Another country…

I went back to this place again because I saw a friend’s photograph of the ikan keli (catfish) that he had here and it was huge!!! He also mentioned that the people were from our neighbouring country, Indonesia…

Makanan asli Indonesia

…so I guessed that would make whatever they served as authentic as it could get. This stall was already there that previous time I went and though I did not order anything from it, I did notice that what they served to the other tables looked rather enticing indeed. There was just this stall and the roti canai stall…

Roti canai

…and the one at the back…

Makanan Islam
*Can you spot the spelling error?*

…then but there are two more halal stalls now…

New stalls

…which would be a good thing as there would be a lot more choices for certain quarters – usually at other coffee shops, there would be a solitary stall or at the most two, selling stuff that they are permitted to eat…unless it is one of those shops of their own.

I love ayam penyet and pecel lele and I have had some very good ones (and some not so good ones as well) at various places around town so I just could not wait to come back here and sample theirs (RM7.00)…

Bateras Ikan keli

– the asli (original) version. Yes, the fish was really big but no, I did not think I enjoyed it very much, definitely not more than what we would usually have here. The sambal dip…

Sambal

…was good, very spicy and went absolutely well with the raw cucumber slices. They blanched the cabbage and kangkong and I did not like how they were somewhat overdone.

I also ordered their mee baksoΒ (RM5.00)…

Bateras bakso

…to try and though it was nice, I would not say it was anything that would get me rushing back for more but honestly, I have yet to come across a really good one in town that would sweep me off my feet. Perhaps this is basically what it is like and this is all I can ever hope to get.

My missus had their seafood kway teow (RM5.00)…

Seafood kway teow

…and she loved it! I tried a bit and I thought it tasted something like what I had here – fried with chili sauce…except that it was much cheaper there but this one had more ingredients, whatever seafood there was in it.

Ah yes! They also set up a counter in front selling nasi lemak bungkus and a number of selections of Malay kuihs such as these…

Bateras Pulut sambal

…and I did buy some of these cucur udang (prawn fritters) at 3 for RM1.00…

Bateras cucur udang

…and though I would say they were very nice, I found the edges a bit hard – yes, hard, not crispy so I just peeled away the not-so-nice parts and only ate the rest of each of them.

I did speak to one of the guys and yes, according to him, most of them came from Pulau Jawa but they have been living in our country for a long time now. Well, I did not probe for any further details so that would be just about all that I know…about these people from another country.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

26 thoughts on “Another country…”

  1. I need to try more leafy wrap foods – I think this fall I will look into creating some more πŸ™‚

    What leaf do you use? Here, the most common would be banana though there are people using some others as well.

  2. I prefer steamed, but hubby likes fried.

    Catfish? I wonder how you steam it. We do steam it too but lightly fried first with ginger and garlic and lemon grass and soy sauce and adding lots of brandy and then steamed – something like how they do it here:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/slippery-when-wet/
    I guess those things would drown out the fishy smell. Or we would cook it masak kunyit (cooked with tumeric), our very much simpler version of the asam fish.

  3. I love the colour of the plates and bowls! πŸ™‚

    Oh? I never noticed. Those would be the standard ones they use here – not particularly fond of them – plastic! 😦

  4. I like the fritters than the other food.

    The ones I bought – very nice and cheap…but dunno why the edges were that colour and so very hard. Made me think of those stories about people melting plastic bags in the oil. I don’t think I would buy from there again – not that I’m saying they do that but though I did enjoy the rest of each, I just don’t feel they’re all that nice, spoilt by the edges.

  5. Mee bakso looks good. Is that spring onions or ku chai on the fritters? At one glance at the roughly cut spring onions I definitely go for the Malay kuih. Prefer it to be finely cut.

    I cannot even tell the difference. These days, the kuchai does not have that unique fragrance – no smell, no taste. Spring onions do not have the fragrance, chili is not hot and terung Dayak is not sour. What is this world coming to?

  6. Not my usual type of food but i would not mind to try some for a change. Sometimes i do wonder, am i Malaysian? πŸ˜›

    Malaysian sesat. I am more for anything ASEAN, Malaysian inclusive – the wonderful fragrances and tastes of all the ingredients used…and the spicier the better. Even Chinese gets rather boring at times…and often, there would be that msg overload that puts me off.

