Friday, 18 January 2013

Matang Seafood Porridge in Taman Gaya, Johor Bahru

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I have been a fan of Matang Seafood Porridge at their branch at Mount Austin, and was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon their spanking new outlet at the new shoplots in Taman Gaya. I liked Matang Seafood porridge so much that last year, I brought Singapore Makan Guru K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra fame to their Mount Austin branch.

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This new Taman Gaya branch, opened by a brother of the Beh family that owns the Mount Austin branch less than two months ago, is already doing a brisk business. The two branches run on the same lines. Fresh seafood is sold by weight and then cooked in Matang's signature seafood porridge and broth. One of the Beh sisters focuses on the daily logistics of bringing the freshest seafood to the three branches of Matang Seafood Porridge in JB (in Taman Mount Austin, Taman Gaya and Taman Nusa Jaya Mas)

This branch at Taman Gaya has a large dinning hall, two private dining rooms and slightly ostentatious furnishings while the one at Mount Austin is a more basic shoplot restaurant.

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We had a RM45 claypot of seafood porridge which was enough for 4 persons. The seafood broth was of course the soul of Matang seafood porridge. The broth was savoury and naturally sweet. The savouriness and sweetness were robust as the claypot was loaded with clams, slices of grouper, minced pork, shrimps, fish balls and a meaty crab.

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These additional ingredients, add further savoury and sweet flavours to the already tasty broth. With all that real seafood goodness in the broth, no MSG was used at all.

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The porridge was the usual Teochew style, its texture was between the Cantonese puree style congee and steamed rice.

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We also had this steamed white pomfret at RM33. Just simple steaming with ginger, light soy sauce and shallot oil to bring out the freshness of the fish.

Here were some of the fresh seafood available on the day of our visit.

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This shark head is a gelatinous speciality I wouldn't want to miss.

I am bringing a group of Singapore super biker friends on a Johor food trail and we are having Matang Seafood Porridge as part of our itinerary :)) Steamed shark head is on the menu! :))

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Restaurant name: Matang Seafood View Restaurant
Address: 72-74, Jalan Gaya 1, Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/yw0Az
GPS: 1.563887,103.801467
Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Non Halal

Date visited: 16 Jan 2013

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