Best Steamed Fish in KL

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One of the best ways to enjoy a good juicy fish is by steaming it because unlike deep-frying or grilling, steaming preserves the fish’s texture and flavour as well as the overall nutritional value of the food. You can relish the freshness of the fish while enjoying savouriness when its topped with a favourable soy sauce or bean paste! Check out the list below for a taste of this comfort delight!

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    Restoran De MawNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Nestled somewhere between Petronas and Menara PGRM in Jalan Pudu Ulu, this hidden gem is known for its shark’s fin varieties and seafood dishes. Steamed fish are among the must-have food item on the table. Depending on your choice (garoupa, pomfret, carp or tilapia) found in the menu, each fish is cooked in various styles, from Hong Kong style to traditional bean paste sauce.
    Tips

    It’s best to call for reservation since the seating is pretty limited.

    Things to expect

    Despite the tiny setting, it’s a cozy Chinese restaurant suitable for dining among family members.

    Best with

    Shark’s Fin Soup with Fresh Crab Meat.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM60.00

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    Restoran De Maw View restaurant

    18, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Off 3rd Mile, Jalan Cheras, 56100, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
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    0392857833

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    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    Shamelin Barbeque RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Despite the name of the restaurant, it has nothing to do with barbeque whatsoever. This place offers traditional Chinese dishes, the best being the steamed fish served in a claypot. It's steamed to tender perfection, and lightly coated with savoury soya sauce. Coupled with shredded vegetables and ginger, it helps balance the overall taste while wonderfully retained the freshness of the fish!
    Tips

    Dinner is usually packed during weekends, so it’s best to call for reservation.

    Things to expect

    You can choose to dine indoor or outdoor area.

    Best with

    Mongolian Chicken is a must!

    Price

    RM24.00 to RM30.00

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    Shamelin Barbeque Restaurant View restaurant

    43-G & 45-G, Lorong 6E/91, Taman Shamelin Perkasa, 56100, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
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    0392833252

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    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:30PM
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    In Colonial Restaurant Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Beautifully enchanting customers in a wooden block, from afar it looks as if tofu overwhelms the sea garoupa fillet but as a matter of fact it is actually the other way around. The sea garoupa fillet and tofu combined with spicy red chilli are steamed all together until it is perfectly cooked. Taste a tad spicy but definitely manageable and aftertaste-wise – beyond indescribable, because it is just that delicious. The white fish fillet crowds the top of the tofu, very generous of the chef one must say. 

    Tips

    Eat it after it has cool down a little bit to get a better taste of the spices.

    Things to expect

    A little spicy, but definitely manageable.

    Best with

    Hot Chinese Tea.

    Price

    RM68.00

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    In Colonial Restaurant View restaurant

    G-13 The Intermark 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321629033

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:30PM
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    Chong Yen Steam Fish Head Food StallNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Sometimes good food can be found in the least expected place. That honour goes to Chong Yen Steam Fish Head Food Stall. Tucked within the old industrial area of Chan Sow Lin, this restaurant is reputed for serving one of the best steamed fish in KL. There are two types of cooking methods you can choose from: steamed fish with garlic and garlic or with bean paste sauce. The fish is freshly-prepared daily and complements well with a plate of rice and while you’re at it, don’t forget to top up with fish maw as a side dish!
    Tips

    Come earlier if possible, since lunch time is usually packed to the brim.

    Things to expect

    Limited menu.

    Best with

    Steamed Chicken, Choy Sum and “Char Yuk” (Fried Pork).

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    Chong Yen Steam Fish Head Food Stall View restaurant

    22-36 Jalan 2/89c, 55200, Kuala Lumpur
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    0122318129

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    10:00AM—04:00PM
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    Big Tree Lin Kee @ Taman ConnaughtNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This restaurant is no stranger to some of the best lip-smacking steamed fish heads you’ve ever tasted in the KL area. Their steamed fish heads are cooked in various styles using fresh “soong yee” (carp fish). There’s ginger sauce, soya sauce, bean paste sauce, “cheong cheng” (sweet and spicy sauce) and even tom yam sauce to cater to different taste buds - flavourful enough without overpowering the freshness of the fish!
    Tips

    There is another branch in Taman Orkid Desa, Cheras (18-20, Jalan 15A/142).

