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While home cooking is often healthier, cheaper, and quite fun on its own, I was quite ready to go out for a proper meal after months thanks to this Covid-19 era.

Hang Sing seafood restaurant, Pandamaran
Hang Sing seafood restaurant, Pandamaran

So when Yann May came over to this part of town, we decided that dinner should be cooked by someone else, and in this case, one of the restaurants she used to frequent as a kid – Hang Sing Seafood Restaurant all the way at Pandamaran, Klang. Suits me just well since I do stay rather close to Klang itself, and limited movement control period means that traffic isn’t exactly too troubling.

tapioca noodle, sweet potato leaf, kung pao mantis prawns
tapioca noodle, sweet potato leaf, kung pao mantis prawns

After having our temperature checked and names signed into the log book, we were seated down on a rather large table to accommodate for social distancing SOP.

We ordered kung pao mantis prawn, deep fried calamari (squid), sweet potato leaf, and a rather large portion of prawn dish that’s a bit spicy and strong tasting, can’t remember the name if my life depend on it… these dishes were all rather delicious and we chowed them down like hungry teenagers.

deep fried calamari, err.. some sort of prawn dish
deep fried calamari, err.. some sort of prawn dish

With the insistence of May, we also ordered fried tapioca noodle (in fact she even ordered another one to go for next day breakfast. If you love the texture of bubble tea, you’d love this dish, I am not a huge fan of those bubble’s texture, so you’d be right if you guessed that I did not embrace this dish.

Dinner came out to be RM 170 for all these and 4 glasses of kedondong juice. Considering prices of prawns, squid, and mantis prawns, I thought the bill was reasonable.

map to hang sing seafood restaurant, pandamaran

Address:
Makanan Laut Hang Sing
1 Jalan Jelai Off Jalan Kim Chuan,
Kawasan 9, 42000 Port Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.017864, 101.418534
Tel: +603 31686627

I think I’ve just found my favorite restaurant at Kota Kinabalu for dinner, and yes, it does have seafood like any other “tai chao” places in Sabah, but no, it’s not one of your typical big seafood restaurants in North Borneo.

Of course, we’re talking about Tung Fong Seafood at Inanam.

steamed garupa, fish lips, paku pakis with sambal
steamed garupa, fish lips, paku pakis with sambal

For those who aren’t familiar with this area, Inanam is located about 10 km away from KK city center, and you’ll be right to say that this area is mostly frequented by only by locals, Chinese or Korean tourists can’t be found here.

One of my favorite Tuaran mee is also found at this suburb – Tuaran Mee Restaurant.

The restaurant is pork free, and they have their menu hooked up on the wall ala billboard style for your convenience (see below). While carrying a variety of typical Chinese taichao dishes, the claim of fame for Tung Fong is their fish dishes.

You basically pick the type of fish/seafood you want – from garupa, green wrasse, giant garupa, sea carp, to fish lips, innards, and sea cucumber; then pair it with the preparation method of  your choice – braised, onion ginger, scallion oil, rice wine, or black bean.

braised, steamed, or lips?
braised, steamed, or lips?

I’ve already been to this place three times on the past three trips to the city.

Had two different types of garupa as well as the rather interesting fish lips. The fish here are so, so, so good! Fresh, flavorful, and prepared with seasoning that doesn’t take away the natural flavor of these seafood. They’re simply addictive.

the other accompanying dishes were good too
the other accompanying dishes were good too

The vegetable dish here are typical of Sabah standard, sweet, crunchy, and fresh. They also serve a side of tomato soup as standard, and these tasted pretty much like Fatt Kee’s fish noodle soup.

If you’re at Sabah, do yourself a favor and check this place out. Expect to spend some RM 30-40 per pax for some good seafood.

Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant map, Kota Kinabalu

menu at tung fong seafood restaurant, KK

Address:
Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant
Mile 6, Jalan Tuaran, Inanam,
88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.991707, 116.132074
Tel: 012-801 1336

Found myself at JB a couple weeks ago looking for dinner options after a short day trip for work, and since I know very little about JB, I decided to be a bit adventurous and head to KSL area which I stayed last time to pick a restaurant to try out.

Matang Seafood View, Johor Bahru
Matang Seafood View, Johor Bahru

As fate would have it, we stepped into Matang Seafood View, a relatively quiet looking place at 6 something in the evening. Little did we know that the same place would be packed just half an hour later, always a good sign for a restaurant.

Ordering affair is pretty simple, you can choose one of the pre-packaged seafood porridge deals or go by picking your favorite ingredients to be in the same claypot. Alternatively, there are quite a number of ala carte dishes to choose from as well.

seafood porridge with crab and garupa fish
seafood porridge with crab and garupa fish

We ended up ordering a claypot porridge with 2 crabs, minced pork, and fish fillet, a plate of vegetable, and two rather large oysters as starters.

Those oysters turned out to be better than I’d expected, they were huge, fresh,and packed with sweetness, a couple drops of lemon was all we needed to bring out the flavor.

