Archives for: November 2006

Prawn Village Excellent Seafood @ Bukit Tambun

First of all, let me say this is going to be a very long post. Not because I am going to crap lol, simply because there are more than 20 photos to be included ;) So last weekend I treated my family for a [tag]seafood[/tag] dinner in [tag]Bukit Tambun[/tag]. We decided to dine in Prawn Village because of its large variety of seafood and cleanliness. This was actually my second time there. The first time I came I was just a small kid. All I remembered was the stair case down to the restaurant.

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Parking in Bukit Tambun is quite scary, the roads are small and most people double park. Each car is charged RM2 for parking here.. kinda costy huh? But for the seafood.. don’t care la lol. There are a lot of monkeys playing around and walking on wires. Not scared to get electrocuted one.

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If you are unlucky you may have one of them landing on your vehicle. Just pray they don’t scratch your car or poop on it lol.

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It’s not hard to find Prawn Village. Just keep driving towards the jetty and look for the sign board.

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And this is the stair case mentioned earlier to enter the restaurant. It looks small but you will be surprised ;)

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Aquariums containing different types of fish greet you at the entrance. Prawn Village has almost twice the seafood offered by other restaurants nearby. No kidding!

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What’s better than ordering off the menu? Being able to look at the real dish first. I like this photo, it gives a false perception that the dish labels are photoshopped in it.

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I finally know what these clams are. Previously I call them ‘than’ in Hokkien. In English, they are called JackKnife Clam. Do correct me if I am wrong, they look the same in Wikipedia to me. On the right is a ‘Hor Hu’ which translates to Tiger Fish. I got a shock when I googled up ‘Tiger Fish’.. the fish sure looks mean lol.

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Not sure what this seafood is. They are usually steamed and taken with Thai chilli sauce. Maybe a close relative of Balitong?

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Live oysters and scallops.

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Poor crabs being tied up. These crabs are from the river hence their shells are dirtier than those flower crabs, which originate from the sea.

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Lai Liu Ha, prawn mantis. Look at their size!

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A big garoupa swimming among flower crabs. Poor fish.. one of its eyes is severed.

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And more seafood! Those bawal putih (pomfrets) are big for sure.

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One of the counters in Prawn Village. Have your drink made here ;)

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An overview of the Prawn Village’s dining area. It sure is clean for a seafood [tag]restaurant[/tag], especially in Bukit Tambun. The one next door.. OMG king-sized flies flying around. Totally no mood to eat seeing that.

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Most seafood restaurants here have a nice view of the river and boats passing by. It doesn’t smell so don’t worry.

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It’s near Christmas, and Prawn Village had the ceilings nicely decorated. There’s even a medium sized Christmas tree in the center of the restaurant.

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Enough virtual touring the restaurant lol. This was the first dish to arrive, ‘Sam Gu Sai Lan Choy’ @ RM14. Three types of mushroom cooked with brocolli flower. The dish’s name gave me and my brother a good laugh. ‘Sam Gu’ lol.

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Fried Tong Fun tasted good and very well worth its price @ RM3 only. The prawns are big and very fresh.

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You must try the satay in Bukit Tambun. Kinda difficult to find satay that has this much meat (and fatless) now. They are only RM0.60 per stick.

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Fresh scallops cooked in curry powder @ RM2.50 per piece.

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Kam Heong Jackknife Clams @ RM9. Super nice, too bad the clams are little.

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Fried osyters on sizzling plate @ RM12.

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Steamed Tiger Fish @ RM8 per piece. Despite the ugly looks, their meat sure is sweet and tender. :drool:

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Surprisingly this is the most expensive dish of our meal. At RM18, it has 3 types of spring rolls accompanied with 3 different sauces to dip in. Nothing spectacular about the dish except the Prawn Village Bean curd (top left). Our dinner totaled up to RM102 including drinks. Considered reasonable because we didn’t order any prawns or crabs. Anyway, do you know that Prawn Village is a halal restaurant? I didn’t. But now we know ;)

First of all, let me say this is going to be a very long post. Not because I am going to crap lol, simply because there...

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Set Lunch @ Cosmic Leisure House

Please pardon the photos’ quality in my posts lately lol. I don’t carry my digital camera around so often anymore recently.

