Friday, March 30, 2007

Ka-Soh Seafood Restaurant

I've been having a terrible craving for fish-head noodles but all the good ones I read about seemed to be only open for lunch! My cravings had to be satiated someway or another so Ka-Soh Seafood Restaurant famed for their fish-head noodles was a fast and easy choice. Ka-Soh actually originated from Singapore and although they sound quite ordinary and look simple, lots of famous Hong Kong and local celebrities frequent the place.

They're so famous for their fish-head noodles that a picture of it graces their menu cover, lest you forget!

I opened the menu and Egad! Their prices have gone up since I last ate there before Chinese New Year! They used to charge RM7 per pax for their fish-head noodles but now it's gone up to RM8.30 per pax. Ditto with the small portion and large portions. Luckily their medium prices remained the same.

Wat-tan-hor yin yong (RM16.50, medium)

Bro who ate here once said their yin yong (kuey teow mixed with fried beehoon in a starchy egg sauce) was not too bad so we gave it a shot and was pleased to find that service was pretty fast as we were all starving! It was quite tasty and they were quite generous with the vege, lean pork and prawns accompanying it. The sauce was nice and eggy with a nice starchy texture - perfect comfort food! Our only grouse was that the fried beehoon base was a little hard and it took some whacking with the spoon to get it to break up.

Kangkung stirfried with sambal (RM9.00, small)

The necessary vegetable dish with a nice fragrant aroma from the sambal.

Prawn paste fried chicken (RM13.00, small)

We got tempted by the photo and ordered it without realising that it was one of their specialities too and we weren't disappointed! Small yielded about 6 pieces of chicken which was seasoned in prawn paste and deep-fried. Served piping hot, it smelt gorgeous and was equally good! Tender from the marinade, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, it was a dish we really enjoyed.

Fish-head beehoon (RM23.00 , medium)

Finally the piece de resistance! It was a huge bowl for a medium portion and swimming in the milky broth was a generous portion of thick vermicelli noodles, slices of fish and large pieces of fried fish and fish-head. According to them, they don't cheat by adding milk into the broth to get the milky texture. Instead, the broth base is created by boiling Toman fish which is also widely believed by the Chinese to have curative powers. It was good! Best eaten when hot, the soup is delicately flavoured but a little fishy, to us. A little bit of salted vegetable might have added a little more flavour and tang to the soup while killing its fishy smell. The sliced fish was fresh while the fried fish pieces were nicely fried, giving it a delicious flavour.

The bill came up to RM70.73 for 4 of us which wasn't too bad considering the portions of the noodles. Service was quite fast but that could have been because the place was relatively empty when we arrived.

So the next time you're craving for some fish-head noodles or good unpretentious Chinese dishes, head over to Ka-Soh! They have 2 more outlets in the city; one in Jalan Bukit Bintang (opposite Ritz-Carlton Hotel) and one in Medan Damansara. And as I was leaving, I saw a printed copy of a review done by KY of! Impressive!

I was rather amused to see Restoran Kak Ipar on the bill until sis pointed out to me that Ka-Soh was Sis-in-Law in Cantonese! fluffy moment! :p


Paris said...

No kiamchai so fail already :P It wasn't too bad but I felt it tasted a tad bland.

"we're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little looney..."

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I've been to Ka-Soh once. Tried the fish-head noodles. Thought it was too fishy too. Doubt if I'll try it again. I didn't know it was a cheat-method to put in milk..? Hmmm. U learn new things everyday!

L B said...

ooooo, that prawn paste fried chicken!! Oh YUM!!

boo_licious said...

LOL, they claim they don't put any milk in it per their interview with Ho Chak/Chiak.

Pink Elle said...

Paris B - "And in this cartooney we're invading your TV!" :)

LL - Well do give their other dishes a shot! We particularly liked the chicken!

LB - You've tried? Come back la and we can go eaties! ;)

Boo - I guess that's how they can charge premium prices!

Precious Pea said...

Funny, I thought Ka-Soh should be daughter-in-law??? I like their deep fried much like suckling pig!

Pink Elle said...

Precious Pea - Is Ka-Soh DIL?! Me speak no Cantonese! Maybe someone should tell them it shouldn't be Kak Ipar Restoran! :)