jb famous curry fish head

There is a Chinese style curry fish head place in JB that seems to be VERY popular among the locals. Kam Long Restaurant serves curry fish head and curry fish head only. It’s their flagship, signature dish and…the only item on the menu. ;) I have heard about the prodigious queues forming just to get a taste of this very dish and I was very keen to check it out.

kam leong restaurant

The funniest thing I heard (which I didn’t get the first time) was from Lainey bff who told me – DON’T WRITE ABOUT IT. Geddit? I didn’t the first (or second time) either. smirk

curry fish head

Anyway, it just so happens that I was reading The Dead Cockroach’s review of the place the day before we were heading down. We drove along Jalan Wong Ah Fook twice and still couldn’t find the place so we stopped and asked for directions several times.

fish head

Okay, the problem with this place is that you can’t exactly see the Kam Leong Restaurant signboard while you’re driving. It’s obscured by some pull down canvas shutters to keep the sun out. It’s actually not hard to find – you just have to drive down from the BEGINNING of Jalan Wong Ah Fook and stop at the first traffic light.

queue

You’ll be able to see the queue of people outside the humble restaurant – just cross the road to join in.

curry fish head prep

It should be noted that the queue is not strictly first-come-first-serve. The small size of the restaurant and the limited seating arrangements allowed us (a group of two) to share a table with other people while if you’re in a larger posse, you might have to wait longer until a table clears.

steaming curry fish head

Well, since there’s only one thing to order, we went for the famous curry fish head for two people. It’s RM 18 inclusive of rice and you best be able to read Chinese coz there are no other languages on the menu. In fact, there is no menu, save for a small signboard beside the industrious kitchen.

kam leong curry fish head

I have to admit, the Chinese style curry fish head is very good. Lainey finished her rice, which is quite uncommon and I loved the curry sauce. They put in a lot of vegetables too – okra, long beans, tofu and so on but the fish head is the centerpiece and it does not disappoint.

hb lainey

The flesh of the fish is tender and juicy and the curry sauce complements the fresh fish head very well. My only complaint is that there isn’t enough fish meat to go around so if you’re feeling particularly hungry, order +1 people more than your group. :)

Anyway, I’m heading to JB again in a couple of hours despite just coming back early this week. Heh! We were in JB for Freedom. There’s another one this Saturday right in KL so don’t miss it! I’ll be going to the Freedom in Penang at the end of the month too!

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32 Responses to “The famous curry fish head in JB at Kam Long Restaurant”

  1. I have been here. Good curry fish head but long wait. I went at 1 and still a lot of people. What time did you go?

    • Hello Danny!

      We went at 12 pm or close enough to make no matter. :)

      Yes, there is a lot of people even then!

      Very popular place.

  2. Looks good. How do you rate it compared to Sheraton’s? Hey, wait a minute! We never did get to go and eat the one at Sheraton, did we?

  3. You’re sitting at the table as me!

  4. I can see that the place is teeming with people!

    • Hello Michelle!

      Yeah, this place is popular with the locals and visitors.

      Very good curry fish head, it’s worth the wait. :)

  5. waa really looks good!

  6. too bad this is in JB. if not, i will sure take my dad there as he loves curry fish head.

    • Yeah, well it’s worth a drive down if you like road trips. ;)

      It really is great curry fish head Eiling!

  7. i thought u will order big portion as whenever im thre alone i order 2 person portion and if i went with my another friend we will order big portion rm35 to satisfy our craving coz it got 2 big fish head inside… ;)

    • Heh! Well I’ll know better next time.

      I didn’t know how big the portion was so we just ordered for two.

      We’ll get a larger bowl next time. :)

  8. ahaha, i get it. but since this is a positive review, there won’t be any suits =P

  9. HB, this dish I make at home and family really enjoy it. I also added the cut up other part of the fish for more meat in dish. This is a make ahead and eat later if like dish.

    • I just had another well known fish head in JB too!

      …but it was with fish flesh instead of the head.

      I like the head better.

      There’s this Chinese saying – There are 18 flavors in a fish head. :)

  10. Everything on these pictures look so fresh and authentically made.And the food is great!

    • Yup! I love the freshness of the fish. :)

      It’s absolutely essential for a good curry fish head dish to use fresh ingredients.

      JB is a coastal town though so I imagine there’s a healthy fishing industry.

      Lovin’ it. :D

  11. hahaha you wrote about it, bff! :D

    • Haha! Yes, I did. I thought that was funny, the bit where you said not to and I didn’t get it. :)

      It’s good stuff though, just came back from some assam curry fish in JB and it wasn’t as good.

      Oh, and I learned something interesting – a lot of the Chinese places in JB are actually halal. :D

  12. The food is nice.I been there before but the service is bad. The owner seems a bit bossy when we placed order. Lotsa singaporeans head over for their food

    • Oh, so that’s where the crowd is from…Singapore. :)

      Is that the owner in the photo?

      He was really nice to us when we were there. Quite patient too coz he works fast (there were heaps of people) and I was taking photos of his fish head stock so he waited until I was done before taking one.

      I don’t know, maybe he was having a bad day? *shrugs

      • Not sure though but it’s themiddle age lady boss who operates when we went ove that day.maybe she has mood swing :p

        • Oh, we didn’t see any middle aged lady there. It was only this guy, could be the son of the owner?

          Well, the guy we saw was alright, nice person.

          Not sure about the lady you’re talking about though, but I’m glad she wasn’t there when we were. Heh! :)

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