    Things to expect

    Reasonably-priced fish cuisine.

    Best with

    Complete your meal with Deep-Fried Special Seafood Tofu and Steam Herbal Coconut Chicken Soup.

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM40.00

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    Big Tree Lin Kee @ Taman Connaught View restaurant

    91, Jalan Waras 3, Taman Connaught, 56000, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
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    0176161823

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    03:30PM—10:30PM
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    Cheras Flats Steamed Fish HeadNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Here’s another gem of great-tasting steamed fish head, located at Cheras. The fish head is steamed to juicy perfection, and topped with the available sauce of your choice (ginger, bean paste, etc.) The steamed fish heads are specially halved to allow the cooking ingredients to absorb the flavour, which results in a appetising and savoury taste!
    Tips

    Parking can be a nightmare during lunch hours, so do come early to avoid disappointment.

    Things to expect

    Crowded dining area.

    Best with

    Vegetable dishes.

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Cheras Flats Steamed Fish Head View restaurant

    Block 4, Flat Sri Pulau Pinang, Jalan Ikan Emas , 56100, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
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    0122746768

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    Mun Kee Steam Fish Head @ Happy GardenPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    The situated area of this restaurant couldn’t be more truthful enough. With names like 'Taman Gembira' (Happy Garden) and 'Jalan Lazat' (Delicious Street), Mun Kee certainly delivers tasty steamed fish head that puts a smile on your face. Even the gravy version is just as delectable, with the choice of Nyonya, black bean, sambal sauce and chopped ginger style.
    Tips

    This place is often packed during weekends, so do come earlier.

    Things to expect

    The restaurant setting is basically nothing to shout about, since it’s their delicious steamed fish head that counts the most.

    Best with

    Salted Egg Chicken and Homemade Tofu.

    Price

    RM27.00 to RM30.00

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    Mun Kee Steam Fish Head @ Happy Garden View restaurant

    New Happy Garden Food Court, 43-A Gerai, Jalan Lazat 1, 58200, Taman Gembira, Kuala Lumpur
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    0164912632

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    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    05:00PM—10:00PM
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    Thim Kee @ PuduNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    For nearly three decades, Thim Kee has been dishing out their best-selling tilapia fish served with bean paste sauce. The sauce is deliciously thick, while the taste is sweet and savoury enough to enhance the freshness of the fish. If you have room for more than one fish, do order both steamed and deep-fried versions for that ultimate tasty tilapia experience!
    Tips

    You can easily spot this place at the corner shop of 7-Eleven opposite Pudu Plaza.

    Things to expect

    A makeshift food shack often packed during lunch time.

    Best with

    Claypot butter squid and fried chicken.

    Price

    RM16.00 to RM22.00

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    Thim Kee Steamed Fish View restaurant

    Jalan 1/77C, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
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    0339863097

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
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    Ipoh Steamed Tilapia In Sauce @ Jalan PuduNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    This famous eatery situated near the main road of Jalan Pudu serve the well-received steamed tilapia dish. The fish itself is freshly prepared and matches well with a delicious coating of thick gravy. The portion is also big enough for sharing with your family and friends!
    Tips

    Dinner time is often full house, so it’s best to arrive earlier to grab a table.

    Things to expect

    It's like dining at a roadside stall but with a zinc rooftop.

    Best with

    Don’t forget to pair the fish with the signature salted egg fried chicken wings.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    Ipoh Steamed Tilapia In Sauce @ Jalan Pudu View restaurant

    211, Jalan Pudu (Opposite Restoran Fei Por), 55100, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
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    0126266170

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    11:30AM—02:00PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    05:00PM—11:00PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    04:30PM—11:00PM
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