I *love* fish-head curry to bits. For those who doesn't know this dish - it's a quintessential Singapore/Malaysian dish of Indian origins which involved a gargantuan (snapper) fish-head, cooked in a spicy South Indian-style curry with tomatoes, okra, aubergines, onions and, in some places, tofu puffs or even pineapple slices.
Fish-head curry restaurants in Singapore (e.g. Apolo, Samy's, Muthu) and Malaysia are usually Indian-owned, but the clientele are multi-racial: Chinese, Malays, Indians - just about everyone and anyone.
I found the perfect spot for fish-head curry in Kuala Lumpur this week - Appu, near the iconic Rothman's intersection (it used to be roundabout which *everyone* in KL knew) in Petaling Jaya.
Appu's fish-head curry did not have that overpowering fenugreek scent which one finds in versions many such restaurants back in Singapore, but was light, piquant, yet absolutely delicious.
Accompaniments to the fish-head curry would be steamed white rice served on a banana leaf, supplemented with three types of vegetables: a cucumber-pineapple-yoghurt relish, spicy water-spinach, and braised gourd-cabbage-grated coconut, plus crisp papadums.
Side-orders include spiced fried chicken (very good!) and grilled turmeric-marinated squid.
I particularly liked the warm, friendly and personable service here - family-owned with very genial staff.
Appu Uncle Curry House
14, Jalan 19/3, Seksyen 19 (Rothman's roundabout)
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +60 12-555 4958
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