It was already nearly 3:00pm when we finished buying our boxes of Kluang mooncakes at nearby Yuen Fatt 源發 and Yu Kong 游港. Then, I noticed this little restaurant with the big yellow signboard where people were still streaming in and out at this hour. I took a quick peek through the glass of the air conditioned restaurant and saw that it was full (at this hour?!).
We immediately decided to try this restaurant. At 3:00pm on a Thursday afternoon, near closing time, still we had to wait for a table to eat here. A very good sign of a possible good food find :)
While standing and waiting, I looked around at what the others were eating. All the tables had their signature asam pedas fish and most tables had their La La (shellfish) too.
As we were already full, we only ordered the asam pedas fish.
I am not really a fan of sour tasting dishes but wow! this one I liked :)
Needless to say, the fish was super fresh but it's the asam pedas gravy that gripped my attention.
This asam pedas fish was a delightful blend of tastes and flavours. The asam sourness was moderated by saltiness from preserved lime and vegetables while complemented by spicy hot from chili padi and sweetness from the fresh fish.
It's rather strange; I was still feeling full after the morning's heavy breakfast but drinking the asam pedas soup really made my stomach "open up" 开胃 and I somehow found space for more eating :P
Thick sweet flesh half submerged in asam and covered with a blanket of pedas ground chili.
Oh yes, I said "drink" because the asam pedas was so delicious, I unknowingly scooped it all up and drank it merrily.
This asam pedas shop is really good. No wonder it was full house at 3:00pm.
Looks gruesome no doubt but the eye is my favourite :P
This is the best of the sour kind of asam pedas that I have tasted, actually. (My personal favourite asam pedas is still the pedas kind found in Batu Pahat - hmmm... time for another Batu Pahat food trail :P.)
When you are mooncake shopping in Yuen Fatt and Yu Chong, give this asam pedas fish a try. Restoran Ikan Asam Pedas is just two doors from Yu Kong 游港.
Restaurant name: Restoran Ikan Asam Pedas
Address: 83 - 85, Jalan Lim Swee Sim, Kluang, Johor
Hours: Lunch 12:00 noon to 3:00pm and Dinner 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Date visited: 20 Sep 2012