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Visit to Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor


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#1 Shiewie

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 04:39 AM

During hawker food brunch at Tepee's cum meet-up with Krista G a couple of weeks ago, the topic of an outing to buy seafood fresh off the fishing boats at Kuala Selangor (means at the mouth of the Selangor River) had cropped up. After some humming and haaing about when to go ecr and maukitten decided that the past Saturday was as good a time as any to go :biggrin:.

So off we went (ecr, "Mr. ecr", maukitten, boo_licious and me. Tepee had to pull out of the trip :sad: as she had a 8th moon 15th day family dinner.). The game plan was to get there around 3pm when the dishing boats pull in with their day's catch, make our purchases and go back to cook our bounty at ecr's.

The drive to Pasir Penambang, a sleepy fishing village at Kuala Selangor, is about 1 1/2 hours away from KL - we forgot to take a shot of the picturesque scene of wooden houses on the banks of the river ... so guess we'll need to go again yah :raz:.

There was a wide variety of seafood there, fresh and cheap compared to KL prices. maukitten was seen buying up half the market ... guess that's what happens when you let a cat (maukitten) loose at a fish market :laugh: ... anyway, we filled two coolers (one was huge) to the brim.
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Top left: Balitong - a species of whelk
Top right: crabs ... uhm don't know what kind
Bottom left: Mantis prawns
Bottom right: Mackerel (ikan kembong)


After making our purchases, we got some pulut panggang (glutinous rice with a dried prawn and kerisek filling, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled) from a hawker next to the veggie stalls and we sat at a road-side drinks stall savouring these and cooling off with ais-kacang (shaved ice dessert), young coconut water and sugar cane juice.

Dinner was:
- mantis prawns (lai liu har / hare kor) - maukitten did a yummy chilli-tomatoey dish with these - perfect with copious amounts of white rice ... which we didn't have as we needed to concentrate our efforts on the seafood;
- humongous prawns (maukitten steamed these with a fragrant home-made lemongrass oil);
- clams (lala) - boo_licious prepared these with ginger, garlic, chilli (mirin?) all wrapped in a foil packet and grilled by the grill-master "Mr. ecr"
- a great big red snapper (sang hoong joe) - ecr baked this in the oven with Indian-style spices and lots of cilantro;
- a sea bass (siakap) and some little mackerel (kembong) - I marinated these with Chermoula, a Moroccan herby spice mixture of cilantro, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander and lemon juice and grilled by the grill-master
- a "love fish" (ai ching yuaccording the fish monger - strange looking creature that had no scales but a tough leather like skin, I was too busy struggling with my putong hua to take pictures so am waiting for "Mr. ecr's" slides) which was steamed with Kikoman fragrant soy, sesame oil and a dash of mirin;
- our free fish, a tenggiri (I think ... a type of mackerel) which the fishmonger threw in for free - doused it commercially bottled nasi lemak sambal and added some shredded kaffir lime leaves (daun limau purut), thinly sliced lemongrass and kalamansi juice, wrapped it in foil and tossed it on the BBQ.

Err... we bought more than this of course ... personal purchases for use later this week :biggrin:

ecr also made a garlicky oven-roasted beans while boo_licious also whipped up a chicken mango salad and cucumber, pomegranate and mint salad. Dessert was a beet and polenta cake from ecr and a plum torte from me.

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Top left: maukitten's ass-kicking sweet n' spicy mantis prawns
Top right: boo_licious' grilled clams
Bottom left: Chermoula grilled sea-bass and mackerel
Bottom right: ecr's garlickyy oven-roasted beans

(My pictures of the other dishes didn't do justice to the food ... am waiting for boo_licious' pics).

While doing the prep, maukitten and I started panicking at the amount of food we had ... so we quickly rustled up another couple of reinforcements as ecr had threatened that no-one was leaving her house till all the food was gone or we had to go home with leftovers. Any volunteers next time :laugh: :raz:?

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Edited by Shiewie, 13 September 2005 - 04:01 AM.


#2 Tepee

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 06:28 AM

ME! ME!

Yes, yes! A return journey is in order.

What a great trip! Not only did you people manage to get such fresh seafood, you magicians turned them into such delicious fare!
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Posted 12 September 2005 - 07:42 AM

You guys ROCK!!! (You pea-puh very know how to enjoy har?)

*sigh*

Panicking because you have too much food? What a predicament.... you guys suck! :raz:

Next time call me!! (like, maybe a couple of months in advance)

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 07:48 AM

Since you asked :rolleyes: , there's another trip to Temerloh for killer ikan patin in the offing....altho' somebody's household is needing some ikan haruan(snakehead fish known to have excellent healing properties for wounds/surgeries/stitches...hint, hint), hor?

Laksa, don't say we didn't let you on.

Edited by Tepee, 12 September 2005 - 08:41 AM.

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#5 Laksa

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 08:03 AM

Patin, siakap, lala, la liu har.... you guys are driving me crazy!! I'm ready to do anything for some good seafood.

Me: "Your honour, they posted pictures on the Internet and all. Of course it was very much provoked"

Judge: "Oh, why didn't you say so earlier? You're free to go"


#6 Shiewie

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 07:31 PM

You guys ROCK!!! (You pea-puh very know how to enjoy har?)

