Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Oh Glorious Seafood, Where are thou all thy while?


As i stepped inside this humble restaurant, with no air-con may i add, i knew i was in for some serious seafood business. A long list of fish was printed on the wall, pictures of funny looking fish i never saw, prices that immediately got my metabolism rate going sky up.

The cheapest fish may be at RM2.50 per 100gm but some of this river delicacies goes up to RM 25 per 100gm. I was even told that the most expensive fish in the house costs a whopping RM100 per 100gm and ironically the name is "Wang Bu Liao" or translated "Forget me not". Now that is some expensive fish that i would definitely not forget.

Some say that their supply comes from the deep rivers accessible to only the orang aslis.

Well want to know more? Read below..

Now being a serious seafood place, one cannot escape from eating a fresh whole steam fish. Those who choose to not eat fish here, is akin to going to McDonalds and not eat their burger. So without much surprise, we settled down on the Soon Hock or Ikan Hantu which was around RM12-13 per 100gm. We were told that this fish was a particularly big one, meaning juicier and firmer texture meat but only the front half was given.

It was a case of you see it now and you see it not. Steam with lightly fried ginger slices and black bean sprinkled, with soya sauce. The fish was fresh and was devoured by my two siblings. Another fish had to be ordered but by then, with no budget, the cheapest fish was ordered. We ate and realised there was no picture of that fish, well nevermind.

Going with the steaming trend, a ginger steam frog legs was next up. Equally wiped up in record time, the coarse ginger paste packed a punch and accompanied the firm huge frog legs. These were most probably reared frogs, lazy but meaty.

The huge clams were done in a broth style. The fiery green mini chilli flavoured the broth and was great with the chewy clam meat. The shells were heavy but we were rewarded with the mother of pearl meat inside.

By then, we had to go for a meat and a wild boar curry was ordered. Verdict? Just as good as their steam specials. The addictive sauce accompanied the ever flowing white rice. The meat was tender and lean and the beans and brinjal are my favourite vegetables.

The obligatory stir fry vegetables, refreshing.

Address and contact details:

Restaurant Fast Food Fish Head (Tai Kei Hor Yu Fan Dim)
58, Jalan R adin Tengah,
57000 Sri Petaling
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-90585397

Open for Lunch and Dinner but closed on Tuesdays

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Yet another fulfilling adventure. Something that is worth four stars and is indeed rewarding for coming all the way to Sri Petaling. At the time of writing, i have already returned back and try more steam fishes and i can see myself going back many more times.

25 comments:

Nic (KHKL) said...

aiyoh! really "potong steam" lar...guess you must be watching too much of american idol or deal or no deal...so many "after the break"s...will be waiting for "forget me not"...hehe

ling239 said...

most of the river fish are from Pahang right ?
so when is the cooked version coming ? faster, faster !! :p

Bernsy said...

Mr nipples shud get new nick, Potong Stim....

Is this the restaurant at Giant, connaught ah ?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: yeah potong stim rite? actually i left the address and contact details somewhere..thats y nvr continue

ling239: soon..soon..i promise..

bernsy: hahah good! change nick good! nope this is somewhere else..but i had good recommendations from my parents to try the connaught 1 also..

Jun said...

why la all the previews??? show us the real thing!!!

jesie said...

Oh, how I miss those dishes especially fresh fish. In the US, most locals can't eat if they see bones and fish heads. But I simply miss them all. I'm going home for vacation soon.

sc said...

the food looks really fresh! but i'm not a fan of too much ginger..sometimes just kills the seafood tastes. this was just right i hope?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: well somethin to perk up the day readers..the nite readers would have done fine!

jesie: they r missing out big time!

sc: well to me, if u steam any fish with other then soya sauce, the so call "freshness" is already gone..ginger to me, enhances the food but well thats just me..

Nic (KHKL) said...

that didn't take too long..haha! nothing can go wrong with soon hock...the flaky meat is da bomb! how's the soya sauce? as good as overseas rest.? wildboar curry looks good! never had that with vegetables, though...

yammylicious said...

the best way of cooking a fresh fish is to steam them! slurp simple and nice! slurp!

tigerfish said...

Did they have a bottle of Essence chicken for you to pour over the ginger steamed froggie legs? I've seen that done before.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: theirs way of cooking is likely homely..to be honest, the quality of fish was so good, the sauce at 1 point really didnt matter anymore..

yammy: yeap slurp!

tigerfish: well essence chicken is used in a normal steam frog leg version with some kei chi and tong kwai..nothing for the ginger version..

ling239 said...

Fast Food Fish Head ? o_O
and no fish head meh ?

team bsg said...

your fine dining adventure with street food ( from the sea ) ia amazing

~Christine~Leng said...

in sri petaling?? oo.. must try then :) love steam fishes! esp soon hock! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: when u hear the words soon hock..i doubt i can get fish head to go in my mind..

team bsg: fine dining with street food..i love the concept! rm40 char kuey teow ok with u?

christine: yeap in sri petaling..near the Giant and Ho Ho steamboat there

Christy said...

I love Soon Hock..now I know it's Ikan Hantu!!:p
Such lovely variety of steamed seafood...:)

Jason said...

What a quirky drawing on the wall. Wait, is that a drawing?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

christy: haha there actually have alot of diff names..

jason: yeah it is..

Rasa Malaysia said...

R those little anchovies above the vegetables? Good idea, must try it out.

The clams are just calling my name...looooove them.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rasa malaysia: yeap those are!..quite common in fact with this kind of vege..

teckiee said...

aiyor... i cannt see a lot of your pics. my connect damn freaking slow!!!

myCoffee said...

I love fish, especially steamed fresh fish. This looks like a nice place to try.

myCoffee said...

I love fish, especially steamed fresh fish. This looks like a nice place to try.

tekko said...

lunch there once, their fish really quite fresh and good but a bit pricey. no price information in your post?