Restoran Tomyam Hasnah @ Venice of Perak, LumutOctober 20, 2009 | 5,578 views
Udang Goreng Tepung (Fried Prawns with Batter)
A break from the Bali travel posts (to avoid this blog from transforming to a Bali Food Blog, instead of a Malaysian one), and allow me to bring you over to the west coast of Perak, to a place posh-ly named the Venice of Perak. Where?!!! Hop over the Dromoz for a satellite view of the aforementioned, prime location, within kilometres away from the port town of Lumut in Perak.
Seafood Tom Yum – And the floating impending threats to the senses!
I do realize that I doseldom post reviews on Malay food, with the last post being the rather newly-opened Nasi Padang Simpang Tiga in Greentown of Ipoh. To make amends with regard to that fact, I’ll write about a rather recent outing to Restoran Tomyam Hasnah (thanks to Suzy for the recommendation, and for footing the bill …. =P) in Desa Manjung Raya in Lumut, Perak. This restaurant is situated along the main road of Lumut coastal highway, en route to the town of Lumut, Perak. Point of interest nearby would be the Taman Paya Bakau (Mangrove forest park), which is opened to public for free.
Ayam Masak Kunyit – Stir-fried Chicken & Vegetables with turmeric powder
The restaurant is supposedly the THIRD branch in a series of Malay-Thai restaurants bearing the same name of Restoran Tomyam Hasnah. There is one in Seri Manjung (location HERE), but not sure about the other. They specialize in Hatyai style of Tom Yam and seafood dishes, mixed with elements and influences of local Malay cuisine.
Started off with their signature Tom Yum Seafood, (another option being Tom Yum seafood and meat), which came with shrimps, squids, tangy tomatoes, fiery bird eye chillies, and the like. The sourness of the soup was a notch higher than the usual, but surprisingly, for a restaurant that prides on its Hatyai-style Tom Yum, the spiciness level was tampered down significantly. We did not sweat bucket, nor reached for our glasses of water even after repeated slurping of the zesty soup. This may bode well with those with lower threshold of tolerance to spicy foods, but personally, I like mine with a little more FIRE.
Kailan Ikan Masin – Stir-fried Kailan with Salted fish
The udang goreng tepung, or batter-fried prawns dipped in Thai chilly sauce was excellent, with the prawns being sweet, firm and very fresh, coated with a light batter and deep-fried to crispy goodness. The ayam masak kunyit arrived in a golden hue, thanks to the liberal addition of turmeric powder for seasoning. A little tough, for only lean meat was served.
Telur Dadar – Egg omelette
The simpler and more traditional Malay dishes such as kailan ikan masin and telur dadar were passable, albeit the latter was a little oily. Still in the mood for some serious chowing down, we ordered extra plates of Daging masak merah (beef in a sweet and spicy gravy), and finished up with an appetizing (yeah, the irony of it all) serving of kerabu mangga, a tangy ensemble of julienned young mangoes, chopped peanuts,onions, tomatoes and crispy anchovies, tossed lightly with a dash of fish sauce, and lime juice.
Daging Masak merah – Beef slices in a sweet & spicy gravy
Kerabu Mangga – Thai style Mango Salad
The meal came to a reasonable RM74 for the 6 of us, including rice and drinks. The other signature dishes from Tom Yam Hasnah is the steamed siakap, or Siakap Tiga Rasa (a mix of spicy, sweet and sour, I suppose), and various other seafood dishes. The crowd may be slightly intimidating come lunch hours, with the blue-collared workers, and factory staff from the nearby industrial park visiting the eatery for some satisfying grubs. Be prepared for some wait when the place is packed. It took almost 20-30 minutes for the dishes to arrive, if i remember correctly.
Location and Contact Number :
Restoran Tomyam Hasnah – Makanan Hatyai Seafood
No 47, Persiaran Venice Sutera 1,
Desa Manjung Raya,
32000 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +605-688 7821
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to RESTORAN TOMYAM HASNAH