Curry Fish Head at Sin Kim San Cafe

meng curry fish head

I was in Penang a couple of days ago and met up with Cheryl and Kah Wheng for dinner. They brought me to Sin Kim San at Macalister Road for a really good curry fish head meal.

sin kim san

Sin Kim San Cafe is this sprawling coffee shop with a wide range of stalls offering everything from monitor lizard soup to peh pah duck. There’s another coffee shop beside it which you can order from too.

curry fish head penang

The curry fish head stall is rather well known among the locals. You can opt for fish slices instead of a fish head and there several other seafood items like squid, prawns and catfish on offer. It’s cooked Chinese style with a really spicy kick ass gravy.

bbq chicken wings sin kim san

We also had an order of the BBQ chicken wings. Cheryl mentioned that this stall used to be manned by a dude with Goku hair but that night, an elderly man took his place. No idea whether it’s the same owner – I put forth the theory that it could be the dad but then again I’m not from Penang so I wouldn’t know for sure. Heh.

bbq chicken wings

The BBQ chicken wings is pretty good too – it’s glazed with honey and the BBQ process doesn’t toughen the meat. In fact, it’s quite tender and juicy.

curry fish head

However, the curry fish head is the highlight of the meal. The prawns we added on came partially de-shelled and there’s also tomatoes and pieces of okra inside. It’s topped with mint leaves and what I really like about it is the fact that it doesn’t have tofu products or other nonsense like that. smirk

sin kim san curry fish head

It’s served in a plastic bowl and our combination costs RM 33 for two. I would prefer using a claypot so it retains the heat but other than that I have no complains. The gravy is superb – thick, sweet and flavorful to the point that you can eat an entire plate of rice with just that.

sin kim san dinner

Penang is wonderful – it’s really a place where good food can be found in every corner. I’ve been there a lot of times and I still haven’t eaten all it has to offer. Hell, I’m half tempted to move there. :)

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26 thoughts on “Curry Fish Head at Sin Kim San Cafe

    • Heh! I ate more meals in a day in Penang than I ever do anywhere else. :)

      The best thing about Penang is that the portions are small so you can have more dishes. I had some awesome porridge, duck kueh chap and loh mee over there too.

      I am actually flirting with the idea of moving to Penang in my mind…but KL is a more realistic place to be at currently. :)

    • I was in Penang a couple of days ago. :)

      It was great, met up with friends, had lots of food, celebrated Oktoberfest etc etc.

      Well, you can always BBQ some chicken wings at your place…it’ll take a while but it’s better than nothing. :D

      • Im like sorta semi-fasting over here.. maybe i stay too long in malaysia until I have higher standard when come to food. I bet my standard will be lower if i spend some time in china..

        Great to hear you have great fun with friends.. penang is always famous for good food.. now i should put that as one of my next destination

        • I’ve been to China and what I like about the cuisine there is that you can find…just about anything. Haha!

          I’ve even eaten rat in Guilin. Huge ones from the rice fields. :)

          Yeah, I’ve always liked Penang as a place, great food and the lifestyle there is pretty nice too. Cheers bro!

  1. Oh why did you not try the wood fired pizza?

    it is t3h shit. The wood fired crust makes it even better than yellow cab pizza’s crusts.

    • I didn’t see it! :)

      Wood fired pizza in a Chinese coffee shop? Interesting.

      I’ll try the wood fired pizza next time. It sounds good bro! :D

  2. HB, I like the honey bar b q chicken wings and would make some of it. Made curry fish head and like it very much with rice. In states not that many places serve it and enjoy reading of your entries of Malaysian food very much. I think you like this dish made the Chinese style way being Chinese of course.

    • Yeah, it’s a Chinese coffee shop in Penang.

      The curry fish head is Chinese style – it’s usually less spicy and more watery but the good thing about this place is that the gravy is thick. :)

    • Nice! How long will you be in Penang?

      You should come at night – most of the stalls here only opens at night.

      Will you be passing by KL on your way to Penang? :D

    • Indeed!

      There’s way too much good food in Penang – probably take years to eat them all since new ones keep sprouting up. Heh!

      Nice, you get to travel a lot in your job! Have fun Eiling! :)

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