It doesn't take much to get a car full of people to go for fish head curry. Just think up an excuse which is 'article research' and a whole list of places pop up like mushrooms after a rainstorm. Hence that's how we came to be at Taman Wahyu on a sultry hot afternoon last week.
Full of spice-soaked head and okra
40, 42 Jalan Sibu 8,
Batu 6, Jalan Ipoh,
68100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 6257 2932, 03 6257 8615
A little out of the way if you don't work/ live near Selayang
E & O is a fond fish head favourite and even though we were there a little after lunch, there were still tables full of people licking their chops, loosening their belts and generally postponing their return to various office desks where no doubt a curry-sweat siesta will ensue. Everywhere, there were signs of fish head massacre, piles of bones and curry stained utensils and napkins.
The place is basic and hot but there's an air-con area. Somehow eating fish head curry at an air-con area seemed kinda wussy so we found a table near a spinning fan and ordered up the grub. They have all sorts here from jumbo prawn curries and giant squid to a selection of fried items. But we are here for some head...
So one large ikan merah head in a dastardly deep brown curry sauce. "I cop the eyes," our burger dude grinned and proceeded to demolish the top part of the head. This man is a 'head' machine, watching him eat fish head is like seeing a killer whale pulverise well... a whale. I managed to get some fat cheeks. The flesh is nice and firm and there is a lot of it. However, the fish is not as fresh as it can be, there is a hint of yesterday's catch. To me fresh fish will squeak between the teeth, this one merely flaked. Still, the curry comes up trumps. It is riddled full of spice-soaked lady's fingers and tofu and thoroughly addictive. So I can see why this place has stood the test of time, the curry is slurp-worthy. It was so good that we took the extra gravy home.
We recommend you reheat back the curry on a very low simmer until it becomes jam-like. This, you spread on toast like marmalade. Also with the curry is a nice acar that is strangely compulsive eating, some fried chicken and fried fish eggs. The fried chicken is a little cold so we recommend you come early so you can get it hot. The fish eggs are good too a great balance to the curry.
All in all, it was quite a satisfying lunch. Now it's time to stretch out on the office couch for an afternoon catnap. Zzzzz...
Opening times: 10am- 8pm everyday
1 medium head sets you back RM45