Ah Fa Roast Fish in Pudu KL takes locals’ love for seafood to a whole new style, creatively putting together deep fried fish, tiger prawns, clams and squid over a bed of broth heaped with lots of vegetables, all in a rectangular metal tray. Like a “one-pot-cooked” dish which may not scores on presentation, but looks really impressive, saliva dropping in real.
This special dish gone viral for the past few months, resulting in long queue at Ah Fa ‘s stall from dinner till late. “Be there early by 5PM, or be ready to test your patience to queue and wait.” – That was what we heard from some of our friends, as well as reading from few of the blog reviews.
So Ah Fa ‘s popularity and queue grow proportionally with our curiosity, wondering “What’s so special about this tray of dish laid with abundance of ingredients?”. Finally decided to give Ah Fa Roast Fish a try on a weekday dinner. For location, look for RHB Bank Pudu KL, Ah Fa’s is just right behind it, by the road side. Finding parking can be difficult. Suggest to park one or two streets down.
As we walked towards Ah Fa’s stall, we saw a brightly lit restaurant named Fatt Kee Roast Fish Chinese Restaurant 發記招牌特色烤鱼, right across Ah Fa. Initially thought it as new competitor, but after some enquiries, we found that Ah Fa Roast Fish = Fatt Kee Roast Fish. LOL. Both shops belong to the same owner.
The new Ah Fa, or Fatt Kee, is clearly more spacious, air-conditioned, suitable for diners who wish to dine in comfort. For those who prefer to enjoy this rustic dish in local Malaysian street food style, the first original stall welcomes you always. Which one to visit? Doesn’t matter. Both offering same good taste.
Ah Fa menu is simple and straight forward for easy ordering – Choose from default Triple Seafood (RM88), Triple Seafood with Signature Fish (RM99) or Ah Fa Roast Fish (from RM38), then add on more Tiger prawns, squid, lala, enoki mushroom, tofu or fish if you wish to. Finally, choose the level of spiciness for your broth. 6 spiciness level to choose from – No spicy (不要辣), mildly spicy (微辣), spicy (小辣), medium spicy (中辣), very spicy (大辣), extra spicy (超级辣).
We tried out two – no spiciness at all and mildly spicy. Appeared in pale orange colour broth, our mild spicy roast fish pot seemed easy to handle, but was spicier than we thought of. Salty at the first sip, with tom yum like flavours kicked in, gone and there comes the after spiciness, running down our throat for seconds.
Named mildly spicy, but a level more spicier in actual. So, think twice when you want to go for super spicy. You mostly do not want to get tongue numbing and ended up can barely taste the sweetness of these fresh cooked seafood.
For those of you who can’t eat spicy at all, you may want to try out this non-spicy version of roast fish which is equally good.
Prawns are super huge, bouncy and fresh. Other ingredients like beans sprouts, tofu, and enoki mushroom are great sides, absorbing essence of soup for more flavouful, delicious munch. Get a bowl of rice to douse with, it could be the best companion to balance up the fiery kick.
Thanks to these tiny pale green colour chilies. They provide potent flavours.
Overall, an enjoyable dinner with non-stop spiciness over boiling and bubbling hot broth. Prawns are must have, with no regrets of extra orders.
Fatt Kee Roast Fish / Ah Fa’s Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Jalan Seladang Pudu
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(Behind RHB Bank Pudu)
Contact: 016-916 3999
Opening Hours: 5PM -12AM