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Steamed fish head is dish that is foreign to me growing up on Penang. Over on the island, we usually cook fish heads (Groupa preferred, red snapper is ok too) with a heavy dose of curry, and it involves really only the head.

Over at KL, Asian Carp is the preferred fish for a fish head dish, and by fish head it is actually pretty much half a fish. One of the most famous restaurants to serve up this classic dish within Klang Valley is Chong Yen steamed fish head at Chan Sow Lin. My badminton buddies took me there just a couple weeks ago for my first trial at this place.

Chong Yen steamed fish head at Chan Sow Lin
Chong Yen steamed fish head at Chan Sow Lin

The restaurant is located at the light industrial area at Chan Sow Lin. While the restaurant is usually packed during lunch time, parking isn’t usually a difficult affair.

We had to wait for some 5-10 minutes before securing an empty table, but once ordered, those steaming hot seafood (well, freshwater-food actually) came within 10 minutes. I was quite impressed by their speed.

steamed fish head - original style with garlic & ginger
steamed fish head – original style with garlic & ginger

For the four of us, we ordered three steamed fish head. The classic style with minced ginger and plenty of garlic is the one I like most. The fish was super fresh, with the meat soft, smooth, and absolutely delicious. The version with fermented soya bean were good too, but I think the stronger tasting ingredient somehow masks too much of the fish’s original taste.

There are only two preparation methods here, and each portion is good enough to share between two person. Three for four of us was a bit of an overkill, but I have friends with very healthy appetites, so..

yong tau foo, pork, vege, and steamed fish head with fermented soya bean
yong tau foo, pork, vege, and steamed fish head with fermented soya bean

Other than steamed fish head, they also serve pretty decent yong tau foo, rather good pork with muay choi, vegetable, roast chicken, and a few other dishes.

If you love steamed fish, this is definitely one place you should check out.

map to Chan Sow Lin steamed fish head

Address:
Chong Yen Steamed Fish Head
No. 22-24, Jalan 2/89C
Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin 4
55200 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.11811, 101.71358
Tel: 012-231 8129
Hours: Lunch