Friday, April 13, 2012

Kuala Lumpur Restaurant, Carnegie

A fair amount of good Asian restaurants in this Southeastern suburb and close to Monash Caulfield too

NOTE: Glad I'm FINALLY getting around to introducing a new series of posts featured on this blog, called "Wince's Faves", beginning with this post. Basically, it's just a compilation of places that I absolutely LOVE to eat at around Melbourne. Most of which, I've honestly visited more than 10 times in my 4 years here and can still never get tired of. That's how much I love it. Hope you enjoy! =D

Hey guys! How are we all doing?

Can I just start off by saying how excited I am about sharing this place with you guys today?! Whenever my parents visit Australia, the last thing that they'd want to eat is Malaysian food. Only because they don't see the point of eating the same food that they can get back home (for muuuuuuch cheaper too) and probably why they have VERY high standards for it. Let's just say, that out of all the Malaysian restaurants in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur Restaurant in Carnegie is the only place that can get them to make a rare exception, because it's THAT good. And all for ONE specific dish. Mmmmm....

You see, my cousins are total foodies and rely on word-of-mouth and experience more than food blogs for good food. A lot of places that they've recommended to me have become some of my ultimate favourite places to eat, and this is one of them. I've been hooked since the first time they brought me here for a family dinner in my First Year back in '08.

And the ONE DISH that me, my parents and relos all come back for is the Claypot Curry Fish Head (!!!!). It's seriously delicious and let me tell you why...

Claypot Fish Head Curry (!!!)

The ultimate HERO of every meal we have here. Even after growing up in Malaysia, I seriously have never tasted a Fish Head Curry that's better than this. Hands down. No questions asked. The flavours hit you instantly and you will know that this is no ordinary bowl of Fish Head Curry.

The sauce is exactly like how all Malaysian curries should be. Thick and flavourful, almost like a gravy, and we call it "kuah" in Malaysia. Not too mild, not too hot, this was absolutely perfect to DROWN your bowl of rice in. SO good...

Normally I drown it with even more sauce

Only fresh Rockling fish is used for the curry and anybody will tell you that it's because they're the most delicious fish heads to eat. Big, meaty and full of collagen. The point is to suck out all the skin and collagen from every single bone. Delicioussss~~~

I LOVE the eggplant and long beans in the curries too. Trust me, this dish does NOT disappoint!

Buttermilk Prawns

Another signature dish of the restaurant that you absolutely must try. Their Buttermilk Prawns really do surpass all else. First, they use the freshest Queensland prawns they can find and it makes a difference. It's huge, succulent and the wok fire really brought out the flavours of the prawns into the sauce.

Personally, I almost never, ever order prawns in restaurants Melbourne. Only because 90% of the time they're too tasteless, bland and artificially tender from being overladen with bicarb soda, I can't stand it. THANKFULLY, there's none of that nonsense here at all in this restaurant!

Now, the sauce... The ohhh sooo good and delectable sauce. Thick, slightly sticky with just the right amount of sweetness. Lip smackingly good! I highly recommend a plate of Roti to accompany soaking up the amazing sauce of the curry and prawns.

Crispy, flaky Roti. For your sauce-soaking pleasure

Sizzling Homemade Egg Tofu

A dish that I still enjoy eating even though the skin is slightly soggy. They serve it on a bed of spinach and mushrooms which is nice. Tofus are homemade too.

Sambal Kangkung

What I like most about this is that their kangkung dishes is that they're never overcooked and still crunchy. Also, the sauce is fantastic. More flavourful because the sambal is made with more "Belachan" aka "fermented shrimp paste" than chillies. One of the better Sambal Kangkungs in Melbourne, I say.

Deep-Fried Ice Cream

Oh man, if you haven't had Deep-Fried Ice Cream before, you're missing out. Perfect dessert to end a fantastic meal. Their batter is thick, soft but still crispy. As for the Vanilla ice cream, they've added shredded coconuts too, just to make it more Malaysian. Finally, the dessert is drizzled in a bit of honey which blends in so well with everything else. Love this.

Overall, we couldn't be more satisfied with our meal here. It's got all our hometown favourite dishes but done exceptionally well. Every time I bring people to eat here for their first time, our table always seems to be filled with moans and excitement from people going, "MMMmmmMMM" or "YUM!!!" it's kinda funny lol.

This restaurant thrives so well for a few reasons:
1) The food is seriously good and quality is consistent!
2) It's a small, family-owned restaurant where the Mum and Daughter still works the front of house every night
3) They take pride in using the best and freshest ingredients, especially the fish and prawns

This place is really somewhere my Family and I never fail to enjoy, and I'm so glad to be able to share it with you today. You know what, I've actually been back here the past two Sundays haha. With two different groups of friends, of course. Anyway, if you're looking for a really good Malaysian restaurant in Melbourne, look no further because this is it.

- Come here for Dinner
- Pre-booking of the Claypot Curry Fish Head is ESSENTIAL
- The pot of curry is big and feeds about 4 - 6 eaters
- There's a difference between Coconut Butter Prawns and Buttermilk Prawns (made this mistake before and the latter is the one you want!)
- The Claypot Curry Fish Head & Buttermilk Prawns aren't actually on the menu but written in Chinese on the menu on the wall. You have to order these dishes! Otherwise, you'd be missing out...

I hope you give this place a go one day because I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Have a good one, everybody. Peace!

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