Friday, February 16, 2007

Ikan Bakar @ Lorong Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur



Although my favourite Ikan Bakar place is
Pak Din's at Tanglin Food Court, I have been exploring other stalls around town. Even though this particular stall is not as fantastic as Pak Din's it makes better sense for those who work down town especially around the Jalan Raja Chulan/Jalan Sultan Ismail area to patronise this place rather than driving through the traffic to the Lake Gardens area. Hopefully traffic will start to ease up from today onwards with the upcoming exodus of people to their home towns. Believe me, I'm looking forward to peace and quiet in the city as the traffic is getting from bad to worst every day.



Run by a friendly group of people who claim to be from an island somewhere off Jawa, Indonesia, this particular stall is where people flock to for their ikan bakar cravings. Besides the grilled fish, you can also select from various cooked curries and vegetables set up at the counter.



Unlike Pak Din's, the fish is marinated in a special sauce hence it's slightly tinged with yellow. I like how they grill the fish over hot coals as it has less oil versus those grilled in a hot plate. Since the fish takes a while to cook, the stall owners will start grilling them before for the lunch crowd.



They serve various types of fish here and you can find old favourites like ikan pari (sting ray), ikan keli (cat fish - my personal favourite), ikan kembung (mackerel) and ikan terubuk. A must with the ikan bakar is the tangy dip made with chopped shallots, bird eye chillies, tamarind, sambal belachan and a squeeze of tiny calamansi limes.



I also love the various vegetables they serve here and my must haves are their pucuk paku (ferntops) and a kerabu made from four angled beans, bean sprouts tossed with grated coconut. Another item I often pick from these Nasi Campur stalls is the bergedil made from potatoes.

If you work around here, do walk here rather than drive as parking is a major problem here with limited parking spaces. There's two paid car parks next to the stall but it's usually full by lunchtime.


Ikan Bakar Stall
Opposite Menara PMI
Lorong Ceylon
Kuala Lumpur

(Halal. Open 6.00 am to 4.00 pm and closed on Sundays)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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20 comments:

Tummythoz said...

Hey, u've found my fav ikan bakar stall!

boo_licious said...

tummythoz - cool! I like the people who run this place, quite friendly.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I can almost taste the asam dip.

boo_licious said...

lemongrass - another late nite blog visitor. Besok makan ikan bakar! I think next week will be eat Malay and Indian food as almost every Chinese stall is closed.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

boo_licious, lol! I get by with 4 hrs of sleep everyday.
I shall hv to check out your blog for all the good indian and malay eateries for next week. Alternatively, out comes my wok for fried rice and fried noodles. *blowing off the dust*

boo_licious said...

lemongrass - wow! Yeah, good time to go check those Malay and Indian places instead but I do have some archive posts so it may be the usual stuff.

sc said...

hey boo, ikan keli is my fave too when it comes to ikan bakar. heard about this place, but yet to try..thanks for sharing!

boo_licious said...

sc - do give it a try. Just a short walk if you work around this area so no need to fight thru the jam.

MeiyeN said...

boo, am wondering where's lorong ceylon.. anyways, gong xi fa chai to you and your family! have a good & prosperous chinese new year yah.. :D

boo_licious said...

meiyen - this is kinda behind Jalan Raja Chulan area. Near Frangipangi at Changkat Bukit Bintang also. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too and drive safely this weekend.

wmw said...

Gong Xi Fa Chai! May there be abundance of blessing, prosperity and longevity for all!

Valisa said...

OMG!!! I must try this the next time I balik kampung! I used to go to the one near istana/dbp - is it still there????
GOSH in mat rempit lingo your post make me *tangkap leleh*

fatboybakes said...

rasa malaysia, there there, got picture of pucuk paku...yummmmy......
boo, happy new year, etc etc. how come jackson said u dunno i cant make it on 24th one? anyway, i'll be joining you guys for hawker fare on friday la then.

boo_licious said...

wmw - Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too and thxs for the well wishes.

valisa - if you do come back home, just go to Tanglin near Lake Gardens. The ikan bakar there is so much better.

fbb - dunno, guess a bit blur only until jackson emailed me tday hence SMS you just now.

babe_kl said...

used to frequent this place when my office was nearer :( their ayam percik is great too!

kung hei fatt choy to you and your family. may this year bring you to more makan places, loads of prosperity and good health always.

bayi said...

Happy New Year!

Valisa said...

thanks for the tip! Kong Hee Fatt Choy!

boo_licious said...

babe - didn't see any ayam percik that day. Is it for a special day? Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!

bayi and valisa - Gong Xi Fa Cai to both of you. Hope the Year of the Boar brings you lots of prosperity and yummy eats.

whistler said...

Xin Nien Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi, Gong Xi Fa Cai, wish you have a prosperous new year.

boo_licious said...

whistler - thxs for the CNY wishes. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!

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