Authentic Fish and Chips @ Cor Blimey, SS15 Subang

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It’s been awhile since I last had fish and chips from Cor Blimey — the last time was pre-pandemic, so it has been well over two years!

This is my favourite place for fish and chips as it’s the closest taste-wise to the ones in the UK. Since the Hubs is now here in Malaysia (and a trip to the UK is impossible atm), I brought him along so he could have a taste.

The shop’s interior has not changed much from my last visit: it still boasts a nautical theme with lots of blue and white, dark wooden chairs, and glass table tops with newspaper articles on the fish and chips industry in the UK.

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What makes Cor Blimey’s fish and chips ‘authentic’?

While the dish is not difficult to find in Western restaurants in Malaysia, the versions served locally tend to be bastardized: think breaded (gasp!), with a side of ketchup, cheap mayo, salad and store-bought fries.

Cor Blimey, however, has all the trimmings. At each table you’ll find malt vinegar, salt and pepper seasoning (how they’re traditionally eaten in the UK—although they also have ketchup and chili to cater to local palates), and the seafood is battered instead of breaded.

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We got fried calamari rings (RM15.90) as appetizers. The seafood was fresh, the batter was well done and crispy, and it came served with a tartar sauce dip.

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For the fish and chips, you start with a choice of fish, the most affordable options being Dory (RM25.90), Ocean Perch (RM28.90) and Cherry Snapper (RM30.90). Premium choices include Pacific Halibut (RM42.90), their bestseller the Atlantic Cod (RM47.90), and Haddock (RM49.90). Once you’ve picked your protein, you can then choose the batter (plain, lemon herb, onion garlic, chilli lemon, western curry) and two sides.

We opted for two Ocean Perch, which is descibed as ‘moist, medium-firm and mild-tasting with medium flake’. N had the lemon herb batter with a side of beans and chips, while I had the onion garlic batter with mashed potato. Our orders took awhile to arrive because they fry it fresh to order, but it was worth the wait as they arrived at our table fresh and piping hot!

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Everything was perfect: batter was so crisp, you could hear the crunch from a few tables away; and the fish was moist, flaky, and well seasoned. I’m glad their quality hasn’t changed from the first time I came here, and I hope they maintain it into the future.

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No trip here would be complete without their dips and sauces. In the UK, almost every chippy offers ‘chip shop’ curry dip, which I have yet to find anywhere else in Malaysia other than Cor Blimey. Legend has it that the curry with chips pairing came about in the 1970s, when many chippies were run by Asian families. But don’t expect a spicy kicker – English chippy curry is very much like Japanese curry, which is mild and sweet. I friggin’ love it, though: my friends and I used to go to this place called Chicken Stop back when we were students in Sheffield, and I always doused my chips in curry lol.

Cor Blimey’s other dips such as onion gravy, creamy herb, and garlic mayo (insanely addictive) are great as well.

If seafood isn’t your thing, the resto also serves other traditional British favourites, such as bangers and mash, pickled egg and gherkin, apple berry crumble pie with custard, and deep-fried Mars Bars, which is a Scottish chippy specialty.

COR BLIMEY (SS15)

23, Jalan SS 15/4, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Open: Tues – Thurs (5pm – 9.30pm), Fri-Sun (12pm – 9.30pm). Closed Mondays

http://www.corblimeymy.com/

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Review: Big Fish, Small Fish @ 1Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama

My current workplace is close to 1Utama Shopping Centre, so I thought of stopping by for lunch. The mall was packed even though it was a weekday, and there were long queues snaking out of several restos – so I decided to do takeaway and just enjoy my meal at the office. Came across a fish and chips place called Big Fish, Small Fish, which didn’t have a line – so I gave it a try. The place touts itself as “Singapore’s 1st Fish and Crisps”.

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The resto is open for dine-in, and has a nautical-themed design and colour scheme (yellows, blues, lots of wood) – which is not unlike many seafood-centric chains, but gives off a fun and engaging feeling. Service is warm and friendly. For the Classic Fish and Chips meal, you get to choose from several different types of fish, such as Pollock, Dory, Salmon, Halibut and Seabass, served with two sides of either mushy mint peas, BBQ mixed beans, buttered coleslaw, mashed potato and garlic toast.

The Fish and Crisps set comes with crisps rather than the usual chips, and you can also substitute it with pilaf rice or salad. For a healthier option, go for the grilled rather than fried fish. If you feel like having something else rather than seafood, they offer fried chicken as well.

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Waiting for my takeaway order. If you dine-in, you get to enjoy free flow of sauces – Cheese, Salted Egg and Curry Mayo. 

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Wanted to try a wider variety of items, so I got the Seafood Sampler (RM28+) to share with my colleague. The portion is sizable and contains a generous amount of squid rings, large and juicy whole-fried prawns and fish cutlets. I liked the shrimp and the squid, but not the fish. Ironic, since that is what they’re supposed to specialise in. I wasn’t expecting the fish cutlets to have bones – and it had an overwhelmingly ‘fishy’ smell that indicated to me it wasn’t fresh. Which was a shame, as the seasoning and batter were actually quite nice.

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The staff gave me tiny little containers to fill up with sauces, so I got all three. The cheese was the best – mild and slightly sweet, while the salted egg and curry mayo were both decent.

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While I won’t necessarily write off visiting Big Fish, Small Fish in the future, I think I’ll stick to ordering the sides like the fried squid for now. Prices are mid-tier, averaging about RM20++ for their fish and chips sets.

BIG FISH, SMALL FISH 

 LG 221C, One Utama, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 10AM – 9.30PM (Daily)

Review: Fish & Co @ Main Place USJ

Went grocery shopping at Main Place USJ over the weekend, and because it has been awhile since I last had fish and chips – Fish & Co it was for lunch! The seafood restaurant specialises in fish and chips, but they also offer a variety of other Western dishes as well, such as pasta, salads and pizzas.

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Nautical themed decor featuring lots of blue, wood and items like fish-shaped coasters and counters made to look like shipping containers.

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Fish N Co offers several different options under their Fish & Chips From Around the World section, including New York (stuffed with Parmesan cheese and topped with lemon butter sauce), Swiss (mozza-oregano with garlicky lemon butter sauce), Danish, salted egg, Malaysia (fiery sambal sauce), and more. Went with the basic “Best Fish & Chips in Town” and it did not disappoint. Generous portion, nicely battered, soft, flaky fish meat within and not too oily. The tartare sauce it was served with helped to cut through the grease as well. Chips were average.

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Also got a Mediterranean Garden pizza to share. with onion, garlic, oregano and mozzarella cheese. If you like garlic and onions, this would be great, and I liked the thin crust as well.

Prices average from RM20+ onwards for each dish.

FISH N CO (MAIN PLACE) 

LG-13, Lower Ground Floor, Main Place, Jalan USJ 21/10, USJ 21, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Phone: +6 03-8011 4583

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM

Review: Cor Blimey, SS15 Subang – The Best British Fish N Chips In Town!

Cor Blimey!

That’s a British expression to express surprise – and an apt name for this fantastic chippy in Subang. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the place, and finally decided to drop by for lunch with N over the weekend.

Forget about generic fish and chip joints in the malls, where they serve you soggy, reheated chips, and the fish taste like they’ve been in the freezer for years.

This, my friends, is the real deal. 

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The decor is, no surprise, British-themed: vintage black and white posters, signboards with the names of cities in the UK, warm and cosy wooden decor, tiny Union Jack flags hanging from the ceiling. They even have Mr.Bean cartoons playing on the TV screen.

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The menu is limited, but why would you even come here if you’re not looking to satisfy your fish and chip cravings?

First, choose from four types of fish (Dory, Snapper, Atlantic Cod or Haddock), then a batter (plain, lemon and herb, onion and garlic, chilli lemon) and finally a side (minted mushy peas, baked beans and coleslaw). You can also opt for dipping sauces such as onion gravy, thousand island and chip shop curry sauce.

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The kitchen prepares each dish to order, so expect some waiting, especially during peak hours.

While waiting for my Lilian Gish and Jockeys Whips, there was this interesting survival guide on Cockney slang to keep me occupied.

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Our orders arrived, and we were both impressed by the generous portions – a gigantic piece of fried fish sitting atop a bed of crispy chips. It also came with a huge dollop of tartare sauce.

N had Dory fish with lemon herb batter and a lemon butter sauce.

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My order of dory fish in onion garlic batter, served with a side of baked beans.

I was extremely excited when I saw that they had onion gravy and curry dipping sauce, which I absolutely love. Back in the good ol’ days when I was a student in Sheffield, my housemates and I would always walk out from our dorms to the chippy for supper, and I always drenched each piece with curry dipping sauce. There’s something about it that is so different from the usual Indian curry you get locally – it’s sweeter and creamier, for one. Also less spicy.

Sadly, when I got back to Malaysia, I’ve never seen it served at any fish and chip restaurant. Now I know where to get my fix!

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Did not disappoint! It was just fresh, hot, good food. Gordon would have been proud.

Fish was fried to crispy perfection and did not feel greasy at all; was moist and juicy on the inside. Same went for the thick cut chips. Beans were good, curry sauce was on point. Only thing that could do with improvement was the onion gravy, which was a tad too sweet for me, but all in all, still decent.

Our meal for 2 came up to about RM50+, which is reasonable given their hefty portions. 10/10 would recommend.

Ambience: 8/10 – rustic and cosy

Service: 9/10 – efficient and attentive

FISH N CHIPS: 10/10 BEST BRITISH FISH N CHIPS IN TOWN

COR BLIMEY (SS15 BRANCH)

No. 23, Jalan SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 12-3PM, 6-11PM. Closed Mondays.

corblimeymy.com