Saturday, 11 June 2016

Yong Peng Fish Balls at Bebola Ikan Anthony JK1517

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If you are a fish ball lover, every time you drive pass Yong Peng town along Malaysia's North South Expressway, I suggest you make a stop at Bebola Ikan Anthony for their hand made ikan parang fish balls.

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It's easy to find Bebola Ikan Anthony. When you are along Yong Peng's only main road, Jalan Besar, look out for this huge sign board clearly visible from the main road.

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Inside Bebola Ikan Anthony, it's a typical Malaysian small town eatery, plus. This is the air conditioned inside, and there is a cool al fresco area outside. Well, it's cool in the mornings, as the two times I am at Bebola Ikan Anthony, it was in the morning.

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Today, we had noodle with fish balls and soup.

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We also had noodles with fish ball and yong tau foo in soup.

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This soup is really deceiving.

It's so clear, like plain water that for some moments, I suspected if it had any flavour at all.

One spoonful and I fell in love with this flavoursome clear soup. It has the lovely flavour of fresh fish and a bit of dried seaweed and fried shallot crisp. Clean tasting, the flavours are subtle but once you can discern it, you could be hooked like me.

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The tear drop shape hand made fish ball was dense, slightly bouncy and released a fresh fish flavour with every bite. It's quite addictive and it is easy to lose count of how many fish balls we had.

The fish balls are made with wolf herring fish known locally in Malay as ikan parang and in Hokkien as sai toh fish 西刀鱼.

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There were also yong tou foo pieces but after eating the fish balls, I was impatient with all the other distractions like tau pok, tau kua, brinjal and what not.

All I wanted was just Bebola Ikan Anthony fish balls.

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The noodles looked promising but unfortunately, they were over cooked. The strands were limp and lifeless. The sauce was also flat, lacks personality and forgettable.

But, it's OK.

All I wanted was just Bebola Ikan Anthony fish balls.

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We also ordered Anthony's fish cakes - one "normal" and one with sambal.

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Both fish cakes were good. They have a slight crisp outside and inside the fish cakes were dense, tenderly firm and flavoursome.

But, after the fish balls....

All I wanted was just Bebola Ikan Anthony fish balls.

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So, we ordered another bowl of fish balls with soup.

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See how clear is the flavoursome broth?

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The amazing Bebola Ikan Anthony fish balls.

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I must tell you about the sambal chili at Anthony.

The chili was so fresh I can smell the grassy fragrance.

The sambal is sourish with a spicy hot sting. It goes perfectly well with Bebola Ikan Anthony's fish balls.

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Anthony also has the green chili version with the same grassy fragrance, a more gentle sting and sans the souriness.

Our total bill for all the food eaten with a drink was RM27.70.

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👍 Fresh, clean tasting fish balls worth stopping over for in Yong Peng. (But, this is not for people who like their food to have robust, assertive flavours as they might find this "bland and tasteless".)

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Restaurant name: Bebola Ikan Anthony Fish Ball 
Address: 18, Bawah, Jalan Bayan, Taman Semberong Barat, Yong Peng, Johor 
Map: http://g.co/maps/auke3 
GPS: 2.010495, 103.066277 / 2°00'37.8"N 103°03'58.6"E
Tel+60 7 467 6611
Hours: 7:00am to 10:00pm

Non Halal  

Date visited: 18 Apr 2012, 11 Jun 2016


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