Friday, December 4, 2009

A good find in Kepong

When Ho Chak first introduced this place in their program quite a long time ago, I have already put this place in my must visit list. To be honest, I am not really a fan of anything that has got to do with fish head - curry fish head, fish head noodle or even steamed fish head. But that was the past!!! I had been well-trained by Jenn to eat almost everything (Well, almost...) ever since we started dating. Now there are still a few things that I can't bring myself to eat - bean sprout, spring onion, coriander, petai, and durian! Jenn abosolutely love eating all these stuff and that's why I may have deprived her. Especially petai and durian...

Back to the topic - the reason why I didn't eat fish head is because I think it's disgusting to eat the head part. I just didn't get the point why people want to eat the flesh from fish head. Further more I hate tedious job when it comes to eating.. but that perception changed soon after Jenn started to introduce me to new food, especially the fish head! Starting with just one bite, it gradually become more and more until a stage where Jenn actually complained that I ate more than she did :P

So one fine Saturday afternoon, we were in the vicinity as Jenn wanted to buy some furnitures for her legal firm in Segambut area. We didn't bring Sher Ryn along as we had a lot to do that day so Jenn's mom offered to take care of her for the weekend... YAY!!! Armed with Chui Ling's One Day Five Meals book, I put my Garmin into full use. Punching in the address, it led us all the way to Kepong area from Segambut :)

Parking was very difficult to find here... I circled the area a few times before finding one :( it was quite far from the restaurant too! What surprised me was the fact that I only saw one table being occupied. The whole place was almost empty which made me had second thought of going in. But then I look at my watch and it was after 2pm. "I don't come all the way here to go home empty-handed" I said to Jenn.

My main objective was to feast on their fish head... so I went for their signature style called "Guai Mei" which means weird taste in English! Rather peculiar choice of name for this dish I'd say. Anyway, like many other restaurants, "song" fish head was used to prepare this dish... it was fresh but the main highlight was definitely the sauce. It tasted spicy (might be very spicy to some people) and sour, surprisingly not over-powering the fish head and went very well with the rice. For RM20, we got a quite big fish head.

Deep fried pork belly with special sauce - the reddish colour of this dish piqued my curiousity. The meat was crispy and similar to those in Bukit Tinggi Pahang taste-wise but the only thing different was the colour. Delicious too!

The usual green :) felt less guilty with it!

All-you-can-eat-white rice

Leo's verdict - It turned out to be a wise decision for us to eat at this place even though the restaurant looked empty when we arrived. To those who are not familar with Kepong area, please do not attempt coming here unless you have friends who know the way, or you have GPS. This area is quite deep inside in between Kepong and Segambut area. The newspaper cutting on the wall stated that the cook is hearing impaired but it is a family business managed by the brothers. Parking can be a headache but the food was good enough to ignore this potential problem.

The place: Jinjang Fish Head @ Jalan 3/36, Taman Sri Bukit Bintang, Kepong


babe_kl said...

ooo i hvnt been oso, i heard hq is in jinjang

thenomadGourmand said...

kepong..sigh.. I sit back and u lead the way ok?

Sean said...

hehe, i love fish head... especially the eyes :D

J2Kfm said...

I read about this place before in some guides. The name Jinjang kinda catchy though. :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

haha.. so does that mean u like fish head now? Me.. i love it! i see the WHOLE point in eating every bit of slimy slithery ick, that comes out of that head.. starting with the fish eyeballs :p mwuahahaha

~Christine~Leng said...

I've heard of this place! But it's so far for me :(
I remembered tasted the 'guai mei' fish somewhere at Rawang, and it tasted orangey.

thule a.k.a leo said...

babe_kl - no la.. maybe they r fr Jinjang but this is the only shop in kepong.

becky - no problemo but u have to wait patiently. u know la.. not easy with the lil princess around right?

sean - gosh! I eat everything except the eyes!

j2kfm - yeah I think so too! that's why I want to come to this place :)

cumi&ciki - I love fish head :P execpt for the eyes!

christine - rawang is even further la...

AugustDiners said...

Thank you for sharing, i cant wait to go try it