BBQ Fishman 烧鱼堂 ikan bakar stingray at Restoran 777 food centre in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA) is one of my favourites in Johor Bahru. The slab of fresh stingray cooked and served on a banana leaf was slightly charred on the outside and still juicy and tender inside. Yummy!
The bakar stingray come with a thick spread of sambal chili. Fortunately, the sambal chili was not stinging spicy - it was just a blend of moderate spicy, and slightly tangy and sweet with the fragrance of lemon grass and spices. The stingray was also garnished with generous toppings of lady's fingers and petai, my favourite stink beans :).
We also had squid baked in Portuguese style. The squid cut into rings were baked and served in aluminium foil that looked like a pillow case.
The squid rings were submerged in a little sloshy pool of sambal chili gravy. If you like your seafood/ fish/ stingray to be soft inside and out, ask for it to be cooked in the Portuguese style. The sambal chili gravy was spicy, sweet, and distinctly tangy.
We also indulged in a plate of seafood fried rice. It was good!
The savoury rice grains were discrete and was not oily at all. Complements the BBQ seafood very well and a good alternative to plain steamed white rice.
I requested for a bit of sambal chili to go with the fried rice and unexpectedly got this hot sambal chili served on a banana leaf :) WOW! delightful service :)
Ah Hua 亚华 is the boss of BBQ Fishman 烧鱼堂 which has been in business here in Restoran 777 Food Centre for eight years.
There are plenty of fresh seafood to choose from and the most popular are stingray, chincharu fish and squids.
Ah Hua layering the slab of stingray with a thick spread of self made sambal chili.
Garnishing the stingray with plenty of lady's fingers and petai beans.
Cover the seafood and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Steaming hot spicy ikan bakar ready for serving :)
Cooking BBQ seafood the Portuguese way - baked in a sealed aluminium foil pocket.
Ah Hua 亚华 frying his popular seafood rice, sealing in the flavours with a tongue of fire.
Ah Hua 亚华 makes a huge wok of sambal chili everyday.
Restoran 777 Food Centre offers typical Malaysian style open air al fresco dining under the moon and stars.
Dozens of food stalls ring a large airy centre court which is the dining area. Casual, cheerful and enjoyable on a cool night, and really inexpensive too. There's even free movies and wifi!
I've been thinking.... moon, stars, cool breeze, free movie, free wifi, delicious food at affordable prices, family, good friends - what more can a man/ lady ask for? :)
I will be spending a few more nights exploring the sights, sounds, aroma and tastes of Restoran 777 Food Centre.
Restaurant name: BBQ Fishman 烧鱼堂
Adddress: Stall inside Restoran 777 Food Centre, Jalan Perkasa 4, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Johor Bahru
Hours: 6:00pm to 1:00pm
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 29 August 2012