Today's lunch at R & F Mall in JB brought back memories of my life in Kuala Lumpur in the early 2000s. These were dishes and flavours we frequently enjoyed during those wonder years in KL.
Newly opened Siong Tong Gai in R & F Mall is spacious, bright, clean and comfortable with air conditioning inside.
We had sweet and sour pork, 3 treasures vegetables, salted fish with pork belly, steamed kampung chicken - all good, and the most memorable dish was their signature steamed live patin fish.
Siong Tong Gai established in Puchong KL in 2006 prospered on the strength of its signature stock which is used with live fish such as patin, sea bass, grouper, Soon Hock, tilapia, jade perch etc. Siong Tong Gai now have 5 outlets in Malaysia, with another 4 in the pipeline. There will be 2 outlets in JB - this one in R & F Mall, and the next one in Toppen Shopping Centre next to IKEA Tebrau (in Nov 2019).
This steamed patin dish is quintessentially KL in my memory, in the same way as KL black Hokkien Mee, KL style char siew etc. I had patin fish very often when I was living in KL.
Siong Tong Gai's signature broth has rich, well balanced savoury sweet spicy flavours in layers from prawns, squid, la la clams, loads of chopped raw garlic, chili padi and a dozen secret ingredients.
The broth costs RM48++ and we have a choice of live fish. Our live patin costs RM100++.
Oh... the live patin fish come simmering in bubbling hot stock kept warm over a gas table stove. The fatty belly was silky smooth and there was no river fish earthy taste at all - only natural sweetness complemented by the flavoursome broth.
The tender white meat was also sweet and had a gently squeaky feel to the bite like fresh crab meat. Very delicious.
Siong Tong Gai's other dishes were good too, even though the steamed patin got most of our attention.
Steamed, tender naturally sweet kampung chicken with subtle herbal stock (price RM49.80++ for half bird).
Sweet and sour crispy fried pork (price RM26.80++).
Salted fish with thin slices of pork belly in savoury sauce (price RM26.80++).
Stir fried three treasures vegetables (price RM19.80++).
Recommended for you 👍 I would love to be back for more of Siong Tong Gai's signature steamed fish dishes in their special stock. I would want to try it with jade perch fish next time. Other dishes in the extensive menu are pretty good too.
Restaurant name: Siong Tong Gai 蒲种上汤街
Address: G-150 & G-151, Ground Floor, R&F Mall, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°27'34.3"N 103°46'06.8"E 🌐 1.459523, 103.768565
WAZE: R&F Mall
Tel: 013-876 8048
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Date visited: 8 Aug 2019
Aftermath of second visit on 13 Aug 2019. We love the fish more and more.