Some time ago on a Sunday night, we dropped by downtown near Imbi for some seafood at Restoran Tanjung Karang, excited at the promise of some fresh crabs, prawns and fish.
Tanks of fresh seafood are located around the restaurant, and you can watch the staff pick out your seafood, or even point out the ones you want. When we were there, the fishes were particularly angsty and kept on jumping - so beware, you may get wet if you're seated too near to the tanks. :p
We also found the tank segregation sadly amusing. The fishes in this tank had lots of space to swim around freely, as if they were in a luxurious mansion...
While for this tank, we deduced it was meant for the 'commoners'. Look at how little space they have! :S
|Catching our sang har!|
We had our sang har (fresh prawns) done in two ways, three prawns in a simple au naturale steamed version, and another another three prawns cooked with noodles and ginger in egg drop gravy (the usual sang har meen version). Both were RM 117.
We unanimously preferred the steamed version; I guess with seafood, less is more. The prawns were excellent, firm with freshness, and pleasantly enjoyable with its natural sweetness. The sauce was light and used more to complement the sweet flesh of the prawns, instead of overpowering it.
The prawns were still good in the noodle version we had, but after having the steamed one in all its fresh glory, this one paled in comparison. We also prefer the way the noodles are done at Greenview in SS2.
We really enjoyed the crabs (RM 107) here too. We were lucky to have gotten pretty fresh ones that were relatively big, and the chef managed to execute this dish perfectly.
The crabs were fleshy and their salted egg rendition was top-notch. We licked every bit off our fingers. :D
When I was younger I could only appreciate fried fishes doused in soy sauce, but I'm so glad that I grew up. There's no better way to enjoy a good fish than simply steamed Chinese-style, with soy sauce and topped with ginger, scallions, and cilantro. The fish (soon hock, RM 187) we got was also excellent. Flaky and smooth, almost melting in your mouth.
The dong po yuk (RM 25) was a recommendation of the wait staff, and it was decent. Not too fatty which I appreciated, but I think many would argue and say that it's not really dong po yuk if the ratio of fat doesn't surpass the meat. Heh. I wished there was more of the sauce to dip the buns in though.
And some vegetables (RM 12), stir-fried with garlic and crispy dried prawns (har mai) to ensure we don't walk away from the dinner table full of guilt. :P
We finished dinner with some simple lychee-flavoured jelly on the house, and left feeling completely satiated from a good seafood meal, one of the better ones we've had in a long time. If you don't want to spend your Chinese New Year visiting the usual haunts and paying RM 1288++ or more for a ten course meal that you aren't going to enjoy anyway, why not try something new this CNY and go for some seafood at Tanjung Karang instead?
Restoran Tanjung Karang Seafood
No 53 Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2141 8551