Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fish-Head Start for the day at Air Itam

A good day starts with a good breakfast; but what would be a better way to give a great head start to the day than a delicious breakfast?

Most of us are familiar with the sights of dim sum served at all Chinese dim sum restaurants everywhere in Malaysia and even in Hong Kong and China.
The conventional ones would be the Har Gao, Siew Mai,Char Siew Pao, Egg Tart and the likes of these.

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And a meal of dim sum is complete with a pot of hot Chinese tea
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However, have you tried something like, having fish-head for breakfast?
Not fish-head with rice vermicelli, but fish-head on a plate like this?
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It is a serving of fish fillets; which were marinated in fermented bean curd sauce and sliced red chilies to spice it a little to give that enticing taste on your taste buds.

Priced at RM6 (a RM1 hike from the previous RM5 per plate last year), this is one of their specialty dish here despite its steeper price of an approximate 50% higher than the normal dim sum dishes.
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Never mind the price, I find this rather filling and is appetizing for a morning start. Besides, fish is good for the brain, ain't it?
So what is better than brain food to start the day *smiles*
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You can also choose from the array of other dim sum dishes
For instance, fried fishballs
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It goes really well, a little spicy with just a dip with chili sauce!
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For a serving of prawns, you can try the Japanese tofu with shrimps and laced with the light gravy of battered egg whites
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Another variation of the prawn dumpling is this Har Mai, which was the prawn version of Siew Mai (it was stuffed with shrimps instead of minced pork)
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A bowl of hot prawn dumplings in soup is also recommended as these handmade dumplings were stuffed with marinated prawns before being wrapped with wanton skin
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It is rather delicious and just warm for the stomach and the chilly breeze early in the morning
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The normal Har Kau; the classic prawn dumplings in crystal clear skin is on the average; not the best I have tasted yet.
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Most of their prawn dishes come in four on the plates; and they are usually priced at RM3.30 and above per plate
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A good dim sum breakfast is never without tea to gush down the oil and to warm the body up
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This is one of the popular Dim Sum haunts among the local residents here too, and also the morning joggers, or the hippy crowd up partying all night
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Self service on weekends and public holidays
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15 comments:

  1. seldom went to Ayer Itam for meals.
    though I know there are various hidden gems. OK, not so hidden. :)

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  2. You had reminded me the place that I have not been visited for long time. I was there 2 years + ago and I am not sure how's the standard lately. The dim sum there where quite nice. Btw, that place is Farlim and not Air Itam rite?

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  3. i don't really like that black beancurd thingy in my fish...! seems too strong and it masks the excellent taste of fresh fish anyway.. dimsum looks good!

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  4. I don't eat fish last time, but now I slowly fall in love with fish provided it's absolutely fresh.

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  5. I may not be able to try that delicious dimsum place, but I think I can try to recreate the fish fillet dish at home! Thanks for the tip! :)

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  6. been there several time.... quite ok the dim sum there...

    but ONE ADVICE... never sit under open air.....

    own experience... some one throw a plastic bag full of smelly stuff down from the upstairs....

    luckily no one is on that table..........

    i believe it is too noisy on the restaurant that kacao the person above from having a sweet dream.. perhaps... :P


    BTW.. I saw ur name on the star... congratulate... i hope i had seen the name correctly... :P

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  7. Hmmmm...not much to say. First time on your blog. Pretty good pictures. No comments on the food as I haven't been to penang for the past decade+. Being a picky eater, do you know how to cook? If you do, I guess you qualify to be picky. If not, I suggest you do learn and maybe you know what 'picky eater' really means. Anyway, keep on posting your escapades. BTW, I'm also a 'picky eater' too but I alos do play chef in the kitchen at times...

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  8. j2kfm, hahah, yeah...there's a lot of gems there too...the famous laksa made air itam popular

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  9. hie Steven...oh ya...but Farlim is also in Air itam mar...it's a residential area in Air Itam (district) :)

    The dim sum is still quite nice:)

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  10. cumi &ciki, I have to say I agree...I am always uncomfortable with the sight of these too:p

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  11. little inbox, yeah...fresh fish are the best!! Come come, fish lovers...:D

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  12. Ning, please share your pics when you do....I am sure you will do great!!:D

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  13. PenangTuapui, OMG, thanks for the tip!!! Teruknye...these people!!
    No civic consciousness at all:(

    Oh ya, it IS me in the star...thanks thanks:)

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  14. Hie Tony Adrian,
    First of all, welcome to my humble blog:)
    I don't know how to cook, and I am not picky in the sense of how good it tastes alone....I am rather selective with what I eat and what I don't eat...which is another perspective on why i call myself picky.

    I don't think I will be good in cooking...hehe, I am a brat sometimes too

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  15. Dang, I'm craving for dim sum d.. Die ler.. How now ler..

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