Don’t be misled into thinking that “KK” here is Kota Kinabalu… it’s actually for “Kota Kemuning”! It’s a thriving suburb in Shah Alam just off the Kesas Highway. I love this place for its greenery – the roads in this area are lined with matured shady trees and I hope they stay that way. The commercial centre is busy but not so busy as to border on madness and I hope it stays this way, too. There are quite a number of eateries in the town centre and one recent addition is the Restoran KK Ocean Sky.
We had an opportunity to meet the owner and sampled some of their signature dishes recently. This place is popular with families… and as most Malaysian families go, it’s always a treat to have a sit-down meal of rice and dishes. And that was exactly what we had… dishes that go delightfully with rice!
The tantalising aroma of salted fish reached us even before this steaming Claypot of Aubergines (Brinjals) (RM12) was placed on our table. Cooked with minced pork, chopped garlic and chillies, and of course, the salted fish, clearly lifted this dish as one of the clear favourites for the meal. One fellow diner just could not stop piling on the rice to accompany this yummy dish!
Another rice-busting pot was served… Penang-style Curry Fish Head (RM25). I like how they used garoupa head for this curry as this fish is perfect for curries. The tougher texture of the garoupa doesn’t integrate easily… I dived in for the choice pieces of fish lips and cheeks, which were cooked in a creamy rich spicy curry broth. The claypot was also brimming with chunks of aubergines, tomatoes, french beans and cabbage which had totally soaked in the spicy flavours of the curry.
Mr Liew, the owner, explained that the Peking Bone (RM20 per piece) is unique in the sense that their chef chose a prime cut of belly + bone for this mouthwatering dish. The meaty bone, with its luscious layers of lean meat and fat, is fried before braising it to perfect melt-in-the-mouth tenderness.
Twin Style Prawns had us gorging on fresh succulent prawns cooked in 2 styles: “Indon Style” with a spicy piquant sauce and a drier version called “Kam Sar” using chicken floss. Both versions had us nodding our approvals!
We had another garoupa – steamed “Traditional Style” (RM6/100g) which is really the simplest and most delicious way to cook a fresh fish. The steamed garoupa was doused with superior soya sauce and garnished simply with chopped fried garlic and ginger and some coriander leaves – the fuss-free way to taste the natural sweetness of the fish.
The “Fei Choi” Tofu (RM13) had minced mackerel fishpaste added into the beancurd. The thick gravy of crabmeat , carrot shreds and baby bokchoi gave added colour and flavour to the dish. I found this to be slightly bland but it’s a good choice to order if you have kids dining together.
KK Ocean Sky gets fresh supplies of seafood from their regular vendors daily and that day, we had an opportunity to sample their fresh crabs (RM42/kg). Cooked in their popular “Spicy Sweet & Sour” style, we mopped up the thick gooey gravy with some fried mantous, even though I found the gravy a tad sweet. I would prefer it a little bit sourish and less sweet.
The restaurant currently runs a Lunch Promotion where you can order from a selection of 100 dishes at only RM10 each. Their menu is pretty extensive, ranging from meats (pork, venison, chicken, duck) to a huge variety of seafood, beancurds, soups and vegetables. Well, if you are in the neighbourhood, why don’t you give this value-for-money promotion a try? Father’s Day is just round the corner – this would be a nice place to have a family meal of homecooked-style comfort food.
Restoran KK Ocean Sky
29 Jalan Anggerik vanilla AB31/AB
40460 Shah Alam
Iris 016-562-2891 / Khor 017-685-9123
Open: 10.30am-3.00pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm