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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Fish Head Curry!

Rich Maha specialises in Malaysian, Indian and Sri-Lankan fare from their bain-marie and ala carte menu. Although they have delicious hawker-style offerings, the real attraction for my family has always been the fish head curry for take-away from either the Vermont South or Hawthorn restaurants. We would order it, bring a pot for them to fill then take it home to enjoy (read on to discover why). Discovering that they opened a CBD branch just a few weeks back, I immediately contacted some like-minded friends for a Fish Head Curry night and the responses were fast and furious, mostly with comments like "Yum - count us in!".

Now, this Indian curry smells fantastic and will leave you wanting more but it should come with a warning label! It is a highly confronting meal, especially if you are new to it, as googly-eyed fish with sharp teeth stare out at you from the pot. It is certainly not a dish to have if you are in any way squirmish about real food for true connoisseurs will slurp and suck their way through the bones in search of the flavoursome flesh. I must admit that I much prefer soaking up the rich, orangey and very liquid curry sauce with my roti and satisfying my apetite that way instead. I get all the flavour without the additional labour :-)

To cater for my vegetarian friend, I made a mild dahl and gado-gado. I also made the star fruit chutney from Mangoes and Curry Leaves by Alford & Duguig. I love the presentation of this side dish and the flavour certainly complements the spiciness of the curry.

Rich Maha

Vermont South: Shp 3/ 499 Burwood Hwy, (03) 9887 7663 /(03) 9802 6658

Hawthorn: Hmm, I'm thinking this one may have closed or changed hands as I can't find the address inthe White Pages

Melbourne: Equitable Lane


  • ..makes me yearning for a plate of fish head curry dip into the roti right now....yummm..

    By Anonymous mumistheword, at Tue Jun 20, 10:55:00 pm AEST  

  • Holy moly! I really like to pick out the "cheek" meat of whole fish, but I'm trying to imagine what else is edible there. Eyes? Brain? Anything else? I would definitely try this but only after a shot of something strong! ;)

    By Blogger Susan in Italy, at Thu Jun 22, 07:14:00 am AEST  

  • Hi! I'm interested to try the fish head curry. But I couldn't actually find directions to Equitable Lane. Do you mean Equitable Place? So I'd just bring my own container over for them to fill it in? They wouldn't look at me funny right? :P


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Jun 27, 03:54:00 pm AEST  

  • Hi Anonymous!

    you're right, it is Equitable Place. I knew it didn't sound right when I was typing it.

    I suggest that you pre-order if you need to serve say 4 - 6 (as we did). Of course, they have their own take-away containers but if you bring a pot, the fish heads fit more easily (which prob means that you get more!).

    By Blogger cin, at Wed Jun 28, 09:02:00 am AEST  

  • Hi Cin,

    Thanks! I actually managed to find that place before reading your reply.

    But you're right that I should have pre-ordered because they didn't have any when I went there. Anyway, he agreed to make me fish curry with fillets instead, the same style as he does the fish head curry. Was very yummy and am satisfied. Will return next time for the real thing, pre-ordered! :)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jun 28, 02:28:00 pm AEST  

  • Sarah, so he made it on the spot for you? I figured that it would require some simmering, unless he already had the sauce just not the fish bones... I think the sauce is the best part anyways myself.

    do you have a blog as well?

    By Blogger cin, at Wed Jun 28, 05:52:00 pm AEST  

  • Cin,

    Yeap, he made it on the spot while I waited for a bit. I am guessing he already has the sauce as well. He probably couldn't make the fish head because they were frozen. But that's fine cause I too think the sauce's the best part.

    I don't have a blog, but love blog hopping. Lovely to have found you since you're in Melbourne and I can at least try places/recipes which you recommend. Unlike the other foodie blogs which I can mostly only ogle at. :)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 29, 05:25:00 pm AEST  

  • I had no idea it was so good! I live about a 10 minute walk from the Vermont South restaurant but have never been...Methinks I should place more stock in my local eateries!

    By Anonymous Ellie, at Sun Jul 02, 02:46:00 pm AEST  

  • the one in hawthorn still does the same style foods, but it is now called rich mewah...

    By Anonymous Catherine, at Wed Jul 26, 02:08:00 pm AEST  

  • Great to know that there fans of rich maha out there. I just found they have a website at www.richmaha.com.au . hope this can provide more informations for u guys. Cheers

    By Anonymous Gordon, at Fri Apr 20, 06:44:00 pm AEST  

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