Monday, October 15, 2018

Sungai Kob Leisure Farm Restaurant (喜洋洋河鲜农场餐馆) @ Karangan, Kulim, Kedah.

Escape the city crowd and head over to Karangan, a quiet-remote area off Kulim Kedah... approximately an hour drive from Georgetown. Karangan is surrounded by many Palm Trees, driving into the area feels like entering jungles but the area houses many hidden Seafood restaurants. One of the latest additions is Sungai Kob Leisure Farm (喜洋洋河鲜农场餐馆), opened in late 2017, the farm is a good 5 minute drive away from the main road of Karangan (via bumpy roads surrounded with Palm Trees and woods). The setting definitely deserves a big "WOW", the dining area is beautifully decorated with many Chinese elements; especially note-worthy is the wooden hut built along the river... allowing diners to kick back, relax and enjoy the sumptuous meal amidst the greens. On the menu, the restaurant proffers a great variety of Chinese dishes with great emphasis on freshwater fish. The standard catch of Patin, Catfish, Tilapia are there but if you have an extra dollar to splurge, expensive option like Empurau is also available. 

Steamed Catfish 清蒸白须公 (Rm 52/ Rm 8 per 100 grams)

Salted Egg Salmon Skin 咸蛋黄鱼皮 (Rm 18/ small)

Claypot Farm Chicken with Chinese Yellow Wine 黄酒鸡 (Rm 30/ small)

Braised Noodles with Seafood 沙煲海鲜面 (Rm 15)

Deep Fried Tofu served with Pumpkin Sauce 南瓜豆腐 (Rm 15)

We decided to stay safe by having Steamed Catfish... fresh, meaty with delicious pockets of fats; we expect nothing less from a fresh Catfish. A pity that it was weighed at 750 grams, anything above 1.2 kg would be better... for the better meat-fat ratio. The Salted Egg Salmon Skin was a nice variant to the otherwise common Deep Fried Fish Skin; the flavors were spot on though we would prefer more Curry Leaves, for the bolder alluring aroma (better speed up the eating process lest they turned soggy). Braised Noodles with Seafood and Deep Fried Tofu with Pumpkin Sauce were equally good, both were beautifully executed, at least they did not disappoint. The Claypot Farm Chicken with Chinese Yellow Wine on the other hand, was a let down. The Chicken was too dry and rough in texture, as though we were biting rubber. The flavor-combo did not work for us either, the Yellow Wine element did not shine. It reminded us of the Taiwanese 3 Cup Chicken sans Basil, definitely nothing to do with Yellow Wine (a misnomer). 

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 9 pm on every Monday to Friday; 11:30 am to 9 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6013- 480 3139

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