Monday, February 23, 2009
My girlfriend's mom said she wanted to bring me to this place for belachan fish so off we went for dinner!
Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant is located along Tyrwhitt Road and has another outlet near Kong Hwa Pri School. It had been around for a long time already (my girlfriend's mom had been eating it as a kid!) and was famous for their Belacan Fried Pomfret. We were rather early that night so didn't have to wait for a long serving time.
Fried KangKong ($4.00)
Mixed Tofu ($6.00)
Cze Char regulars that were nicely done. What stood out were actually the low prices they charged. The tofu were not stingy with prawns, squids and pork slices while I helped myself to the large plate of vegetables.
Fried Pomfret with Belacan ($28.00)
Star of the meal! I could already smell the wonderful aroma of belacan when it was served. It had a crunchy texture and a sweet and salty flavour that was definitely appetising. The spiceness was good enough for me, leaving you a fiery aftertaste but not enough to burn your lips.
The fish despite its crispy skin, had surprisingly tender white meat. Don't expect it to be as smooth as steamed, but I'm glad that it wasn't the rough and grainy texture I was expecting from a fried fish. Maybe It was the light lunch I had, but I managed to down 3 bowls of rice with the addictive belachan!
Total bill for 3 was about $44, including 2 canned drinks and 6 bowls of rice. Prices were relatively cheap while the quantity was enough to satify a very hungry man. I shall be back next time to try out their other Cze Char dishes!