If you want to mention about having the best seafood in Penang island, most will tell you that you can find it in Teluk Kumbar on the southern part of the island. There are 3 seafood eateries in Teluk Kumbar that are more famous than the rest, as far as I know of. One of them is Hai Boey, another is Khun Thai (which has a main outlet in the mainland). I am embarassed to say that I have never been to both these places all my time in Penang so far.
The other day, a friend from Singapore visited, and we went to the third one: Restoran Teluk Kumbar Seafood 公巴好友海鲜, more commonly known by it’s Chinese name, Hao You, literally translates to Good Friend.
This place is located by a beach nearby a jetty where fishermen uses. I suppose it suffice to say that if you can’t get fresh seafood here, you probably can’t get it anywhere else in the island.
It is not quite that easy to find this place if you are not familiar with the place. From Penang International Airport, you basically drive along the road towards Balik Pulau. You’ll have to go pass a tiny town with a police station, and then go up hill for a little bit before arriving at the Teluk Kumbar township. Then you will have to pay close attention to your left. At the point of writing, there is a rather tall building still under construction. You have to turn in at a small alley before that building. Look out for the sign by the road.
This place is about as rustic as it can get. The place is basically set up on the beach, with a few canopies being constructed. The floor is the beach itself.
I heard that Hai Boey and Khun Thai are more comfortable in terms of environment, and the food is slightly better. This Hao You? It is not so comfortable, and there are lots of mosquitoes flying around. Rustic, remember?
But still, it gets pretty crowded at dinner time. One of the reasons is because there is another stall operating within the vicinity.
What does the stall sell? This!
Satay! The satay here is heavenly. It is not so much the meat than it is the marinade. I have no words to describe it rather than that it is super delicious!
Satay is skewered meat marinated with sauce and BBQ’ed over coal fire. More commonly beef and chicken because it is a Malay dish, but in some places you can find mutton and pork satay. It is basically a Malaysian version of yakitori.
We would typically order a bunch of satays as appetizers while waiting for our seafood to be cooked and served. The above picture was what we had: 20 sticks for 5 person. We were holding back and going easy because we were trying to remain health conscious.
Okay, let’s show you the seafood. We did not order any fish and prawns, but we did have crabs. And some shells. And some other stuff. I don’t need to exaggerate how delicious they are, the pictures will tell you..
Yeah, I know, I am supposed to be avoiding these. But.. but.. it’s fine once in a blue moon, isn’t it? And it’s nice to be hospitable to visitors and bring them to have good food, right? Right?
Total damage of the above food plus the satays? RM 115 for 5 person.