UPDATED ON 8 JUNE 2008: THIS POST HAS BEEN CHOSEN AND FEATURED IN TODAY'S STAR METRO!!! Well..at least the view is great. What could be better than having fresh seafood by the seaside right?
I guess there is no one out there that I know of who loves seafood as much as my bro-in-law (BIL) does. Whenever he is around, our meals usually dominated with dishes after dishes of seafood. He said we are really lucky to have so much of fresh seafood here at such dirt-cheap price (after converting into Aussie Dollar). Since we have been eating out so often during his trip back, I thought it would be good to get some nice and fresh seafood for a home-cooked meal as my BIL is a great chef. What could be better than getting seafood from its source? So off we went to Kuala Selangor!
We usually get our seafood from this fishing village in Bagan Pasir, about 15 minutes drive away from the Kuala Selangor town. There are about four fish stalls here, each owns their own ship, hence nothing gets any fresher than this place as the catch-of-the-day are unloaded here. Do note that the price here are much cheaper too as compared to the fish market in Kuala Selangor town. I have posted about the fishing village before, do check it out here.
Since we went on a weekday, there are not much people around, so we took our time hopping from one stall to another to check on their catches and of course, to compare the price as well.
We were really lucky that day as there were live flower crabs and mantis prawns available for sale. Since we planned to have homemade porridge steamboat dinner that night, flower crabs would be the best choice to sweeten the porridge. BIL was given the honour to choose the crabs. Err, their claws were not tied up, so no way am putting my hand in!
The chosen ones...yumzz!!! Sweet and meaty! Can't remember the price but believe me, it's cheap!
In another tank, we spotted A LOT of live mantis prawns and some are quite big! Excitedly, I walked, okay, actually almost running towards the lady seller to check on the price.
Me : How much are those mantis prawns per kilo?
Seller : RM1.50 each
Me : RM1.50 each????? For big or small?
Seller : RM1.50 each regardless of size.
I think BIL and I will do really well if we participate in Amazing Race. Without any exchange of words between us, we immediately ran back to the tank, grabbed the fishing nets next to it and started scooping for the big ones. We ended up with a basket full of wiggling lively mantis prawns...yumz! We also bought some pomfret, seabass, prawns and squids.
While the adults excitedly shopping for seafood, my nephew found a cozy corner to have a game or two. Good thing about this boy is that he get accustomed to the environment easily although the place was wet and full of fishy smell.
After spending close to an hour shopping for seafood, it was time for lunch. Usually we will go to this seafood restaurant nearby called Hai Chun, sadly it was not open for business anymore. So we walked to a nearby sundry shop to ask if there are any other restaurants nearby and the lady boss highly recommended a karaoke restaurant which is located further inside the village. She told us that the food there is really good and a favourite hangout place among the locals. Cool! Karaoke inside a fishing village! *At that point in time, I was silly enough to expect something like Neway or Redbox with airconditioned*.
It was not too difficult to locate the restaurant since there aren't many inside the village. Named as Suang Le River Restaurant, from the outside it looks like a shabby "going-to-collapse-anytime-soon" wooden shack. My sis and I refused to get down from the car while the boys excited walked in to check the place out. After much persuasion, we followed them with hesitation.
A sigh of relief when I was told that the shabby shack is the kitchen whereas the dining area is at a separate place in which we have to walked on a wooden bridge heading towards the sea. To my horror, it was even scarier-looking than the earlier shack!! I kept telling them that it was a bad idea to have lunch there judging from the flies and rubbish underneath the shacks.
I mentioned karaoke didn't I ? Can you see the TV and the stereo system in the background? That's the karaoke that the sundry shopowner meant! And ahem....obviously, no air-conditioner too! I wouldn't mind if it wasn't so scorching hot that day.
Just when I finally calmed myself down after having some iced Coke, nightmare striked! I need to ease myself after having so much drink. I was almost in tears when I saw the toilet. It turned out to be a small wooden shack (shabbiest of all) which stands on long stilts above the ground. No toilet bowls as you will need to aim carefully at the hole in the middle of the toilet floor. Yes, that means while you are doing your business, regardless big or small, the droppings will flow downwards and people in the dining area will have full view of what came out! Despite almost in tears, I knew I need to settle my bladder problem immediately. I begged my BIL to wait for me outside, to rescue me just in case the shack collapsed. While I was inside, the shack swayed a little and of course I was screaming and shouting away! When I came out, I was so proud that I survived the ordeal and decided to take a photo of it for remembrance. Ahem, of course my commotion attracted lots of attention too. *Blush*
We waited quite a while for our food to be served. It turned out that the uncle who took our order is both the waiter and chef, ohh...the cashier too! We didn't mind the wait when the first dish was placed in front of us. Steamed Clams with Chinese Wine. Drizzled with aromatic shallots oil and generous amount of julienned ginger, the clams tasted wonderfully sweet. Even my nephew enjoyed this dish.
Since we couldn't wait to savour the live mantis prawns we bought for dinner, we decided to order some for lunch as well. Priced at RM2 per piece, it was a steal since the live one costs RM1.50! My favourite way to enjoy fresh seafood is to have it steamed and that was how our mantis prawns were served. Absolutely delicious!
Since my sis was controlling my nephew's seafood intake, we ordered a plate of Fried Noodles for him. It didn't look appetizing to me since they used instant egg noodles but I was so wrong. It was fantastic. Noodle was springy and the gravy was tasty. I find it too oily though but we finished it nonetheless.
The Kung Po Baby Squid won my heart too. The concoction of the Kung Po sauce was perfect and full wok hei (essence imparted from a hot wok). The baby squids were deep fried before tossing it with the Kung Po sauce together with onions, capsicums, carrots and dried chillies. Oooo..for this I shall return...who cares about the toilet!?!?
My BIL enjoyed our local mud crabs too. Although the local mud crabs are much smaller than those from Australia, he said that ours has got more crab 'essence', hence tastes much better. Upon my sis's request, we had our crabs cooked with sweet and sour sauce. I expected our sweet and sour crabs to be served with lots of gravy so that it could be dipped with bread. Sadly, ours was dry and the thick gravy coated onto the shell. The crabs were fresh but the bland gravy spoilt the overall taste of the dish.
Feeling dissatisfied, BIL suggested to add one more order of crabs and all of us voted for it to be steamed! He personally went into the kitchen to choose the crabs and I was so delighted when he told us that we are expecting female crabs as he know I love roes!! Yummzzz!!
Mmm...a perfect choice to have it steamed. The meat was firm and sweet. The roes was of course sinfully tasty and rich. The clear gravy with a hint of wine was full of crabs' essence. Yummy to the last drop!
I misplaced the receipt and if not mistaken, the meal was less than RM150 for the 6 of us including a few cans of soft drink, 2 bottles of beer and a pot of Chinese Tea. I vowed to return in near future (with empty bladder of course)!
Before heading home, we made a stop at the Kuala Selangor town as I wanted to get some fish paste for our steamboat dinner. Before that, we had cool coconut drink at the roadside while enjoying locally produced prawn crackers.
From the wide grin on BIL's face throughout the whole trip, I knew he totally enjoyed it. Well, the same goes for the oldest and the youngest member in the family too!
Sigh...looking back at the good time we had, I miss Kuala Selangor a lot. Hmm, maybe I should persuade Hubby to make a fish shopping and lunch trip there this weekend.
Well..at least the view is great. What could be better than having fresh seafood by the seaside right?