Growing up in Penang and having spent much of my time in PJ, I must confess that I’ve never had lontong until very recently.
For those who are like me not too long ago, lontong is a dish originated from Indonesia and can also be found in Johor/Singapore, mainly made with nasi impit (similar to ketupat) and served with coconut milk based soup with a few other ingredients.
Lontong Klang at Shah Alam Seksyen 7
While not very common in Klang Valley, if you look hard enough, there are quite a few places that offers lontong as well. One of the more popular ones being Lontong Klang. Originated from Klang, they have expanded to neighboring areas with branches in Shah Alam as well. My experience is at the branch in Seksyen 7.
Lontong Klang serves lontong (well duh..), as well as nasi lemak. We’ve tried both the lontong and nasi lemak there, and for my money, I’ll stick with lontong.
The process is simple, line up and get to the stall area, ask for your dish – lontong biasa (RM 5), or with sotong, special, special sotong, ayam, or ayam sotong. I usually have mine with sotong (RM 6.50).
Lontong with Sotong
The lontong comes with nasi impit that’s properly soft, a small bergedil, some cabbage, half a half boiled egg, tofu, tempe, and even some serunding. All these of coures, is drench in a santan base broth that is quite fragrant in itself.
Each ingredient here are quite tasty in itself, but the combination of them all really made the dish. I enjoyed it quite a lot and will be looking out to try other places that offer this dish.
I first got to know about Datang Sitok Cafe from an article online, and was happy to find out that it is actually located less than 10 minutes from where I stay, further more, it is actually just a stone’s throw away from our usual jogging park.
So, being a fan of Sarawak Laksa, naturally I had to check it out.
Cafe Datang Sitok, Seksyen 7 Shah Alam
Cafe Datang Sitok is located at Seksyen 7 directly next to Unisel, or North of UiTM. A simple shop lot with non existent interior decoration. There’s your usual plastic chair and table, some fans for your comfort, and hawker stalls in which your food is cooked.
Owners who run the place appears to be a couple, with the lady & main cook originated from Sarawak. (yes, I asked)
The menu consists of slightly over a dozen different dishes, with majority of them rice dishes.
We went for two of their three varieties of Laksa Sarawak – normal, and Pattaya version. Had wanted to try the “super special” with big head river prawn but unfortunately the boss told us supply was hard to get during MCO. We also ordered their cucur udang (prawn fritter) as a side dish as well.
Sarawak Laksa & “Pattaya” Sarawak Laksa
The laksa (RM 8) came with all the usual ingredients – shredded chicken, bean sprout, thick meehun, prawns, coriander, shredded omelet, fish cake slices and sambal with calamansi. The fish cake being the additional ingredient that isn’t supposed to be in laksa Sarawak, but in this case, it didn’t spoil anything.
The Pattaya version (RM 10) is essentially the same dish but with a giant thin layer of omelet wrapping the entire dish, taking a page from nasi Pattaya, quite innovative I must say!
Most importantly, these laksa passed my taste test. It was proper, well cooked, and albeit not very thick, the soup does have a decently strong flavor to it. I particularly love the sambal as well, chunky & strong.
Oh, if you’re there, don’t miss out on their cucur udang (RM 5) as well. The plate came with 2 pretty good size prawn fritters that hits the right spots, they’re crunchy and rather delicious, especially with those slightly sweetened sambal accompanying the dish.
I’m going to go back there to try some of their other items next.
Address: Datang Sitok Cafe No 14, Kompleks Anjung 7, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor GPS: 3.076586, 101.496307 Tel: +6013 576 0800 Hours: 11:30am–10pm, closed on Mondays