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Last Friday me and my colleagues went to a cafe-like restaurant in [tag]Krystal Point[/tag], Bayan Baru for lunch. The place is called Cosmic Leisure House and it is more than a normal restaurant. I am sure most of you have heard about the crackdown on illegal gambling outlets in Penang. These outlets cleverly disguise themselves as entertainment outlets. But in fact, one can purchase tokens and play different kinds of machines that dispense tokens upon win. When done playing, exchange the tokens back to cash at the counter. Ok ok, let’s get back to the food :P

Cosmic Leisure House’s menu is surprisingly very extensive, even wine can be ordered! Anyway a set lunch which I orderd costs RM4.90. It includes a main course, a drink and soup. Availabe main courses to choose from are [tag]BBQ Chicken[/tag] Rice, Sweet and Sour Chicken Rice, Sweet and Sour Mantis Prawn Rice.. etc. I think you get the idea lol. They use the same stlye of cooking and sauce for the dishes.. kinda lazy huh? Taste wise still OK, but I recommend going for prawn mantis because for its value ;)

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Hongkie Kopitiam @ E-Gate

Hongkie Kopitiam is a restaurant serving Hong Kong style food, this should be very obvious just by looking at its name. It is located in E-Gate’s ground floor. You will find that Hongkie Kopitiam is very similar with Kim Gary and Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. I have been to all of them so I will compare Hongkie Kopitiam’s food with the other two.

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This is actually my second visit to Hongkie Kopitiam. My first visit was a unpleasant one because the waiters serve the food without proper order and made us wait very long. Reason was, they did not have enough plates and eating utensils.. Anyway I gave them another try, to see if they improved their service.

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To order, choose from the menu and fill in the ordering form. I noticed more and more restaurants are using this method of ordering now, especially those kopitiam themed. This lets you to take all the time needed to browse through the menu. And best of all you won’t have to worry that a poor waiter is waiting for your decisions. Just alert them when you’re done and they will re-verify your orders. The food is given interesting English name like ‘We Strive, You Thrive’ and ‘The world’s local bank’ – HSBC? :lol:

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I ordered a set meal of pork chop rice with green vegetables @ RM10.90. Also included in the set are mushroom soup, a drink and dessert. I chose cold yin yong as drink – a mix of tea and coffee.

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The mushroom soup is very thick and had black pepper sprinkled on top. Very nice.

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The pork chop rice is good. It looks colorful and tempting too don’t you think ;)

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This is a side dish we ordered, a plate of fried dumplings @ RM4.90. They named this dish Golden Triangle. Tasted so-so only.

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Siang Leng’s order – Cheese Curry rice @ RM 10.80. Compared to Kim Gary (which totally sucks), Hongkie’s cheese curry packed more cheese and curry gravy. It tastes better too!

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Lets see what’s underneath the layer of cheese.. WHOA :P This type of dish may certainly cause one to develop cheese phobia lol. We didn’t finish the cheese.. already starting to get sick of it.

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Ice cold Hong Kong Milk Tea @ RM2.50. No difference with any teh peng found in Penang actually.

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And lastly our dessert, rainbow colored ice cream that reminds me of paddle pop :P


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Hongkie Kopitiam is a restaurant serving Hong Kong style food, this should be very obvious just by looking at its name....

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Chicken Rice @ Chicken Valley

Chicken Valley Restaurant is a fast food outlet located in Taman Mutiara, Bukit Mertajam 大山脚. I am sure most BM kia will know this place because it has been there for almost 10 years. Chicken Valley’s business when it just started was quite good actually but has declined a lot over time. As a result, the second floor has been closed indefinitely. I think the reason being the opening of Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonald in areas nearby. We didn’t have such fast food chains last time, to enjoy McD we had to go to Penang island :(

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Anyway, I had their chicken rice set meal @ RM4.95 for dinner just now. This set meal consists of a plate of chicken rice (quarter BBQ honey chicken), soft drink and soup. The price is reasonable and the food good too. Chicken Valley also makes good chicken burgers that can fight with McD ones leh ;)

Chicken Valley Restaurant is a fast food outlet located in Taman Mutiara, Bukit Mertajam 大山脚. I am sure most BM kia will...

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