To be frank, I never did grow up with pork belly with salted fish dish, I supposed it was a dish that wasn’t particularly popular up north in Penang where I grew up, that or my family was not privy to the greatness of this combination during that time.
My first time having this was at Lucky Loke restaurant over a decade ago and been a fan ever since.
pork belly with salted fish
A few days ago, I finally recreated this dish in the kitchen, and it turned out to be pretty simple and rather delicious as well!
Here goes the recipe –
- Pork belly 300 gram, remove skin, marinate with equal portion (2 tablespoon) of cooking caramel, rice wine, and oyster sauce
- 3-4 bulbs shallots, cut in quarters
- 2 inch ginger, thin sliced
- 6 dried cili, fresh cili (optional)
- 3-4 clove of garlic
- spring onion for garnish
- 2 table spoon salted fish, cut in small chunks
- 3-4 tablespoon cooking oil
it’s a stirring and frying affair
- heat up pan, fry garlic and salted fish
- add dried cili & shallots, fry till fragrant
- add pork, medium heat, cook 5-10 mins depending on thickness
- add fresh cili & spring onion last min
Result was fantastic and require no additional seasoning, now I just need to get me a small claypot to complete the look & feel properly instead of using a frying pan and serving bowl.
I went to this place in Chow Yang area of SS2 thanks to my house mate Kerol having to spend Jack, who has helped fixing her computer numerous times thanks to her attraction to the world of spyware, worm, and computer virus. Being hungry at the same time, I accidentally got a free meal too.
a standard kopitiam “tai chao” set up
After deliberating for a few minutes, we decided to go to Restaurant Shanky, a tai chao (大炒) place on the same row as KAYU Nasi Kandar at the SS2 Chow Yang area. The restaurant is of a typical kopitiam set up but kept rather clean and hygienic looking.
We ordered 3 dishes for, well, 3 of us. A Thai style deep fried fish with Siakap, spinach, and pork belly with salted fish (咸鱼花腩). All these to go with steamed rice.
Thai style fish, spinach, and pork belly with salted fish
Food came after about 15-20 minutes, pretty standard waiting time for a tai chao place. The Thai style fish was really good, the fish deep fried to a crispy texture, and it came with Thai chili sauce and plenty of garnish such as parsley, shallots, and red chili. The combination of the sweet and spicy sauce with the crispy fish meat was pretty addictive.
The spinach is topped with some “silver fish” just like the one from Ah Leong’s fried rice at the nearby mamak square. An interesting combination. Lastly, the pork belly with salted fish is just as good as I’ve tasted from any other places, a very sinful dish that will nullify 3 hours of intense badminton.
restaurant shanky is situated on the same row as Kayu Nasi Kandar
The bill came to around RM 50 for the 3 dishes. Pretty reasonable, I’d say it is inline with the nearby new Chow Yhang restaurant in terms of food quality and price.
20, Jalan SS2/10
47300, Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.115850, 101.617012
Clay Pot chicken rice can be found in many places all around the Klang Valley, a not terribly complicated dish of rice, chicken, salted fish (optional) and lap cheong (chinese sausage) cooked in a clay pot over charcoal with some brown sauce. Spring onion is usually added as garnish. After sampling numerous stalls, my suggestion of a good clay pot chicken rice goes to the one at Damansara Jaya at restaurant Khoon Kee, initially recommended by my buddy Kenneth.
note: The Clay Pot chicken rice is not located at Koon Kee anymore, it has moved to a new location the same row of shop houses near Domino’s Pizza
authentic clay pot chicken rice cooked with charcoal fire
The clay pot chicken rice is prepared the proper traditional way and offered in two sizes, single and double serving. Of course, you can always order more than one if you arrive with a crowd. The stall serves several types of steamed soup (暾汤）as well as “oily” vegetable (油菜).
I usually order the claypot chicken rice with lap cheong as well as salted fish to give it an added dimension of taste (I’ve learn all these BS descriptions from watching too much Iron Chef). A bowl of soup goes well to wash off the naturally greasy nature of the main meal so to reset your taste buds anew for the next serving of that excellent chicken rice.
how’s your appetite?
The price is pretty reasonable, a big clay pot chicken rice for two with everything and a soup totalled less than RM 20. However, expect to wait a little longer during busy weekends. The stall only serves for dinner.
location map of restaurant Khoon Kee at Damansara Jaya, PJ
Other places nearby Atria are the iThai restaurant, and the fishball noodle soup place. Have a good meal!
Jalan SS 22/25
GPS: 3.125625,101.616561 (GPS is updated to the current location)