The thing about tropical freshwater fishes is that they smell bad and they generally have a funny taste even after cooked. You can't blame the fish, they live in lakes and ponds where the current is minimal or none at all and because of that, the water is milkier, dirtier and bacteria-infected. Thus, the fishy smell and after taste. These fishes are cheaper though, and definitely "rear-able".
I never knew about Restaurant Lan Jie that specializes in Steam Tilapia. Well, you can't blame me cause it's only recently that I am actively involved in the foodie world, also partly thanks to the industry I am working in. So when I heard this from my friend, I am pretty surprised! I mean a shop that survives on selling Steam Tilapia? That's cool! Apparently a lot of people like freshwater fishes because personally, I try to avoid them as much as possible! Yeap, I don't like the smell. I call it the "lake" or "mud" taste.
My buddy assured me that there will not be "MUD" taste, I took her words for it and anyway, there's one branch just nearby so off we went!
Apparently they are so busy that they encourage you to call up for take-away in during lunch & dinner time.
Kung Po Chicken RM9 - RM10
Nothing special. The meat is too hard. I don't think I will order this again.
Signature Steam Tilapia Fish (Mild spicy) RM15++ (seasonal price)
Upon ordering, you can pick if you want your fish to be non-spicy, mild or extra spicy. The sauce is the same -Soy Sauce with tons of ginger. The only difference is the amount of Chili Padi they add in depending on the level of spiciness you prefer.
The fish is fresh as promised! And to my delight, there's no "muddy" taste! I suspect that it's the strong ginger essence that has been absorbed into the juicy flesh during the steaming and that definitely covers off whatever unpleasant after taste. The fish is not big, but filling enough for one person. The marketing strategy of the Lan Jie is "One fish One person", which means that one steam tilapia is cater for one person only. And the price is seasonal! I have been there twice and as far as I know, it's reasonable and definitely affordable!
There are many other side dishes - eggs, vegetables, chicken which are offered at a reasonable price for a good portion. However, if I visit again, I would definitely go for the steam fish only. For me, one fish is more than enough!
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Restoran Lan Je 蘭姐清蒸非洲鱼
F-50G & 51G,
Jalan Teknologi 3/9, Bistari "DE" Kota,
Kota Damansara, PJU 5, Petaling Jaya.
Business Hours: 11.30am - 3pm and 6pm - 9pm; Closed on Tuesday
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