Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish)

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guides / October 23, 2016
Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish) Image credit: Li Tsin Soon/Flickr

Ikan Bakar is so simple and basic but it has brought so many humble stalls a massive number of devotees. The secret to its popularity?

The fish used is fresh out of the water. It is then infused with a spicy paste or rubbed with turmeric and salt that gives the tasty flavor to the fish. This will be grilled until it gets a slightly crispy skin and the flesh becomes heavenly soft.

You can dip it in a variety of sauces but a favorite is one that is made of soy sauce, tamarind water, chopped chilies and onions.

Include the grilled stingray as it is the best choice for a grilled fish. Be ready with a handful of napkins on your side as it will be a finger-licking treat!

Here are the best places to get ikan bakar in KL.

  • MAT TEH IKAN BAKAR
    For juicy and flavorful ikan bakar
    What to order: Grilled catfish, Grilled stingray, Fruit juices
    Price range: RM25 per pax ($8.20)
    When: 11:00 until end of lunch, daily
    Where: Dato Keramat Market, Jalan Dato Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
  • MEDAN IKAN BAHAN GERAI NO.3 
    For a tasty party of grilled seafood
    What to order: Grilled stingray, Roasted squid, Sambal roasted prawns
    Price range: RM25 per pax ($8.20)
    When: 11:00 - 23:00 Monday to Friday
    Where: Jalan Bellamy, Bukit Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
  • SAMBAL HIJAU RESTAURANT 
    For a huge range of authentic Malaysian dishes
    What to order: Grilled fish, Roasted squid, Braised beef tendon, Malay desserts
    Price range: RM10 to RM12 ($2.40 to $2.88)
    When: 07:30 - 02:00 Mon to Sat; 07:30 – 12:00 Suns
    Where: Lot 2990, Kampung Sungai Penchala, Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
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