Thursday, October 22, 2009

Prawn fishing at JB Taman Daya

Almost forgot to post this only after I scroll through the pics in my hp.
We travel across the causeway to jb frequently every wkend for various reason like shopping, food, movies, pump petrol and also..PRAWN FISHING!

We were there few times but I did not take any pic because I was too distracted and excited to fish out hp to click haha.. If we are lucky, we can hit a prawn almost every 5mins! For amateurs like us, tt is a far cry to our experience back in spore. The reason that that make us keep going back there is..

1. We are going jb anyway
2. CHEAP RATE at RM15/hr.. comes abt S$6.10 after conversion! 1 hr free if buy 3 hr, thats means S$4.60/hr!
3. Water is clean. Means prawns are happy to bite.
4. Marvelous bait. They give strong springy red beach/rag worm which is iressistable to the prawn!
5. Nice enviroment. Sell drinks, no stench, well ventilated, friendly malaysian who not stingy to give good tips.
6. Most importantly.............boss willing to buy back your prawns for RM20/kg! We will use the $$ to buy more hours heehee. It is very convenient for us as we might not head back home immediately and we don't really like to eat 'tua tao hay' actually

Small cardboard provided for cutting bait

16 Jalan Pinang 23
Taman Daya 81100
Johore Bahru, Malaysia

Park along lane near shop. Unless you know jb road very well if not try use gps to get there.
There is one tackle shop nearby which I fogot the name and we never fail to pop by when prawning.
We still have 3hrs left so dear when can we go there again?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fried peacock bass

Mike was so excited that he nibbled off the tail meat before taking a pic. He brought along his pb he caught the same day as mine to cook for our sunday lunch. I have absolutely no idea how to prepare these fresh water creatures so I leave it to him. He figured out the best way is to fry and top over with savoury sauce. Although it was not so tasty like snapper, I overall still enjoy it :P

Monday, October 19, 2009

My 1st Peacock bass

Spent last weekend at lower pierce reservoir with mike hunting for haruan or any chance of pb. Using my humble $2 light lure I bought from daiso, i was surprised a pb striked almost immediately before I started trawling my lure. I fully understand now why it is favoured by many anglers because this time I finally experienced how fast speed and strength a pb fought to get away. Also couldn't believe how lucky I was to catch one.

Blur pic taken fm my hp (I was grinning ear to ear actually)
Ok I brought home this time because I wonder how cooked pb taste like but will definitely cnr at next round.
Fresh water fishing at reservoir is good alternative to kill instant itch as we are not restricted follow the tide, moon phrase and the much dreaded scorching sun! I am really looking forward to my next pb..

Friday, October 16, 2009

Todak Otak

I slept sniffing imaginary otak aroma last night. The 'make otak,make otak,make otak thoughts kept flashing in my head till the next morning and wasn't even spared when brushing my teeth..the thought of freshly made otak smell oozing from grilling oven is too overpowering. I know if I dun do it, I will die!

I have been wanting to make otak  for a long time as it has always been one of my to do dish in my collection of recipes. Rushing my routine chores with quick hands, I finally got settled down to make otak from the todak we caught previously.

Paste already look promising..

I cannot tell you how wonderful the fragrance was..the mixture of grilled banana leaf with the filling is simply heavenly.

Sing along pls...nice to look, good to eat...
I have to admit my otak taste really delicious and I passed some to mike. It tasted like those square fish cake in thai restaurant except mine a bit dry because of the fish quality I used. The most suitable fish to make otak would be spanish mackeral, hokkien we call batang or any fish which is oily enough. Came to know todak tends to be drier than other regular fish we eat. No wonder they are known for bad quality eating fish. However my 'sifu' who is non other than my mum told me the trick is to blend some cooking oil to the fish paste before mixing into the otak spice, good I willl do that for my next otak attempt : D


300g chopped fish meat
Banana leaf

Group A
4 pcs red chilli
3cm galangal or blue ginger, cut into bits
1 tsp tumeric powder
2 stalk lemon grass, slice thinly
6 shallots
2 clove garlic, smashed
6 lime leaves or limau purut, finely sliced

Group B
1/2 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp salt
11/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup or 100ml coconut milk
 2 eggs

1. Mix A in blender. Make sure the rough herbs like lemon grass and galangal are finely grinded.
2. In a separate bowl, mix group B well. Mix A in together and followed by fish meat. Let it stand for 15mins in refridgerator or somewhere cooling.
3. Clean banana leaf with damp cloth and cut it in desired shape. Oil the surface before laying the paste. Fasten with satay sticks.
4. Bake in preheated oven 160-180celcius for 20-25mins.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quiet month..glad todak landed

Assuming the recent killer tremors in indonesia which left thousands killed could have spooked the marine species from feeding in their periodic manner, we have been refraining ourselves from fishing lately and partly because of our friends' reviews who have been fishing inshore & offshore with no good results.
However we still decided to give it a try at our favorite spot and let god decide our fate.
After hours of long wait(I hav already given up), our perseverance finally paid off when mike hooked up a todak with his floater and it was much bigger than our 1st caught. I recalled I was able to coil the previous todak tighly in our small coleman box but for this fella, no way! I kept the todak cold in a plastic bag with an ice pack on our way home later.

 I have decided what to whip out from this fish.. Todak Otak!