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Kim Loong Curry Fish Head • Backstreet Hidden Gem 金玲咖喱鱼头

Kam Long Ah Zai Curry Fish Head along Jalan Wong Ah Fook is without doubt the most famous CFH in Johor. Like it or not, there is always a long queue of people waiting to try the curry fish head.

But, you if can do with something similar and skip the queue, you can try out Kim Loong Curry Fish Head.

Kam Long & Kim Loong are they the same?

Well, they have the same DNA. 

The owners of Kam Long and Kim Loong were partners at the Jalan Wong Ah Fook shop founded in 1983. It was known as Kim Loong then. 

In 2010, Kim Loong split - one half remained at Jalan Wong Ah Fook but renamed Kam Long Ah Zai. The other half kept the original name Kim Loong but moved to Jalan Meldrum, the backstreet. 

Kam Long Ah Zai rode the social media wave to fame, while Kim Loong remained a well kept secret of its fans. 

What is Kim Loong's curry fish head like? 

Look at those bright eyes - no question about the freshness of the red snapper at Kim Loong. The Lau family still personally prepare and cook each serving of curry fish head. 

The fish head came bubbling, steaming hot in a claypot. 

The fish head was sliced laterally, so it was just half a fish head (this is the standard practice almost everywhere in Singapore and Johor). 

The curry was full bodied, quite thick with coconut milk. Lots of spices but mild and well balanced. There's an underlying saltiness to the curry. Quite robust tasting and requires plain white rice to moderate it. 

The taste profile is similar to that at Kam Long Ah Zai.

The red snapper meat was tender and tasted naturally sweet.

Love the skin and gelatinous parts of the fish head - that's why we eat fish head, right...?

Lots of fresh cabbage, lady's finger, long beans, and dried bean curd skin for added crunch, texture, and flavours to the dish.

Kim Loong offers you char kueh for dipping with their curry. Didn't really work for me as the you char kueh was savoury salty which just added to the salty curry. The you char kueh was also not crisp. 

Worth a try if you are a curry fish head fan. Prices are reasonable and it is delicious. At the moment, there is no queue, no need to wait for a table.


Restaurant  name: Kim Loong Restaurant Curry Fish Head 金玲咖喱鱼头

Address: 19, Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru

Tel: +6016 561 4770 ☎ +6011 1759 0785

Hours: 9am - 5pm


Written by Tony Boey on 3 May 2024


  1. This shop cheaper and taste better .

  2. Priscilla Tan4 May 2024 at 08:27

    Nope not the same leh I prefer the front one

  3. Schumakay Goh5 May 2024 at 11:38

    They have to keep up with their restaurant ambience. Nothing wrong with staying old school, but at least find ways to get rid off the mosquito and the foul smell from the drainage. Curry is good. Both not bad , but the front one now offer much better dining experience…


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