During my younger days, whenever my parents or my grandma mentioned Balakong or Seri Kembangan, the first thing that come to my mind is Paper Wrapped Chicken. It’s one of the trademark in this area and before the development of the Mines and the race course. I can still remember this place where it’s just a restaurant with zinc roofing, and there’s water spraying out to keep the place cool. Another trademark would be the use of a big plastic sheet as a make shift table cloth so that once you’re done with your meal, that can wrap it up and prepare for the next customer. That was close to 10-15 years back, and I haven’t eaten there since the rapid development of that area.
I was here a couple of months back and was glad that the place is still around, just that it have got a name and now operating in 2 separate location in the same area (which I was told because of some family feud). It’s only then that I know that the place is called Restoran Leong Ya.
Kayden here posing for the camera.
As you can see from the photo, they are still using the plastic make shift table cloth. Kayden busy looking at my lens cap.
The place serves quite a handsome of other Hakka Cuisine, like the Yong Tau Foo, Yam Basket, Mui Choy Pork Belly, etc. While waiting for May, I ordered 2 pieces of the famed Paper Wrapped Chicken and a few pieces of Yong Tau Foo.
The chicken wrapped in a layer of grease paper, full of their special gravy. I still recalled my grandma will also try to cook it at home but the gravy normally was not the same to the ones being sold.
A few pieces of Yong Tau Foo, brinjal, bittergourd and fishball. I find that it’s just average, the ones that I ate in Puchong tastes better.
A lonesome Fu Chuk. The sweet sauce is only so so.
I actually had just eaten the chicken a few days ago while on an assignment near here, somehow I find there’s a different in taste. It could be that the one that I eaten a few days back was actually from the other family member’s shop.
I find the gravy is a bit starchy and the taste of the chicken is just so-so. Surely not the same like the one I tasted a few months back. As there’s only the 2 of us, we can’t order much so we didn’t taste the rest of the stuff on their menu. However, we will probably be dropping by the same area to try the other family’s shop to see if there’s any difference.
The lunch cost about RM17, a bit on the high side as we only order a 6 pieces of Yong Tau Foo and 2 pieces of the chicken.
Nevertheless, if I didn’t try, I never know that it’s not the same like the one I ate 15 years ago, right?
Leong Ya Restaurant
28 Jalan Dagang 4/1
43300 Seri Kembangan