If you’re journeying up North, you must try to have lunch or dinner at Bukit Tambun. I’ve only ever dined at Gee Seng in Bukit Tambun so I’m not sure about the other restaurants in the same area. The price is cheaper than in Klang Valley and the seafood rather fresh. Live with the occasional flies (don’t worry, they buzz off to the other tables once *their* food arrives) and mediocre service, you may find yourself in for a seafood gastronomical treat.
It is rather easy to get here, even without the aid of a GPS. The exit is Bukit Tambun which is between the exits of Jawi and Juru. After exiting the toll booth, you’ll come to a T-Junction where it says Bukit Tambun to your right. Turn to the right and drive straight all the friggin’ way until you could not drive straight anymore (‘cos you’d end up in the river). Gee Siang will be on your right hand side and there will be parking attendants who will lead you the way to park your car. You’ll have to give him RM1 later but it’s worth it.
See, the parking attendants at Gee Siang are somewhat geniuses. Your interaction with them will be at the very most 1 minute. Later if your car was blocking other people who want to get out, they would come into the restaurant, identity the correct face and ask you to remove your car first. Their photographic memories are amazing, I tell you!
It’d been a while since I was there and aside from the one thing I wanted to get, I wasn’t sure about the rest. We got a plate of stir-fried sweet potato leaves, crabs in sweet and sour sauce, large prawn mantis fried in chilli and salt, and some satay (RM7 for 10). I looked over at the next table, they seemed to know better what to order. I think Gee Seng is better known for their grilled crabs. Will get that the next time as I wasn’t too impressed with the sweet and sour sauce one.
The absolutely-must-order is this:
Steamed giant mantis prawns aka aliens of the sea. They are so fresh (probably alive 15 mins before being served) that you absolutely have to have them steamed. It’s like a creamy version the lobster, a joy to eat!
They don’t come cheap though. RM73 for these 3 babies. But you’ve got to try it at least once, yah?
The bill came up to RM150 for the 3 of us including drinks. Not cheap but considering what we ordered… 🙂