Ikan Bakar Garam @ Hu Xu Shen, Seri Kembangan

A rather unique dish “Salt Baked Fish” or Ikan Bakar Garam in Malay can be found in Seri Kembangan. There are a few restaurants that serve this dish and 胡须伸小食店 is one of it. I believe many of us have already heard and eaten grilled and baked fish cooked either Malay (pan fried with sambal) or Portuguese style (baked in aluminum foil). So, the idea eating fish baked with salt was a fresh experience for me.

ikan bakar garam

There’s only one type of fish being used, which is Tilapia (非洲鱼). I don’t really know the preparation process (except it was baked) but the fish came out really fresh and tender. The crispy looking skin was so salty, it was never meant to be eaten. So, the boss would always cut off the skin to reveal the white flesh.

ikan bakar garam sauce

Eating the fish with rice alone would be too dry. So, a sweet and spicy sauce as shown is used to eat with the fish. The tiny bits you see in the soy sauce contribute to the spiciness.

ikan bakar garam

An order for a medium sized fish cost RM18 that day. The price is not fixed as it is calculated according to the fish’s weight.


Other dishes we had tasted pretty normal so I will not mention them, except this – Four Heavenly Kings @ RM10. The name alone make it seems expensive and all but it’s actually a dish of four different vegetables stir fried with shrimp paste. The four vegetables were long beans, brinjal, winged beans and petai (stink bean).
I wonder if the dish is named after Hong Kong’s ‘Heavenly King’ singers? If so, I’d like to think that Leon Lai represents petai because I like him the least, lol.


The Tilapias are reared in a huge plastic tub located right next to the dining tables. When an order is made the fish is knocked unconscious by the worker using a piece of wood then immediately cooked. This explains the freshness of the fish.

ikan bakar garam

Oh before I forget, 8TV’s Hochak actually visited this restaurant before. The episode can be viewed at FoodPoi. That aside, the lack of parking space is a problem because the restaurant is located within a housing area with very narrow roads. Open for dinner only.

Address: No. 249-B,Jalan 2,Kawasan 6,43300 Seri Kembangan,Selangor.
Map: Wikimapia Somewhere behind the Hainanese Chicken Rice stall

Other review: JoyOFood, coincidentally it was her and her bf (my buddy) who introduced me to this restaurant

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10 Responses

  1. J2Kfm says:

    oh no wonder so familiar. remember this episode. tot such a simple dish, somemore tilapia only, yet so raved about.

    but guess the sauce made up all the difference?

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  2. PenangTuaPui says:

    never try this type before too… I am very happy if I am able to locate a unique dish that I never tried…..

    we tried one of the bawal goreng at Juru, yes.. the sauce did make lots difference..

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  3. This looks amazing… and I’ve never seen this anywhere before. You just know it’s freshness maximized! Great find, Vkeong!

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  4. jasmine says:

    it does look so appetising. unfortunately i get lost so easily in seri kembangan… so looks like i won’t be here anytime soon. :(

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  5. cumi&ciki says:

    the greedy monkeys will no doubt try this next! great find:D

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  6. hmm another place to serve this..

    i just had a 3kg tilapia that day..imagine it done this style!! Voila!

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  7. Nate says:

    I’ve not seen this style of preparing fish before. Do they bring it out with the salt crust, or has the crust already been removed?

    I would have liked to see a vid of them grabbing and stunning a fish!

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  8. Nasriq says:

    This is halal?

  9. kaiser says:

    juz went there, walking distance from my house, had the plain grill fish, spicy sweet sauce steamed fish, claypot tofu and sweet potato leaves, RM 78 for 5 person, quite cheap. The fish was really fresh!

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