Chasing food and cultural experiences has taken me to some interesting places. One of the joys of living in Singapore is that most of south east Asia is only an hour or two away by jet – and with several budget airlines operating in the region, a weekend away becomes a very real option. Tricks and traps for planning these outings is a good topic for a future blog post. One such trip took us to Penang – I’ve written about the great Assam Laksa at the Air Hitam market there.
The other culinary highlight of that trip was dinner at DeHappy Seafood on Macalister Road. They have an interesting crab menu:
This is the Garlic and Black Bean Crab, Hong Kong style:
It’s hard to describe how wonderful these two smaller (around 500gram) crabs were – cooked to perfection in a salty black bean and garlic sauce, shallots, and spring onions. We ate them with seafood fried rice, garlic kankong, and some salted egg prawns (the latter sadly overshadowed by the magnificence of the crab).
After the crab, there were some amazing oysters – that’s my hand, and trust me it is not a small hand
The manager apologised in advance for having to charge us MYR8 (SGD3) each owing to supply problems – so we just ordered half a dozen. When they came out, I remember saying that I was glad we didn’t order a whole dozen
I didn’t get a good pic of DeHappy at night as it was raining – if you go to look for it, this is what it looks like during the day:
All in, with a few bottles of Tiger beer to wash it down, the meal came to less than SGD70. This is one of the reasons Penang is so popular with Singaporean food lovers – great seafood at a good price.
I look forward to returning to Penang to eat at DeHappy once again.
Do you have a favourite seafood place in Penang? If so, please leave a comment and let me know