Restoran Hin Hin Seafood, Paya Terubong, Penang
Upon the hills of Paya Terubong stood this unassuming seafood restaurant. This family is in food business like shop lot restaurants, mixed rice and stalls in hawkers centres. Their network is in the hands and feet of family members rather than companies incorporated with the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
Two of us dragged our old Civic up the widened and modern road. Just be careful as the right turnoff appears quite suddenly if inattentive and there is a bend in front where oncoming cars may be trundling down. Slow and steady did it.
We choose our big huge mud crabs to be done chili-crab style. The gravy was soaked with the mini mantous (dumplings) for a sodden-satisfying carbo overload. Egg white was used to thicken it rather than cornstarch. A little watery but none of the sticky look and feel. A good balance of sauces ensured a good dish.
The crabs had roes and once cooked it hardened into a rich cake of creamy, fragrant taste and smell from the sea. Don't miss this and ask for it.
We ordered their signature noodles with prawns, scallops and thick large pieces of fried crispy lard. The broth and wok hei (breath of the wok) made the dish so appetising though we were kind of filled from the crabs and could not finish half of it.
I was also reminded next round not to miss the big blanched cockles here which are not available to the masses but only to select restaurants.
1057-J, MK13, Bukit Paya Terubong, Air Hitam, Penang.
WAZE: Restoran Hin Hin Seafood