Menglembu East Ocean Seafood Restaurant @ IpohNovember 19, 2010 | 18,718 views
One of East Ocean‘s (Tung Hoi in Cantonese) most sought after dish; the Claypot Ginger Chicken (Qiong Yung Gai) warrants an order no matter you’re bringing along your Grandma, your friends or even your children. Half a chicken at RM15/USD4.80.
East Ocean Seafood Restaurants are everywhere in Ipoh, so to speak. There’s one in Chemor which I wrote about, another in Ipoh Garden South that I am not so fond of, and this one in Menglembu that some said is the best among the lot.
Aside from that, the group of Prosperous Seafood Restaurants (in Tower Regency and Heritage Hotel) are supposedly from the same group of eateries.
Usually, we would associate this category of Chinese diners with (g)astronomical prices, as in the case of Oversea Restaurants (especially the new one), but surprisingly at East Ocean, you can have lunch for less than RM20/USD6.50 per person.
A type of vegetable called ‘Qing Loong‘, stir-fried with bean sprouts, salted fish and carrots. Very tasty and healthy ensemble. (RM12/USD4)
Good thing about having lunches in restaurants like this would be the cool respite from the scorching sun. No doubt you’re paying slightly more than the usual ‘dai chow’ restaurants, but then again … it’ll all be worthy when that one hour of lunch results in recharging your inner self rather than sweating like buckets and ending up even hungrier than before.
The Claypot Ginger Chicken is but one of East Ocean’s perpetual favourite among the diners. A tingling spicy sensation ensued from the generous addition of mashed ginger, swirled into a thick and slightly starchy gravy coating the cuts of chicken, then garnished with chopped scallions. A very homely dish that your grandparents can replicate at home, but why should you burden them to do so?!
The combination of various julienned vegetables and the ‘dragon whiskers’/’loong sou’ (rough translation, this one) was a delight to munch on. The addition of salted fish added a savoury tinge to the greens, and you’d bet even the kids would love this.
Pan-fried Homemade beancurd with minced meat toppings (RM10/USD3.30)
Though the Signature Beancurd dish (geez, seems like almost every ‘dai chow’ outlet has their own version of beancurd huh?) did not manage to impress as much, but the crisp on the outside, smooth on the inside beancurd complemented the meal perfectly. The chunky pieces of minced pork and scallions were delightfully moreish, going well with your bowl of white rice.
Homemade Char Siew (Barbecued Pork) (RM12/USD4)
A far cry from Oversea’s premium version (price-wise, of course), the Char Siew at East Ocean was surprisingly cheap. The medium-sized portion of pork belly marinated then roasted to a caramelized finish is one of their forte it seems. Not bad, just skip the extremely fatty cuts for they lacked the melt in mouth texture but instead required some form of chewing. The sweet honey sauce lent a glistening coat to the cuts of pork, yet effectively suiting the clash of sweet and savoury flavours.
At first glance, the mess of chicken in the ginger-laden gravy looked unappetizing enough, but dig in and you’ll find yourself licking the whole pot clean in record time.
Dessert of the Day – Chilled Green Bean/Mung Bean pudding with Egg Whites (RM2.50/USD0.80)
Don’t forget to order the dessert of the day! LZP mentioned that he had a very nice mango pudding before, but this time around, they offer a funky green bean pudding served chilled. I did not think much of the pudding initially, merely expecting the generic pudding in a small cup.
But when our desserts arrived in a sizeable plate, we were subtly impressed. The first bite was divine, and the cooling dessert was a very refreshing change from the usual warm sweet soup (tong sui). Definitely worth a try, but take note that they change the selection from day to day.
Nope, this platter of fresh fruits did not come complimentary with the meal. Fresh watermelon, honeydew and sweet mangoes underneath a bed of ice.
All in all, a very satisfactory lunch at the famed Menglembu “Tung Hoi” outlet. Just be aware that come lunch hour, the restaurant will be packed like sardines. Literally. We even saw a few customers standing around looming over those soon-to-be-evacuating diners.
A famous restaurant in Menglembu, particularly for wedding banquets and various functions.
MENGLEMBU EAST OCEAN RESTAURANT
No 1-7, Hala Perusahaan Menglembu 17,
31450 Menglembu, Perak.
Telephone : 605-282 9457, 282 9435, 282 9718.
Opens for lunch and dinner everyday.
GPS Coordinates : E101 2′ 56.4″ N4 34′ 6.3″
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