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Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood @ Sitiawan
Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant is a restaurant in Sitiawan which popularity has since been elevated a few folds after some local TV shows. En route to Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock, we stumbled upon many seafood restaurants along the way in Kampung Cina. You know you’re in seafood haven once driving past these eatery, one after another.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

We started the feast by ordering 4 dishes to be devoured among the 3 of us. Then the fickle-minded nature took over, and we added another prawn dish. Then another serving of scallops. Ended up with more than we could chew, suck, lick or bite.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

Arriving rather early for lunch, we were taken aback by the serene surroundings, for we half-expected the place to be packed, no thanks to the publicity in various media. But as time went by, the people started waltzing in. Before we knew it, the air-conditioned portion of the restaurant was packed!

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

The crispy deep-fried “Sar Jui Yee” or Garfish was a perfect starter to the meal. Crunchy on the outside from the deep-frying, yet not overly greasy, the insides of the fish was succulent and sweet. We had no qualms on walloping the fish, with bones and all. But do be cautious with the prickly, sturdier ones.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

The “Siong Tong La La” was unlike the conventional steamed clams with ginger, but instead arrived in a soup-like manner, with soft, boiled cucumber slices, chopped ginger and scallions, as well as Chinese parsley. A little sting from the ginger added into the soup, with a peppery finish, this could possibly be the highlight of the meal. And they did not skimp on the clams either.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

The “Nai Yau” (Butter Cream) Prawns we ordered ended up as Assam Prawns instead. Aiks, but we did not send them back. Not after 15-20 minutes of wait.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

The prawns paled in comparison to the fresher, meatier ones at Villa Seafood. Some with roes, some without, the Assam gravy did not work for us in the end. More curry paste than piquant/tangy assam, we wished we had them steamed instead. Or gave us the Nai Yau Har we wanted.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

The deep-fried battered squids were a little soggy, probably from the batter they used. But the robust flavour from the curry powder used was a welcoming change from the average fried sotong with plain, tasteless flour. For added kick, dip these springy, chewy creations in the famous local produce; Kampung Koh’s garlic chili sauce. You’d be licking your lips like us.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant

Last but not least, the most memorable part of our lunch had to be the steamed scallops with generous servings of minced fresh and fried garlic, as well as bits of chopped cili padi (bird’s eye chillies). The scallops came in gigantic proportions, you’d be awed at the sheer sizes of some. Imagine a palm-sized scallop, almost rivalling the size of an oyster’s! And they’re really fresh, juicy and sweet.

Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock Seafood Restaurant
135, Kampung Cina,
32000 Sitiawan, Perak.

Tel : 012-540 9478, 019-505 5348

Business hours: 11.00am until 10.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Directions : This restaurant is about 1-2 km away from Villa Seafood Restaurant in Kampung Cina, which I wrote about in the previous post. Once you passed by Villa Seafood on your right, go straight until you reach an intersection. Turn LEFT, and go straight for about 1km. You will see Ah Pek Lee Kou Hock on your RIGHT, after passing by a church, and many restaurants along the way.
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