however, good food are meant to be shared, and so i will.
the place is 'muara sungai duyung', melaka. to get there, just follow the old road leading to muar. along the way, just be on a lookout for a narrow path leading to a river - and you'll eventually see the ikan bakar restaurant.
when at lost, asked around. that was how we first 'stumbled' upon the muara sungai duyung.
i have 3 boys; one of which is a baby that sleeps in the baby carrier upon a stroller. the place is huge enough for a whole lot of strollers, or even spaces for kids to run around.
it's clean. it's clear and bright. it has a nice view of the river, and it's festive with shouts of the staff making orders for the patrons.
speaking of making order, here's how -
- you pick a seat,
- check out the counter at the back with all the fresh fish, crabs (and even a tub of siput sedut that are still moving!),
- make your order,
- sit down and wait for your order,
- be merry,
- and pay at the cash counter.
another plus point is, the food comes fast - before you can even wonder 'apsal lama sangat ni?' or make basi jokes like 'diorang ni masak ikan ke, gi tangkap ikan?'
bravo! this part is very important in every restaurant - serve food promptly!
the ikan bakar is served together with this cicah - soy sauce, cut up limau purut and cili padi, together with slices of onion.
also, it's the first time i ate ikan bakar WITH nasi lemak! really a new thing. when i first came i still ordered white rice, and eventually tried it with nasi lemak. not bad. different, but it's still good!
how's ikan bakar with icy-cool jugs of fresh orange and watermelon juice? perfectorific!
...and here's the main dish - the ultra delicious ikan siakap! salty sweet and succulent. soft and melts in your mouth. take a spoon, cut into it, and watch the juice trickle.
it's fresh, and it tastes fantastic.
ok, at first, i thought this is kepah. and then i thought it's probably something else. wanna help me out here, anyone?
here's my personal favorite - the sotong goreng tepung. this is a must-have in my list of lauk because (being a picky eater, remember?) i love to have ANYTHING crunchy to go with my rice and other lauk.
keropok is best, popadam next, and other deep fried food item would do fine as well. that's why having this fried squid was just perfect.
specially for mr khairul's spicy-nut tastebud - the ketam masak cili, and udang masak cili. yes, masak cili. myself being a tak-tahan-pedas chick took just a bite, and left it up to mr. khairul to finish it.
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...and at the end of the day...
if you're a fan of good seafood, your pursuit of the best ikan bakar stops here at muara sungai duyung. simply because of its freshness, great taste, and highly affordable. try it yourself!
we finally went there this time around, we will go again when we come back next year, just like we went there last year. click here to read about our last year's trip to muara sungai duyung.