Category: Seafood

Cha Ca Thang Long (Vietnamese Grilled Fish) @ Old Quarter, Hanoi

Cha Ca (Vietnamese Grilled Fish) is a rare yet iconic dish in Hanoi that has been listed as one of the 1,001 dishes to eat before you die. One of the unique thing about Cha Ca is that it is usually the only food on the menu of the restaurants that serve it. So it’s either you eat it, or you don’t.
When I was in Hanoi I visited two restaurants that serve this delicacy – one of them is Cha Ca Va Long, which is said to be the inventor of this dish but also a tourist trap. The other one is located at the Old Quarter called Cha Ca Thang Long. The latter is much more affordable (1/3 of the price of Cha Ca Va Long) and serves basically the same tasting dish.

Vietnamese-Grilled-Fish
Vermicelli

A meal of Cha Ca is made of a few key ingredients: chunks of turmeric marinated white fish meat usually of snakehead fish, cold Vietnamese vermicelli noodles and a few condiments such as peanuts, chopped spring onion, parsley, fish sauce and red chillies. As you might have known by now, the idea is to mix everything into a small bowl and serve.

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Kantok Restaurant @ Burasari Resort, Phuket

Dining-Area

Kantok restaurant at Burasari Resort will awe you with its lush gardens, open kitchen concept and tranquil water features. Their prices are understandbly higher given the classy settings of the restaurant, and is about 3-4 times more expensive than the hole-in-the-wall places. If a clean and relaxed dining environment is what you are looking for in Patong, Kantok should be on top of your list.

Water-Feature

The extensive menu features mainly Thai dishes along with a few unique ones such as Red Duck Curry. Food wise, everything tasted pretty good with healthy portions and they are nicely presented. The only downside about Kantok is the slow kitchen service because the dishes took considerably long to arrive despite us being the only customers there.

Assorted-Appetizers

Khong Wang Ruam (chef selection of appetizers) @ THB254.89

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Fish Head Curry @ Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan (Jalan Pudu), KL

We came here because a friend was waxing lyrical about a fish head curry nearby to Sek Yuen. The restaurant’s name “Kari Kepala Ikan (Jalan Pudu)” is simple, but the tagline says it all – Fish Head Curry is indeed a favourite food of Malaysians.

Fish-Head-Curry

The curry here is prepared the Chinese-style, which means the gravy is thicker with coconut milk, aromatic and the taste inclines to savoury sweet with a spiciness instead of hot and sour. And as per the standard across most of the FHC restaurants, the firm and fleshy grouper head is used.
At RM30 per serving like this, I think the price is quite high and it’s the main gripe I have. In places like Kepong and Puchong, you could easily get a significantly larger portion for RM25 or less. As for the taste, I thought it somewhat met expectations and the fish head given was fresh. But overall it was hardly anything impressive considering the intense competition of FHC in KL.

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Top Spot Seafood Food Court @ Kuching

Rooftop dining is not uncommon for fine dining restaurants and bars. But what about seafood in a hawker setting? Well, in Kuching there’s this place called Top Spot Food Court where half a dozen of restaurants – mostly serving seafood (halal options available) operate on the roof of a 6 storey car park.

TopSpot

Top-Spot-Seafood-Kuching

The environment is dim but airy and always buzzing with activity. If you are staying in the hotels along the Kuching Waterfront, Top Spot is reachable on foot within minutes.

Topspot-Seafood-Kuching
Fresh-Fish

Although you could sit down and order the dishes off the menu, it is more recommended that you browse and pick the seafood yourself – provided if you know how to judge a fresh fish. But from what we saw, the seafood variety here is good and more importantly fresh. So the tastiness pretty much depends on the chef’s skills. Anyway, we chose Ling Loong Seafood among the available options simply because the name sounded nice.

Lobster-Prawns

The star dish of the night has to be the Grilled Spiny Lobsters, which were wrongfully listed as prawns in the menu. So you could imagine our surprise when these meaty lobsters arrived on our table. They were cooked perfectly, as the chunky sized lobster flesh was sweet, juicy and succulent.

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