Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Marina South Curry House Introduces Claypot Fish Head Bee Hoon

Traditional Malaysian Dishes

If you are looking for authentic and traditional Malaysian fare with Peranakan influence, Marina South Curry House is the place to go to. Tucked in a small corner on the third level of 100AM, this cosy 1-year old eatery exudes old school charm and evokes a feeling of nostalgia.  The eatery offers signature curry dishes and a plethora of popular Malaysian classics.

The interior

The décor is a little retro and makes me feel as though I have just been transported back to the 1970s. Bird cages hanging from the ceiling enhance the traditional ambience. The walls are adorned with pictures of celebrities and famous personalities that have dined at the eatery.

With Chef Gan Seong Teik

The modest eatery had its humble beginnings at a small stall at Marina South, which was famed for its spicy and flavourful curry dishes. The new eatery at 100AM is larger and boasts a more extensive menu. I have tried the curry a few years ago and loved the rich, intense flavours. I was therefore quite excited to sample the signature claypot fish head bee hoon (single serving at $7.90++) launched by the eatery’s Head Chef, Gan Seong Teik. Hailing from Ipoh, Malaysia, Chef Gan has over 40 years of culinary experience and has honed his culinary skills in restaurants worldwide including Mexico, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Signature Claypot Fish Head Bee Hoon

According to Chef Gan, fresh seabass is used to prepare the broth. The fish head is fried for 10 minutes first before it is immersed into the soup. It is then delicately simmered for six hours to give the broth a thick, milky texture. The soup oozes the natural flavour of fresh ingredients, without the use of MSG or milk. Thinly sliced ginger is added to give it a refreshing aroma and taste. Every mouthful was gratifying and filled with goodness.

Red chicken curry

The perennial signature dish of Marina South Curry House is of course the curry, which is thick and bursting with flavour. It is prepared and served in a claypot, retaining the original taste and aroma of the dish. The red chicken curry ($6.90++) is a simple and extremely satisfying dish. I could not help but finish the whole bowl of gravy. The waitress gave my husband and me two other types of curry gravy to sample – the green curry and the yellow curry. The original red curry is still my favourite.

Salted egg chicken wing

The salted egg chicken wing ($12.90++) is one of the hot sellers on the menu. This deliciously decadent dish is a unique blend of sweet and salty flavours.  The chicken wings are fried to perfection and coated with salted egg. I have tried prawns coated with salted egg and I must say that with chicken, the taste is fantastic too. Every bite was satisfying and left me craving for more.

 Sautéed luohan chai with tofu

For something healthier, go for the sautéed luohan chai with tofu ($9.90++), a vegetable dish brimming with luohan tofu, tau pok, mushroom and small bak choy. A simple dish which is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Hot plate 3 treasures beef

Meat aficionados will be bowled over by the hot plate 3 treasures beef ($10.90++) which is succulent, tasty and served piping hot. The red and green bell peppers and onions are wonderful accompaniments to the dish.

Signature chendol

 If you are a fan of chendol, you must not miss Marina South Curry House’s signature chendol. This deliciously divine dessert is quintessential to Southeast Asian cuisine. Chendol was once sold on pushcarts during the 60s through the 80s. Although it is now easily available at restaurants and hawker centres, not many places serve good chendol. The one I tried last week at Marina South Curry House is probably one of the best that I have ever tasted. It is smooth, creamy and simply irresistible.

Buah long long drink

After a lovely meal, go for the buah long long drink ( $3.90++) a sour drink made using buah long long fruit). It is extremely sour and tastes a little similar to unripe pears. However, it is believed to be ‘cooling’ as it dispels heat from the body.

Hubby and me

Marina South Curry House is the perfect place for a casual gathering with friends and family. The eatery is open daily from 11.30am to 4pm, 5pm to 9.30pm (last order 9pm) It is located at 100 Tras Street, #03-14. For reservations, please call 6694 8108.

*Many thanks to Ms Agnes Tay for the invite.

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