Steamed fresh scallops and mantis prawns

A while back, we stopped by Bukit Tambun for our dinner. We were coming from down south while the up north traffic came to a standstill. That was the night when the FA Cup was held at the stadium nearby and I read that the Sultan of Kedah was forced to walk for two kilometres from the jammed up highway to the Batu Kawan stadium. Eventually, the Chief Minister of Penang who is also the Penang FA head or something had to apologised for that goof up.

So, this post is more to recollect the almost 10 kilometres traffic jam I saw all the way from Batu Kawan/Bukit Tambun to Seberang Jaya. I was going in the opposite direction after my dinner of these steamed dishes.


I forgot which seafood restaurant I went to but what I can say is the guy who took our order is a total dork. He never told me that both the scallops and mantis prawns are prepared in the same manner.


Same old same old chili, ginger, garlic and soya sauce for both the scallops and the mantis prawns. Haih….why didn’t they alert me in the first place or at least vary the flavour a bit?


The mantis prawns are live ones and one costs RM10 per piece.

Overall, I still prefer the mantis prawns from Kuala Sepetang. If you have never been to Kuala Sepetang, try to find your way there. The mantis prawns there are really, really fresh and good. Take a look at that photo and you will notice that they don’t need to add so much chili, ginger and garlic to mask the smell.

Post Author: Lilian

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7 thoughts on “Steamed fresh scallops and mantis prawns


    (July 19, 2007 - 12:33 am)

    Hi there, hopped over from the Ultimate List :o)…I like eating Mantis Prawn. They usually ask what style we would like, won’t they?


    (July 19, 2007 - 10:52 am)

    am hungry wor!!!!


    (July 19, 2007 - 1:08 pm)

    Lilian, I’ve come out with this year’s Merdeka Open House topic, pls check Merdeka Open House 2007. Hope you can join the fun.


    (July 19, 2007 - 5:38 pm)

    Scallops look absolutely delicious!


    (July 20, 2007 - 10:54 am)

    what is the best way to cook udang mantis, lilian? so that If I go to shop can order?


    (July 20, 2007 - 5:48 pm)

    rizlan – Udang mantis? Jangan cuba. I tried several times and they always berkecai, don’t know why. No matter how I prepared it, the flesh turned mushy. I tried coating with flour and fry, steam it whole, boil it, semua pun berkecai.

    lemongrass – It is but I would prefer a plain steam.

    babe – Ok, noted! Thanks.

    cindy – Not really good lah. All those chilies killed the taste.

    wmv – I told them, steam and thought they will vary it to plain steam and this cos if fresh seafoods, they don’t need that many chili and ginger. But both ended up the same.

    The Expedited Writer

    (July 21, 2007 - 11:52 am)

    Oh my Bukit Tambun, my family and I used to stop by every time we go back Penang for a seafood feast. Did you go to Gee Seng or something cos I remember a really “duh” guy working there who is perhaps the worse waiter in the world. But what can u expect from a little eating hut like that..:P

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