I drove by a big, noticeable banner displaying “steamed fish head” starting business on the 16th Sept and thought today is a good day to give it a try. Ah Keen Steamed Fish Head (阿健蒸魚頭) is a branch from its Salak South village stall. This fish head stall is located within the vicinity of the morning wet market, the same place where Fu Gua Thong (苦瓜湯) used to operate but has since relocated to God knows where. I only realized that they’ve packed and gone when I’d wanted to drop by for dinner one night.
Despite sitting under these makeshift tents, we could hardly feel the heat as the place is pretty airy in the evening but it’s otherwise when I came by for lunch one afternoon. I was like sitting in the oven! Heard they are gonna install sprinklers to cool the place down soon. Nevertheless, the place is clean and tidy.
Sweet & Sour Pork (咕嚕肉) @ RM 12.00 ~ We did not intend to order this as not many out there can execute this dish to our satisfaction but we were glad we did. Great choice as it turned out to be rather cripsy and tasty with a generous proportioned serving. The kids loved it.
Steamed Fish Paste with Bean curd (蒸魚漿豆腐) @ RM 8.00 ~ The presentation was pretty impressive which made us salivate even before we started savoring it. The big portion of the springy fish paste (魚漿) overshadowed the presence of the silky smooth bean curds. Tastes wonderful together with the fried garlic, scallions and the tasty gravy. No fishy smell whatsoever and price was really a steal!
Steamed Song Fish Head (清蒸松鱼头) @ RM 19.00 ~ Fresh and meaty. Children must take caution when joining the fray in savouring this dish as there are a lotsa tiny ‘Y’ shaped bones embedded in its meat. The fiery hot bird’s eye chilies did not pose any threat to my kids as they were merely for presentation purposes.
Stir-fry Bean sprouts with Salted Fish (炒鹹魚豆芽) @ RM 9.00 ~ Presentation was not very enticing but tasted good alright. Good wok hei (鑊氣) imparted and the aroma from the salted fish is very distinctive. E even commented that it tasted a bit like char koay teow to which I kinda agree! Got saltier towards the end.
Claypot pork belly with salted fish (咸鱼花腩煲) @ RM 18.00 ~ Initially we wanted to savor this on our next visit but the aroma of this dish is so tempting it got the better of us. Meat was juicy and packed full of the flavorful aroma from the salted fish, dried chilies and onions. Wonderful but serving was a little small for the price.
Stir-fry water spinach with dried shrimp paste (马来风光) @ RM 10.00 ~ Better known as kangkong belacan by the locals, this dish was nicely stir-fried with the perfect amount of shrimp paste added, just nice to bring out the flavor which did not make it overly salty while maintaining the crunchiness of the water spinach. The crispy pork lard gave it an extra edge!
Our meal at this newly discovered eating place costs us only RM 100.00 with 4 plain white rice. Honestly, I was rather impressed by the charges! I reckon this eatery is here to stay judging by the food and fair price they offer. It was almost packed by time we asked for the check after enjoying this satisfying meal!
- Ah Keen Steamed Fish Head (阿健蒸魚頭)
- Bandar Seri Petaling Wet Market
- Jalan Radin Anum Satu
- Bandar Seri Petaling
- 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
- Business Hours – 1130-1500/1730-2230
- Closed – Tuesdays
- GPS Coordinates
- N03°04.062 E101°41.639