Friday, October 28, 2011

Teluk Sengat is a small rural, fishing village situated between Kota Tinggi and Desaru, surrounded by palm oil plantations. Its location would definitely spook some 1st timers off, trees and nothing but trees on both side of the long, windy road. As for the strong-hearted, they would be duly rewarded with a view of the newly built Senai-Desaru bridge spanning across the Johor River (and of course fresh seafood).

I still remember when I was young, my family would visit this particular restaurant sitting alone on the top of a small hill, overlooking the jetty. I can't remember the last time I was there, but it is certainly a long long time, spanning into years, if not a decade. A very nostalgic trip indeed ... I don't even recall being able to drive.

The place is furnished with wooden tables and plastic chairs, no-frills decorations and very kampung-like, albeit on a positive note. Well, there's even no air conditioner and not that I'm complaining. I actually very much like this feeling ... you either go back to the very basics or go all the way out with a bang.

We order the Cantonese-styled Kuey Tiao 滑蛋河粉. Taste average and sorry about the poor quality of this picture. I think both deserve a similar score of 6.0/10 ... or maybe less for my picture.

Another noodle dish, their Signature Fried Mee. Oh ... this is excellent and I love it so much ... taste like the Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee (dry version), with a peppery touch to it. Rating: 7.5/10

Steamed baby squids. Seems like the kitchen staff made a mistake and this is not what we've intended. We actually ordered the deep fried baby squids. Looks bad enough for us to eat it. To be fair it taste alright, but we just couldn't overcome that mental block in our grey matter.. Rating: 3.0/10.

Sensing a mistake in our order, the lady boss volunteered to have it replaced. Deep Fried Baby Squid, on the house although we insisted it is alright. Caramalized, crunchy baby squids ... good to go with beer. Rating: 7.0/10

Dry chilli powdered crab 干香螃蟹. I'll tell you what wins the deal from me, in this dish ... the sambal paste concoction they use to stir fry with the crabs. Finger-licking good. Rating: 8.0/10.

Only regret, the malnutrition crabs. They are no doubt fresh but for it to be meatier, then only will it satisfy the glutton in us.

Which is why we ordered another serving of crabs ... cooked in a different variation, Chilli crabs 辣椒螃蟹. Rating: 8.0/10

Just like the lava overflowing out of a volcano.

How can we missed out the deep-fried bun, for dipping in the gravy.

Steamed prawns with garlic. Garlic are coarsely chopped and lacks in quantity. In my opinion, for the dish to stand out, the prawns have to be covered with a layer of finely chopped garlic. This taste more like steamed prawns. Rating: 5.5/10

Steamed fish with soy sauce. I don't know what this fish is, but the meat is smooth and not overcooked. Rating: 6.5/10

Typical of all Thai style cusine - lime, ginger and lemongrass are the must-have ingredients for it to work wonders... true for this case as well. Thai-styled steamed fish. Rating: 7.5/10.

Price: 7.0/10
Service: 8.0/10
Conclusion: Not much difference in the price and taste, from what you can get at those well-known restaurants in Johor Bahru. But if you happen to be on a road trip or around Desaru, it would make a great addition to your itinerary for lunch/dinner. Another plus point to highlight, I think its a nice gesture from the lady boss to have the baby squids replaced FOC. Recommended.

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58, Jln Belanak,
Telok Sengat 81920
Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: (+607) 895 5116

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