Ong Lai

People always say …. the best food are available on back alley stalls and little corner lanes. I’ll have to agree to that fact, except …. I’ll have to question the cleanliness of some of the outlets. Then again, it’s the price to pay to enjoy good food.

Ong Lai Restaurant has been around for ages! For the ‘uninformed’, Ong Lai is located along Jalan Raja Laut, right behind a little hotel called Bee Seng Hotel. And no, don’t ask me how many stars this hotel has. Don’t be ridiculous, alright. Anyway, as you can see, Ong Lai’s kitchen is located right in the open .. but if you frequent mamak stalls, this shouldn’t be any issue to you. Its owner uses the nickname, Ong Lai Goh. In Hokkien, ong lai means “good fortune comes”. In the early 1970s, the restaurant served ordinary fried Hokkien mee, fish head noodles and lor mee. His business took off after he added steamed fish head to the menu. Since then, the restaurant has been crowded with people from the KL-PJ area.

Their signature dish is Fish Head noodle but I can assure you … the rest are as good. In fact, I think the rest is better than their signature dish …. for example, I simply LOVE their Pineapple Chicken dish. Presented in a half pineapple, the chicken is coated with tomato sauce hence the sweet taste. You just simply can’t get enough of it.

Besides meat and vegetable dishes, there’s also the normal fried noodles such as the Hokkien Mee and Tang Hoon … among others. Anyway, let’s check out the visual to give you an idea of what to expect at Ong Lai.

Ong Lai

Ong Lai

Ong Lai

Ong Lai

Ong Lai

Ong Lai

Ong Lai is open every day except Monday from around 6pm till 2am.

60A, Jalan Raja Laut
50500 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 019-210 4182, 012 222 2980
Ong Lai is situated at the underground of Bee Seng Hotel, from Jalan Raja Laut, you have to walk downhill via a small road by the hotel and turn left into the alley.

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  1. cumidanciki Said,

    food looks excellent. the street side ambiance is hard to beat too la;) good plc to bring visitors.

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  2. Timothy Low Said,

    Hey Cumidanciki. Yup, good place to bring guest, especially oversea ones to this place ….

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  3. William Said,

    The Tang Hoon looks great.. btw, what camera did you use to take such close up shots? The same one you were using the other day at Ah Cheng Laksa?
    .-= William´s last blog ..Hatyai Street – Thai Food at One Bangsar =-.

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    Timothy Low Reply:

    Hey Will, yup…. the same one. My one and only for the last 4 years. It’s a good camera …. but due to wear and tear, it’s falling apart. Haha ….

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  4. Sugar Bean Said,

    Seriously wondering how your photos can look SO bright and nice? Isn’t it difficult to take photos in a stall at night? The vegetables look so fresh and real as though I can bite my monitor to eat them! Haha!
    .-= Sugar Bean´s last blog ..La Tasca =-.

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  5. mimid3vils Said,

    The pineapple chicken look appetizing, can finish 1 bowl of rice with it 🙂
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..Zuup Soup Bar *edited =-.

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  6. msihua Said,

    OMG.. the Tang hoon looks absolutely delicious!!

    There’s this place in Port Klang (I can’t remember, it’s been a while), that has the best fried sea food tang hoon.. and the sambal chilli… Omg.. I am drooling with memoriesss!!

    Delicious!!!
    .-= msihua´s last blog ..Oodles of Noodles =-.

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  7. Chin Said,

    The vege tables and Hokkien Mee dishes are very old school, the sheen of oil is worth a thousand calories or a thousand words depends where one stand.
    .-= Chin´s last blog ..Durian Musang Hitam – Celebrating Birthday and Crowning the End of the Season for the King of Fruits =-.

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  8. Timothy Low Said,

    Hey Sugar Bean, the photos were taken indoor and with good lightings hence the clear outcome …

    mimid3vils, sounds like you’re quite a rice bucket eh …. me too.

    msihua, Port Klang? I grew up in Klang. So when shall we make a trip there together?

    Chin … calories ka …. words ka …. as long as it’s good, I’ll take it. Haha …. I am quite easily satisfied …

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  9. msihua Said,

    My mummy say that I shouldnt go eat in random places with strangers!!

    Lols.. but seriously man… I can’t remember where the heck the seafood place is.. I need to check with my Klang buddies…
    .-= msihua´s last blog ..Oodles of Noodles =-.

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    Timothy Low Reply:

    I-Hua, for a moment I almost believed you…. haha.But seriously, I haven’t gone back to Klang for like a million years! So I am quite lost there too ……

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  10. msihua Said,

    You spelt my name right!! Woot!!

    Wait patiently yah, whilst I go do research…

    I’m accumulating (forcefully) friends to go on a food road trip from Penang to Johor and then maybe on the other side when i next come home… *drools in anticipation*
    .-= msihua´s last blog ..Troublemaker =-.

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  11. 550ml jar of faith Said,

    Loving all your close-up shots. Really bring on the munchies! Everything here has got me floored, especially the tang hoon, the Hokkien mee and the fish head noodles!
    .-= 550ml jar of faith´s last blog ..Plain Mee… what gives, Super Kitchen, SS2? =-.

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  12. foodbin Said,

    did you know that the toilet is situated by the five foot way-but it was clean.
    .-= foodbin´s last blog ..RESTAURANT KEONG KEE. =-.

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  13. Simon Seow Said,

    Now I got new place to go for supper when I work night shift.
    .-= Simon Seow´s last blog ..White Water Rafting in Sg. Kampar, Gopeng =-.

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  14. Jessica Said,

    I have a secret love for Ong Lai’s hokkien mee with extra pork lard, im glad u liked rhe place too =)

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  15. michelle Said,

    hi there, i just relocated to KL in early september. Ong Lai was the first ‘mamak’ stall I was brought to. Truly enough it was really tasty! I tried the Hokkien Bee Hoon and Steam Fish Head. Any more mamak stalls to recommend? I’m looking for great Hokkien Mee. Cheers.

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