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A couple Fridays ago my colleague Angel called me up and asked if I wanted to join them for curry fish head. Now for those who aren’t familiar with Malaysian culture, here are a couple of tips:

  • Friday lunches last for 2 hours
  • we don’t need to be in fear factor competition to eat something like fish head

Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak
Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak

Angel is a Sarawakian and a true blue Malaysian who knows her way around good foods, so when she ajak, I never say no. Plus, on that day I get to act like a pimp and dine with 5 ladies as a bonus. heehee

Anyway, our destination of the day was Peter Curry Fish Head, a smallish restaurant/kopitiam/taichau place that has a pretty limited menu and plenty of customers. But luckily, Angel already called and made a reservation for us.

curry fish head with everything, namyu chicken wings
curry fish head with everything, namyu chicken wings

The curry fish head comes in various sizes and additions, they are:

  • SIZE – FISH HEAD  + PRAWN + SQUID
  • S – 18, 28, 31
  • M – 25, 40, 45
  • L – 32, 47, 54
  • XL  – 40, 58, 65

For the six of us, we ordered a large portion of curry fish head +prawns + squid (RM 54), namyu chicken wings, vegetable, and seafood tofu. We had rice to go with them, of course.

vegetable and seafood tofu
vegetable and seafood tofu

There isn’t actually many other dishes to order even if you wanted, but they are good and they do have all the bases covered.

The fish head was awesome! It was huge and stuffed with plenty of fish head (red snapper I think), squid and prawns. There are also tofu pok, mints, eggplant, long beans, and okra too. It is pretty much a complete meal by itself with a very tasty curry base that actually wasn’t even really that spicy, tho I am sure you can ask for more kick if that’s what you want.

KY, Angel, Debren, Yin Foong, Sarah, Michelle
KY, Angel, Debren, Yin Foong, Sarah, Michelle

The other dishes were pretty good too. The namyu chicken wings were delicious (I made the same thing before, recipe here), and the very plain looking seafood tofu was superb too.

Then there’s the vegetable, which tasted like vegetable (vitamin C quota.. ).

Overall it was a very good meal that might be a little too much for normal days, but for a Friday, bring it on! For the 6 of us, if I remember correctly, the bill came to be around RM 17 or so per person. Not very cheap, but it was a lot of seafood and a good portion of meat. I will be heading there again for sure.

map to Peter Curry Fish Head at Setapak

Address:
Peter Curry Fish Head
12 Jalan Angsana
Taman P Ramlee,
Setapak 53000 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.19243, 101.70823
Tel: 03-4021 5809

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Curry fish head is one of the Malaysian delicacies that is pretty tough to find anywhere. While most of us consume this at restaurants, it is actually pretty simple to prepare them yourself, and here’s the recipe that I hope you find useful, especially for those who are reading this outside our beloved country.

I like my curry fish head with plenty of vegetables – and here I put tomato, bell pepper, okra, long bean, and brinjal, but if you can generally substitute them as per your liking.

I also use a pre-packaged curry fish paste to keep it simple, but for those who wants it more “authentic”, you can prepare the curry paste yourself by blending curry powder with shallots & garlic, for example.

Anyway, here goes!

plenty of vegetable makes this a complete meal
plenty of vegetable makes this a complete meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of fish curry paste
  • 1 brinjal – chopped into chunks
  • a bunch of long beans – chopped to 3 inches in length
  • 10-15 shallots – whole
  • 2 tomatoes – cut into 6 pieces each
  • 1 bell pepper – slices
  • 6 okras – halves
  • 1 fish head (grouper or red snapper preferred) – cut into chunks
  • 1 lemongrass – whole, flattened
  • 1 packet of santan (coconut milk, even better if you have fresh ones)
  • salt to taste

fry the chili paste and vegetable first before adding fish
fry the chili paste and vegetable first before adding fish

Instructions:

  • heat up the wok and fry the sambal paste till fragrant (1-2 mins)
  • add brinjal, okra, eggplant, and bell peppers, continue frying for another 2-3 minutes
  • add fish head and enough water to almost cover everything
  • bring to boil and then add tomato and lemongrass
  • add the santan
  • simmer the whole thing until everything is cooked (around 10 mins)
  • add salt to taste, and serve while hot!

add tomato, then coconut milk
add tomato, then coconut milk

The result is a huge portion of curry fish head that can feed a small family. Just add rice and it’s a complete meal by itself already. Total cooking time should not be more than half an hour too so there’s plenty of time for you to play with your kittens.

Haze and Vinn liking the curry :D
Haze and Vinn liking the curry 😀

Cheers and happy cooking!

I was battling flu symptoms since late last week, it got better, then it got worse, then it got better, then it got worse. Runny nose, itchy eyes, and that constant sneezing was getting very annoying. So yesterday, I decided that something had to be done

In the afternoon, I had some Japanese food with plenty of wasabi.

curry fish head stall at restaurant Arlison
curry fish head stall at restaurant Arlison

That provided a good relief for some half an hour, but did not fix the case. So after work, I walked straight from Taman Bahagia LRT station to the nearby Restaurant Arlison while it was still drizzling and order up something more potent – curry fish head.

I think siakap fish is used here, and instead of pure fish head, there are some fish meat too. Other ingredients include brinjal, long bean, lady’s finger, tofupok, and cabbage. All came simmering in a clay pot coconut milk based curry that is both hot in temperature and spiciness level.

super spicy curry fish head (lemak)
spicy curry fish head (lemak)

As if the curry isn’t enough, there’s a small plate of chili padi for the masochists too.

The curry actually turned out to be quite delicious, and definitely spicy. For RM 13 a pop it is definitely not very economical (the curry fish head stall at Ming Tien sells for about RM 10) but the portion is pretty big, and the quality of fish was commendable.

Not a bad choice if you want to have curry fish head but nobody else does. If it’s on weekends and you have a small group of people, my recommendation goes to Kampung Atap Curry Fish Head.

map to restaurant arlison at Petaling Jaya

I had my nose cleared for about half an hour, but in the end, trying to cure flu by having spicy food was not meant to be. I ended up going to the doctors’ last night and hence writing this now at home, god bless medical certificate.

I shall go back to rest. Cheers!

Address:
Restaurant Arlison
Jalan SS 2/4A
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.111565,101.611197