26 March 2013

Johor Bahru Seafood

Been making random trips to JB for zichar dinners recently :D
Not too sure what's the place called, it's rather near KSL, with a fenced up hawker-centre-like area. And, further down the road there're many many durian lorries/stalls!

Tried 933 Seafood Stall.
Was seated on the outside cos the weather was good!
7pm+, but still bright and yet windy!

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Ordered cereal prawns, garlic lala, and sambal kang kong.

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And woah, the sambal is really hot! I was almost tearing after a mouth of it.

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The cereal prawns were not too bad.

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Garlic lala was a little dry and lack of flavour :/

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Bill came up to slightly about RM60.

The following time we tried 183 Seafood BBQ.

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Here's the menu if you need.

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Ordered garlic fried kai lan, beancurd hotplate and butter crayfish.

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Very fresh and green kai lan, you could taste the natural sweetness of it when simply stir-fried :)

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The crayfish was also real yumms!
Market price that day was about RM7 per 100g.
We shared 3 of them, at a total weight of ~600g. Which was more than enough I feel :)
One of the crayfishes had a little stinky smell, and the lady boss was kind enough to immediately deduct it from our bill, explaining several times that it is natural for some crayfishes to smell that way.
Really? I've never had experiences with 'stinky' crayfishes, but rest of the crayfishes tasted so good that it wasn't an issue at all.

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Bill was around RM40 (or slightly less) after deducting 1 crayfish.

Got a chendol from the dessert stall right opposite 183.

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It tasted extremely diluted :/

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My entertainment in the car :p

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We went back yesterday to try another stall called 'Hai Kee Seafood'.
Ordered the exact same dishes as the previous round so that we can do a better comparison.

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The kailan was very oily. And barely palatable.

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Hotplate tofu was more heavily flavoured. Kinda saltish unless you eat it with lotsa plain rice.

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Crayfish was also a tad oily as well, but still manageable. The crumbs that came with the dish tasted sinfully good while they were still cripsy! Hehe.
Not sure though if the crayfishes aren't as fresh, cos the meat feels a little softer/more moisted than I would like them.

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Total bill was RM49.40.
We gave a RM50 note, and the stall owner insisted on searching for 60 cents for us even though we told her to keep the change and was already walking away. Very cute lady.


So, we may go back to the first stall (933) to try the same few dishes in order to have a better comparison.
But currently, we both like the second stall (183 Seafood) best :D
Can't wait to try out even more food there!
Environment and hygiene may not be of A+ standards, but the food is cheap & good (usually) and each dinner trip does feel like a quick (only 10-15mins drive from the customs) getaway from busy Singapore!

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