Fatty Lye Seafood is another one of Uncle Tai Hai’s recommendation in Penang. My in-laws felt like having a good tai chow so he took us to Fatty Lye Seafood, below the Taman Seri Bunga flats in Jelutong. The place was crowded and our food took a while to arrive.
I rather enjoyed the asam pedas here. The gravy was adequately thick and piquant, with a good balance of flavour. I polished off a large plate of white rice with this.
Also good was the egg, cooked with sharks fin. I doubt it was real sharks fin, because they texture wasn’t like the real deal. That said, the egg was cooked just right, resulting in a creamy-soft consistency.
The deep fried pork knuckle was wicked stuff, especially when eaten with the sweet chilli sauce provided. Unlike the German style, the skin of this pork knuckle was less crackly, but just as addictive. I also enjoyed the kangkung belacan, which came with several medium sized prawns. This was pungent, spicy and hits all the right spots.
My favourite dish that night was the house special tofu (butter fried tofu). This was similar to butter prawns, but with the tofu replacing the prawns. For those who
don’t have prawn peelers dislike getting their hands dirty by peeling prawns, this would be perfect. This was insanely addictive, especially with the little bits of fried butter batter.
I’m not sure how much was all the above as Uncle Tai Hai paid the bill, but he said it was one of the more affordable tai chow places in Penang.
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Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Hearty and affordable dishes. Try the butter fried tofu!
Fatty Lye Seafood