Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pasar nelayan pantai kempadang , kuantan

The definition of fresh fish might differ from one place to the other . In KL , the fish that you would normally buy in pasar malam could be fresh by your standard but rotten by the east coast standard.In the east coast , fresh literally meant just recently caught 30 minutes ago.Located not far from tanjung sepat ,pantai kempadang is the quintessential fisherman market.

From afar you could see fishermen queing while waiting for their boat to be haul up ashore. Previously the process of hauling up the boat was done by buffalos but it had since been replace by a diesel engine.You could see people jostling around once the firshermen unload their day catch.The fish that was sold here were fresh and cheap.Do drop by if you are in kuantan but make sure that your timing coincide with the tide or you will be dissapointed.

boat queing while waiting to be haul up

diesel engine was use instead of buffalo in the old days

unloading process starts

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Family holiday in kuantan

The whole family went to kuantan recently for a short family escapade and stayed at the swiss garden resort and spa.We had fallen in love with the food in kuantan. Almost every food that we sample taste so good .What we like the most about kuantan is the abundance of cheap and fresh seafood.Nothing beat kuantan in term of fresh seafood ( except for sabah of course).
We didn't go anywhere while in kuantan , most of the time we were either at the beach or at the pool while at night me and my father went for fishing.
Nothing much to blog about my trip to kuantan , the most important thing about this trip is not so much about enjoying the destination but spending quality time with my family.enjoy the photo.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Fish Maw / sup perut ikan

i was in kuantan recently when i saw this funny looking " keropok " selling at rm40 per small pack. Naively I ask the seller why is this so called keropok is so damn expensive and he replied that it was actually an air bladder of ikan kurau which had been dried and deep fried.The most interesting part of this story is that there is no malay word for fish maw (further verified by mr GOOGLE n ms WIKI)and the chinese guy even told me that i was the first malay buyer he ever encountered buying fish maw.I googled further and found out that fish maw is a very rich source of collagen and could improve your complexion.

Before cooking it , the fish maw must be soaked in water for 2-3 hours to soften it and then squezzed the excess water and oil . I was told that Fish maw is best made into soup by adding mushroom and red date (chinese styled soup).But i feel that a chinese style soup is very bland and decided to add a malay touch into it by making it spicy and sour.The fish maw act like a sponge by absorbing all the flavour around it , it's actually tasteless with a strong fishy smell.The texture is a bit chewy but honestly it's not my cup of tea.
another first for xplorer.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

satar pak soh , kuantan

Satar is a type of snack food made from a mixture of fish , ginger , chilli and coconut.These mixture is then wrapped using a banana leaf into a pryramidal shape and then grilled over medium's a specialty food from kuantan and terengganu but i was told that it was originally originated from terengganu.

The best Satar so far must be Satar Pak Soh in kuantan.The satar texture is moist , sweet , spicy and creamy . The fish is fresh and for me it contain the right mixture of fish , chilli and coconut.It cost me 50 cents per piece and it could be consider a bit expensive compare to satar in other stall in kuantan but quality come with a price and i don't mind paying extra for it.
This stall is located by the roadside in tanjung lumpur and located not far from the junction heading towards Ana ikan bakar petai.