MANGROVE snails or siput sedut cooked in gravy is a unique Malaysian delicacy.
There are various ways to cook this snail but probably the all-time favourite is masak lemak cili api.
Siput sedut masak lemak cili api or “gulai siput sedut” lovers like myself look forward to having the dish for either lunch or dinner.
Although there are various eateries that sell siput sedut, the one that makes me drool with anticipation is none other than my mum’s version.
So when I was assigned to write about my favourite dish for Metro Picks, I ventured out to some eateries serving siput sedut masak lemak cili api in Klang Valley that came highly recommended from other siput sedut fans.
Nasi Raja Salai
Jalan Sungai Kandis, Kampung Sungai Kandis, Shah Alam.
Business hours: 10.30am to 4.30pm daily, except Fridays.
Although located in a remote area, the tables at this stall are always fully occupied and it is normal to see diners queueing, waiting for a space to open up.
The aroma of smoked duck, chicken and fish tempts from afar but I remained focused and placed an order for siput sedut masak lemak cili api.
Here, as per one’s order, the masak lemak cili api dish is served in a small bowl.
I was excited to see generous amounts of siput sedut masak lemak which I paired with some ulam, sambal belacan and salted egg.
The gravy was thick and spicy which augured well for me since I enjoy spicy food.
The snails were properly cleaned as they were not muddy or slimy and the freshness of the meat came through.
The dish is priced at RM6 per serving.
Itik Salai Masthar
Kampung Sungai Ramal Dalam, Kajang.
Business hours: 11am to 9.30pm daily, except Fridays.
Itik Salai Masthar is a well-known eatery famous for its smoked duck, better known as itik salai.
Finding a parking spot proved tricky but finding a vacant table was even tougher.
The eatery was swarmed by people of all ages, eager to have a taste of some of the famous salai (smoked) dishes.
I waited in line to place my order and spied the masak lemak cili api gravy which had a lovely yellow hue.
The brightly coloured and creamy gravy was good.
The difference in the siput sedut here is that the snails are smoked.
The tender snail flesh had a lovely smokey taste in each bite.
While I prefer the non-smokey version, my brother enjoyed the salai offering.
Priced at RM7, this is for those who like their seafood and meats smoked.
Kedai Murah Meriah Nasi Campur
58, Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: 11am to 4pm daily, except Sundays.
Dining at Kedai Murah Meriah Nasi Campur reminded me of eating at my grandmother’s house.
The ambience here is welcoming and feels like dining at home.
I had my meal at the living room area and had to walk to the kitchen sink to wash my hands.
Exactly like its name, the dishes are priced fairly cheaply.
The siput sedut masak lemak cili api was priced at RM5 per scoop.
It was not too spicy and the taste of lemongrass and turmeric leaves was obvious. I did, however, find myself looking for more sweetness from the coconut milk.
The dish was appetising as the tender and juicy snails were expertly handled.
Sambal Hijau Restaurant
2990, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: 7.30am to midnight, daily.
Another famous lunch spot that many people head to is none other than the siput sedut offering at Sambal Hijau Restaurant.
If you want to enjoy your food without worrying about finding a parking spot, head there early. Avoid peak hours.
There are various dishes to choose from but of course, I went for the siput sedut masak lemak cili api.
The gravy seemed intimidating at first but the taste was overall mild and light.
Besides chili paste and coconut milk, the siput sedut was aromatised with an inclusion of bay leaf, kaffir lime leaves and pumpkin shoots.
This particular dish was unlike my mum’s but is was nevertheless, delightful on the palate.
The dish, served on a small plate was priced at RM6.
Restoran Raso Omak Den
Nombor 318, Lorong Selangor, Pusat Bandar Melawati, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: 7.30am to 5pm daily, except Fridays.
When eating siput sedut masak lemak cili api, the only way to eat the snail is to suck out the juicy flesh that has soaked up the bright yellow gravy.
The siput sedut served here was prepared the Negri Sembilan way with extra chilli, giving it a more spicy kick.
The dishes are prepared at the restaurant’s central kitchen at Danau Kota.
While there is an array of other dishes to go with your siput sedut, I opted for boiled salted egg which I feel is the best condiment for the snail dish.
The spicy gravy was velvety but extra coconut milk would have enriched it further.
The fresh snail flesh made the savoury dish even more delectable.
Overall, it is a nice place to have lunch with friends as the waiters were friendly and the food, tasty.
Siput sedut masak lemak cili api is available at RM5 per plate.
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