Malaysia is renowned as a global food destination with seafood being a favourite part of the menu and when it comes to fish, discerning locals usually know the best place to enjoy the finest there is to offer.
In the Klang Valley, people are willing to beat the jam and distance to head to the famous Rawang steamed tilapia that is run by Lan Je Fei Chau or more fondly known as Sister Lan by locals there.
Now, people in Ipoh can also savour this tasty offering without having to drive 200km to Rawang as the restaurant has opened its outlet in Simpang Pulai which is just 12 km to the south of Ipoh city.
Operating since the end of April 2015, the famous dish here is the ‘fei chau yu’, which is steamed black tilapia, flavoured with specially grown ginger from Bentong in Pahang.
Running the show at the Ipoh outlet is Victor Lee, 31, a young developer who said he was inspired to open the business as he claims to be an avid traveller and food enthusiast who have tried thousands of delicacies from around the world.
“I felt the need to share good oriental recipes especially on freshwater fish dishes as many people are put off by its flavour and smell when it is not done according to the right method with proper ingredients,” he said.
Victor added that most of the ingredients used at the restaurant are homemade and one serving of black tilapia fish at his restaurant usually weighs about 350g and priced starting from RM18.
The life tilapias are caught from display cases at this restaurant for diners, prepared according to their order and served in about 15 minutes.
The other specialties and favourite dishes here are its Szechuan Boneless Spring Chicken (RM20), Petola with Creamy Egg and Tofu Gravy (RM17), Hakka-Style Stir-Fried Baby Kailan and Melting Cheese Prawn (RM30).
The restaurant has 22 tables and can comfortably accommodate about 180 diners. Victor who graduated from Northampton College, Manchester with degree in Management Studies, said restaurant business is tough but customers come first service is crucial along with loads of patience and public relations skills.
This extra asset in running his business along with his tasty and nutritious seafood menu has earned him a steady stream of loyal diners.
Rawang Famous Steam Fish which is a Non-Halal restaurant is located at 1, Lapangan Symphony Business Park, Jalan Lapangan Symphony, 31350 Ipoh and operates from 12p to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm daily.