  7. Spelling error, maybe the “mihun” and “kuey teow”? The “kueh tiaw” sounds vulgar, hehehehe..The meatballs in the bakso look very chewy and bouncy.. And yummzz, I love fried stuffs.. I see cucur udang and popiah, love them with cili sauce !!

    Nope, see Isaac’s comment above.

    All so-so, none that swept me off my feet, nothing that would get me running back for more.

  8. I like prawn fritters, some sell, nice, some so so only…

    These would have been very nice if not for the hard edges.

  9. I think you didn’t enjoy the ikan keli because of the way it was cut. With so many cuts, the fish would dry out during the frying process. I love ikan keli but it should be fried whole to retain the moistness and sweetness of the flesh…and doused in sambal. Before I read your comments on the cucur udang, I thought the edges looked very hard too from the photo.

    Not really. It was not dry inside at all but it was bland – maybe frozen for too long, that kind of thing and I do not know what they marinated the fish with – and whatever it was, it did not taste all that great plus perhaps, it was too big. Some fish, if too big, will not be very nice.

  10. I always go to a penyet/pecal lele place at shah alam where they have this at RM 5.50 (RM 4.50 for chicken). Love them.

    Wowwwww!!!! That is so cheap. I think the cheapest we have at one place here would be RM5.50 and RM6.00 for the two but I can’t remember which costs what exactly.

  11. I couldn’t find the spelling error, till the second comment above pointed it out. Then it was obvious.

    LOL!!! Must have been a slip as everything else is ok.

  12. from the menu, i want nasi goreng kerang!!! πŸ˜€ though nasi goreng planta also sounds strangely alluring, haha πŸ™‚

    Oh? I did not even look! I am pretty sure any anywhere is not match for mine. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. The ikan keli was not good? Was it because of the seasoning or it was fried until it was too hard? I’ve eaten fish that had been fried to death 😦

    Maybe not fresh, frozen for too long already…and another reason could be it was too big – almost the size of my arm. Not all that is big is good. I did not seem to detect any seasoning so it did not really matter if they did season it with anything or not. I certainly would not go back for the fish ever again. Period.

  14. Seafoot! LOL! Of all the things in the picture, I was actually drooling at the sambal! LOL! Love anything hot and spicy!

    We sure share the same taste! High five!!! The sambal was all right, not bad. It was the fish I did not like.

  15. Cucur udang looks good to me, and the size is quite big too!

    Yes, very big and there were a few prawns on each – which is more that what I can say about those at the Chinese stalls – no sign of any prawn. Too bad about the edges that kind of put me off. 😦

  16. Your ikan keli rice reminds me of my college days when I stayed with 12 other girls of different races and nationality in a dorm. We used to go to a malay stall for dinner at night and ikan keli is one of the fish I used to like eating then..

    Used to eat them a lot when I was small – my mum would buy and she knew how to handle them. Loved eating them the way she cooked them. Have not bought and cook myself as they would slip from my hands and wriggle all over the place…and escape – I can imagine how disastrous it would be.

  17. I like Ikan Keli too.. last week I met up with a few of my Malay ex-colleagues to eat in a Muslim restaurant and I ordered kembong and ikan keli.. I was teased.. yes, I said I miss the assam curry and the crispy fried ikan keli… Nice food you had there, Arthur!

    No place like home, eh? One can have just so much of the western stuff – will be missing our own after a while. Can buy and cook one’s own there, actually – they do have quite a bit of the ingredients. I guess you were too busy running here and there having fun. πŸ˜‰

  18. You picked the right dishes in there, I used to indulge on seafood when I visit Indonesia during the old days most of them are fresh and cheap

    Too bad the fish was not all that nice, just big…very big. 😦

    1. Hahaha, because too many outdated, if i don’t catch up one by one, especially you and real gunner, you two posts always related to the previous one…that’s why I got to be very hard working read from the beginning lo…

      Not all the time – sometimes too long, so split into two or else some people may complain that it takes too long for the page to load especially when their connection is poor and there are so many photographs.

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