Medan Muara Ikan Bakar @ Tanjung Harapan, Port KlangOctober 2, 2012 | 60,497 views
Short of being labelled as one lackadaisical review, let’s enjoy the food shots pumped with captions this terrific (or terrible, but let’s be positive, ya?) Tuesday evening, and spread your loving arms to welcome the month of October!
Fresh seafood tightly-wrapped in banana leaves and grilled without much seasoning, or any gravy. The cooking style used at Medan Muara Ikan Bakar might be unconventional; especially if you’re expecting your ‘ikan pari’ (sting ray) or any other fish to be smothered in a thick, devilish red and spicy sambal sauce.
Fresh catches laid out to your visual delight, sending pulses of signals to the gluttony segment of the brain. Don’t expect anything less than the freshest seafood at Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang.
Medan Muara Ikan Bakar @ Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang. About 40km from Petaling Jaya. But felt almost like a world’s apart. Full story after the jump.
How to Order – 1) Pick a plastic tray. 2) Choose your seafood; from at least 7 types of fishes, flower crabs, prawns in different sizes, squids and more. 3) Line up at the counter and weigh your picks. 4) Choose on the method of cooking. 5) Get seated and wait to be served.
Supplement your main dishes with sides like Tauhu Bakar (grilled beancurd), Satay, Otak-Otak, Kerang Rebus (boiled cockles) or Rojak Buah. Especially if you’re tormented by the sight of dozens of tables waiting for their food. But the wait was bearable, even at almost 80% capacity when we were there. Most dishes arrived within minutes; the grilled fish took the longest 20 minutes or so to arrive.
If you don’t read Malay, don’t worry. Ask for recommendations from the good people there. Say, you picked prawns, squids and crabs but at lost when they’re weighing your chosen items and ask for your preferred manner of cooking. They will mix and match the methods so that the end result will be diversified.
How fresh can the seafood be? Well, everything felt like they were caught within hours, or at least the same day, and you can see they have a battalion of soldiers cleaning and preparing the seafood, and a line of experts cooking them. Not to mention the dozen or so staff on the run; serving tables after tables with a smile and nary an indication of emancipation.
Nasi Lemak Special with a fried egg, a sweetish Sambal Bawang (chili paste with onions) and the perfect accompaniment for the grilled fish; a dark-coloured sauce flavoured with tamarind juice, belacan (pungent shrimp paste), chopped raw onions and red chillies.
Sambal Belacan Kangkung (RM3/USD1) – Water convolvulus/morning glory stir-fried in a chili paste laden with shrimp paste, with onions, shelled small shrimps and red chillies.
Udang Goreng Pedas (RM17/USD6) – Prawns cooked in a spicy-sweet sauce sparingly garnished with chopped coriander. The freshness of the crustaceans was evident, with the shells coming off effortlessly and the succulent meat with a firm crunch reeking of sweetness.
Sotong Goreng Tepung (RM10/USD3.30) – Batter-coated squid deep fried to a crispy finish; soggy from the oil but the bouncy pieces of squid was certainly a cut above the conventional fried squid from the stalls in the city. Plus they did the batter well; with eggs thrown in for good measure.
Far from our expectations, the Ikan Pari Bakar (Grilled Sting Ray) (RM15.60/USD50) was dry without any sauce, and wrapped so tightly beneath layers of banana leaves.
Sadly, they over-grilled the fish to a rubbery texture; losing out the moisture from the flesh. The fresh cuts of stingray were still tasty without any condiments, yet we struggled to finish even half of these. Next time … choose a thinner cut, or a different fish.
Nevertheless, the experience of driving all the way away from the city on a weekend night and savouring fresh seafood under the star-lit skies (almost) … was priceless. Sometimes, if work eats up into your work-life balance, the counter measure shall always be to eat, travel and then eat some more. You don’t need to plan for days of escapades, yet there is a hidden gem in every region of the country.
The Esplanade (now known as Tanjung Harapan) is a stretch near to Northport of Klang that houses quite a number of seafood restaurants; with Medan Muara Ikan Bakar being one of the more renowned ones; judging from the crowd. Come early evening so you can enjoy the magnificent moments of sunset during the twilight hours.
MEDAN MUARA IKAN BAKAR TANJUNG HARAPAN (Halal)
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
Kawasan 20, Bandar Sultan Sulaiman,
Pelabuhan Klang Utara, 42000 Port Klang,
Tel No : +603-3176 6929
Business Hours : 6pm – 1am daily.
GPS Coordinates : 3.006213,101.361487 (est.)
Directions : Go towards Klang town, then towards Northport (Pelabuhan Klang Utara) direction. As you go along Persiaran Sultan Hishamuddin; an industrial area towards the sea’s direction, you will finally reach a T-junction at the end with a big seafood restaurant in front of you. Turn RIGHT and follow the road for awhile until you see Medan Muara Ikan Bakar on your LEFT.
Hungry Feline says … “Go on. Close your eyes and Take a deep Breath. It’s time for Motormouth to escape again.”