Mantis Shrimp Village is a newer seafood restaurant to open in Bukit Tambun. It is located just beside the toll plaza exiting Bukit Tambun to Juru and one of the first few restaurants you would see. This big restaurant has a sign board so huge you just wouldn’t miss it. Anyway I have heard people say that the deeper you go into Bukit Tambun, the more expensive the seafood would be. This post will prove that statement wrong!
Usually we would order sweet sour or curry for crabs. But since this is a new establishment, we asked for their recommendation and took it – salted egg yolk crabs @ RM32. This dish is priced according to the combined weight of the crabs being ordered. Shown here is the portion of two crabs. They might not look a lot due to the way they are arranged lol. I must say this is the nicest dish of the meal. Dried chilli and curry leaves are also used in preparing the dish. Combined with the taste of salted egg yolks, it was great!
Another great recommendation was the Baba style steamed stingray (phek kia) @ RM16. The gravy is spicy and sourish, best taken with rice. I realised I already finished half a plate of my rice just seconds after the fish arrived. Very recommended, ask for it!
Then there’s the compulsory dish in a seafood meal – oyster omelette @ RM10. It may seem that there aren’t too many oysters given, that’s right. But what lacks in quantity is made up for in quality and size. I have eaten some big juicy oysters that are as big as my thumb!
Butter prawns @ RM15, it was nice but was nothing great to write home about. A popular prawn dish in Mantis Shrimp Village would be Hawaiian prawn, which is prepared in sweet sour sauce and served in a pineapple boat. Carlsberg mantis shrimp is their signature dish and you really should try it! I had both dishes the last time I was here and I can remember how nice it was, so sweet and fresh. Too bad they only had the bigger variety of mantis shrimp which costs a whopping RM80 a kilogram. LOL that’s too expensive for us, the smaller ones only cost RM5 per shrimp.
Also, try their fried glass noodles @ RM4 for a change if you are not in the mood for rice, it’s pretty good.
Lastly you should also try the dragon fruit juice @ RM12 per jug. It’s a refreshing change from the usual apple or orange juice. The total damage was RM111 (what a figure) including a large beer. Expensive? I don’t think so. It’s at least reasonable if not cheap.
Mantis Shrimp Village contact:Tel: 04-5883351
H/P: 012-5075767, 012-4010038
TBP 2504, Jalan Bukit Tambun, 14100 Simpang Ampat, Pulau Pinang