Curry fish head @ Phoenix Court, Paramount

phoenix court

I had promised to buy a curry fish head dinner at Sheraton for some fellow bloggers who had helped me out in the Oreo and Heineken posts and they never really let me forget it. ;) Unfortunately, Sheraton was closed for the week due to the proprietor being out of town so STP suggested that we head to Phoenix Court at Paramount instead.

phoenix court interior

Now, the interesting thing about Phoenix Court’s curry fish head is that the chef was originally from Sheraton (which has a legendary flagship curry fish head dish) but apparently the proprietor was the only one who knew the exact ingredients so the chef didn’t have the complete recipe for it.

phoenix court setting

Thus, the original Sheraton curry fish head secret recipe is still intact and Phoenix Court does a passable, but inferior version of the dish. However, that didn’t stop Phoenix Court from promoting the curry fish head as one of their flagship dishes. The other flagship dish of Phoenix Court is the the giant prawns in gravy. It’s served with a fried dough that’s cut into slices like a cake.

phoenix court tiger

I’m sorry I ordered Tiger beer, the place doesn’t have Heineken. ;) Oh, I read in the papers today that it seems like there’s going to be no alcohol served at the Chelsea – Malaysia friendly due to certain religious affiliated political parties being unreceptive to the idea. Oh well. Anyway, The Mysterious D (TMD) had also saw it fit to grace us with her presence so it was a bit of a “Welcome Home!” occasion for her as well.

phoenix court peanuts

You pay RM 2.50, you get peanuts. ;)

phoenix court curry fish head dish

The curry fish head (RM 40) at Phoenix Court resembles the famous Sheraton curry fish head in all but taste.

phoenix court curry fish head

It still tastes pretty good though, but they really shouldn’t be comparing themselves to Sheraton.

phoenix court prawns

The giant prawns cooked in a special egg sauce (RM 42) is, in my opinion, the real flagship dish of Phoenix Court. The sauce is probably the chef’s secret now, and they should be promoting this instead.

phoenix court bread

It is served with a side dish of a huge chunk of fried dough much like a cake. It serves well to soak up the delicious gravy of the dish.

phoenix court prawns macro

This comes highly recommended from me – it’s really that good.

phoenix court us

Thanks to STP, Mary and D for helping me out with the posts! Cheers!
I know, my Photoshop skillz is really POHfessional. ;)

phoenix court napkins

The total was about RM 107.30 which is on par with Sheraton. Nowadays, napkins also RM 1.20 okay.

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42 thoughts on “Curry fish head @ Phoenix Court, Paramount

  1. LOL that you were even able to break down the cost of the peanuts and napkins.
    I have tried Paramount Hotel’s curry fish head and thought they were quite nice. Now I’m curious to try out Sheraton’s. He he…

  2. Is that it? Just one photo? You mean l combed my hair just for that? Hahahahaha! Seriously, given a choice now, l’d choose that prawn dish over Sheraton’s curry fish head now! Yum! Yum!! Thanks, Huai Bin. We’ll eat again sometime…food, l mean! ROTFLMAO!

  3. Is that it? Just one photo? You mean l combed my hair just for that? Hahahahaha! Seriously, given a choice now, l’d choose that prawn dish over Sheraton’s curry fish head now! Yum! Yum!! Thanks, Huai Bin. We’ll eat again sometime…food, l mean! ROTFLMAO!

  4. Hey, HB, I’ve been a bit out of action for a while but I have been catching up on your stuff without commenting.
    I totally love the great food you get to eat (not the rubbish fast food muck though.
    You really seem to be so well and that’s very pleasing.
    Stay sane, bro, and keep posting on the local food that I will never get here in England.
    Didn’t know that you were a Chelsea fan. Their training ground is in Cobham and not too far from where I live. As for myself, I can’t stick football but I know where I would stick some of that sweet food you seem to get so often; in my big, fat gob, that’s where.
    Take care my friend.
    H.

  5. heh. the chelsea match and my name mentioned in the same para. was that deliberate or am i being perasan? and what!!! No alcohol? what is this country coming to? sigh. life (and matches featuring Malaysia or Chelsea or worse, BOTH) are too sad to be taken sober. heh.

