MCO & lockdown is back in Malaysia and that means cooking or tapau-ing (taking away) from around my area every day. While there's a good variety of economy rice and noodles nearby, I'm starting to miss exploring makan places over the weekends.
Thankfully, some family friends suggested that I try Restoran Rong Neng! Due to its location, it's not a place for non-locals like myself to stumble upon.
For a Saturday afternoon with no dine-in allowed, it was pretty busy and the owner was whizzing around taking orders and preparing drinks while his wife was cooking up a storm in the kitchen. I had to rely on the recommendation of the owner since no menu was displayed. Other customers were clearly regulars since they knew what to order! They mainly serve fried noodles, fried rice, and fresh live seafood:
Availability of live seafood varies as they come in fresh daily.
Cham Peng (Iced coffee & tea) (5/5) I ordered this while waiting and it was so good. Frothy, aromatic, and silky smooth. I could come back just for this!
Fried "Tua Pan" Noodles with Crabs and Mantis Prawn (4/5) Tua pan is essentially kuay teow but in larger sheets. This dish is therefore similar to Cantonese Kuay Teow or Wat Tan Hor - but an extra indulgent version. The tua pan itself had good "wok hei" with the noodles having a slightly seared smoky taste. Flavour-wise, sweetness from the crabs and mantis prawn really made the lustrous eggy gravy extra delicious.
No complaints at all about the quality of seafood - extremely fresh & meaty!
While this dish isn't something that I can indulge in daily (unless cholesterol is completely made up), the food and drink were definitely tasty enough to warrant a return visit! The owner and his wife are both friendly and there's no questioning the speediness of their service. Cleanliness and orderliness, however, could be improved. Check out this local spot the next time you're in Nibong Tebal.......when MCO ends!
Sabbylicious Makan Rating
Food : 4/5
Price : 4/5
Environment : 2.5/5
Service : 4/5
Must order : Fresh live seafood!
Operating Hours Monday - Saturday (2.00 pm until sold out in the evening). Closed on Sunday. *Varies during MCO. Do call in advance to check. Meng (Owner) : 012-5648882/016-6683788
Restoran Rong Neng
128, Jalan Permatang Tok Mahat, Taman Fajar, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang