From time to time, I like to go into a restaurant totally devoid of any idea what is being served there. Last weekend was one such occasion. Haze and I were near Leisure Mall and hungry, we drove around a bit, parked the car, and decided to head into Restaurant K.T.L – which stands for Kwong Tau Lou (光头佬, bald guy)

steamed tilapia and steamed egg are the must order items
steamed tilapia and steamed egg are the must order items

The reason we chose this particular restaurant was that it looked cheap, almost unfurnished, and yet filled with mostly older diners & families. To me, these are a sure sign that good food is available, and it won’t break your wallet.

After seated, we asked for recommendations from the wait staff and ordered a steamed tilapia with tao chio (beans), steamed egg, and a plate of vegetable. Total dishes to choose from was very limited, there’s 2 types of fish (other being haruan), always steamed but with a few different variations, eggs, steamed ribs, and a few types of vegetables. Just as well, makes ordering quite a lot easier.

check out how smooth is the steamed egg, slurps!
check out how smooth is the steamed egg, slurps!

Dishes didn’t come quick, and you have the pleasure of seeing them catch the tilapia that’ll end up on your table.

But when it does, boy, the fish was great! The tao chio sauce was very flavorful and quite a bit spicy too, they even stuffed it full in the fish’s cavity too, a nice touch for sure.

The steamed egg was on a big plate but very thin, and very very soft. Imagine the softest chawanmushi, and this was 3 times softer. It tasted very simple yet awesome, with soya sauce and a hint of sesame oil on it. (I tried to replicate the steamed egg at home the other day and failed miserably)

map to K.T.L at Taman Segar, Cheras

The only let down at the place was the vegetable. Well, it wasn’t bad, it was average, but after the fish and egg, this was slightly disappointing.

The dinner came to be slightly less than RM 20 per person including two Chinese tea. For fresh fish and excellent dishes, it was a steal. Definitely will go there again.

Address:
Restaurant K.T.L.
Gerai No.3A, Jalan Manis
Taman Segar
56100 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.088250, 101.743231
Tel: 017-872 7567, 012-308 7311, 014-322 3613

KY eats – Tilapia & Steamed Egg at K.T.L, Cheras
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24 thoughts on “KY eats – Tilapia & Steamed Egg at K.T.L, Cheras

  • September 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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    Is tao chio like taucu?

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    • September 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm
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      Michelle: correcto! 😀

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  • September 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm
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    yup! most (if not all) of their food here are prepared using steamed technique… I had the steamed egg, steamed pork with salted fish (maybe u should try this next time)… and veggie…

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  • September 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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    OK, silly question maybe, but is the restaurant called ‘bald guy’ because a bald guy runs it? 😀

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    • October 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm
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      Sean: I didn’t find any bald guy there tho. lol

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    • October 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm
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      Bangsar Babe: yah, light on wallet 😀

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  • October 1, 2011 at 1:56 am
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    last time they used to cook much more tastier food than now..

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    • October 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm
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      Cindy Tong: a lot of people say the same thing on a lot of places… I’m wondering if that’s necessarily true..

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  • October 1, 2011 at 8:12 am
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    Looks great! I always like the fish in tai chow places.

    Hey, happy birthday bro! 🙂

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    • October 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm
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      babe_kl: if already there, eat there instead of braving the jam home lo 😀

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  • October 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm
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    wah the steam eggs sure looked nice *slurps. And Haze’s hair is so long already!

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    • October 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm
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      eiling: yes yes, time flies 😀

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  • October 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm
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    KY,
    Great to have met you at the Blogger MasterChef. Thanks for judging and hope you liked my entry! Take care and keep blogging!

    Dharm

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    • October 6, 2011 at 8:39 am
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      Dharm: your entry was good! it was tough picking the top 5 and hope to see you again 😀

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  • October 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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    Love tilapia, too! Haven’t eaten it with tao chio beans, though. I prefer my fish in hot and spicy coconut milk.

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    • October 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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      Manny: you have to try it then! 😀

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    • December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm
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      If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I’d say “Koawbguna, dude!”

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  • October 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm
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    You should also try the other ‘dai chow’ restaurant at the same row, Mun Kee Steamed Fish Head Restaurant 😀 love their steamed fish and fried chicken wings with salted egg yolk batter!

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    • October 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm
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      jo: oOo interesting, thanks for the tips. 😀

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