Tuesday, March 13, 2007

QQ Thai Seafood, Bukit Mertajam Penang

UPDATE: Early 2009. Restaurant cannot be found anymore. Boo-hoo-hoo.
Yes, yes that is the restaurant's calling card. Interesting right? According to the staff, it's a picture of one of Thailand's most beloved early kings. In fact, this shop placed an altar to honour and give prayers to him on its wall facing the shopfront, not unlike how most Chinese businessmen will place the Guan-Gong God's figurine! However, on that altar no figurine but a casual picture of his majesty puffing a long pipe. I wanted to photograph it but thought better of it as it may be deemed disrespectful. Furthermore we were there for dinner, not to experience Thai-boxing in close proximity. =P

Now back to the main feature. The 6 of us were all geared up (thinly attired, thick pads of serviettes/tissue papers and cold drinks within easy reach) to attack the hot and numbing authentic Thai food in a chaotic non-air-conditioned restaurant. Chaotic because business was very good and the staff who were bussing around spewed Thai left right center. We ordered according to the staff's recommendations as well as less than discreet peeks over other patrons' tables.Fish Steamed in Siamese Style. Sour sour sour. Hot hot hot. Salty salty salty. We almost drained the broth!Otak-otak (Mixture of fishmeat, shrimps, squids and spices in eggs) (take 1) Otak-otak (take 2 - picture only, not 2nd order)Haha, yes, it was my favourite dish of the night. It would had been better if it was served as pictured in the menu, in an open top coconut.

Tomyum Soup. This was done with a special request by me. Only lalas (ie. clams) and no other seafood please. At first the rest were sceptical as we were used to either mixed seafood or just prawns/shrimps but the 'risk' was worth it! The clams were very fresh and juicy. Other seafood was not missed! *still continuing to give self back pats*.Pork Knuckle (Braised then roast or most probably deep fried). Phitoy insisted on this after eyeing it on the next table. It was no eye candy but whoa, melt in your mouth texture.Sambal Lou-soon (Chili Asparagus). Even our greens dish was hot hot hot! *wipe brow*Tamed the fire a little with refreshing 'ambla-sheng-boi' (ambla-suin-mooi in Cantonese)/kedondong with preserved saltysour plum juice. Actually not all had this. 2 ordered Iced Milo.
Our bill and the contact number:-Oh, there was no individual breakdown on the cost of dishes on the receipt though there were a few unintelligible scribble which a staff mentioned it's Thai in passing. Since they were still busy we did not bother enquiring further.

This would be one of the many posts (past & future) whereby I'll go "it's good, must try, highly recommended, best-best" but has no idea how to point the way there. But hey, one will never know right about who may be reading one's blog. Maybe I'll get lucky and you, yes you there, are able and willing to help give directions. Otherwise, do call the restaurant for directions. Not too difficult to find as it's location can be seen from the main road near the Sentosa/Kampung Baru area.

21 comments:

Melting Wok said...

ooh, I like that pix. #5 hehe ..2 bowls plz ! :) wei, tummy lou soon is asparagus lah, no ? :)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

You're making me crave for tom yam now! Aiyoh!! I'll take note of this place if/when I'm in BM.

Kok said...

Tummythoz,
I don't know Tomyum soup can be cooked with clams until today when I saw your post. I normally have tomyum soup with other seafood.

Precious Pea said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I just recovered from my post-Bangkok syndrome and now after looking at your post.....my sydrome getting more and more serious. Need a trip to Bangkok to cure me. I decided to follow you in May!

jason said...

The price is quite reasonable leh. I want tomyam too :P~~~

wmw said...

I thought lou soon is asparagus? Penang, Penang....when will I see you again...:o)

boo_licious said...

The otak-otak looks good and so does the steamed fish. I've been eating quite a lot of steamed fish thai style as the combo of the chillies, lime juice and garlic is so delicious.

sc said...

am planning to go to PG soon, will get my kawan kawan to pop over to this place :)

Tummythoz said...

melting wok & wmw, hahaha I had trouble recalling the vege name so I simply 'hentam'. I knew I'll b corrected soon enuf! TQ so very much! Amending now.

lyrical lemongrass & sc, remember to tell me what's your opinion, k.

kok, that visit was towards the end of the CNY holiday week. Was a bit tired of prawns by then so thot this would be refreshing. It was definitely a good call. Plan to repeat the same request here in KL. Hopefully the restauranteur(s) won't look at me too funnily. ;>

jason, surely there are very good ones around your place too. If not, DIY-lor.

precious pea, and I follow u to Macau? =)

boo_licious, do recommend good ones over here. M salivating by just recalling the taste.

Rasa Malaysia said...

They served the otak otak in aluminum foil? I actually like the ones served inside coconut...very good.

jason said...

Tummythoz: So far, haven't found any good tomyam here yet :(

Precious Pea said...

Of course no problem, the more the merrier. Hubby and I already listed down what to eat in Macau.

Tummythoz said...

jason, =(

precious pea, then I better see whether I can 'pinjam' meiyen's tummy space first!

teckiee said...
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FireHorse said...

Every time I come over, you never fail to make me drool.

team BSG said...

great typical Thai dishes ! but untypically no Singha beer oh o...again... !
( just like in Makansutra !)but neber mind lah u had fun

Tummythoz said...

firehorse, edi back from computer course? Learnt how to download smell & taste from sites? I want to 'attack' all your stalls-leh!

team bsg, haha knew u'll comment on d non-existence beer order. Fyi, a bit of alchohol & I'll turn lobster red. So, if too public very malu-lah.

Tummythoz said...

rasa malaysia, ya-lor. Was disappointed on d presentation but luckily d taste made up for it.

Melting Wok said...

tummy, back to the answer on food "swap" how r we gonna arrange this ? quick ! :P eh, I still bengang, u in PJ/KL/PG ? *scratching head*

Tummythoz said...

Err u got me. Then again these biscuits of mine should travel well. Of for yours, mmmm ...

I'm currently based in KL but left partial roots in Pg.

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Yummo! OK, another reason to take another road trip. ;-)

Nige

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