After a long day on the road visiting customers, it was a relieve to finally come to the end of the day and have a nice cool drink and get myself engulfed in smells from food. Mr Host suggested seafood for dinner, how could I say no ? I always look forward to my trips to East Malaysia – especially to Sabah where the seafood are fresh and reasonable priced. We stopped at the SEDCO Square which housed the seafood centre called – Kampung Air Seri Mutiara , there were 5 or 6 seafood restaurants under the same zinc roof ( they told me this used to be an open air area). Did a search on the WWW and found this link to Seri Selera , please click here
Seri Mutiara Seafood Restaurant has 2 type of seating , either the open area or in the air-conditioned area at the shoplot beside the open area, we chose to sit in the open area.
Mr Host and myself let our traveling companion ( TC) do the ordering as he seemed pretty well versed with the menu..Mr Host was more interested in puffing away on his ciggies ..
First up – white clams 沙白with spring onions and ginger – the very light flavour of the gravy did not ‘interfere’ with the dish- which brought out the sweetness and freshness of the clams. These were good clams
This was followed by some seashell thingy – which was advertised on the banner as strombus caranium 东风螺( RM8.80/kg) from Wikipedia- this is commonly known as ‘dog conch’ , this was steamed -plain. How to eat ? Use the toothpick provided to prick into the opening of the seashell and then slowly pull out the curly whirly meat. Although with no gravy , these strombus caranium thingy were really tasty..the texture of the meat were firm yet not tough, springy and sweet. Loved it, loved it….turned out that Mr Host does not eat strombus..which meant that the 2 of us had to finish the 1kg of conch – not that I am complaining..
Stir fried fern ( paku) with dried prawns – some of the ferns were a bit old / fibrous – but the crunchy dried prawns and the well balanced flavour made up for this minor shortcoming
Fish (Underwater chicken ) 海底鸡 – this was at RM10 per kg and the piece you see here cost us RM60. I do not know why this fish is called underwater chicken- but this seemed to be one of the more expensive fish ..there was a orangy blob in the cavity of the fish, I thought this to be the egg, TC generously scooped a big portion of this orange blob to my plate and said ‘Omega 3’ , the texture doesn’t seemed like that of fish eggs which are usually with a grainy-ish, this was smooth and for my arteries sake, I hope that this was really Omega 3 and not the egg lah..the soy sauce gravy was light and enhanced the sweetness of the fish..they know how to treat their fish. Another winner !
Crabs with cloves ( RM8.80/kg) …the crabs were meaty and fresh, the gravy fragrant and worked well with the crabs, apart from enjoying the crabs , I was busy licking my fingers and enjoying the gravy . Yes, we have another winner.
Turn out that Mr Host is really a small eater, maybe 1/4 of yours truly ( that probably also explain that he is also about 1 / 2 the size of yours truly. ), we ordered for 3 ( or maybe 4) and there were only 2 of us that did the real work. it was a challenge to finish the food, but because there were so good, it didn’t seemed like a chore at all.
TC wanted us to try the dessert – coconut pudding ( although I was already very close to bursting) – as it came so highly recommended, I am not someone who can refuse this. The coconut pudding ( RM12) came in a coconut, it was light, smooth and rich with fragrant of coconut milk . Not bad at all…..
A truly enjoyable meal….
The bill came to RM139.10 inclusive of 3 rice and drinks…
Business Hour: 3pm – 2am daily
Sedco Square, Kampung Air, 88300,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 210 400
Map below copied from Seri Selera website http://www.seriselera.com/public/loc.asp