The Famous Chinatown’s Grilled Fish Is No Longer The Same

The legendary Portugese grilled fish at Chinatown is one of bf’s favorite food in town. I finally brought him here again, since his last visit many years ago.

Ikan Panggang stall
Ikan Panggang stall
Ikan Panggang stall
Ikan Panggang stall

I didn’t know the stall name, until last night. It is simply called as Ikan Panggang (which means grilled fish). Such a generic stall name, and tucked in a hidden location, easily go unnoticed by those not in the know.

The killer sauce
The killer sauce
Preparing the parcels
Preparing the seafood parcels
Packful of flavors
Packful of flavors

Foils of spicylicious sea-goodies, have satisfied hungry diners for decades. The parcels also include vegetables such as ladyfingers, long green beans, etc.

Burn baby, burn
Burn baby, burn

Only charcoal fire can bring out the best food.

Not crowded on weekday
Not crowded on weekday

Gone were those days that we have to order, pay first, and come back for our food in an hour time. Business was quiet on a Thursday night, around 8.30pm.

Giddy with anticipation
Giddy with anticipation

We only had to wait for about 15 minutes for our parcel .. and we were full of anticipation.

Not as powderful as it used to be
Not as ‘powderful‘ as it used to be

Since we have not visited this place for a long time, we ordered stingray + squid + prawn, which costs us RM 23 for a medium size parcel. Level of spicyness can be adjusted, I ordered ours to be spicy, but not too spicy.

Menu
Menu
Other fish options
Other fish options

I later realized that they do have other fish options, which provides a good alternative to stingray.

Bf tried to stay away from ray fishes, as they are in the danger of extinction. And the main threat is none others than overfishing, to meet our demand. But I also read that it depends on which species, most stingrays are in the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) category “Of Least Concern,” meaning they’re doing fine.

Drink menu
Drink menu

No outside drink is allowed, so we had to order from them.

Attitude-wise, they are still not the friendliest people in town. Old habits die hard, I guess.

Beside Hong Leong bank
Beside Hong Leong bank

After this disappointing meal, I am in no hurry to return. The stall is just located beside Hong Leong bank, at the junction of Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling, if you want to try this legendary Portugese grilled fish stall.

 

 

Ikan Panggang Portugis Istimewa

Junction of Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling (beside Hong Leong Bank)

Tel: 019 3159448 (Mr Chong)

Business hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-11pm (Closed on Mondays)

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.