Seafood Porridge @ Matang Seafood in Mount Austin, Johor

We chanced upon this crowded eating place in a row of shophouses when wanted to get out dinner at a coffee shop along the same stretch. And it so happens that the coffee shop that we wanted to go to was not open and we decided to give this “restaurant” a try.

When you look into the corner unit, all you can see if this spartan and simple kitchen and preparation area.

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Everything could be seen by the patrons and staff a like. This stall’s specialty has to be its seafood soup and seafood porridge as every table had either or both on their tables. You place you order at the counter with the staff and you get to choose the type of seafood you want in your dish. We chose to have fish, prawns, squid and crabs with our porridge.

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The dipping soya sauce had a mix of red and green chilli with chopped garlic, something very unique to the Johor way of eating. I love the flavours of this chilli as the red chilli is filled with spiciness but the green chilli gives the fragrance chilli fruit and lastly the garlic just spices up the flavour of the food with that additional layer of spiciness.

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The porridge arrived in a huge claypot with a dollop of garnishing in a pool of soup.

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Stir it up a little and you see the bits of seafood that you have ordered.

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This porridge is just like the teochew fish porridge except that this has seafood instead of just fish. The rice is soft but not overly mushy, the seafood is fresh and very sweet and even better is the broth which is so full of flavor from the freshness of the seafood ingredients inside. The bowl of porridge looks so huge that I thought we wouldn’t be able to finish it but on that cooling rainy night, I just had to keep getting refills of the porridge. The best thing is that it wasn’t MSG laden at all! You have to trust me on this cos I am allergic to MSG, which means I would get a bad headache, feeling of swelling and numbness in the face, throat and hands. This was just the plain old goodness from fresh food! :)

Our dinner came up to about MYR38. (~SGD$16) which was very reasonable for the goodies that we chose.

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Here is the address if you would like to visit it too

 Address: 91, Jalan Mount Austin 3, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm


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Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Malaysia, Johor – Exploring Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

 

In the heart of Johor Bahru, and a stone’s throw away from the better known City Square, lies one of the oldest streets in downtown Johor Bahru, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

Named after an extremely successful and influential business man in the 1800s, this street is definitely rich in terms of history and culture.

Walking around on a weekend afternoon, it felt like I was walking along an old street in the 1980s. Very quiet, lifeless and almost abandoned. It was a far cry from the noisy and traffic volume from the bustling main road leading to Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

There were a handful of old shops, one of which was Salahuddin Bakery, which I read is one of Johor’s oldest bakery. The old and seasoned oven is still being used for the making of the bread on a daily basis. They had a good selection of Indian bakery items like the curry puff with beef fillings and the ultra crunchy butter with sugar toast.

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New cafes with vintage themes are operating in the same area and they blend in really nicely with the mood of the area.

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There was even a vintage apparel shop manned by a young guy with long bohemian wavy hair.  :)

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One of the cafes along the street also claims to have the “BEST CHICKEN CHOP IN TOWN” on their shop front and yes I have to try it for dinner one day.

This street would come to live every Saturday evening when there are Chinese Cultural performances and events and I would love to visit it at night to soak up a different atmosphere.

Here’s my outfit for the day, sticking out like a sore thumb in this area.

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Ushering in the Year of the Rabbit 2011

Hope everyone enjoyed their CNY weekend!

Happy Rabbit Year ahead!
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My Chinese New Year is usually packed with activities on the first day and it slowly quietens down.

I started the day early by giving my Chinese New Year greetings to my parents, otherwise known as Bai Nian, 拜年, in Chinese.

Set off to Beebops’ Granny’s place for a Lunch gathering with his relatives.

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Popped by Beebops place to 拜年 before heading to my granny’s place for dinner. I love Chinese New Year dinner at my Granny’s place as she is such a marvellous cook, preparing the huge spread for close to 30 people and still maintaining the quality of her dishes. And did I mention that she does it single handedly?!

The dishes prepared by her are truly made with loads of love.

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Here’s my get up of the day from hair to earrings and my usual outfit of the day. :)

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Signing off with an unconventional Calendar Girls pic.

Miss February. ;p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swordfish Collars

When Fish and Co is mentioned, many a times we think of Fish & Chips or Seafood Platter as the more popular and frequently ordered main course.

But have you tried their Swordfish collar?

It is not always available and even when it is available, they have very limited quantity of serving each day. There  were a couple of times when we tried ordering the Swordfish collar to be told by the staff that it has been sold out for the day.

So we decided to head to a less crowded Fish and Co outlet to satisfy our tastebuds for the Swordfish collar.

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My inital assumption was that the swordfish collar was very difficult to eat, extremely boney and has very little meat.  But after seeing beebops ordering and eating it, I just had to order it the next time I dined at Fish & Co. It was nothing like I had imagined.

You see, each serving had 2 huge pieces of fried Swordfish collar with a crispy battered exterior but a juicy, succulent flesh. Served with a choice of butter rice or chips, sauteed mushroom and tangy mango dip. Despite the deep fried exterior, there flesh around the collar still retains its juiciness and not a tad bit dry! Yummy!

I chose Chips and Beebops chose butter rice for the choice of carbo.

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The trio dips and condiments of your choice! I dont take much of the garlic in fear of a horrible breath but I love the other two dips.
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Clam Chowder !
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Satisfied after the delicious meal, here is my outfit for the day.
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