Its a Sunday and we feel like having authentic Malay Kampung (Village) dishes for lunch. So we drove 100 km to a Kampung in Johor (Teluk Sengat in Kota Tinggi district). We came across this restaurant at the junction of road J92 (enroute to Desaru) and J222 (Jalan Teluk Sengat) - Masakan Kampung Ibrahim (Ibrahim Kampung Dishes).
We had rice with Gong-Gong (Conch/ Sea Snails)...
which, we can get in Singapore...and Asam Pedas Ikan Sembilang (Cat-fish in Chili Tamarind Broth)...
which, we can get in Singapore....but mostly at my my Mom's place....and Horseshoe Crab (Belangkas)...
which I have not eaten in yonks: Oh wait...as of 2 weeks ago: I had the same dish in another restaurant in Kota Tinggi 2 weeks ago when I had a craving for this Living-Fossil-of-an-animal which looks like something out of an Alien movie. (Small piece of wiki information: Its blood is blue in colour and used for the detection of bacterial endotoxins in medical applications).
I believe, to the Kota Tinggians, Belangkas is not as exotic as what we urbanites think. It is available in abundance in Kota Tinggi, especially during the spawning season. This dish must be properly prepared, as some parts of the animal can be toxic. The eggs are prized while the flesh are normally sparse. The flesh tastes like chicken+mud-crab and the eggs tastes like little beads of egg yolk. Locals cook it in Asam Pedas (Chili Tamarind) or Lemak Chili Padi (Coconut and birds eye chili) broth.
After the most satisfying lunch, we traveled further down Jalan Teluk Sengat to the scenic and breezy village and bay area.
Location of Kedai Masakan Kampung Ibrahim
Location of Medan Selera Teluk Sengat
Here, we share some of our Halal eatery finds.