Thanks to Axian, I get to know this place, the famous Good Friend Seafood at far far other end of George Town, Teluk Kumbar. Since I don’t know where the hell is Teluk Kumbar, it took me more than an hour to reach there from George Town. I blame my stupid GPS to the max as it didn’t ask me to U-turn but lead me to make a huge huge round until I need to pass by Queensbay Mall twice! Duhhhh!
However, upon reaching there, it makes me feel awesome. Although the beach here ain’t the best in Penang, neither is the sand is white and soft, nor the sea is crystal clear, but it do gives a very nice feeling. Firstly it’s a fish village, and the owner of Good Friend Seafood are fisherman for the past few generations. You can see loads of fishing boat line up along the beach. Secondly, the restaurant is located at the beach itself, and being able to dine at a beach is really wonderful!
I was told that besides the extremely fresh seafood, the satay here is good stuff too.
And yes, it doesn’t disappoints me. The satay came at rm0.70 per stick, but the size is bigger than those outside. Besides, it doesn’t come with any sauce since the gravy was already on top of the satay itself. 7.2/10
Stir fried crunchy vegetables, nothing special, but just nice to open our stomach for the incoming seafood. 6.1/10
Chi Lei might not be everyone’s meat, but its good for me as long it’s fresh. Poke out the meat by a small toothpick, go it with some Thai sweet and sour chili sauce, awesome! 7.0/10
To be honest, I always hate clams soup, no matter how it was cooked, as long as it was soup based, I hate it. The reasons is it’s damned hard to find really really fresh clams and even if 99% fresh clams are used to cook, it will still have some bad smell and spoil the whole dish! However, I decided to give myself another chance to have clam soup here. Reasons is I trusted that fisherman will only choose the freshest seafood to cook, and I am lucky that I made the correct decisions.
The clams used is really really really fresh. The whole bowl of soup doesn’t gives even a minor mud taste or anything, it’s just taste fresh and sweet! 4 of us basically bottom up the whole bowl of soup. 7.8/10
The sweet and sour crab here is not bad too, goes really well with rice. 7.0/10
1 of the must order dish here is the Siam style steamed Stingray. It’s certainly 1 of the best steamed fish I had ate before, really “mou dak deng”. The dish is cooked with salted vegetables, cabbage, chilies, ginger, onion, and it gives a really superb taste. My only complaint is there ain’t any fire under the plate to keep the soup hot all the time. Besides, if only better fish were used…..hmmmmmmmmm. 8.5/10
If you come early here, you can have a walk around the beach after your dinner, and enjoy watching sunset with your spouse/fiance/girlfriend/mum/daughter. If you don’t mind, you can bring a carpet here, and have a mini picnic eating satay.
Although Good Friend Seafood is quite far from the town, but it still attracts loads of customers, so do make a reservation especially on weekends or public holiday.
Overall, the food here is not bad, but all of them is extremely superbly fresh. Price wise it’s quite cheap too, and with such a great view here, it’s definitely a good place for dinner with your family or friends.
Total Damage: RM65.60 (Thai style steam stingray @ RM16, Clam Soup @ RM8, Sweet and sour crab @ RM24, Chi Lei @ RM8, Vegetables @ RM8)
Operating Hours: 6pm to 10pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Location: 84, MK9, Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Pulau Pinang. (It’s located behind the closed down yellow bus station, opposite of Yong Zhen School)