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Yen Seafood Restaurant @ Batu Kawan, Penang

SEAFOOD Dinner @ Yen Seafood Restaurant

A hidden seafood restaurant in Batu Kawan surrounded by palm plantation which is located not far from the Penang Second Bridge. It has two dining area: air-conditional indoor and fresh-air outdoor. Plenty of car parks and dining tables. However, it is advisable to book during the weekend.

What's make so many people come here for food??? Because the price is cheap and reasonable??? You can see some alive fishes, crabs and mantis shrimps at the left side of the restaurant.

Steamed fish

I would like to skip the comment about the sauce because nothing special and very light in taste. However, the flesh was indeed very fresh and heaps!!! We struggled to finish the whole fish because it was very huge and this dish came out last. I wonder why it came out last??? This dish should come out in the middle because it is good to go with rice...

Deep Fried Squid (SOTONG)

Uhmm...... I can't taste and feel the squid. Was it the batter too thick? Squid overcooked? Or the flavour of batter had overwhelmed the squid? I saw the next table ordered the squid with no batter one. Maybe without batter one is better??? Oh yea I forgot to take the photo of the chilli/tomato sauce. The sauce taste different from other restaurant because they mix with kumquat/sour plum. 

 Steamed LALA (clams)

The most satisfied dish of the night! Clams steamed with minced garlic, chilli, coriander, kumquat juice and pinch of salt. I love to steam my fish fillets this way too because the preparation is so simple and yummy to eat. Plus it is way healthier than stir fry:). Besides, I love to drink the soup/sauce of this dish because it is very refreshing and appetising.

Butter Prawn

Is this dish called 'butter prawn' or we ordered the wrong one? Because the prawn didn't taste butter. It looked more like cereal prawn. The prawns were well fried because I ate the whole prawn without peeling!!! Just be careful when you eat the cereal because there were some chopped green chilli paddy mixed in it even though the cereal wasn't spicy tasted.


At first we ordered the the ambarella juice (forgot to take the photo) with sour plum that came in a jar, then only we ordered nutmeg drink. My friend said there are two types of nutmeg drink. The one we ordered was the red nutmeg which was sweet in taste. I am not sure how is the other type of nutmeg drink taste like but I used to try the freshly squeeze nutmeg juice from the stall. It was quite astringent and took me awhile to finish it. Well, I prefer to start with ambarella drinks because of its sour, greeny and salty taste, such a nice appetising drinks. Nutmeg drinks also good :)

Mantis Shrimp with Salted Egg Yolk

I wasn't really impressed by this dish. I was expecting the aromatic and sweet mantis shrimp to blew up my mind. Unfortunately not. I don't think the salted egg yolk overwhelming the shrimp because the dish didn't taste heavy egg yolk but it did make the shrimp lost its crunchiness. I just don't know where this dish went wrong. I believe the chef could cook this dish better -- As in crunchy, sweet and aromatic mantis shrimp with solidity/sandy feel salted egg yolk( not the soggy one).

Penang Second Bridge

After finished the meal, we went back Penang Island via Penang Second Bridge. This was my first time taking Penang Second Bridge after coming back from oversea last month. Since there were not much cars at night, it took only 10 minutes for a typical Malaysian (no speed limits) to reach the other end of the bridge. Yen restaurant was only less than 10 minutes ( approximately 5 mins) drive from the bridge.

Blurred image yet very beautiful. Love the colourful bridge at night

The conclusion is the seafood here was fresh as in, at least they didn't make me feel vomiting or disgusting by the fishy smell. However, the dish didn't bring out the aromatic and sweetness of seafood itself which was a bit disappointing. Maybe we ordered the wrong dish??? Anyway thanks to my friends that brought me here:) and it was actually a happy belated birthday celebration dinner for Mr Bulat-bulat.


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