Just as any South East Asian that’s been away in the West for too long, the immediate craving on the dining table is for something greasy, sweet-sour, spicy and hot off the stove.
I am back in KL!
And my appetite for all things spicy, greasy and generally eaten with a truck load of steaming rice is back!
So, its little wonder I made Cumi bring me back to Sin Hiap Kee for some Curry Fish head, to satiate my insane craving for heat and fish and curry, and rice!
Love the explosive tofu puffs that just squirt curry gravy into the back of your throat when you bite into it. Equally addictive are the round creamy eggplants and slimy ladies fingers. All the ingredients and hallmarks of a great fish head curry. And the bits I like most.. coriander. More people should learn to add this to their fish head curries I tell you. Takes it to a whole new level.
Red Snapper Tail.. smaller and slightly cheaper than the head
Select your head of choice.. the lady will heat it up in the boiling curry for you.. normally one head feeds 4 comfortably
Cumi is not a big fan of fish head, so I had to eat thing whole thing on my own.. almost. It looks small, but I tell you, even the smallest head is huge. And it is 60 bucks for the smallest head. The bigger ones cost 70. I guess you could say I was an expensive date.
Anyway, the reason why I love this Red Snapper head is because of the wobbly bits in the head and behind the eyes. The prize being the brain, when you crack open the skull, and right in the center, about the size of a quarter of a green pea, is the grey matter. A lot of effort for something so small, but I’d do it, again and again. Nuts about fish brain. The lips are good too, but they are not alway intact or still on the fish. You’ve got to navigate the sharp teeth carefully too.
The flavour is deep and awesome. That sour kick from the tamarind seals the deal. Just this and rice, is all I need. Thank God I am in training for a marathon. Otherwise I’d get fat. Seriously fat. No joke.
Yum Yum.. The eye and the brain.. all mine
Kids love the papadum here.. can’t blame them. I like it too!
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32, Lorong Brunei Selatan, Kuala Lumpur.
Open: 7am to 7pm (Fish head curry from 12pm to 3pm)
Closed on Sundays GPS: 3°08’16.8″N 101°42’46.5″E