubt it has been re-decorated since the 70′s and the wait staffs weren’t there to give you a warm welcome nor service. The food was the main attraction, so don’t let their abrupt nature put you off. What the restaurant did have besides good food was the hum of people chatting and enjoying their food. There was often laughter and beer bottle clinking in the air. This is definitely a venue to enjoy with a group.
Signature Deep Fried Threadfin/化骨龙/酿鱼 @ RM 36.00 ~ The following dish is somewhat an interesting one and being Lek Lek’s creation, the pioneer of this signature dish, it was certainly impressive. The Ma Yao fish was served whole, deboned and reconstructed with fish paste being stuffed back again together with the skin intact. It was then deep fried and doused with simple soy sauce and scallions. Every bite is aromatic and full of flavor. One fish would barely be enough.
The fish paste was suprisingly tasty with a bouncy texture
Stir-fry Potato Leaves/清炒番薯叶 @ RM 8.00 ~ For our greens, we had a plate of Potato Leaves to complete our fibre intake of the day. Simple vegetable dish was comfort food and had a nice crunch to it.
Poached Village Chicken/白斩菜园鸡 @ RM 38.00/½ bird ~ Fresh yellow skinned village chicken was gelatinous with its succulent and juicy meat falling off the bone. Done well and was exceptionally yummy. The homemade dipping sauce was also zingers. We were lucky as we managed to get 1/2 of the last bird so, my word of advise is to order beforehand as they prepare only a few for the day.
Claypot Salted Fish and Pork Belly/咸鱼花腩煲 @ RM 12.00 ~ This was not as fragrant as I expected and was an epic fail. The dried chili didn’t seem to serve any purpose, neither did the raw onions and the abundance of ginger slices. The salted fish was barely present. It was almost like eating pork slices mixed with dark soya sauce. I guess this dish wasn’t their forte.
Deep fried bean curd/海鲜豆腐 @ RM 8.00 ~ We did not order this but was mistakenly delivered to our table. We happily walloped everything without hesitation as it looked yummy. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this was served with chili sauce and mayonnaise dipping.
The total bill came to be RM 114.00 (steamed rice & a pot Chinese tea included), pretty reasonable for 4a/2c. Besides what we’ve ordered, they also have many other specialties and one being the famous Curry Fish Head/咖喱鱼头 which we’ll certainly come back to savour. So, If you’re willing to drive all the way to Seri Kembangan, Lek Lek certainly won’t leave you disappointed. This place is popular on most days of the week with locals. Weekends are even worse, so book ahead!
- Restoran Lek Lek (亚烈家乡小食档)
- No. 97, Jalan Sekolah SK 3/10
- 43300 Seri Kembangan
- Selangor Darul Ehsan
- Mobile – 016-312 9789/061-246 8858
- Business hours – 1700-2330
- Closed – Every Wednesday fortnight
- GPS Coordinates
- N03°01.527 E101°42.080