*sigh*

Panicking because you have too much food?  What a predicament.... you guys suck!  :raz:

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This is called "ngan foot thoe jak" (Cantonese for our eyes were bigger than our stomachs) mah :raz:!

Patin, siakap, lala, la liu har.... you guys are driving me crazy!!  I'm ready to do anything for some good seafood.

Me: "Your honour, they posted pictures on the Internet and all.  Of course it was very much provoked"

Judge: "Oh, why didn't you say so earlier?  You're free to go"

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And now to further aggravate the matter, have a look at boo's pictures :biggrin: !

#7 Pan

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 08:01 PM

Oh well, this makes me a little blue. :raz:

But thanks for sharing!

I always liked ikan kembung, which was the good fish that was often available (unfortunately, not every day) in Merchang back when. Never liked ikan selayang; too many small bones. Do people still eat ikan selayang?

#8 Tepee

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 12:10 AM

Act III, Scene II: Temerloh pics have been posted. Pictures of the patin fish shows the meat looking incredibly firm and succulent....

Laksa: (Hanging head with dirty hands and face.)

Judge: "Not again! What have you got to say for yourself now, my desperate friend?"

Edited by Tepee, 13 September 2005 - 12:14 AM.

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#9 Tepee

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 12:12 AM

Oh well, this makes me a little blue. :raz:

But thanks for sharing!

I always liked ikan kembung, which was the good fish that was often available (unfortunately, not every day) in Merchang back when. Never liked ikan selayang; too many small bones. Do people still eat ikan selayang?

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What can we say, Michael? We'll make it up to you when you do come over again...preferably timed together with Laksa (and family).

About ikan selayang...don't think that's a popular fish for the ethnic chinese, at least not for me...I avoid fishies with too many fine bones too.

Edited by Tepee, 13 September 2005 - 12:14 AM.

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#10 Pan

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 12:27 AM

I don't think most of my Malay neighbors thought much of ikan selayang either. They said "Isi sikit, banyak tulang." (Little meat, many bones.) But it was cheap and it was still better than that really salty dried fish we had to eat all rainy season!

The really prized fish in the area was ikan aya (tuna). That cost a lot more, but it was great! And the best fish I had during my first trip to Malaysia was ayam laut, the "chicken of the sea." Forgive me if I've asked you before, but have you had that?

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 02:30 AM

I thought the ai qing yu quite tasty, but what a weird fish --- skin almost like rubber gloves. Vendor pulled it right off in one or two sheets.

Actually we all didn't really share the pulut panggang --- since Mr ecr and I hogged most of them! :raz: (sorry 'bout that...)

#12 Tepee

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 06:54 AM

... the best fish I had during my first trip to Malaysia was ayam laut, the "chicken of the sea." Forgive me if I've asked you before, but have you had that?

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I don't believe you've asked me this before. Yes, I've tried it a couple of times. The ayam laut is offered as one of the ikan bakar (grilled fish) choices, very smooth meat.
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Posted 13 September 2005 - 03:05 PM

... the best fish I had during my first trip to Malaysia was ayam laut, the "chicken of the sea." Forgive me if I've asked you before, but have you had that?

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I don't believe you've asked me this before. Yes, I've tried it a couple of times. The ayam laut is offered as one of the ikan bakar (grilled fish) choices, very smooth meat.

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Yeah, and a really fabulous taste! Genuinely a bit chickeny, I thought.

#14 Shiewie

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 08:22 PM

... the best fish I had during my first trip to Malaysia was ayam laut, the "chicken of the sea." Forgive me if I've asked you before, but have you had that?

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I don't believe you've asked me this before. Yes, I've tried it a couple of times. The ayam laut is offered as one of the ikan bakar (grilled fish) choices, very smooth meat.

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Yeah, and a really fabulous taste! Genuinely a bit chickeny, I thought.

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I haven't tried ayam laut before! Tepee - which ikan bakar stall should I go to for ayam laut?

#15 Tepee

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:46 PM

Gosh...don't really know, but DH comes back from the Paramount Garden Sunday pasar malam with it sometimes, while the rest of us wait in my mom's house. Will check with him.
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#16 Tepee

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 12:20 AM

Shiewie, according to him, most stalls should have it. He has even bought it once from the wet market...called kai yuk yue. (er...DH's the one who does the marketing).
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Posted 27 September 2005 - 10:22 PM

Shiewie, according to him, most stalls should have it. He has even bought it once from the wet market...called kai yuk yue. (er...DH's the one who does the marketing).

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If I'm not mistaken its a type of parrot fish, looks like this.. it's been too many years...

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#18 pinkpau

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 11:27 PM

I've seen ikan ayam too in the market here. My colleague once told me it's lovely steamed. But I've never tried it...it looks too much like the trigger fish that chased me on my dive trips! :wink:

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 12:26 AM

I don't think most of my Malay neighbors thought much of ikan selayang either. They said "Isi sikit, banyak tulang." (Little meat, many bones.) But it was cheap and it was still better than that really salty dried fish we had to eat all rainy season!


Ikan selayang is commonly used as the main ingredient in the laksa gravy(the white gravy commonly eaten in Kelantan and Terengganu) and also used to make kerepok. Though it has the many tiny bones, but the meat is considered 'tasty' and it comes cheap.