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I’ve always been a fan of lala meehun at Lai Foong kopitiam in KL. If you haven’t had them, you should definitely spend too much time waiting for a bowl and give it a try if you happen to be around Petaling Street area.

Lala meehun, made simple at home
Lala meehun, made simple at home

However, as we all know, for a long time during Covid season, dining in wasn’t allowed, and I was forced to come up with my own solution when craving hits, so I came up with a way to re-create this dish, except I used meesuah, you can easily substitute this with meehun (additional 1-2 minute cooking time).

Without spending another 500 words in grandmother stories like most other recipe blogs out there these days, let us just dive in and get started.


  • fresh or frozen lala
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 inches of ginger, sliced
  • some vege (optional)
  • water + chicken bullion (or leftover soup stock)
  • enough meehun or meesuah for 2 pax
  • Chinese rice wine (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil/lard

ingredients are simple
ingredients are simple – lala, ginger, garlic, vege, chicken bullion

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic & ginger till fragrant
  • add in water & chicken bullion (or use soup stock), bring to boil
  • add lala and cook for 1-2 minutes, until they start to open
  • add meesuah/meehun, then vegetable
  • remove & serve while hot
  • optionally, add a cap full of Chinese rice wine for extra kick!

cooking is done within 3 minutes
cooking is done within 3 minutes

Result is a simple dish that’s packed with lala sweetness, enhanced with hotness of ginger & fragrance from fried garlic. If you’ve enjoyed the dish at Lai Foong, you will enjoy this.

Ahhhh, lala, one of Malaysia’s favorite seafood. These shellfish can be had at seafood restaurants, tai chao (big fry) places, and even some of the roadside hawkers. Today, we’re going to look into one of the simplest ways of cooking your own lala dish that’s yummy and carries a kick. This is my recipe of fried lala with cilipadi.

For this version I used live white clams, but you can replace it with your favorite versions of other clams that we usually refer to as “lala” as well. The recipe takes less than 5 mins to prepare, and another 10 minutes max to cook. Here we go:

lala, spring onion, garlic, cilipadi
lala, spring onion, garlic, cilipadi


  • 1kg lala, live would be better
  • 2 stalks of spring onion, chopped
  • 7-8 cilipadi, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 caps of shaoxing rice wine (optional)
  • pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil in frying pan
  • fry garlic until fragrant, then add lala
  • add cilipadi, stir for a minute, add sugar, salt, and pepper
  • add two caps of shaoxing cooking rice wine
  • cover frying pan to allow steaming action, occasionally open to stir
  • lala is cooked when the shells are opened
  • sprinkle those spring onion while serving

fried lala with cilipadi
fried lala with cilipadi

The result is a plate of lala with some juice at the bottom that retains most of the seafood natural sweetness, but with added kick from cilipadi and additional dimension from rice wine. Enjoy and happy cooking!

While doing grocery yesterday, I spotted some big and juicy looking shellfish available, and immediately reminded myself of those delicious steamed lala in New Boston Restaurant, a dish that I missed in terms of taste, but not so much in terms of wait time..

So naturally, I decided to get me some of those lala and attempt to recreate the same dish at home. I think I came pretty close, so here’s the recipe to share with everyone.

steamed lala as inspired by New Boston restaurant, Klang
steamed lala as inspired by New Boston restaurant, Klang


  • lala – soak them in salt water for at least 1/2 hour to reduce chances of hanging sand/mud
  • ginger, julienne, as much as you want, old & hot= better
  • garlic, half a bulb, chopped finely
  • chili padi – chopped
  • Chinese rice wine

garlic, ginger, and cilipadi are crucial
garlic, ginger, and cilipadi are crucial

Cooking instructions:

  • fry garlic with oil until golden, set aside
  • steamed lala with ginger, cilipadi, and a couple tablespoon of Chinese rice wine
  • steamed only until shellfish are opened, this only takes a couple minutes or so
  • put fried garlic on top, add a bit of salt if preferred
  • served while hot!

The result turns out pretty well, could perhaps improved with better quality of Chinese rice wine, but so long as the seafood is fresh, results won’t be disappointing. Try it!

Simple cooking video below.


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Drunken lala is a dish that I sorta invented by taking the ideas from drunken prawns and a clam with white wine dish that I had from The Apartment (first introduced by Suan).

I use a small pot to in order to have a steaming effect by closing the lid, as well as be able to retain the Chinese wine as the juice to go with rice. The “sauce” turned out pretty good, it has strong rice wine and seafood flavor as well as a hint of spiciness from chili padi.

The key to this dish is the freshness of lala, I would recommend that you get them from morning market and cook them the very same night. Overnight lala isn’t generally a good thing to consume.

ingredients for drunken lala
ingredients for drunken lala

Anyway, here are the ingredients:

  • at least half a kilo of lala, preferably large size
  • ginger – slices
  • half a bulb of garlic – peeled
  • spring onion – cut into 1.5 inches
  • 6-8 chili padi – whole
  • a cup of Chinese cooking wine
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • 2 table spoon of cooking oil

use a small pot to retain more moisture
use a small pot to retain more moisture

The instructions are very simple and straight forward, the key is to use a small pot and never a nonstick frying pan lest you want to lose the layer of nonstick teflon.

  • heat up cooking oil, and fry ginger and garlic till fragrant
  • add lala and fry it till most of them are opened
  • add cooking wine and bring to boil
  • add chili padi and spring onion, then close lid for 5 minutes
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • serve while hot

drunken lala with chili padi & spring onion
drunken lala with chili padi & spring onion

And there you go, I paid some RM 15 for these fresh lala at the morning market, but prices are seasonal so your mileage may vary.

Do check out my other recipes, happy cooking!