As for the main dish, the crabs weren’t exactly huge in size, but they were rather flavorful. The garupa fish and minced pork further adds to the overall taste of the porridge as well. It was rather satisfying.

fresh oysters, cho sum vegetable
fresh oysters, cho sum vegetable

The dinner came to RM 90.30 with drinks included. Pretty decent value for what we get, and it is no wonder this place was packed. Would not hesitate to go back again should I find myself at JB.

Matang Seafood View map

 

Address:
Matang Seafood View
35, Jalan Seringaka,
Taman Century,
80250 Johor Baru, Johor
GPS1.486020, 103.761499
Tel07-336 5746
Hours: 11am–10pm daily

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It is somewhat of a fashionable thing to be talking about the negative things about the various social media channels that are popular these days, such as how you only view the highlights of your friends, and how that elevate the whole “grass is greener on the other side” mentality and so forth.

However, like many things in life, if you use it right, great things can come out of it.

Delicious Curry House, Kota Kinabalu
Delicious Curry House, Kota Kinabalu

Case in point – I got to know about both about Delicious Curry House from my instagram connection, a fellow user who hailed from Sabah and have since moved to Klang Valley some years back. Additionally, my makan buddy at Kota Kinabalu too, is someone I got to know from the same channel.

Who said it’s all negative? 😀

Anyway, Delicious Curry House is situated about 15 mins or so from the town center at Taman Ridgeview, a small commercial area that is pretty quiet in the evening (translation – easy to find parking).

The menu is not overly large, but covers a decent selection of dishes that includes seafood, vegetables, poultry, both in spicy or non-spicy forms.

paku pakis, squid with lime, asam prawn, bitter gourd with salted egg
paku pakis, squid with lime, asam prawn, bitter gourd with salted egg

For the two of us, we ordered four dishes (obviously too much).

The asam curry prawns (RM 32) was one of my favorites of the night, the broth was flavorful and packs a punch in terms of spiciness. If you love asam pedas, you’d find this version satisfying, especially with KK quality prawns.

Thai style steamed squid (RM 18) provides another jolt to our senses with its lime, garlic, and chili padi ingredients. The huge squid was of course, fresh and juicy.

four dishes was a bit much for two pax
four dishes was a bit much for two pax

For greens, I took the advise from fellow instagramfriend and went for their salted egg bitter gourd (RM 13.80), and a paku pakis (RM 13.80, sometimes ‘branded’ as Sabah vege).

These two are some of my favorite vegetables so they obviously did not disappoint. I thought the portion was a bit too big though for two pax, and maybe the paku pakis dish was just a tad too oily. Those bitter gourd would also make for perfect snack to go with beer.

Overall the dinner was super satisfying and offers rather decent value. Would not hesitate to go back there again.

map to Delicious Curry House, Kota Kinabalu

Address:
Delicious Curry House
63, Lorong Austral 10, Taman Ridgeview,
88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.942390, 116.069935
Tel088-319 777

  
  
  

I’m blessed with many friends who know I love to explore different foods, and it is also from suggestions of these friends that I manage to experience all these different places documented in this spot on the interweb.

But even better than suggestions though, is when friends brought me to the source of food – like during my last work trip to Kota Kinabalu, May picked me up and took me to this place by the name of Sabah Keratang.

Restoran Sabah Keratang, Kota Kinabalu
Restoran Sabah Keratang, Kota Kinabalu

Keratang is the local name for Giant Garupa – the largest bony fish that offshore Sabah. While there’s a misconception that giant garupa is just normal garupa that grew old and huge, it is actually an entirely separate species of garupa that can grow to half a tonne and has distinctively thicker skin.

Unlike full fledged seafood restaurants like Welcome Seafood, Salut Seafood, New Gaya, or fish noodle places like Fatt Kee, Taukefish, Sabah Keratang wedged itself pretty much right in the middle, offering fish noodle soup, fried rice or noodle with garupa, and a selection of seafood and other dishes to go with rice.

three dishes for two hungry souls
three dishes for two hungry souls

Over the dinner for two, we ordered a garupa soup (RM 30 for small), 3-in-1 seafood (RM 29.50 for small), and  vegetable (RM 10) with a couple plates of steamed rice.

The garupa soup was as good as any seafood noodle places, with tomato and salted vegetable tofu soup base that compliments the fatty nature of the garupa meat with its thick skin. Portion was rather healthy as well even though this was a supposed to be a “small” one.

the giant garupa skin, check it out!
the giant garupa skin, check it out!

The 3-in-1 seafood came with prawns, squid, and of course, giant garupa slices. This turned out to be our favorite dish, the seafood was fresh and super tasty, and while it was slightly on the saltier side, with steamed rice it was perfect. I love it.

As for the vege, it wasn’t anything to shout about, not anywhere near the Kundasang sort of vegetable I enjoy.

Overall though, I thought Sabah Keratang is definitely a worthy place for a meal if you find yourself at Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah Keratang Menu (1) Sabah Keratang Menu (1) Sabah Keratang Menu (3)

Sabah Keratang Menu (4) Sabah Keratang Menu (5)

Sabah Keratang map

Address:
Sabah Keratang
Block J, Sadong Jaya,
74, Jalan Karamunsing,
Karamunsing,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS5.969263, 116.072061
Tel088-253 718