BY CK Lam
Hua Hee Restaurant 歡喜中餐廳 tucked away in Sungai Ara, Penang is a chu char place for the working crowd and residents in the area.
The comfortable clean chu char Chinese restaurant with air-conditioned and a menu in both English and Chinese is an ideal place to savor simple chu char dishes besides trying various seafood dishes.
Shell fish lovers will be pleased with the selection of prawns, mantis prawns and especially the big sized crabs which yield much meat. Prices are based on market price.
For crabs, we appreciated the fresh selection of Chili Crab and Butter Crab. Hua Hee’s version of the chili crab featured sweet and mild spicy notes. The butter crab was thoroughly enjoyed by all, striking the balance between creaminess and taste. Both dishes were served with hot squares of mantou buns which went well with the sauce.
For those craving for prawns, you can enjoy choices which includes Butter Prawn, Deep-Fried Salted Egg Prawn, Grilled Tamarind Prawn, Kam Heong Prawn, Sweet & Sour Prawn, Nestum Prawn and Ha Lok Prawn.
The Nestum Prawns is the dish for diners to have a go with the meal. Deep-fried prawns go hand in hand with the crunchy nestum and is a dish that is easy to get hooked on. For an alternative to go along with white rice, diners can also consider the Kong Poh Mantis Shrimp.
There are a variety of fish dishes prepared with sweet sour sauce, mango sauce, teow chew style, bean sauce, soya sauce and deep-fried style. Be sure to try the red snapper steamed with bean sauce. Given a right amount of aromatic bean sauce, it can be such a flavorsome dish, and one would probably want to have it with more rice.
Moving on to poultry, it was difficult to resist the Pandan Leaf Chicken. The chicken was rightfully tender and fragrant with the incense from the pandan leaves sipping into the meat.
Other meaty options include Guinness Pork Ribs, Marmite Pork Ribs and King of Pork Ribs. You can’t go wrong with the chef recommendation – Guinness Pork Ribs.
Other than its meaty and seafood dishes, there are also vegetable and bean curd dishes. The Baby French Beans with Salted Egg is rich and robust – definitely a must-try dish.
The menu also has simple fried rice and fried noodles. The Petai Fried Rice prepared with seafood, petai and a bite of heat was a tasty choice although I would have welcomed less hint of smoky wok-charred aroma.
It’s all about the Chinese New Year this month and the owner had prepared special feast menus starting from RM488, RM688 and RM888 to usher in the Year of The Rooster. The three different menus feature the Prosperity Salmon ‘Yu Sang’ dish. Reservation of one working day prior is recommended.
Hua Hee Restaurant is available during lunch and dinner hours, from 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm daily.
Hua Hee Restaurant
4C Tingkat Kenari
11900 Bayan Lepas
Tel: 017 5352700
*Thank you Hua Hee Restaurant for extending the invitation.