*** Update: Leong’s Kitchenette has ceased operations ***
Leong’s Kitchenette might be the new kid on the block but this cheerful restaurant has managed to garner a loyal following of customers through their 3E motto: economic, express and excellent in taste. They focus on home-style cooking and the menu features all the familiar dishes that mom used to make.
But there’s nothing to stop you from indulging if you want. The Milky Crab (RM68/kg – promo price) is prepared using live and meaty mud crab and the freshness really comes through. The sauce is quite similar to the usual butter crab style but with a hint of spiciness to perk up your palate.
Fried porridge is one of the signature dishes here and it’s a good substitute for the usual fried rice or noodles. Despite the name, it’s not totally fried and also does not resemble any fried porridge (the brown kind) you see in Penang. Only the ingredients are fried to bring up the flavours, then a portion of porridge is added for a quick stir-fry before being transferred into a bowl.
So if you were to order the Mackarel Fried Porridge @ RM10.50 (per pax portion) you will find generous pieces of fried mackarel, ginger and egg in it. Even though I am not a huge porridge fan, I thought it was delicious enough to be enjoyed on a frequent basis.
The Sliced Abalone Fried Porridge @ RM12 is another recommended dish here. If the mackerel version is salty and savoury, then this is the opposite being sweet and light – you can really taste the difference in them.
If you ask me, both are equally good but I’d prefer the abalone version more because it does not taste as heavy. Of course not all the fried porridges here are above RM10, there are some more economical choices such as minced meat, salted egg and century egg which are priced between RM6.50 and RM7.
For clam lovers, you ought to try the Thai Style Steam Lala (small @ RM13) here. These are some of the cleanest and freshest clams I have ever tasted yet and the seasoning was just perfect. And although there seems to be a lack of cili padi, the soup’s flavour is surprisingly spicy.
The Hong Kong style Fried Chicken Wings (small @ RM14) is actually seasoned in pepper and salt that gives a spicy and mildly numbing effect on your lips. If you are familiar with this style of cooking I am pretty sure you’d find it great just like we did.
Assam Squid (small @ RM16) is a bang for your buck. The price is extremely reasonable considering the amount of squid and greens you can find in a single serving like this. To enjoy an economical (yet delicious) dinner for two, just order this along with an egg dish to have with rice.
The Sweet and Sour Fish (Toman/Snakehead fish) @ RM15 was the only disappointment of the meal. Taste wise it was alright but we felt they drenched the fish with too much sauce that it rendered the fish slices soft and soggy. Anyway, we only got ourselves to blame because we actually wanted to get the scallion and ginger style, only to change our mind in the very last minute.
Overall, we were impressed by the food quality and the value. Service was also quick, efficient and friendly despite it was clear that they are understaffed. If only Leong’s Kitchenette is not so far from where I stay, else it’d certainly be one of our to-go restaurants.梁記 / Leong’s Kitchenette (a few roads across Main Place Mall)
5-1, Jalan USJ 21/7
47460 Subang Jaya
Tel: 012-662 6389