Monday, April 25, 2016

Sharkfin Melon

It has been almost two years since we last ate at Tou Tou Little Kitchen (肥 陶丸粉专卖店), Sri Petaling so when we were around that area, we went there for an early dinner at 5 pm.

Sharkfin melon and pork ribs soup (鱼翅瓜汤) with thin hakka noodle set - MYR13.80+ 6% GST  (MYR14.65 nett). This soup does not contain any sharkfins. The set includes a bowl of sweet red bean soup dessert (not shown in the photos).

As we seldom come across this sharkfin melon soup, we will order this soup in the future too. This melon is called sharkfin melon (Cucurbita ficifolia) because its flesh when boiled in the soup becomes strands of pulps that look almost like sharkfins. Have you eaten this melon?

After looking through the menu, I could not find anything that I like so I randomly select a small bowl of sai dao fish (wolf herring, ikan parang) balls (4 balls) curry mihun and thin hakka noodle - MYR7.50+ (MYR7.95 nett). It was too spicy for me and the noodles were too much but I plodded on until I finished everything except for the curry broth which I did not drink at all. I have to remember not to order this again.

32 comments:

  1. I love sharkfin melon. I tasted it before, my mum cooked it.

    Love the sharkfin with pork rib soup.

    The curry did looked spicy to me.

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    1. Sharkfin melon with pork rib soup.

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  2. Phewwwww!!!! Not the real thing, eh? Hehehehehe!!!! Here, we have fried glass noodles, dry - like how they used to fry sharks' fins. Seems that there is a name for it, dunno what it is, and they do not like people calling it fake sharks' fins. Dunno why. Probably it is not so flattering.

    I like curry extra spicy but this one looks extra lemak, don't think I would be able to finish the whole bowl if it is extra rich.

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  3. I don't know the names of melons when I shop in the supermarket, I just grab whatever melons I see, haha.. Jit kua, si kua or something that looks like a "woo lou" kua, I just boil soup with pork ribs and red dates, taste yummzzz..

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    1. This melon is seldom sold in supermarket.

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  4. I don't think I have had this melon before.

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    1. Not commonly sold in supermarkets.

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  5. Been to tou tou kitchen once but never went back partly because didn't really find anything special. I tried their durian puff though....very oily. Have not tried this sharkfin melon either.

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    1. Do they have durian puffs? this shop is next to secret recipe.

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    2. I am quite sure I ate the durian puffs there. It was during the early days when they just opened their outlet in Sri Petaling. Maybe no more in production? Service was quite slow too.

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    3. There used to be another shop next to tou tou in the early days that sells tong sui and maybe durian puffs but now is no longer there. Tou tou afaik sells noodles only but now sells rice dishes too.

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  6. Is this what they call "toong kwah tong"? If so, I've had it before served in the melon itself at a Chinese restaurant...I love it! ;)

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    1. This is yu chi kwah. Toong kwah is winter melon. Tong is soup. I have eaten toong kwah tong served in toong kwah before and ate all the flesh of the melon too. Yu chi kwah flesh is like thick threads.

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  7. I must try this Sharkfin melon and pork ribs soup! I am sure I will love that.
    On Saturday a friend took us to try Sharksfin Mee Suah at Teowchew Meng. It was so good that I took my old man to eat dinner there again the next day!

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    1. Good that you bring your father to ear luxury food.

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    2. Lol.... That was a good grade fake sharksfin .... I won't eat the real thing nowadays.

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    3. Ah even better that it is not the real thing. I myself can't understand the attraction of eating the real thing. Do you have a full time nurse for your father?

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  8. Early dinner at 5pm, won't you feel hungry later? Hehe!

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    1. Nothing drinking water won't fix, hehehehe.

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  9. Food here looks good..cos I love any kind of soup, melon sharkfin, yes, I have taken it before... strands coming out after boiling... and the curry noodles looks super spicy!

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    1. Right, there are strands coming out of the melon flesh after boiling.

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  10. I jst went there 2 weeks ago...but I didn't notice this in the menu...never heard of sharkfin melon as well..gonna try it on my next visit!

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    1. This is on their special menu - the one piece menu that says free red bean sweet soup or free vegetables for some dishes that you order. Not in the main book of menu.

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  11. Sharkfin melon soup is like sharkfin soup for the poor. I like the soup!

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    1. Erh, I like it due to the melon and I don't even like actual sharkfin soup.

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  12. Both the soup and curry look good. I have tasted sharkfin melon before.

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  13. I think my mom cooked it in soup before, because I remember eating some strands out of some melons in the soup. But not sure lah, I never ask... not that I particularly like it or what.

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    1. Please ask your mom next time you are in kl, thanks!

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  14. I don't think I've tried sharkfin melon. But I imagine it to taste like winter melon, just stringy. :)

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    1. This flesh is sweeter than winter melon's flesh.

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