This is definitely one of the most happening places for Ikan Bakar in Kuala Lumpur. I’m talking about the Kampung Baru Ikan Bakar Berempah (Gerak 21), Gerai Pak Lang. We were quite late for lunch that day, but the queue was still very long when we arrived at about 2.00pm. You may not be able to see the queue from here, but the actual queue was up to the road. It was the weekend, so I guess many were having late lunches.
Even though the queue was a long one, the queue was a moving one (thank goodness!). The queue stopped once a while as the crowd waited for the ikan bakar to be cooked. There are 4 flat pans used to cook different batches of fishes. At one time, only one specific type of fish was cooked on a pan. Once a batch is completed, they would change / rotate to another type of fish. If the type of fish of your choosing is not available yet, you have to either wait for it or take whatever that is ready.
There are seven different types of fishes available. They are:-
- Pari – RM8.00
- Kembung – RM7.00
- Cencaru – RM8.00
- Keli – RM7.00
- Talapia – RM9.00
- Terubuk – RM15.00
- Bawal – 10.00
The price of the ikan bawal if compared to the other types of fish may be slightly high but the ikan bawal is actually quite fleshy.
Ikan pari is a popular choice among the locals and this is the only type of fish which did not go through the rotation.
While waiting for our fish to be cooked, we saw a notice reminding the staffs not to bring any food back. Anyone caught doing so, would have his / her pay cut. Funny isn’t it.
The stingray fish was quite fleshy as well. It was full of flavours. It was savoury and spicy. There are at least two different types of sauces to accompany this dish with. The spicy red chili and chopped red onions with dark sweet soy sauce and the sour spicy sauce.
The pomfret was equally good. The flesh was much firmer compared to the stingray. It wasn’t dry. It was cooked just right. Although it may look slightly charred here. But that’s the whole point of ikan bakar, right. The slight burned on the sides makes the fish tasted even better.
Aside ikan bakar, mixed rice is available as well. You could take some dishes from the rows and rows of dishes (frequently replenished) to go with your ikan bakar.
Gerai Pak Lang Ikan Bakar & Masakan Ala Kampung
Jalan Raja Muda Musa,
Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
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