Rich Seafood Porridge from Matang, PerakAugust 27, 2008 | 12,008 views
MATANG FAMOUS SEAFOOD PORRIDGE !!!
Humoungous claypot of seafood porridge, with shark’s meat (yes, read that right), homemade fishballs, prawns, and enoki mushrooms
We ordered TWO pots of porridge, one with prawns, one without. Simply because KYT cannot “tahan” (stand) the overwhelming seafood flavours, proclaiming them as too fishy. Yet he managed to gobble tonnes after tonnes of sushi, sashimi, and all types of seafood imaginable, the night before at TAO. Hmm … Contradicting statements, huh? =P
Here at Light House, you choose what goes into your pot of porridge. From types of fish such as tiger grouper, normal grouper, pomfret and shark’s meat, to fishballs, prawns, and shellfish. We opted for shark’s meat, fishballs and prawns, as the other species are pricier options. Moreover, boiling tiger grouper in porridge somehow sounds sooooo wrong, no?
Smooth, delightful grains of rice, boiled with the sweetness of the seafood-infused broth, complemented by the abundance of rich, succulent seafood. No soy sauce or pepper necessary, else you just ‘kill’ the flavours. One small reminder though, if you’re not a big eater, ask for smaller portion. They tend to go overboard in stuffing your guts.
Steamed Clams (La-la) RM12
If you do not wish for all the ingredients to ‘drown’ in the porridge, you can order side dishes. We ordered the steamed La-La. Pleasantly surprised by the LARGER than usual clams, with thick, succulent meat, steamed to perfection. Yup, at RM12 for that large serving. Worth every cent.
Or Chien aka Oyster Omelette @ RM15
The Or Chien did not fare too well, though the fried egg was crisp at sides, and the ‘wok hei’ shone through. However, too much flour was used, rendering the omelette stickier than your average, and the oysters barely noticable.
Deep-fried Fish (Cai Yu Zhai) 16 pieces for RM13
Crispy, fried small fish that went really well with the wet, and sweet porridge. Provided much desired crispiness and texture. A good snack, nevertheless.
Total damage? RM127. The 2 pots of porridge cost RM72, each ingredients priced separately. RM42 for the shark’s meat, RM21 for the prawns, and RM9 for the fishballs. Oh, did I mention that the fishballs are not your typical variety? These are larger, firm yet bouncy balls, homemade and tasty. Be sure to add them into your customized pot of simple food for the soul …
UPDATED 9/9/08 – Location : Light House Seafood Restaurant @ No. 10, Jalan Cina, 34750 Matang, Taiping, Perak. Tel : 05-8475408, 05-8475649.
Opening hours : 11am – 11pm. Closed on Tuesdays.