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As far as food that we consume, crabs must be one of the stranger looking type isn’t it? I mean, they are basically sea spider with really tough exoskeletons and  clamps that can snap off a baby’s finger. Once you get pass that (which most of us in Malaysia do), crab is perhaps one of my favorite the ocean has to offer.

Sheng May Restaurant, Pandamaran Klang
Sheng May Restaurant, Pandamaran Klang

Earlier this year (when the world was still relatively normal, pre-Covid 2020), our collective cravings for crabs brought us to one of the more famous spots in Klang for a dinner in which this crustacean takes center stage – at Restoran Sheng May.

The place is one of those unremarkable house-turned-restaurant set up that are quite common in this part of Klang Valley at Pandamaran. Plastic chairs, zinc roof, and ceiling mounted fans, zero luxury, but adequate for a meal.

steamed crab, size - L @RM130 each
steamed crab, size – L @RM130 each

Crabs aren’t a certainty here (as with Kali Little, another great spot for crabs in Klang), call ahead to be sure, and even then you may need a little luck. We were semi-lucky to get fairly large sized crabs at around 900 gram each (RM 130 each).

sweet and sour crab, same size, same price
sweet and sour crab, same size, same price

There are several ways to have them prepared, we chose steamed and sweet and sour. Both were delicious due to the freshness as well as how juicy and sweet the crabs were, but on hindsight, if you want the true taste of it all, steamed or salt baked would be my recommendation. Any sauce only serves as distractions to the main event.

tapioca noodle, meehun, mee goreng, Hokkien mee
tapioca noodle, meehun, mee goreng, Hokkien mee

As for other stomach lining dishes,  we had fried tapioca noodle (a Klang specialty, imagine bubble tea bubbles but in noodle form), fried meehun, Chinese interpretation of Indian mee goreng, and this overly wet Hokkien mee. All were decent though I wouldn’t describe any of them to be outstanding.

steamed lala, fried baby octopus
steamed lala, fried baby octopus

Steamed lala with superior soup was spicy, fresh, and carries a strong flavor, as good as many of the other restaurants more famous for it. Fried baby octopus too was sweet, crunchy, and rather delicious, wish I had some rice with them though.

ginger chicken, sweet potato leave, green dragon vege, mantis prawn with dry cili
ginger chicken, sweet potato leave, green dragon vege, mantis prawn with dry cili

There’s also ginger chicken, while fragrant with its generous use of ginger, I thought they could take a lesson of how to chop chicken without resulting in so much bones…

The mantis prawn with dried chili (kung pao style) was an outstanding dish, combination of hotness from chilli, sweetness from onion, sauce, and the way they prepared the mantis prawn resulting a crispy outer layer while remaining juicy within, awesome.

this was the bill for 16 pax, RM 1740.50
this was the bill for 16 pax, RM 1740.50

Overall it was definitely not a cheap dinner but one that was very satisfying. We did end up ordering way too many crabs by making the dumb assumption that everyone needed an entire crab for him/herself, not wise.

If you’re a fan of big crabs, this is certainly a place to have them at “reasonable” price.

sheng may klang menu (1) sheng may klang menu (2) sheng may klang menu (3)

Sheng May Klang, map

Address:
Restoran Sheng May
22A, Jalan Woo Ten, Pandamaran,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.015277, 101.418394
Tel: +6016 6356268

While home cooking is often healthier, cheaper, and quite fun on its own, I was quite ready to go out for a proper meal after months thanks to this Covid-19 era.

Hang Sing seafood restaurant, Pandamaran
Hang Sing seafood restaurant, Pandamaran

So when Yann May came over to this part of town, we decided that dinner should be cooked by someone else, and in this case, one of the restaurants she used to frequent as a kid – Hang Sing Seafood Restaurant all the way at Pandamaran, Klang. Suits me just well since I do stay rather close to Klang itself, and limited movement control period means that traffic isn’t exactly too troubling.

tapioca noodle, sweet potato leaf, kung pao mantis prawns
tapioca noodle, sweet potato leaf, kung pao mantis prawns

After having our temperature checked and names signed into the log book, we were seated down on a rather large table to accommodate for social distancing SOP.

We ordered kung pao mantis prawn, deep fried calamari (squid), sweet potato leaf, and a rather large portion of prawn dish that’s a bit spicy and strong tasting, can’t remember the name if my life depend on it… these dishes were all rather delicious and we chowed them down like hungry teenagers.

deep fried calamari, err.. some sort of prawn dish
deep fried calamari, err.. some sort of prawn dish

With the insistence of May, we also ordered fried tapioca noodle (in fact she even ordered another one to go for next day breakfast. If you love the texture of bubble tea, you’d love this dish, I am not a huge fan of those bubble’s texture, so you’d be right if you guessed that I did not embrace this dish.

Dinner came out to be RM 170 for all these and 4 glasses of kedondong juice. Considering prices of prawns, squid, and mantis prawns, I thought the bill was reasonable.

map to hang sing seafood restaurant, pandamaran

Address:
Makanan Laut Hang Sing
1 Jalan Jelai Off Jalan Kim Chuan,
Kawasan 9, 42000 Port Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.017864, 101.418534
Tel: +603 31686627

A couple weeks ago my friend Carol texted a question that I could say no to – it was something to the tune of “Wanna go have some crabs in Klang?”

And so, that’s how we ended up at Kali Little in Pandamaran.

Kali Little Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang
Kali Little Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang

Kali Little is located at the pretty old school area of Klang by the name of Pandamaran, which is pretty close to the jetty in which you can take a boat to Pulau Ketam. However, the crabs served here aren’t from that dirty little island, instead, they’re imported all the way from Sri Lanka, which explains the gigantic size.

