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Tanjung Tualang, Malaysia - Incredible freshwater prawns at Sun Mee Fong (新美芳海鲜楼)

klyeoh | Sep 29, 201308:26 PM

Best giant prawns in the world, hands-down! Tanjung Tualang is a tiny township about 40 minutes' drive out of Ipoh, the state capital of Perak. From KL, it's a butt-numbing 3-hour-plus drive but, I can assure you, absobloodylutely worth.

Sun Mee Fong Restaurant is our destination of choice for lunch here today (other well-recommended seafood spots there include Yew Kei, Luen Fong and Lung Seng).

People flocked here from all over Malaysia for only *one* dish: steamed freshwater prawns (each weighing about half a kilo) in Chinese rice wine and finely-julienned ginger. The prawns were gigantic, but yielded the softest, sweetest flesh one can ever find - definitely the best I'd ever had in my gustatory trips across the Seven Seas (and some rivers) ;-)

Each giant prawn head also contained generous amounts of milky-rich yellow milt - to-die for!

Other dishes we ordered paled in comparison, though the smaller prawns which were dry-fried in soy-sauce (with the tiniest smidgen of sugar for caramelisation) were also delicious.

The "Soon Hock" (marbled goby) fish, steamed Cantonese-style with high-quality light soysauce, and finished off with a quick splash of smoking-hot vegetable oil, was exceptional. My fave part of the dish was actually the rich, earthy fish-liver - a delicacy like the Japanese "ankimo" (monkfish liver).

We also ordered some stir-fried greens with garlic. Vegetable dishes are not a forte of this place - just stick to the gargantuan prawns.

Address details
Sun Mee Fong (新美芳海鲜楼)
21 & 23 Jalan Pasar
Tanjung Tualang
31800 Perak, Malaysia
Tel: +605-3609321

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