The first dish brought to our table was the lobster.
Everyone around the table gasped in delight at the beautiful presentation, but Jacob’s “Oohhh WOW!” drowned everyone else out. Mr. Foo laughed, “if the little children like your food, then you know it must be good.”
I’m not a big eater of sea food so this was a dinner full of firsts for me. It was my first time eating lobster for a start. The meat had been delicately removed from the body, tossed with diced apples and covered in sauce. The rest of the body served as a decorative garnish. This was the dish which had inspired the enthusiastic outburst from Jacob.
We had arrived early at the restaurant. We were meeting the Director of Sepilok Tropical Jungle Adventures for dinner, and as we were awaiting their arrival, Mr Foo took us on a little tour of the restaurant. You see, they like their food fresh in authentic Chinese restaurants, and I mean really, really fresh. All the fish are kept alive in dozens of large tanks in the back of the restaurant until they are picked from the menu. Mr Foo showed us all the fish, many of which were new species for us.
“Have you ever tried these before?” Mr Foo asked us. We hadn’t, although
I have seen similar shells wash up on beaches in the past. “I’ll make some of these for you tonight, a special treat.”
The next courses to come to the table were the grilled prawns and the steamed “super shells”, the local name for these giant shellfish. They are named after the Shell Petrol logo, as they resemble it almost perfectly.
I don’t eat shellfish. Prawns freak me out. But I had to try one of the Super Shells… who knows when I will get another opportunity. Ok well, shell fish isn’t my thing, but Dan loved them!
Next out was something I was a little more accustomed to. Sizzling beef in a sauce. The beef was tender and free of fat, just how I like it. The next plate was deep fried calamari.
But one of favourite dishes, and something we have had before in both Sabah and Sarawak of Borneo was the steamed jungle fronds. These small fern fronds, cooked with garlic are delicious and fresh. I’m not always a fan of Asian greens, a lot of the time I find them bland and slimy. But these are different. Totally different. These fronds are fresh and crunchy, with a soft flavour that compliments the strong garlic that they are cooked with. I could eat an entire plate of these fronds.
Next came out the deep fried lobster head and the steamed snapper. The snapper had a much lighter taste than the last one that I ate, back in the Maldives. This snapper was smaller, and it’s flesh much softer and flakier.
Even though we didn’t think we could eat a single bite more, the last dish of the main course arrived. Half a dozen BBQ’d mangrove crabs, all lined up on the plate arrived onto our table. Mangrove crabs are one of the only species of crabs that can climb a tree is self defence, but these ones obviously did not climb high enough. Thick, succulent and juicy meat. It was almost a shame that this was the last course, because we were all pretty much stuffed full. These BBQ’d crabs are cooked over such a long period of time that they don’t have much of a smokey flavour, and yet do not dry out either.
A word of advice: if you want to sample some of these crabs you will need to pre-order. It takes a long time to prepare this dish.
Last but not least – dessert. By this time we were all uncomfortably full, but there is always room for deep fried ice cream…. am I right!?!
If you want to come to Pasir Putih Seafood Restaurant for dinner and you want to have a menu similar to ours, I would recommend making a few friends along the way. Our dinner fed eight adults, and we could all barely make it through the last few courses.
If you want delicious, simple, and beautiful seafood then this is the place to come. If you want to have the freshest of the fresh, than this is the place to come.
This place isn’t on the tourist trail. Most tourists head to the not as fresh and not as great and not as cheap restaurant just a little further down the road. You can find Mr Foo and his restaurant, Pasir Putih Seafood Restaurant.