Saturday, September 22, 2018

Steam Gelama Pisang (Yellow Croaker) with Salted Black Beans - Homecooking

I got two just-off-the-boat yellow croaker (Gelama Pisang). This is the same fish that was used in the famous canned Fish Preserved in Black Salted Beans.
The taste of the flesh was on the bland sidd with a hint of sweetness sans the smell, it combined well with the Salted Black Beans and onions. The toppings which was slightly salty, sticky and crunchy texture with enhance the taste and flavoured the fish.

1) 2 inches ginger. Slice it (use for steaming fish)
2) 5 small onions, chopped
3) 6 dried chillis (soaked to soften then de-seed), chopped
4) 2-3 teaspoons of salted black beans, pressed

1) Place ginger slices under, on top and inside stomach of the fish
2) Steam fish for 5-10 minutes depending on the size of fish.
3) Add oil. Fried chopped small onions. Then add the rest of the chopped up ingredients. Fried till fragrant and until onions is cooked
4) Use the fried ingredients as toppings


Last photo Credit (Can Yellow Croaker in Salted Black Beans)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hai Ung Seafood Restoran Kuala Selangor

Hai Ung Seafood Restoran Kuala Selangor
Pasir Penambang, Selangor

We have been exploring the seafood villages along Selangor and Negeri Sembilan shores. Some have good chefs while others were average. But one common denominator. Never disappointed with their freshness. Literally the taste from the sea was in every seafood platter.

The 'Kam Heong' cockles were a tad salty but tasty. Cockles were average sizes. Large ones are not easy to get nowadays. Heard that spats or baby cockles were exported to Thailand as there is a huge demand.

The mantis prawn in salty egg would never let me down. Crunchy batter with lots of taste and smell from salted egg. The prawns were fresh and sweet in a bed of egg whites. The fish balls were average but the generous portion of vegetables thrown in gave us some fibres.

If you there do not skip the Pasir Penambang wet market as it is famous for their fish. It is open till 6 or 7 pm. During the weekends, KLites will be there in drives to snare the best and freshest seafood.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wingstop Malaysia - Citta Mall, Ara Damansara

Wingstop Malaysia

Check out the invasion of the newest fast food from US. As the name suggests, there are alot of wings. Who can resist the wings, drumlets and drumsticks?

They come in 6 choice of preparations, 10 flavours and 2 choices of drippings. In my maiden trip I got to taste 2 flavours and 1 dripping.

I got hold of the classic preparation Louisiana and Hickory Smokey BBQ flavours. Both are non-spicy. Louisiana is Cajun and spice laden and dry. Dry in the right way. The spice rub was addictive and it kept me wanting for more.

While the other was sweet and smokey and wet and sticky to true BBQ style. No quarters given. It was full contact. Go for it if you are the BBQ type.

The meat was tender to bite, firm and won't disintegrate like some. And adding to the appeal, it was moist.

Try them at Citta Mall, Curve and My Town Cheras. Another one is opening soon at NU Sentral

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sushi Zanmai - Citta Mall

Citta Mall Sushi Zanmai always dished out good Japanese fares.

Their food is always up to mark and even exceeds it for the price I pay. The ingredients were always fresh.

Platter of sashimi always makes me happy. The subtle fresh, firm and sweet seafood from the sea. I can 'almost' imagine and think of a great life eating them daily.

Prawns were sweet, firm and chewy. Tempura prawns were firm, the outside layer of flour was crisp and fragrant. Will satisfy any carbo addict.

Always love these little octopuses. Like to eat them after my sashimi and sushi as it was well marinated and had a strong taste. Great sauces. Umami.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Asam Batu Laut Restaurant - Morib and Tanjung Sepat

We were visiting beachfront seafood restaurants for a leisurely Saturday lunch. Location of restaurant is in between Morib and Tanjung Sepat. Time of travel was 1hr from Subang Jaya.

What interest me most was the oyster on a bed of egg omelette. You can literally count the number of barely cooked almost raw oysters. It was topped with some savoury sauce that was a little salty for me. But the oysters were awesome.

Another beaut was the kepah (clams). Fresh, fresh and fresh. The soup with some wine and ginger was a simple concotation to let the kepah shine. Shine it did. 

Last but not least, their signature dish was drawn from their restaurant name, Asam Restaurant. Asam Grouper Fish Head. Fresh to the bones. The Garoupa Skin were so gelatinous and thick. I suspected alot of folks went for Garoupa was also because of their luscious skin. It's so good after steaming. Sticky, gelatinous and stretchy. What a bonus to the fresh, sweet and tasty meat.

Asam Batu Laut Restaurant
Banting Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kampung Nelayan, Tanjong Sepat, Selangor
019-384 4362

Friday, September 7, 2018

Jungle Durians - Temuan Orang Asli Village Ulu Gombak

We travelled to Temuan tribe living about 50m from the UM Research Facility Ulu Gombak, Jalan Gombak, Selangor for a taste of the well known yet secretive Jungle Durians harvested by the Temuan tribe in Malaysia.

We arrived excited at 11am. We were disappointed that most of the Jungle Durians were sold. The leader was apologetic as some folks came at 2 am and took the whole lot. Alas, the left the other durians which was not our intended target. Fortunately, we have some durian 'ong' and the second batch came in just as we were about to leave. 

Characteristics of the Jungle Durians - long slender thorns. Pungent, carrying a subtle hint of Chempedak, almond and and other mysterious jungle (for lack of words to identify and describe) smells. Flesh was compact with a dense slight creamy texture.

Two thumbs up for these type of durians as it was organic as it was jungle sourced. For your information, estimate for worms in durians: every four durians there is one fruit that will have a big wriggly worm residing in one of the most sought after chamber. That chamber would be a total or partially lost.

Google Maps:
UM Research Facility Ulu Gombak, Jalan Gombak, Selangor
Orang Aski Village 50m away. 
You will cross a narrow shallow river. Passable to my Camry

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Egg Tart - Nam Heong, Ipoh

The multi-layer pastry is what make this egg tart special. It crumbles and breaks in a hundred ways bringing the aroma to your nostrils. As you chew the soft yet firm egg filling and intermingle it with the crispy crust to give you an experience you will not forget.

2, Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh