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Feb 3, 2013 05:25 AM

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Steamed Patin Fish at Dengkil Seafood

Dengkil Seafood Restaurant is located in a small Chinese township nearer to the KL International Airport than the city proper. Considering its remote locale and rather spartan "kopitiam" atmosphere, the prices of its famous list of steamed freshwater fish dishes can be astoundingly high.

Our lunch today consisted of:

- Steamed patin fish (around 1kg) with soysauce, topped with crisp-fried ginger and fresh coriander leaves, which costed RM360 (USD115). The fish was utterly fresh and sweet-fleshed, whilst the balance of flavors were perfectly controlled by the chef.

- Braised spinach with Asian yam, salted duck's egg-yolks, century egg and hen's egg. Again, a simple dish perfectly executed here.

- "Sung har" lor mein: large freshwater prawns with braised egg noodles. This dish was subtle, given a spike of flavors with the addition of slivers of fresh ginger and a generous dash of Shaoxing wine. The prawns were extremely fresh.

- Poached, slightly salted "Kampung" (free-range) chicken, which packed quite a bit of flavor. The minced ginger-scallion dip complemented the chicken perfectly.

- Steamed frog's legs, topped with minced ginger. Utterly delicious!

It was a relatively long drive from KL (1 hour or so) but well worth it.

Be forewarned - do check the prices of the fish first. The top range ones like the "empurau" can cost up to RM750 (US$240) each.

Address details
Dengkil (Ng) Seafood Restaurant
51, Jalan Besar Dengkil
43800 Selangor
Tel: +603-8768 7868

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    1. re: Lau

      Rustic place, only started accepting credit cards recently when one of my friends suggested that to the owner: it was difficult having to carry hundreds of dollars for an expensive lunch at a cash-only spot.

      But the fishes were better than *any* I'd ever had in Singapore!

      1. re: klyeoh

        yah i love places like this...right up my alley

        1. re: Lau

          Well, Lau, *you* pretty much embodied the original spirit of Chowhound, as founder Jim Leff intended: seeking out new, undiscovered, off-the-track places which offer incredible taste experiences.

    2. US$115 for a fish! I thought KL's cost of living is relatively cheap? Thats HK pricing!!
      That huge prawn looked awesome though!! Thought it was a lobster!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Generally, Charles, eating out in KL (or any other city in Malaysia) is cheaper than Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo. But seafood places like this one can be surprisingly expensive, especially where rare local freshwater fishes (empurau, patin, sultan) are served.

        1. re: klyeoh

          yah KL is pretty cheap, but it can get a little more expensive. i paid like ~$60 USD for a fish at Restoran Oversea (which I will review soon), which isn't that expensive in an absolute sense but clearly quite expensive for KL, but it was totally worth it, it was really really good