I haven’t been out eating at new restaurants/cafes/eateries for quite a while now, have I? I don’t think you have seen me write about any new restaurants in Penang for some time already, have you?
The recent time I wanted to write about a Korean restaurant in the relatively new Arena Curve, but I did not end up doing it because I accidentally deleted em’ photos.
Today, I want to write about a restaurant that is located next to this Korean restaurant. Well, not exactly right next, but 1 shop lot apart. Still, it is on the same row of shops, directly facing the front entrance of the relatively new condominium complex, Arena Residences.
The thing though… I don’t even know the name of this restaurant. There’s no big signage hanging on the shop front after all. All I know is that this restaurant is an old school type, with simple tables and chairs and no air-cond. And they specialize in fish…
Oh look, there they are. The name of the restaurant printed on their menu. 天佑沙煲鱼头 Tian Yew Claypot (Fish Head) Restaurant.
I came here to test out the recommendation of a fellow colleague. Not the claypot fish dishes (I’m alone, how to eat that, right???), but the fish porridge. Apparently their RM 10/pax fish porridge is good value for money.
After eating this, I think… I kind of agree with the colleague.
There was enough porridge to fill 4 small bowls. If you are a small eater, this would be good for 2 persons. There was 10 (or more) chunks of fish like the one in picture above tucked within the porridge. The fish was rather fresh too as there are no fishy stink flavor in it (if you know what I mean).
I don’t know what fish I got, but according to the colleague, they use different fish according to availability, and sometimes if you are lucky, you will get grouper or gala fish. He sounded like these 2 types are the great ones, so I guess they’re more expensive or something.
Even in a crappy food court, I think you’d pay RM 6 or 7 to get half of this. So, yeah… this is a rather good value for money… thing to eat.
I heard some say this porridge is so-so only and not delicious enough. Well, I don’t know what that is supposed to mean. I mean, we’re talking about fish porridge here. It is NOT supposed to be tasty is it? If you like more taste, there’s free flow soy sauce and pepper on the table, no?
Unless you mean porridge that is infused with a tablespoon of MSG or two is good porridge then… well… I guess I don’t know what to say.
To me, the portion is decent, the amount of fish is decent, and the fish is fresh, so it is a good porridge.
I’ll probably come back to this restaurant. Not frequently, but at least I will… 🙄