Kong Sai Zai is no longer a stranger in the foodies community. Any chicken rice lovers would be familiar with them as they are very famous for their Steamed Chicken. I am not a Steamed Chicken lover, I prefer the roasted one. My friend reassured me that their steamed chicken would make me change my mind, so I decided to have a try.
They have branches at Paramount, Subang and Puchong. The one I visited this round is the Puchong branch. It's a corner lot and their banner is pretty obvious. You won't miss it on the route to Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Apparently their menus are the same in all branches, so no worries here! Just visit whichever you prefer. They have quite good menus too! Those common dishes you could find from any chinese restaurants could be found here.
Kong Sai Zai also offers individual dishes to those who patron alone or decide not to order the group portion.
Braised Pork Belly with Yam Rice RM8
We ordered individual rice instead of the group portion since there were only two of us. The first dish Braised Pork Belly with Yam was surprisingly nice. The pork belly was tender, juicy and soft with enough amount of fats to compliment the texture of the meat without overkilling the entire dish. The braised sauce was not overwhelmingly salty and the yam was fresh. Everything tasted moderately right, making it a rather enjoyable dish.
Steamed Chicken with Rice RM4.50
Here comes the compulsory dish - Steamed Chicken! Again, we ordered the individual rice set. The chicken was steamed to a nice and appetizing golden hue.
However, what makes this dish so interesting is their infamous sauce, made together with chopped ginger, spring onion and coriander leaves, sesame oil and soya sauce. This simple ingredients combined together literally enhances the entire Steamed Chicken as compared to other places.
Of course, I suspect that it is not so simple, there must be some other secrets within this ingredient that makes it so irresistible or else everywhere else could have copied the same recipe. Perhaps it's how they steamed their chicken too; on how they control the timing and secret ingredients added while steaming it.
I never really like steamed chicken but Kong Sai Zai managed to make me think otherwise, I shall start learning to appreciate Steamed Chicken more!
Peanut & Lotus Root Soup RM5
Kong Sai Zai offered quite a few choices of double boiled soup, and you SHOULD order one of them, whichever your favourite because they are very good! The Peanut and Lotus Root Soup has seriously been double boiled, you could literally taste the sweetness of the ingredients. To prove the point that they have been boiled for a long while, the lotus root and peanut were so soft that they could actually melt in your mouth! We sipped this to the very last drop and was very much tempted to order a second one if not for our bloated stomachs that couldn't take any more food.
Preserved Carrot Egg RM6
This is a very simple dish, but good enough that we finished it all.
The staffs would ask whether you want the oil rice or the plain white rice. Then of course you gotta have the oil rice with the Steamed Chicken, it's pretty much a tradition to have oily rice with chicken dishes. The oil rice is flavourful and fortunately, it's not as "oily" as I expected to be.
My dining experience in Kong Sai Zai was an enjoyable one. I usually control my intake of rice, however for this trip, I finished up the entire plate of "oily" rice and also the rest of the dishes! The prices in this restaurant are very affordable. The portion of the food is okay with the price you pay. However, my buddy pointed out they are very stingy with the portion of the steamed chicken whereas in other branches, they are more generous with it. Well, point taken - the next round I will visit another Kong Sai Zai and make a comparison then!
As I said, it was a good dining experience. And if you are a Chicken Rice Lover, especially the steamed chicken ones, you would like Kong Sai Zai.
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Restoran Kong Sai
1, Jalan Tpk 2/8,
Business Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (Closed on Monday)