Hai Boey seafood is located in Gertak Sanggul.Â To get to Gertak Sanggul, you need to go to Bayan Lepas (where the Penang International Airport is), go all the way to Teluk Kumbar and when you reach the pekan (small town), there is a huge sign turning left with Hai Boey seafood sign.Â Keep going and watch out for the hidden seafood place.
I hope the fishing nets and trees with the hidden Hai Boey signs give you that fishin village feel?Â Hai Boey in Hokkien means end of the sea.Â Gertak Sanggul is really the end of this part of the island road.
Compare to Good Friend seafood (in Teluk Kumbar), I prefer Hai Boey because their dishes are more unique.Â They have a huge kitchen and hence, service is fast.Â I bet all these guys must have ‘graduated’ from some bigger restaurants, looking at the way they handle the fire and woks.
We started with durian fritters which is unique and yummy.
The steam fish comes in claypot which is good because it keeps the fish warm for a longer time.
Their recommended ‘Hong Siew’ belly pork.Â It comes in this reddish and very shiny sauce with groundnuts.Â The meat is good because it is not oily and there are parts with spare ribs.Â Tender and tasty.
Their recommended tofu.Â Hahaha, this is our first visit so we asked for ‘everything recommended’.Â Another delicious dish because the tofu is firm on the outside and soft on the inside. The mince meat and salted fish balance well and is not too salty (like most places).
Roe crabs fried with some ‘recommended style’ (again!).Â This is delicious too.Â I have not tasted such sauce before.Â It has a simple saltish/sweetish with a hint of butter and curry leaves.
Total costs of the whole meal which serves four adults and two children, including seven drinks : RM120.Â Their food portion is good, just the right quantity.Â (I hate eating places who give huge portions just to get us to pay more!)
There are many other unique dishes that I will try out the next time.Â I saw some yummy looking prawns with tanghoon, some very spicy crabs and brinjal fritters.Â If you are entertaining guests, Hai Boey will be a nice place to entertain.Â Go earlier so that you can see the sea, beach and sunset faraway.Â Around these few weeks (July till mid August), you can stop over to buyÂ durians, manggis and rambutans from the stalls that line the road to Gertak Sanggul.