Double, double toil and trouble. Fire Burn and cauldron bubble.
Peering into the claypot laden with fish head curry, is strangely reminiscent of a witch’s cauldron, with the mysterious and intoxicating liquid bubbling away. The curry cooks and concentrates, usually containing some of the original mother sauce in each batch, further intensifying the flavours. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite Malaysian dishes, and I’m quite glad to find a decent version in Miri.
This particular restaurant is situated around Pujut 6, located behind the Lou Wai Lou restaurant. The cooking style is quite similar to Chinese restaurants found in Peninsular Malaysia, and one of the few places that serves up a respectable Fish head curry, as well as some other decent Chinese fare. Definitely one of our weekly staples whenever in Miri.
Diners have the option to have fish head or fish fillet in your curry, with the former being more flavourful, and the latter more foreigner friendly. The dish is complemented with okra and eggplant, and the thick sauce going fantastically well with rice. Intense, and utterly satisfying.
Another one of my favourites is the fried pork belly, served with a chilli garlic sauce. Can’t go wrong with fried pork, with this particular version having a decent fat to meat ratio, as well as just bloody addictive.
Just to balance things out, we ordered a vegetable dish to get our daily dose of fiber. We had one of the more typical, local vegetables called “Cangkuk Manis”, or “Mani” vegetable in Chinese. It’s usually stir-fried with eggs and possibly some anchovies. The texture of the leaves are uniquely dense, and has a nice bite to it.
Now, with my fish head curry and pork cravings satisfied, I’m a happy bunny.
Location: New First Choice Cafe Center, Pujut 6, 98000 Miri (Located behind Lou Wai Lou) Website