Last Sunday, we went over to Bagan Lalang in Butterworth, Penang to try out the food at Ong Cheng Huat Seafood Restaurant. Not knowing the exact location, I went to search for it in Google map. With the helpful directions and map in hand, we drove over to the Chinese restaurant hidden in the clefts of Bagan Lalang.
The non-halal restaurant was crowded as it was lunch hour. We were introduced to their signature alcoholic beverage, tuak (fermented coconut water). It is a popular drink and a liter bottle cost RM5. It tasted a bit sourish sweet and has a gassy feeling. This unique drink is an excellent complement to the meal.
Stir fried mussels (RM11). The mussels were stir fried with shredded ginger, garlic and chili padi. I liked the gravy flavoured with the natural juices from the fresh mussels. It was delicious to the last drop, with most of the flesh intact to the shell unlike some places having more shells than flesh.
Steam fish (RM26) has almost the same ingredients as the stir fried mussels but on the contrary, the taste of the gravy was totally different. Each of us had a thick piece of fish done with smooth and tender flesh.
A signature dish of the restaurant is the deep-fried prawn fritters (heh piah). Made with thin layers of popiah skin and prawns, the crispy heh piah make a perfect starter.
Also recommended is the deep-fried spring chicken served in halves. The meat is marinated thoroughly with soya sauce, oyster sauce and “secret” sauce. A highly recommended dish – the flavorful meat is equally tender and juicy, and its finger licking good!
Indeed a satisfying lunch travelling all the way from the island to this restaurant for its specialties. Be prepare to sweat it out on a very hot afternoon as the restaurant is nothing fancy, just a kampung-style house with zinc roofing and a cement floor.
Directions : After the Penang Bridge, head to Sungai Petani highway and only exit at the Sungai Dua exit. Go on to the Butterworth Outer Ring Road until you see the exit for Bagan Ajam. On exit, turn left towards Bagan Ajam. You will reach a traffic light junction. Take the left turn towards Mak Mandin. Look out for the Ong Cheng Huat sign board on the right hand side. Turn into the narrow road which will lead to the restaurant. Click here for the Map Location.
Ong Cheng Huat Seafood
2004 Bagan Lallang
Tel : 04 3314782
Business hours : 11am – 5.30pm
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