BoiBoi and I followed my parents to a road trip to Kemaman, Terengganu, over a weekend a couple of months back. It was durian season and a friend of my parents have invited a bunch of their friends over to have a galore at their durian orchard. For dinner, we were brought to this Restoran Tong Cheng at Chukai town. It's not located along the main streets but somewhere in the inner roads. I'm not sure now how to get there but it's at the road behind Jalan Che Teng. Turn right at U-Mart and the restaurant is just at the back. I've learnt Kemaman is a district, while Chukai is the town as we got a little confused over these 2 names that were used interchangeably.
The friend did all the ordering and these were the dishes we have...
A claypot of braised lamb which has loads of ginger and spring onions that removed the gamey smell of the lamb. I asked BoiBoi if he would like some lamb and he said no thanks. Anyway, I scooped some on his plate and you know what... he asked me what was it, so nice one *roll eyes*
The deep fried tofu dish here is drizzled with a mild sambal belacan sauce. Nothing spectacular here.
This is a simple buttered mantis prawn but their style is kinda different. There were very little buttered bits but in a good way so that the flavour does not overwhelm the freshness of the prawn. Did I mentioned the mantis prawn is so huge that they have to halved it?
The restaurant had ran out of larger fish, hence we have 2 on the plates instead. I think they're garoupa and just lightly steamed with soya sauce topped with garlic, ginger, spring onions and coriander. Just like home cooked, very yummy cos the fish is soooo fresh and sweet!
Then we have a stir-fried roasted pork (siew yuk) that is filled with gravy with onions and tomatoes quarters. Very different indeed. The flavours were great here.
I think we have a plate of greens as well but I did not captured a pic of it, must be busy eating and tending to BoiBoi.
There were 10 of us but luckily the portion was just right but you might think it's too little yeah. Just that you didn't know we already have like 2 rounds of durians before heading for dinner and then another round of dinner for supper!!! Not sure of the prices but I overheard it was cheap!
T'was was a great trip indeed! *BURP* excuse me...