The Best Steamed Fish Head – Jalan Raja Laut – Ong Lai

If you know Jalan Raja Laut, you should know where Mungo Jerrys place is (good bah kuh teh and great pork knuckles).

If you know where Mungo Jerrys is, this place is just across the road, down a back street, I forgot to take note of the name.

Jln Raja Laut

It’s pretty easy to spot though with it’s sprawling tables and jam packed crowd all sitting in a back alley.

Jln Raja Laut

It’s famous for the steamed fish head (jeng yu tau I think?), but I noticed everyone was ordering the O Jien (Oyster Omlette), so we had to have some of that.

I have to say it was REALLY good, juicy oysters and cooked just right.

O Jien

Also had some of this, which is something like Pan Min…but not, I can’t remember the name.

Not Pan Min

The Hokkien Mee was REALLY good, with loads of big lumps of lat.

Fukkien Mee

Some green vege, as normal (a bit salty, but good).


All cleared up, waiting for the masterpeice..

Clean Plates

And then it comes! The monster sized fish head.

Steamed Fish Head

It was huge, bigger than most fish you get, cooked to perfection with tender succulent flesh, definately worth a try, I shall go back soon!

We picked it to the bone.

No more fish head

Damn….hungry now.




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19 Responses to The Best Steamed Fish Head – Jalan Raja Laut – Ong Lai

  1. TITOKI May 22, 2006 at 11:58 am #


    Do not read ST’s blog before lunch time.
    Do not read ST’s blog before lunch time.
    Do not read ST’s blog before lunch time.
    Do not read ST’s blog before lunch time.
    Do not read ST’s blog before lunch time.

    Making me hungry. Grrr…

    P/S: Do you know that there is a very famous pan mee stall in that area too?

  2. KY May 22, 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    aghhh.. the hungry. lets go there someday

  3. Ruben May 22, 2006 at 2:18 pm #

    hey -that stall is just down the road from my office! however – i still think the best steamed fish head ever is at this little shack in cheras (situated on a small lane next to the former FIT). that place boasts more than 10 different steamed fish head preparations. bon apetit!

  4. meekie May 22, 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    the one u duno the name is called “Bei Ge” pronounced in Hockkien.

    By the way, not everyone knows where is Mungo Jerry, so it’d be good if u can draw a map like KY always does!!

  5. babe_kl May 22, 2006 at 2:52 pm #

    in cantonese the pan min looking noodle is called park kor min or in some places it’s known as Siong Hoi Nien Koe.

    btw this place also specialises in fish head bee hoon yumz

  6. v0ices May 22, 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    If I am not wrong, the dish which is something like Pan Min is bamboo shoots.

  7. Kuzco May 22, 2006 at 4:17 pm #

    The place is called “ONG LAI”.


    There is also another steamed-fish head place around the area opposite TUDM.

  8. Kelvin May 22, 2006 at 5:39 pm #

    say i’ve been here…

  9. Shin0bu May 22, 2006 at 6:37 pm #

    its “pak kor” as per said earlier… NOT bamboo shoots…. there’s another fish head near jalan pudu which is very good… but its not steamed….

  10. JC May 23, 2006 at 12:40 am #

    Awesome fish head. Even the eyeballs make my mouth water.

  11. ebola May 23, 2006 at 2:28 am #

    the stuff’s actually rice cakes. preparing that stuff takes forever, as it usually involves soaking in water overnight for it to soften, and then steaming it for a bit before frying up as you would noodles.

    good stuff that, was wondering where i could find some of that around here. thanks for the tip!

  12. ShaolinTiger May 23, 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    TITOKI: Yah I’m evil 😀 Not really familiar with that area, only know Mungo Jerrys and this place.

    KY: Was planning on taking you guys some time soon 😀

    Ruben: Thanks, I’ll try and find the place.

    meekie: Sorry not familiar enough with that area myself to draw a map, I have no point of reference 🙂 I just about know how to go there..

    v0ices: You’re very wrong (I do know what bamboo shoots are dude :P)

    Kuzco: Ah thanks! That’s the place.

    ebola: Thanks, I wondered why it tasted quite different.

  13. earl-ku May 23, 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    yeah Ruben, that aunty’s fish head is nice too, i think she been there for so many years already

    those “pak kor” is a hakka dish if i’m not wrong, very nice, there is another place which serves very nice fried “pak kor” – the Taman Muda market one, which open from night to early morning, the first stall

  14. Ruben May 24, 2006 at 9:26 am #

    earl-lu : yup, i know which stall you’re refering to. I haven’t been there in ages. Maybe later tonite.

    if any of you want a map or directions to the place described in ST’s blog, email me @ I can practically see the stall from my office cubicle. I’m on msn too. email me for my ID.

  15. earl-ku May 24, 2006 at 12:29 pm #

    Titoki: the famous pan mee is further down the street, or is it the other side i think Pizza Hut is at the back rite, opposite the Honda showroom, turn in when u see the Pizza hut, then take a right, the Pan Mee is on the left side of the road

  16. Ruben May 24, 2006 at 12:34 pm #

    earl-ku and titoki : the famous pan mee (dry style) – famous for its chilli paste is located just behind the honda showroom… dont turn in at pizza hut.. turn in at honda, go around the mechanics on the left.. u’ll see it on the right call KIN KIN…. there’s an air-conditioned competitor diagonally opposite it on its right.. don’t go there – its crap!

  17. ShaolinTiger May 24, 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    earl-ku: Hey I’ve eaten there, I’ve had the hokkien mee and the yin yong, but not the pak kor, will have to try it. It’s a good place to go after clubbing.

    Ruben: Just draw a map and send it to me so I can post it here 😉 I might try out the pan min place next time too!

  18. bUttsH4k3r May 24, 2006 at 6:09 pm #

    that noodle dish, i believe is called “Pei Ge” and as for where mungo jerry is, a landmark would be PJ Speech and Drama. right opposite PSD is mungo jerry.