Saturday, 27 April 2013
Fried Siakap at Kedai Makan Rahmat, Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang, Johor
I had always wanted to visit Kedai Makan Rahmat in Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang for their famous deep fried Siakap or Siakap goreng. My friend Foong knew the founder, the late Encik Rahmat for nearly 30 years from Foong's banking days. Foong brought me to Kedai Makan Rahmat a few days ago. The famous shop by the sea is now run by Encik Rahmat's son.
The Sultan of Johor (then Crown Prince) graced the opening of Kedai Makan Rahmat in 1986. These photos hanging at the entrance proudly commemorate this significant event.
The restaurant set on stilts over the sandy beach and water had a charming kampung ambiance.
Kedai Makan Rahmat was full house during our visit. The sun was blazing outside, but inside the restaurant, the sea breeze kept everyone cool and comfortable.
This is the view of the Johor Strait from Kedai Makan Rahmat. That forested land in the background is Pulau Ubin, Singapore. Foong said he used to just swim across when he was a young man.
Customers queue, place their orders at the counter and go to their seats. The food are served shortly at the tables.
I was stalking this young man with my camera whenever he comes out of the kitchen with a stack of fried Siakap and prawns. He was moving so fast, I was having a hard time trying to get a good picture of him in action. A few times, I got into his way. So sorry about that :P
Our order - Foong and I shared this large deep fried Siakap, deep fried shrimps and a couple of lime juice. Foong paid about RM50 for all these.
The large Siakap was deep fried with scales on. This created a crispy outside layer of skin and scales which kept the thick Siakap flesh tender and slightly juicy. I like my fried fish done this way. The fresh white Siakap flesh was sweet and still had a slight muddy taste that did not bother me. Dab the Siakap meat in a little kicap pedas or sambal chili and we have a marvellously delicious treat.
The fried Siakap scales are edible, though personally I felt they were not crispy enough for that today and had a slight "metallic" taste. Shall try again next time :)
This pounded sambal chili is a "power". Very spicy and this sambal was what took the simple fried Siakap to the next level of taste for me.
Seeing that almost every table ordered a plate of these deep fried shrimps, we had to get one too.
I love these large meaty shrimps. The shrimps were fried to the point just a shade below dry. Would have been perfect for me if some of the natural juices remained but I still liked this.
Our lime juice - simple and nice.
There is plenty of parking space at Kedai Makan Rahmat, though you might have to walk a little bit during peak hours.
Kedai Makan Rahmat is an excellent place for lunch. Besides their signature Siakap goreng and fried shrimps, they also serve a variety of Malay vegetable, beef rendang and chicken dishes.
Restaurant name: Kedai Makan Rahmat
Address: 3, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru
Hours: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Date visited: 24 Apr 2013