In search of good freshwater produce has always been our favorite thing to do, especially on long weekends. In our recent quest to Kulim, Kedah (border town of Penang and Kedah State), we visited Restaurant Kolam Ikan; one of the famous Chinese restaurants near to Kulim Hi-Tech Park. Kolam Ikan is known to churn out freshwater produce (namely Tilapia, Catfish, Patin etc), the owner owns fish farms (in Kedah) and therefore, able to source some of the freshest catch in town. The restaurant was previously situated right next to the fish pond but it was inaccessible right now. They were forced to move out and now, operating in their own residence. They do not have a very elaborate menu but just a few types of signature dishes they are best at. However, we thought the choices here are too "safe" and lacked of excitement. We thought Big Tree fared slightly better over Kolam Ikan. Kolam Ikan is tucked within a housing area in the vicinity and it's within a short distance drive from Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
Three-flavored Deep Fried Tilapia (Rm 36)
Steamed Wild Catfish (Rm 54)
We were told that their Three-flavored Deep Fried Tilapia was one of the must-haves and it's the de-facto dish ordered by most diners. Kolam Ikan uses large Tilapia for this dish, the river fish was deep fried with a crispy crust and ladled over their home-made sweet-sour Chili sauce. The texture was meaty with crispy edges but we thought the flesh was slightly overcooked and a tad too dry to our liking. The sauce was the standard sweet-sour-spicy sauce, nothing overly exciting.
We were given two options- farmed ones or wild ones; we opted for the wild Catfish. It appeared to be underfed and thin but the flesh was firm. We thought the Soy Sauce could be more flavorful (probably due to its no alcohol policy, alcohols were not used here) but it was a decent Steamed Catfish nevertheless.
Stir Fried Paku-Pakis with Belacan (Rm 10)
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: No. 9, Lot 492, Padang Kulim, Kelang Lama, 09000, Kulim, Kedah.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6013- 437 9606