Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Star Chef Restaurant in Gelang Patah (near Legoland) in Johor, Malaysia

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Alex the boss of Star Chef restaurant in Gelang Patah (near Legoland) invited me to visit his family's seafood farm in Pontian which supplies his restaurant. The seafood farm in Pontian uses sea water with modern machinery and technology to rear wild caught crabs and lobsters, and fish.


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The cement vats for crabs

Star Chef restaurant is only about 20 minutes drive from their seafood farm, so only adequate stock of crabs are brought daily to the restaurant. Additional stock of crabs will be brought to the restaurant only when the stock runs low. In this way, only the freshest crabs are served at Star Chef restaurant.

No wonder when I went to Star Chef restaurant in Gelang Patah, I did not find piles of forlorn, tired looking crabs, that I often saw at seafood restaurants.

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Star Chef get their crabs from Orang Asli fishermen. The daily catch of crabs are first kept in those large cement vats and fed with fish for about a week before there are ready for the table. Local crabs caught by Orang Asli fishermen are relatively small - about 500 grams each and they have sweeter meat. 

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Star Chef also source their crabs from Sabah and Indonesia. These imported crabs are also brought to the farm for fattening. Sabah and Indonesian crabs are larger, commonly about 1 kilo each and they are not as sweet as local crabs.

The price of crab, is of course, seasonal. Tonight, the medium size crabs go for RM65. The large size crabs go for RM80.

I have already tried Star Chef's salted egg crab and their signature "King of Crab" which is crab baked in tangy sauce in an aluminium foil bag. I liked Star Chef's salted egg crab and am not a big fan of their tangy tasting crab as I personally associate crabs with spicy and savoury umami flavours. In that sense, I am a little conservative and less adventurous here.

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White pepper crab

Tonight, I opted for Star Chef's white pepper crab and black pepper crab.

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Black pepper crab

The crabs were well executed with the umami flavours well seared in and nicely complemented by the spicy sauce. The pepper sauce was just nice and did not overwhelm the natural flavours of the meaty crabs. If the pepper sauce were a little more syrupy, drippy so that I can dab a bit of it onto the crab meat before eating it, that would make this dish perfect for me.

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This plate of Vietnamese style spicy fried bee hoon for RM5. I like this bee hoon tossed and fried in seafood broth in a super heated wok till it is dry outside.

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I was surprised how much effort and skill went into making this simple and humble dish.

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A small steamed grouper fish RM28

We had this freshly caught grouper steamed and served with a light savoury sauce. The Chef did well to highlight the natural sweetness of the fresh grouper with the light sauce.

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Click on this photo to read my earlier post on Star Chef restaurant.

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Restaurant name: Restaurant Star Chef 星名廚
Address: 51, Jalan Gelang Emas 1, Taman Gelang Emas, Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/qTJV6
GPS: 1.450726,103.585367
Hours: 09:30am to 10:30pm (Closed on alternate Thursdays)
Non Halal


Date visited: 28 Oct 2012, 28 Nov 2012


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8 comments:

  1. Is very nice
    I think is very reasonable price and good food
    I think should try :)

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  2. good taste! worth going !

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  3. We enjoyed the food on our first visit. However, on our second, we arrived late, at 9 pm. The restaurant ran out of crabs, to our chagrin. However, midway through our meal, a restaurant employee said there were two more. We were initially elated but we were told we couldn't have them cooked by steaming. The reason given was that they were already cooked so they would not taste nice if re-steamed. We were given a choice of sweet and sour or salted egg. We chose the former. But when the crab dish came out, it was the latter. While we grateful that we didn't go there in vain, it would have been nicer if the staff was upfront that it was an order that was rejected by another diner.

    Moreover, to further the ranting, the pork ribs had very thin slab of meat.

    So the verdict is clear: go there early.

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  4. may i know where is the seafood farm? i like to cook especially crab!!

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  5. Good stuff, great price. Even my kids were munching away like no body business. Will go again for sure

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  6. able to give contact number? would like to give them a call

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    1. I suggest giving Alex a call at +6012-775-6313.

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