I am probably the latest to blog about Leong Ya‘s famous Yong Tau Fu and Ji Bao Gai (Paper Wrapped Chicken) in Seri Kembangan. Back in the days when I was still studying and working in MMU Cyberjaya, Seri Kembangan was one of the nearest towns we could go for shopping and movies.
We would take a bus to Serdang’s KTM and then walk to Mines shopping center. On the way there, we would surely walk past all three Leong Ya’s restaurants. See, I had so many opportunities to try the food but I didn’t. Kinda regret actually. But, now that I am back to Cyberjaya once again I finally got the chance to try it. Even so, this is a super long overdue post, lol.
We only ordered two pieces of Ji Bao Gai and a small plate of Yong Tau Fu to go with white rice. They have dai chow as well but my main objective is only to try the these two things.
You may get chicken wing, breast or drumstick depending on your luck. Getting the chicken wing would be the unluckiest one because it’s quite difficult to eat with fork and spoon lol.
The gravy might be a bit salty for some but it was OK for me if taken with rice. Each restaurant has its own secret marinade which will the deciding factor in the paper wrapped chicken’s taste. But the usual ingredients will always have ginger, oyster sauce and maybe some five spice powder.
Another factor would be the warmth of the dish when served. From a separate experience, I noticed the taste and texture of the chicken would deteriorate greatly if eaten cold. So, if you see the restaurant is serving cold Ji Bao Gai you better avoid ordering it.
One thing that Leong Ya can improve on is to introduce a proper menu for the Yong Tau Fu items. Without it, customers had to listen to the waiters mumbling the food instead.
Do take note that the Yong Tau Fu is served together with the sauce. Well, that’s fine for me but I prefer to have the sweet sauce to come separated. If you are like me, remember to mention that to them. Taste wise I found it to be pretty normal and similar with other Yong Tau Fu around.
Leong Ya has three branches here, one with air-con at the front and another two behind it. Weird eh? And all the branches are only 5 minutes away from each other. Rumors say the family had a feud so the siblings are running the business on their own now.
Leong Ya Indah 梁雅(女) – was the branch I went, said to be run by the daughter. Anyway I am not interested in the rumor or their feud, but these cases seem to be quite common in F&B. When it comes to business and money, some won’t play nice even if it’s their own family.
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If I just see the 1st photo without seeing the name of Ji Bao Gai, I will have no idea what is the dish. Haha. I never try Ji Bao Gai before. What about Hak Yi Gai? You tried?
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love ji bao gai… or CHEE PAU KAI.. hahaha (so cute the way you write it – which is probably the correct phonetic way). thanks for the tip on the cold JBG.. also, if I get the WING… aiyyah… just use my FINGERS la… so un-ladylike huh?.. haha
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I still love Ji Bao Gai from Pasar Malam, though I know they’re nothing compared to these. Seri Kembangan? hmmm, never been to this area.
somehow, the YTF in KL do not seem so appealing lah, even Ampang’s. maybe I prefer mine BIG and FRIED.
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I wonder when I would even get the chance to go to this resturant.
anyway I posted this on my website, NearDeals.com. every story is tagged with location so people can find interesting things around them.
Lately I notice that most of the stories I post are about food. I wonder if the site should be only food focused? Let me know of your thoughts ya? Thanks!
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vk: Well, everyone eats so naturally food is a popular topic. Maybe you can add some interesting places under Travel category to attract even more people.
Nice taufu. Looks tasty and also has chickens added.
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Both the ji bau kai and the yong tau foo looks so tasty. It’s hard to get KL style yong tau foo in Penang.
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oo, i’ve been here. I love their paper wrapped chicken!! yummy!!
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I like ji bau kai but am usually cautious about it being oily :o)
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It has been a long time since I have visited Leong Ya Indah for their Ji Bao Kai. What I like is that I always get the choice pieces or Was I lucky always? :P I agreed on the YTF should have a menu. I’m always in such a blur when they say it so fast like in an auction. :P
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I have only tasted the Ji Bao Gai in Bdr Puchong Jaya… which one tastes better, in your opinion?
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my whole family prefer the front with air-cond leong ya.but thats not the main issue here,would like to recommend for their fried chicken,its so nice!!!