Asam Pedas, directly translated to English means “sour and spicy”. There are various versions of this dish but i am almost certain that the best version can be found in Malacca, especially since the cuisine here is strongly influenced by the local culture which include a blend of Malay, Chinese and Portuguese flavours.
A distinct taste in any Asam Pedas dish is the tamarind juice and a spicy rempah which consists of some chilli, belachan and candlenut. This is served with various types of fish or even meat. Based on reviews, we decided to sample the Asam Pedas Claypot. Most people here would order the Asam Pedas Tenggiri (Mackerel), but since we prefer less bones in our fish, we ordered the Asam Pedas Piri (Stingray) Set.
The order was served as a set which comes with white rice, salted eggs, some fried cabbage and sambal. We agreed that the Asam Pedas was sufficiently sourish and spicy. It was slightly salty if taken alone without rice. The stingray was fresh, however the ladies fingers which were thinly sliced did not soak up any flavour from the broth. The accompanying salted egg and cabbage tasted normal and the rice was dry and lacking in texture. The biggest disappointment was the claypot was used merely as a gimmicky serving dish. One would expect that the claypot would have been heated and that the broth would also be served piping hot, unfortunately the dish was lukewarm.
We also decided to try the Nasi Lemak and the rice was lacking in taste of coconut milk and pandan fragrance, the fried chicken was cold and the accompaniments plain. This dish clearly missed the mark and was absolutely bland. Our teh tarik was quite nice though and we did not order the satay which was one of the recommended dishes as it was too early and the stall was not ready.
I would only recommend this place if you were up partying till late and wanted a dish that could wake you up from your high. Otherwise, I would give this a miss for lunch or dinner.
Asam Pedas Claypot Restoran Kota Laksamana is opened from 6pm to 4am.