Sunday, May 18, 2014

Crazy Fish @ Solaris Mont Kiara

KL's most distinctive new restaurant so far this year is scarcely two weeks old, but it's become a hotbed for Korean expats seeking fresh seafood flown in from their home nation & served in ways that some Malaysians may not be prepared to stomach.

Crazy Fish's tanks are flooded with all manner of creatures, brought in weekly by friendly couple Albert & Anne Kim, who've lived in Malaysia for three years. The outlet caters to Koreans in KL who miss the fish markets of Seoul & Busan; the strategy's proving successful _ we've visited Crazy Fish twice & were the only Malaysians both times (but that should change very soon).

The highlight for many patrons might be 'sannakji,' a small octopus that's plucked out live from the water ...

 ... before being swiftly slain, sliced & served with sesame oil within less than a minute ...

 ... with the severed tentacles still squirming & slithering on the plate, thanks to twitching from residual nerve activity.

A video speaks ten thousand words: Watch the writhing & wriggling in this twenty-second clip shot at Crazy Fish.

Suction cups on some pieces might stick to your tongue. Gooey-chewy; only RM30, reflective of Crazy Fish's crazy-fair prices.
June Update: Crazy Fish's stock of smaller-sized octopus is currently erratic; it often only carries larger octopus, which might cost RM45 per serving.

More to Crazy Fish's 'hoe' raw food culture. Also seemingly alive when served (but not, in reality): Gaebul, or 'urechis unicinctus,' a marine spoon worm that's commonly nicknamed 'penis fish' for obvious reasons.  

 It's another moving attraction, with some of the slimy, chopped-up pieces appearing to 'breathe' on the plate. RM20. An acquired taste; if you generally like offal, you'd probably be better disposed to enjoy this.


 Massive Korean sea snails are available too; a mega-serving that four can safely share costs RM35.

 Soft, squishy blobs, with a bit of a boiled texture & the flavour of the ocean somewhat intact. More heft to this than escargot.

Other outlets serve sea cucumber, but Crazy Fish is the rare one that offers it sashimi-style, chewier & brinier than the norm.

For folks who seek safe choices: Flathead mullet sashimi for RM29 (halibut, rock fish & flounder are available at higher prices). 

Wrapping up with our top tip: Try heading to Crazy Fish on Thursday (that's when the fresh seafood arrives) or Friday, since some of the seafood might no longer be available once the weekend strikes. The restaurant remains open until 2 a.m. everyday.
May 20 Update: See here for Crazy Fish's cooked dishes.

Crazy Fish
9-G, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily for lunch & dinner, except the first Monday of each month. Tel: 03-6211-7313

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34 comments:

  1. wow, exotic dishes! but i would LOVE to try it out, especially the raw squid, finally here in Malaysia, hope to see one in Penang though :)

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    1. Ken: oh yeah, since there's a healthy Korean presence in Penang, cross your fingers that you'll get a seafood-loving outlet up north too! :)

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  2. Wat a crazy feast for the first few dishes?...hehe...but loving the flathead mullet sashimi...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: this was quite a memorable meal ... if you're feeling adventurous, do go ahead and try this outlet ... and even if not, i think you'd still appreciate the sashimi (there's also halibut/flat fish and flounder sashimi for RM48 per large serving) :)

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    2. Haha...actually I dun mind trying out the Korean sea snails :3

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    3. Ulric: ya, those are served here without the shells on them, so they're convenient to just gobble up, heh :)

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  3. Ummmm...no, thank you. I get squeamish. Btw, what's Red Mango on the canopy then...if the name is Crazy Fish?

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, sharp eyes :D red mango was the name of the outlet that formerly occupied this shop-lot :)

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  4. I agree with suituapui above, Sean. This gives me the creeps. LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, yeah, it's definitely only for a minority of eaters, i agree :)

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  5. well did u manage to swallow it b4 the tentacles stick to your throat? I heard many folks choke and die this way!

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    1. Ciki: i'm alive, i swear! :D

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  6. Raw octopus and sashimi-style sea cucumber, hmmm very interesting. Not sure if I want to try or not. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, it could be a bit scary at first when you see the octopus tentacles still moving on the plate :) the sea cucumber is interesting, but i prefer the chinese style of preparation :)

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  7. Eeeeeeeek you are so brave, Sean! I dont think I'll be able to eat any of these.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, ooo, this was definitely not the worst thing i had to eat this year :D

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  8. I love sannakji!! :)
    Hahahh... cos as u know I'll eat anything, dead or alive. Hmmm well so far I havent thought of any EDIBLE food that I'll turn down :P

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    1. Rebecca: haha, ya, we should form a club for eat-anything people! :D

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, but i hope it's a good kind of speechless :)

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  10. awwww, i tried the raw octopus in korea, kinda miss the texture, hahah!!!

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    1. 小乱: hope you get the chance to check it out in KL! :D

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  11. Nooo....this is really not for the faint-hearted! I have already fainted from the octopus part....oh dear! :-S

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    1. Christy: heheh, i guess you can skip the octopus and maybe enjoy the sashimi, ya :D

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  12. Fascinating!!! I was totally entraced by this post.

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    1. Fatboybakes: yay! i hope it was the good kind of fascination :)

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  13. I'll be going crazy if I see those"yummy looking" sea creatures >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: haha, i'm mad about this place, heheh :)

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  14. Pls note the prices for the live octopus are not rm30.
    It is priced at rm45 or rm70 (depending on size apparently)
    Also, the Gaebul is priced at rm35 and not rm20.
    It is not so cheap as mentioned in your blog.

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  16. At where can gv me location or not? I wan come there ?

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  17. At where can gv me location or not? I wan come there ?

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  18. Crazy Fish Restaurant is in No 9-G, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara 50480 KL
    016-666-7791 or 03-6211-7313

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