Apparently, having crabs at Kali Little carries some sense of adventure, not only the location itself is a bit of a treasure hunt, the availability of crabs itself requires some element of luck.

In fact, when we arrived, we were told there were “no crabs” .. yet. Only after half way through our initial meal of lala meehun, salted prawns, and vege did the live crabs from KLIA came in. So do call in advance to avoid disappointment.

crabs, these were just medium size ones
these were just medium size ones, carol showing the crabs

The crabs we ordered were of “medium” size, but they were actually already rather big for my standard.

While there are quite a few methods in which crabs can be prepared, the most popular choice here would be their signature salt baked crabs. This method retains the taste of crabs without introducing additional flavors that takes away the natural sweetness of these sea spiders.

And yes, the crabs were awesome, and we thoroughly enjoyed them to the fullest, it was just so juicy, sweet, and flavorful.

lala meehun, vege, salted prawns
lala meehun, vege, salted prawns

The other dishes we had were pretty decent as well. The lala meehun was as good as the version at Heng Kiat, and those salted prawns were quite fresh and delicious as well. We did not order the popular porky dish (we probably should have) or those lala soup.

it's certainly not cheap, but the crabs!
it’s certainly not cheap, but the crabs!

The bill came up to RM 281. Definitely not an “economic” meal especially for Klang standard, but we’d be laying if we said it wasn’t a satisfying dinner.

map to Kali Little, Klang

Address:
Kali Little Restaurant
89, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 2,
Kampung Sijangkang,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.010704, 101.424395
Tel: 012-271 4444

Hello everyone and welcome to the new Malaysia! If you’ve noticed that the left index finger of people in the video below seems to have a black stain, it was because this was taken just a couple days post election, the stain was from indelible ink used on voters. And yes, the government was changed in the most shocking and democratic fashion, a new beginning for the country after 61 years of single-coalition rule. This review marks the first entry post-new Malaysia.

Anyway, let’s get to Liang Li Grilled Fish.

Liang Li Ikan Bakar, at Pandamaran 168
Liang Li Ikan Bakar, at Pandamaran 168

Liang Li grilled fish is a small grilled fish, or commonly known as Ikan Bakar, stall in Klang that is ultra popular to the locals. But since it is located almost all the way to Port Klang area at Pandamaran, it is still relatively unknown to people outside of this bak kut teh birth place.

The stall opens at 5:30pm, and it is always wise to get there as early as possible, for after 6pm or so the queue can be quite long and often wait time can exceed one hour due to the fact that the operator only grills with a small cooking area and have everything made-to-order to ensure quality.

Liang Li Ikan Bakar, with yee mee on the side
Liang Li Ikan Bakar, with yee mee on the side

For the seven of us, we ordered a couple pieces of stingray, a portion of squid, prawns, a barramundi (siakap), and cockles from Liang Li stall. Additionally, we also ordered fried yee mee and Hokkien mee from the “tai chao” stall, and a portion of oyster omelet from another stall.

barramundi, stingray, prawns, squid
barramundi, stingray, prawns, squid

All seafood except the cockles (bakar style) were marinated the same way, with a strong presence of kunyit and curry powder of sort over banana leaf. What really stands out here is how each piece is cooked just so to a really soft and tender texture with nothing being overcooked or under-cooked.

The balacan infused chili paste that is served with the grilled seafood was top notch as well. We were really happy with the quality here.

cockles, hokkien mee, oyster omelet
cockles, hokkien mee, oyster omelet

The noodles were competent dish as well, but I thought the oyster omelet was a bit of a disappointment, something I wouldn’t order again.

The meal came up to around RM 30 per pax, and I believe we will certainly return for more next time.

map to Restoran 168 at Pandamaran, Klang

Address:
Liang Li Grilled Fish
Restoran Pandamaran 168
168, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
Pandamaran, Klang,
Selangor
GPS3.009372, 101.417521
Tel: 017-395 6257
Hours5:30 pm onwards

Klang is known for bak kut teh, hong ba, and maybe to a lesser extend, those Klang style red wine mee suah that I love so much. However, being a huge district that is home to over a million people, there are certainly some outliers when it comes to food offering that are favorites among the locals – enter Roti Canai Pandamaran, also known as Restoran I.V.

IV Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang
IV Restaurant, Pandamaran, Klang

As the name suggests, this is a place best known for it’s roti canai. The restaurant is located rather deep within Pandamaran, and certainly quite a distance away from KL itself, but for those who loves roti canai, I think this place may just worth a visit.

We were there only weekend around brunch hours, and the place was packed full house with customers. Along the left wall there are three roti canai making stations with five guys concentrating on nothing but preparing and cooking roti canai. I’ve never seen such an operation dedicated to roti canai, it was actually quite impressive.

roti kosong, roti telur, or roti planta?
roti kosong, roti telur, or roti planta?

We tried their roti telur with and without bawang, roti kosong, and roti planta. I’m happy to report that the roti were really top notch, with just the proper amount of crispiness and flavor, and served with rather good curry as well, though I’ve had better dal & sambal option elsewhere. That being said, it is still one of the best roti canai I’ve tried from anywhere.

mee and meehun goreng, nasi lemak
mee and meehun goreng, nasi lemak

I.V Restaurant also offers some non-roti options such as meehun goreng and nasi lemak. While these dishes are competent, they aren’t anything to really shout about, I’d order another roti instead!

map to IV Restaurant, Klang

Address:
I.V. Restaurant
117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62,
Kawasan 10,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
GPS3.005069, 101.425004
Tel03-3167 0943
Hours: 5:30 am to 5 pm