This Chinese and seafood restaurant has been around, some say, since the 1920s. It’s right beside the Tua Pek Kong which is a small but no less known and important Chinese temple in Penang. Since both are by the water, the view and the gentle lapping waves of the sea here are simply mesmerising. It sure makes up for the restaurant’s basic and simple style.
Now, food wise, they offer straightforward fresh seafood and their signature dishes include coal-baked crabs, prawns and fish that are coated in sea salt. This style is almost unique to this place and is favoured by those who prefer to have the fresh sweetness of the seafood uninterrupted. We coupled the no-frills fare with a plate of o-chien or oyster omelette and stir-fried mussels for RM28 to add a bit of flavour into the meal.
While there are a number of dishes available from 5pm on, such as Hokkien char, spring rolls, deep-fried calamari in crispy batter and satay, it’s the afternoons that this place is quiet and peaceful. Besides, snacking on a plate of baked crabs or prawns from RM38 per kilogram, is a fantastic way to while away a free afternoon.
Oh, and another thing not to miss here in the evening is the stall offering deep-fried spring chicken. Both crispy and moist, it’s a favourite among the regulars. Su Aziz
|Venue name:||Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe|
338, Mukim 18, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong
|Opening hours:||Daily, 11am-10pm; closed on every alternate Wed|