Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Samudra Exotic River Fish @ Rumah Rohas, Kampung Baru

From the streams of Pahang to the streets of Kuala Lumpur: behold, the wildest of Malaysia's freshwater fish have landed on Samudra's tables.

Outlet owner Hishammuddin Hamzah's family has been in the river-fish business for decades; his contacts ensure Samudra's finny fare is trucked into KL twice weekly from peninsular Malaysia's most forested state.

Begin with Patin Buah, the uncaged breed of the silver catfish, nearly four times pricier than farmed patin. RM22 for 100 grams (minimum order could be twice that).

Smooth & fleshy, this is a pleasant treat. Customers can choose a cooking style; we opted for the not-too-spicy masak pindang.

 Ikan Krai in the classic masak lemak tempoyak fashion that's pungently an acquired taste. We've come to like it though; it's one of a kind, it's kinda addictive.

Ikan Krai is a crazy-bony fish that requires plenty of patience & vigilance to consume. RM34 for this seems OK (RM19 per 100 grams).

 Ikan Tapah, another type of large catfish, fried here with turmeric. Great for folks who prefer their fish meaty, with much bite to it.

RM63 for this serving (RM19 per 100 grams). Fish like Empurau Sarawak, Kelah & Jelawat Sungai Pahang are on the menu too, but those will cost more (maybe much more) than RM100 per serving.

Not everything at Samudra swims; fried pigeon is also available (RM7), but this won't fly for folks who want something more than mediocre.

Check out the cow brains instead (RM6), not for the squeamish.

More cholesterol? Can't resist this one; creamy poached duck eggs (RM6).

Siput sedut (RM10), fun at first, but the effort of sucking for not much reward sucks after awhile.

Fiber to finish with: Gulai lemak pucuk ubi tempoyak (RM6), a bit spicier than expected.

Samudra Exotic River Fish Restaurant,
Rumah Rohas, 61, Jalan Raja Abdullah, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2693-4526
Daily, 11am-10pm

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23 comments:

  1. I like to eat fish but quite lazy to deal with the bones, hehehe.
    Oh I haven't had balitong for a long long time!

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    1. CK: haha, me too. luckily i've never had a bone 'accident' before :D ya, nowadays i guess the cafes/eateries we go to don't really offer balitong =)

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  2. Ooooo...haven't had to balitongs for ages now! Drooling!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i can empathize! i eat burgers more than balitong now :D

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, thank goodness there isn't a mad-cow disease scare! the brains taste good =)

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  4. Yeah I'm not a fan of bony fishes too, I give up after a few tries. LOL.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, I tend to persevere. I remember what my grandma would say, that the boniest fish are the ones that are the most succulent and sweetest! =)

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  5. Oh the non farm ones are nice and sweet. I like them too, just don't wan to deal with the bones! :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, yeah, I think I spent at least 15 minutes tackling the bony fish! I guess once in awhile, it's good to enjoy these fish, though I definitely wouldn't wanna deal with the bones everyday either, heheh :D

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  6. Yes for the fishes, big NO for cow brains... gosh

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    1. Ken: agreed about the fishies, and heh, as for the brains, we shouldn't let brains go to waste :D

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  7. Cow brains? I'll pass on that :-P Nice to have a Malay restaurant serving fresh fish - not many of those around.

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, but brains contain nutritious omega-3 fatty acids :D ooo, true, this is a place to consider if you ever get a craving for fresh fish in a lemak tempoyak recipe :D

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  8. Wow...that's alot of masakan lemak! Really masakan kampung. My mom and sis love masak lemak tempoyak. But I dislike when I heard the word tempoyak :-p

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    1. Melissa: ya, pretty traditional fare here, all the classic malay recipes. heheh, i'm not a major fan of tempoyak, but it does add a very interesting taste to the lemak recipes :D

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  9. This is a hidden gem. I love fish...and I like the idea of poached duck egg!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's a bit away from the busy food streets of kampung baru, so it's not very noticeable. but ya, i managed to totally satisfy my fish cravings here ... heheh, the poached duck egg was so good that i wish we could find it at western cafes. poached duck egg benedict could be awesome :D

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  11. are you kidding? cow brains!

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    1. Cquek: an interesting 'delicacy' :D

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