Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Claypot Catfish @ Restoran Shui Sean 水仙 in Taman Daya

The cutest restaurant logo that I have seen for a long while

The signature dish here at Shui Sean 水仙 in Taman Daya, so eloquently stated by their logo, is their claypot catfish.

This claypot catfish for 3 persons costs RM18

When the pot of catfish arrived at the table, the sauce was still was bubbly hot and blowing steam. The fresh catfish is cut into large chunks and steaks and braised in a claypot with a spicy savoury sauce.

The flavour of the gooey caramelised sauce is a complex mix of sour, sweet, salty, spicy, hot and savoury. The braising sauce is made with red hot chili peppers, stalks of lemon grass, slices of ginger, onions, fermented black beans and many other spices and herbs.  There is also a subtle trace of cooking wine, which I like.

The large chunks and steaks of fresh catfish have bone and skin on. The thick pieces of catfish are moist, juicy and tender. The catfish’s light tasting white meat absorbed the flavours of the spicy braising sauce very well.

The thin smooth scaleless skin of the young catfish was gelatinous and soft, adding texture to the dish. (For those worried about the perceived muddy taste of catfish, there was not even the slightest hint of it here.)

The robust spicy braising sauce whets one’s appetite and it complements the lighter flavours of pearly white rice, soft tofu and fresh choy sum (green vegetable) perfectly. I realised afterwards that I unconsciously ate more than my usual amount of rice ☻

The friendly lady owner does the cooking personally to ensure the highest quality dishes are delivered to the customer. Once again, the pride and hospitality of the eatery owners in Johor made me feel more like a guest than a customer.

Restaurant name: Restoran Shui Sean 水仙
Address: 4, Jalan Sagu 38, Taman Daya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.55001,103.764668
Non Halal

Date visited: 21 Feb 2012


  1. Looks interesting, the claypot catfish! I've only tried this Kuala Selangor.

  2. Haha while you are there, try also their homemade tofu with fried shallot oil. Simple, fresh, soft and nice. When I was living in KL some years ago, I always opted for the steamed catfish dish. Only recently been introduced to the claypot variety. Love it too.


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