This time…

We dropped by here again as my friend, Robert, said that I should go and try the steamed ikan lajong and I was hoping to do just that.

The lady recommended their pork trotter dish, white one, she said, which, of course, meant that no soy sauce was used in the cooking so it was clearly not the braised or stewed version that we are all more familiar with. However, we just had an overdose not too long ago when we went to try the crispy pata or Philippine pork leg so we decided not to have it this time around. In the end, we had this (RM12.00)…

Dragon ginger pork with black fungus

…cooked with a whole lot of ginger and black fungus. The lady said it was a pork belly dish but what we got in the end was all lean which was a blessing in disguise, I guess. It was very nice but I would say that I preferred their pork belly with preserved vegetables that we had on our previous visit.

We had my girl’s favourite – the cangkuk manis fried with egg (RM7.00)…

Dragon fried cangkuk manis with egg

She seems to want that rather than any of the other vegetables everytime we eat out and for the soup, we chose the Foochow-style tofu soup with canned oysters (RM9.00)…

Dragon Foochow-style tofu soup

Both tasted great but the soup was a little too salty – maybe the cook spilled the fish sauce as I did seem to detect the strong taste in it.

Back to the steamed fish, no, I did not go for the empurau or what they call in Chinese, the wang pu liao (cannot forget)…

Dragon empurau

…the obvious reason being the sad fact that I cannot afford it but I did read somewhere that the lajong

Dragon steamed ikan lajong 1

…is not all that cheap either – a little more expensive and to me, a lot nicer than the very popular, ikan tapah. I find it smoother…

Dragon steamed ikan lajong 2

…and it does not have the distinct smell that the tapah has, at times…and of course, one would be spared the chore (and danger) of having to pick out those numerous little forked bones that are in the empurau.

This slab was 350 gm. and set me back by RM32.00…

Dragon steamed ikan lajong 3

…but it was all right as we enjoyed it very much plus we would not be having it again for a long while. For one thing, my girl prefers everything and anything deep fried so she is not really into steamed fish – will eat when there’s any but will not go out of her way to have that.

The bill, inclusive of rice and drinks, came up to RM64.50, mainly because we had the fish, but it is perfect all right to indulge in something nice once in a while, right?

There were quite a lot of people there for dinner and among them, I spotted a Caucasian couple, tourists, I guess…and I wondered how they communicated with the people at the shop – perhaps being in the older age group, they could speak a little English, not just Mandarin like many of the young ones these days. What caught my attention was that the two of them had a BIG plate of the very nice pork satay that we had on our previous visit, a plate of mixed vegetables, rice…and Tsingtao beer! Those were HUGE sticks of satay, RM3.00 each and they had at least, half a dozen in their plate. Gee!!! I wonder if they thought they were the size of the regular sticks of satay when they ordered but we did not stay to see if they could finish the whole lot. LOL!!!

Well, there are a lot of things there that we have yet to try and Robert was telling me that I should check out the aforementioned pork trotter some day which he says is something like the ethnic babi pansoh (pork cooked with all the herbs and ingredients in bamboo). I most certainly would want to give it a go!