Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All about Fish at Restoran Kolam Ikan

Starting from its humble beginnings in the comforts of their own sanctuary in the hidden parts of the remote areas in Kulim, Restoran Kolam Ikan was surrounded by man-made ponds amidst the dug up holes breeding freshwater fish such as tilapia, catfish, patin, etc.
The place was so well-known among the industrial workers in the Kulim Industrial Zone that it boomed from a small town family business to being featured in the local food program me hosted by Axian and expanded to opening another outlet in a residential neighborhood.

It is not too hard to locate this place, especially if you are already a worker in the Kulim industrial zone. Otherwise, just follow the road to the town and you will see Old Town on your left; following after you should keep to your left and then make a first turn to the right into a terrace neighborhood.
It would be far more tricky to get to the original location, and perhaps I will need to explore and share with you in a separate post someday.

Comparing to its original remote location which goes through a short tree-laden road (it would be convenient to have a four wheel drive to go through the bumpy road) and sitting at tables with the odor coming from the ponds and the flies driving you crazy, I would welcome this far more comfortable setting in a familiar terrace house compound.

Do not expect a widespread menu filled with all sorts of choices; as they are only specialized in certain dishes and fish; especially freshwater fish ranks high on the list.
Ask for the types of fish they have; which will usually revolve around the usual patin, catfish, etc.

They have this bottled homemade herbal drink; which costs MYR5.00 per bottle and is usually the value-for-money choice for most patrons here, especially in the hot and humid weather we have here in our country.

Triple-flavored tilapia fish is one of my personal favorites here. It is not easy to find this tilapia fish in the northern region, as compared to the city.

The size of the fish varies, and this round we were given a smaller fish which costs only about MYR19.
The fish is deep fried before being cooked with the combination of a sweet and sour sauce spiced up with finely chopped chilies, onions and garlic to make this an appetizing and flavorful dish.

Their mushroom dish is a house specialty, and I was told that one just need to mention mushroom and this is the only way they serve it.
Stir-fried mushrooms with dried chilies and soy sauce (MYR6)

A simple yet fulfilling dish which seemed like a comfort dish, with the oyster mushrooms complimented with the watery sauce flavored by the spices borrowed from the dried chilies.

Stir-fried water spinach/Kangkung with bellman (shrimp paste) (MYR6)

Yes, this is a favorite dish here and also among the Malaysians :-)
One of the most value worthy vegetable to have at any time! ;-)

The dishes ordered; indeed a very satisfying and value for money lunch yet with a fulfilling spread of tastes from home!~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday afternoon with a Fruit Cocktail and salmon

It has been a while since I have had enjoyed a quiet weekend afternoon in that classy tea time style, and when I think of afternoon tea, with all that vintage tea cups and the lovely ambiance, there is only place that comes to mind.

Winter Warmers is definitely no longer a new name in the food and beverage industry with the opening of a few outlets even on the Penang island.

I just love the environment in this place (regardless of which outlet, since they are all of the same concept), and this outlet in Precinct 10, Tanjung Tokong seemed to have a life of her own with the brightly lit place from the direct sun rays shining through the windows, which have been adorned with fine English flower prints speckled all over the creamy luxe of the curtains.
I have been to Winter Warmers on countless occasions, and it still sends my heart fluttering whenever I see the adorable setting in the place the moment I step in.
It is like being in an English countryside home, without leaving on a jet plane.

English tea sets and collectibles displayed in a glass cabinet

Even the menu is done in a rustic style

My favorite usual is always the Mixed Fruit Cocktail, but this round, I opted for something different; the Apple Lemon Fruit Cocktail (MYR13.90) which sounded like a refreshing choice with a little zesty treat (think citrusy!)

Love the presentation of the fruit cocktail; and take note that this is a pure fruit and non-alchoholic cocktail. It is all filled with the fruity flavor of the combination with tiny bits of finely chopped apples served in a glass, just perfect for that rejuvenating treat on a hot afternoon.
(The weather has been taking it a notch upward in the heat measurement these days).

This is for an individual serving, although I'd be happy to share it anytime :-)

This is how you do it, and I just love the color!~

Go bananas with an Iced Banana Milk (MYR8.90); if you are not into the tea or fruit cocktails for something non-tea yet frothy with the sweet hint of, bananas.

Lighted Salmon Mustard (MYR25.90) was a light yet satisfying fill of a richly grilled modestly-sized salmon fillet served with a light creamy mustard sauce.

(It was perfect to fulfill my craving for salmon these days~)

Nothing beats the perfect Sunday afternoon blues (when one is reminded of Monday following suit the next day), than having a perfect fruity cocktail/drink and a satisfying meal like this.

So, who says if you are not into alcohol you can't enjoy a cocktail? I just did... :-)