Visitors visiting Design Village Penang but intend to have something special for lunch (except those fast food chains in the mall) can opt to reroute to Bukit Tambun, a small township famous for Seafood and home to many Seafood restaurants. Bukit Tambun is approximately 10 minutes drive away from Design Village Penang; it was once the de-facto place to visit when Penangites wanted fresh Seafood. Though it is still popular right now but the hype has reduced drastically as there are many other options available for now. But Mee Udang (Prawn Noodles) Bukit Tambun offers something out of the norm, instead of the usual Seafood Zhu Char dishes; it dishes out home-made Mee Udang, a proud Malaysian dish. Mee Udang is not the only option here, fresh Seafood catch is easy to source and thus, expect some simple, no frills Seafood dishes to be found here as well. The fully air-conditioned Mee Udang specialist can be found at one of the colorful heritage houses under the restoration project on the main road of Bukit Tambun (towards the now defunct Jetty).
Mee Udang Original (Rm 7)
Mee Udang Goreng (Rm 7.90)
Most tables ordered their Original version of Mee Udang but the stubbornness in me insisted to have both versions and that was when the only disappointment of the day happened. The Mee Udang Goreng was heavily flavored with Tomato-Ketchup; the overall flavor was a tad too artificial and sweet to my liking. There was a nary of Seafood sweetness can be tasted, the only relief was the sweet, bouncy White Prawns.
On the contrary, their Mee Udang Original was delectable. The seemingly spicy Prawn broth (in red hue) carried a intense Prawn flavor... a smoky but sweet and irresistible taste; best complemented with a slightly acidic tinge from the Lime. For those who prefer a spicier dimension, explore the option available on the dining table, their home-made Chili Dip does not disappoint.
Steamed Kappa/ Clams (Rm 7/ 500 grams)
Steamed Eel Balls (Rm 3 for 5)
Simplicity at its best- the true flavors and Seafood sweetness of Clams were best demonstrated in the dish Steamed Kappa; the owner will only recommend the freshest catch available for that day so if they are unable to source the Seafood, it will not be available. The Clams were steamed till perfection along with a generous amount of julienned Ginger, Onion Oil and Bird's Eye Chilies. The cloudy sauce carries the essence of the sea while the flesh was bouncy-tender; and when the mild spiciness kicked in, that's the best combination ever. It was simple, no frills but delicate and pleasing. We could not get enough of the Eel Balls, though we don't think they are home-made; the texture was amazing and with a simple sweet Thai Chili dip. Most delicious when enjoyed hot.
Barley-Red Beans (Rm 2.50)
Cendol (Rm 3.50)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 33, Jalan Bukit Tambun, 14100, Bukit Tambun, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 8 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 588 8932