  6. Kari Kepala Ikan?
    Uuuuuhhh… my fav still my dad’s. Spicy,thick and completed with okras (lady fingers)and tomatoes. Ahhh.. those were the days when living with parents. Everything tasted so nice. :p

  7. The big fresh water prawn with sauce kind of reminds me of Crab/Big prawn with satay sauce at Rock Road sea food. The different is the Phoenix fried dough is bloody huge. Oh ya the Shereton you mention is that Shereton Hotel? I sure wanna sample the fish head curry since you mention it over and over again. Hmmm long long time since I went to Sibu

  8. I actually like Tiger beer better than Heineken, though I am from the U.S. and Tiger is a bit harder to get. More refreshing to me. The food looks great. Sibu prawns are always the best. Next time in Sibu, you drive, I buy, lets eat like pigs.

  9. I tried the Sheraton fish head. Dont remember much about the taste, but remember waited for a long time.
    I want to try the Phoenix prawn dish. Looks good.
    HB, I think you have developed a signature “Innocent PHB look” in your camwhoring sections (not as much on this one though). LOL Those eyes especially.

  10. KY: Hey, the really fast airborne cars already out izzit? You got a review unit already? How is the fuel consumption? ;)
    willchua: I give credit to the wonders of itemized billing. ;)
    Sheraton’s curry fish head is way better than the Paramount version.
    suituapui: Haha! There were a lot of group photos, but you know lar, I choose the one which I look the best in. ;)
    Seriously though, this was the ONLY clear shot that came out coz of the incandescent lighting. Very bad for this particular digicam.
    Yeah, the prawn dish is something else right? Very delicious. When are we eating again? Tonight can or not? ;)
    goolooloo: Haha! 10% ah…quite expensive lah, your fee. ;)
    Seriously though, thanks for helping out!
    henry the thirst: Hello there! I’m not really a big fan of Chelsea but I’m a big fan of Heineken beer. ;)
    I will be posting more about local food – do it later this evening when I get back from work. Thanks for the comment my friend and take care!
    Grace Ong: I’ve even gotten the local food that you wanted already. :)
    No alcohol, thanks to PAS Youth. Oh, we’re going sober? I didn’t know that was on the agenda. ;)
    (=’.’=): Coz you never come when we ask. :p
    Seriously though, guest list was controlled by TMD who didn’t want people to know that she was back due to certain circumstances which I’m not at liberty to reveal. Anyway, will definately get you out next meet. Cheers! :)
    Or…we could just eat curry fish head at your place. ;)
    Cokelatrawkz: Yeah, curry fish head MUST be served with okra. I’m not so sure about tomatoes though, but then again I haven’t tried your dad’s version. You know how to cook it?
    Project Kepala Ikan. :)
    Roland: Yeah, the fried dough is gigantic! It’s the size of a regular cake! Nope, it’s Sheraton restaurant, the one that used to be at the Delta swimming pool place and now moved to somewhere near the town Ngiu Kee.
    clementwpy: You left Sibu already? When are you coming back?
    David: I prefer Heineken for regularly available beers since it’s the same price as Tiger beer anyway.
    Yeah, the huge prawns over here are nice, but a little bit on the expensive side though.
    Sure, on definately, call me if you’re in Sibu. :)
    fish fish: Haha! Yeah, since they’re so established, they can easily afford to allow people to wait for a long time. The Phoenix prawn dish is nice, I bring you when you come back to Sibu.
    I am trying to change my image a bit la…saham turun already. ;)
    Even took to wearing a tie to work (but admittedly to cover up a love bite la).
    Dr. Pepsi: Everyone charges for peanuts and napkins nowadays! I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy by a restaurant cartel or something but everyone does it now.

  11. Wahwah HB….
    Project No.1 haven’t launched (Lokan Hunting) now wanna do Project no.2 aaarr?? Hahaahahaa…. will find a good day to cook and blog about it. eh, tomorrow can’t-larrr.. we go to Sematan, yaaaayyy!!!!

  12. nkwai: Yeah! The prawns are HUGE!
    Cokelatrawkz: We can do both when I’m in Kuching. It’ll be so much fun! I’m going to a beach tomorrow too. :)
    bongkersz: You’re not in Sibu, or I’ll have gotten TMD to invite you. :)

  13. Waseh… STP looks so young and hansem in his bright orange T-shirt. Very appropriate for eating fish head curry. cant see the stains.

  14. KpgNangkaBoy: It’s better to wear dark clothes while eating stuff that can cause Splash Damage (TM). I just had lunch and dropped a piece of meat into soy sauce and it splattered all over the place. Luckily, I wasn’t wearing my white shirt.

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