Lala Chong @ Kampung Kayu Ara

Say the name “lala chong” and very few people will raise an eyebrow. Lala is a type of shellfish. The original restaurant that was in business for 9 years, was located at Terminal 3, Subang, and was well known and well patroned by both KL and PJ folk alike. Recently , the owner, Mr. Yim Sie Chong had to make way for redevelopment and as such the restaurant has relocated to Kampung Kayu Ara, Damansara.


Lala RM15

I over-head my colleagues chatting about some Lala soup dish one morning and that was when I heard that Lala Chong had relocated, to just a stone’s throw  from our office. They were talking about how long they had to stand around waiting for a table on the weekend, apparently.

We decided to go on a weekday night to check out the legendary Siong Tong Lala (Lala in special soup which includes, chinese herbs, ginger and loads of chinese wine) as well as to celebrate my mother in law’s birthday. The Lala dish was excellent, steaming hot, it had just enough pepper to impart a nice sting to your throat and also a healthy dose of chinese wine and herbs. Very good.. it confirmed what my colleagues were raving on about.

DSC07096Deer Meat RM25

This meat was tender, moist and not over-cooked. I was told by my mum in law that  one should soak venison meat in vinegar for 2-3 days to get rid of the wild taste and smell.. maybe that’s how they do it here too at Lala Chong because the meat was devoid of that “wild” smell. Incidentally, deer meat is a tasty alternative to beef. It is leaner than beef and some might say, possess a better flavour. A meaty, hearty dish that should chase the cold and placate the shivers in your body!

DSC07100fried pucuk paku 15

The wild fern shoots we were served were young and nicely done – Al dente so they were crunchy , if not a little spicy.

DSC07108Fish RM27

This dish was amazing. The deep fried Thai style fish was crunchy and superbly fresh. For RM27 it was not a bad portion at all.

DSC07115Crabs RM59 (RM49 per KG)

The Kam Heong Style Crabs were expensive! Wow.. have prices risen lately for Crabs because I remember a time, not so long ago, you could get crabs for half that price! However, we have to say, the meat texture and the seasoning was exceptionally good. Too bad we had to pay so much for it. Stuffing chunks of roe into my mouth I realized how much I have missed sinking my teeth into the plump taut flesh of this shelled sea creature. Some eating sensations or food experiences just cannot be replaced;)

DSC07119Birthday Noodles Noodles RM12

Happy Birthday to you! Egg longevity noodles that is namely string noodles cooked in broth, meats and vegetables and served with an egg, which signifies safety and longevity on Chinese birthdays.  Apparently this noodle also represent the gesture of offering peace noodles to the folks and friends who are about to make a long journey and the guests arriving or leaving, in the hope that they will be blessed safe and healthy.


Lala Chong currently has two outlets one in Ara Damanasara and the newest one in Kampung Kayu Ara. As we were there on a weekday, the place was relatively empty and the service relatively fast. I have heard that it can get pretty packed on the weekends so be prepared to wait at least 40 minutes for your food if you are there on a weekend.  For what it is, we find this place a little on the expensive side, but would still recommend it to anybody as the food is good.

Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant
Lot 13556, Jalan Cempaka Kayu Ara,
Damansara 47400 PJ.
Tel: 77281906


  1. harumph, i now know your secret oridi. just pretend to eat one, little morsels here and there. cis! no wonder so slim la.
    oooh, is this the same row as pantai ah? next to the steamboat place?

  2. Love the siong tong lala there…. :) :) Alcoholic soup – what’s not to like, right?

  3. Lala Chong may be nice, but I feel that their prices are inflated. And nowadays they’re somewhat overrated also lah. Still love them when they were under a shack.

  4. the legendary siong tong lala is good stuff..make sure its the big lalas.

  5. I’d gone there with Jenn not long ago too :)
    their siong tong lala is a must order for us everytime! also paku with tuna…
    normally we would go there before the dinner crowd starts coming in… I think around 6++pm. As the parking and table will be hard to find after 7.30pm… so happy that my all time favourite seafood restaurant has moved to PJ.. don’t have to drive that far to Subang Airport

  6. no matter how, i still hearts their lala…

  7. No wonder I can’t find the restaurant at Terminal 3 la…

  8. RM49 per kg is a little pricey.
    Compared to the others lah. Yeah, still yet to try them while they were at the airport.
    And now relocated. Last time I really dread Siong Tong Lala, for if the clams aren’t fresh, or with bits of gritty sands, it can really kill the experience.

  9. fbb:
    well, eat till it’s enough and not more than that.. good policy rite? LOL

    J, nipples, Leo, Wilson:

    what to do .. inflation deflation ..

    there you go!

    i totally agree.. bits of sand, plus that muddy smell .. YARKS! puke! haha

  10. Chinese herbs do work because it is time tested.”~.

  11. Madison Brown says:

    chinese herbs are very powerful stuffs for treating lots of common ailments,”`

  12. the crab, prawn & lala very nice!!!

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