Friday, 30 December 2011

Assam Curry Fish Head @ Jadi Baru Botak Coffee Shop @ Jalan Lumba Kuda (Near Hotel Suria and Hotel Grand Blue Wave), Johor Bahru, Malaysia

This assam curry fish head is the signature dish at Kedai Makan Jadi Baru Botak at Jalan Lumba Kuda which is about 10 minutes walk from JB Sentral (central bus station) which is at the ground level of the CIQ building in JB.

If you walk from the CIQ, take the escalator down to the ground level (if you are unsure, ask the friendly police officers for directions). When you are at the ground level, walk in the direction of Singapore. You will see the flyover above your head. Walk about 5 minutes, look to your left and you will see a cluster of shop houses. The coffee shop you are looking for is over there.

This famous dish in the popular coffee shop is served piping hot in a clay pot. The dish is made from fresh Ikan Merah (Red Snapper) cooked with lady’s fingers, tomatoes and onions in assam (tamarind) curry.

The tamarind gives the curry a spicy hot plus sweet and sour flavour. The sourness of this dish is the gentle, subtle kind that is pleasant to the taste buds, not the sharp, biting kind that makes people (like me) cringe.

Besides sourness, the curry also tastes mildly salty but I did not feel thirsty after drinking the curry. The curry is so good that I actually drank it. The saltiness seems to come from kiam chye though I did not find any shred of the preserved cabbage in the curry.

I saw that most tables ordered the assam fish head and there were also some take away customers. A Malay family at the next table actually ordered two assam curry fish heads – one for dining in and another to take away.

This dish using only simple, fresh ingredients has created an excellent taste experience that has attracted a lot of fans.

The clay pot of assam curry fish head enough for two persons costs RM24.00.

I will bring friends who are fans of assam curry here.

Restaurant name: Botak Assam Fish Head (inside Kedai Makanan Jadi Baru)
Address: 145, Jalan Lumba Kuda, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.460905, 103.767521
Hours: Monday to Saturady
Date visited: 29 Dec 2011


  1. I love the toasted bun for bfast and the fish beehoon soup at this restorant too... slrrrrppp... yummy...

  2. Thank you. I have noted down your info and will try it soon. Appreciate it ;D

  3. i've tried assam pedas botak. yes!! it is delicious.

  4. I love the fried fish and the assam fish curry. It is so tasty and so original. So special that you never have it in Singapore or Malaysia.

  5. but no halal sign @ the shop hmmmm


  7. Customer soso. Price not soso. Wan to try, u decide.


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