Fishing Village

Teluk Bahang, Penang, Malaysia

I’ve been away a while – a family wedding in Malaysia – a joyous occasion around Xmas, which presented many opportunities for good eating as you will see.

Part of the enjoyment was spending time with people who also like their eating and were able to arrange & suggest good dining experiences, of which The Fishing Village was one:

An unassuming place, a bit off the tourist trail and down a couple of sparse streets. It had to be good, because no-one was going to stumble across it.

Our hosts had organised a banquet menu, to avoid the aggro of 30 adults deciding what to eat and we got stuck in.

First up, were steamed prawns in a sweet, molasses based marinade. Not easy to eat, but good and succulent. Yet it had to be shared amongst 9 other people, so we had to be good responsible citizens and not take more than our share. Never easy.

We were on better ground with clams with plenty of chilli & garlic. These aren’t too everyone’s taste so you could relax and savour the flavour which was pretty fine – clearly fresh & juicy and the a heavy hand of chilli kick made this a simple dish to enjoy.

This next dish was initially puzzling and what it lacked in appealing visuals, it made up for in spiky taste. It was stir-fried squid with black pepper. It had a good crisp texture and the pepper did not overwhelm the flavour.

The obligatory vegetable course followed – mushrooms & broccoli. excellent briefly cooked mushrooms which made a welcome break from the monstrosity we were being served at the hotel.

Things got back on track with a rather puzzling dish of deep fried chicken with a mayonnaise & coleslaw type dressing. It was passable and an interesting break to the seafood, but just a bit weird. Not something I’d be queueing up to try again. But still better than your average fried chicken.

The main courses kicked off proper with another deep fried dish – a couple of  snapper (I believe). The flesh was still nice & succulent. A bit difficult to get off the bone, but was worth persevering. I can’t remember much about the sauce – soy based – I think, but it didn’t detract from the flavour. It’s also worth noting that the tongue was a pretty nice morsel….

The crowd favourite was the sea bass done thai style with lemongrass & chilli. It was a beauty and the sauce was equally drooled over – making a good soup. I believe sea bass to be quite subtle, but it always stands up to strong flavours. It was something to fight over.

By this time, we were all getting pretty full, which meant a wealth of crab left for the truly gluttonous. A kind of speciality of this restaurant – it was simply well cooked crab. Nothing more and it was good & sweet. It bought a fine meal to a close, enjoyed with plenty of Tiger beer.

It was a fine choice of restaurant and somewhere we couldn’t wait to return to. There were lobster tanks against one wall and it was only fair we come back to give them a go. Watch this space.

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