[Update- 19 July 2016 Recent Experience at Ong Cheng Huat, Bagan Lallang]
Ong Cheng Huat Seafood is more of a fast-food joint right now, orders were served in a jiffy but most of them were in warm-state (not hot).
1) Palm Wine was a lot more diluted than before, as though we were drinking plain water with a hint of acidity, sans the coconut fragrance.
2) Blanched Octopuses were overcooked with resilient texture.
3) Spring Chickens were poorly marinated, the flavors were weak.
The only item that we enjoyed was the Steamed Tiger Grouper but again, the dish could be served hotter and more minced Garlic could be added.
Hidden in some village outskirt of Raja Uda, Ong Cheng Huat Seafood provides one of the cheapest and freshest seafood that you can possibly find in Penang. The exact location is a bit tedious to find, do ask the people around for directions and I am sure that they will be more than willing to help. There are not much options in Ong Cheng Huat Seafood as they focus mainly in a few dishes only and most of them are assured of certain quality. The prices for every single dishes are unexpectedly cheaper as compared to those over-rated Seafood eateries in Penang island. I was totally amazed by their serving speed, it took around 10 minutes for them to serve us all the dishes ordered but do not expect much from the ambiance, though it has improved since then. From Penang Island, exit at Bagan Lalang highway and drive straight until you hit a traffic light (with a lake on your left and factories on your right), turn right into the road. Keep driving straight until you hit a traffic light again, keep going straight. After approximately 5 minutes, pay attention to your left hand side for the banner stating Ong Cheng Huat Seafood. This is definitely one of my favorite places to think of when it comes to Octopuses and Fresh Fish Head.
Blanched Octopus (Rm 13) comes with some Deep Fried Garlic and their Chili sauce topped with Peanuts. I like the fact that kept things simple, my friend commented that the Octopuses were slightly over-cooked but I just enjoy how chewy/springy they used to be, but maintaining its sweetness within. A very good dish as appetizer. I can finish this whole plate on my own.
Fried Bee Hoon (Rm 5, serves 2-3 persons) comes in a rather big portion and best complemented by their Sambal Belacan. Diners would not find themselves some Rice here as they serve Fried Bee Hoon only. I just love the fact that the Bee Hoon was not being so oily and possessed the aromatic "wok hei" to my liking. Thumbs Up.
Steamed Fresh Red Snapper (Rm 32, serves 3-4 persons) is something you don't want to miss. The fresh and succulent Red Snapper was steamed till perfection, along with some freshly chopped Garlic, Bird's Eye Chilies and some Pickled Vegetables to give the extra sourness to further enhance the flavor. The savory fish was so delicious that we have finished it in a glimpse of eye. The soup was simply tasty, leaving a tangy after taste with a hint of spiciness. I can simply finish one whole plate of this. Highly recommended.
Deep Fried Spring Chicken (Rm 6 per bird) used to be one of my favorites. When I was still double the size I am right now, I used to have 3 birds of these at one shot. I find the Spring Chickens to be perfectly seasoned and marinated. Simply use your hands and tear the Chicken Thigh away and you will find how juicy is the meat. One bite explains all, try it out yourself.
Taste: 9/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 2004, Bagan Lalang, 13400, Butterworth, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 331 4782
Business Hour: 11am to 5:30pm. Closed on every Monday.