Zhu Char Style Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant
Reasonably priced Zhu Char style Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant is a no-frills outlet popular for family dinners and weekend meals in Tg. Bungah, Penang
Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant Origins
Did you know that Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant was formerly located in Kedai Kopi Sin Eng Huat, directly opposite the famous Penang Tanjung Bungah Goreng Pisang stall?
This Zhu Char restaurant (alfresco without frills, outdoor seat, and no air-conditioning) is a popular dining venue.
The prices are reasonable, and many families would gather for weekend meals here.
We used to park at the back of the coffee shop when the area was a disused burnt-down building full of undergrowth.
The promise of good cheap seafood was a significant pull factor. It was enough to walk back to the car in the dark after dinner. We were young and hardy back then.
I remember the first time we went, my friend, Karen, ordered her favorites.
Karen seemed to know everyone in the shop, and we went into the kitchen where there was a rattan basket full of fresh fish just caught earlier in the afternoon.
What are Sunshine Bay Signature Dishes?
The first meal in a restaurant sets the tone and the order for other meals after that.
- Fried “Snuah Chooi” Fish
- Tom Yam Prawn in a coconut shell
- French Beans
- Kap Pah Mee Suah
- Crab Noodles
After that meal, whenever I returned to dine, the Kappa Mee Suah is the first thing I’ll order as it sells out pretty fast.
The Kappa (clams) makes the vermicelli sweet and delicious.
Other Favourites from Sunshine Bay Menu
- Bitter Gourd Fried Eggs
- Guinness Stout Chicken
- Salt & Pepper Squids
Kappa Mee Suah has a smooth, silky texture and is flavourful with the fresh Kappa, including the richness of the eggs.
Cooking with lard elevates this dish beautifully. It’s creamy and addictive.
Stir-Fried Noodles with Crab
If you’re quick with eating crabs, then this yellow noodle dish is for you.
As for me, I couldn’t handle eating crabs and the noodles fast enough before the noodles get soggy from the robust crab juices and full aroma.
The crab meat was juicy and sweet.
Guinness Stout Chicken
Guinness is a taste that grows on you.
When cut pieces of chicken take a marinates in Guinness, the flavor is sweet and earthy.
The reduced Guinness marinates coat the chicken pieces nicely.
The chicken pieces are tender, juicy.
The kids used to love this dish with the Kappa Mee Suah and still do.
Steamed “Pang Ngah” Sting Ray
I prefer sting ray, either steamed or BBQ.
The lemon/lime juice, ginger-garlic, and minced red chili give a high kick for this dish.
It’s tart, sweet, sour, and spicy.
Very appetizing and mouth-watering.
Stingray is one of the most natural fish to eat, as it only had a few large bones that can be easily picked out.
The cartilage bones of young stingrays called “Pang Ngah” are edible, soft, and chewy.
Tom Yam prawns in a coconut shell
Kung Pow Mantis Prawns
This is the right combination of deep-fried mantis prawns stir-fried with the light scent of Lea Perrins sauce (or other similar sauce), onions, dried chilis, and spring onions as the main ingredients.
Getting the right texture of crispy with succulent flesh on the inside is not so easy to perfect.
This mantis prawn dish is cooked a little dry with the prawn coated in Kung Poh sauce.
Less than perfect or not, we did justice and cleared the plate.
French beans sauteed with black soy sauce and “hare bee.”
Whole baby French beans deep fried and cooked with black soy sauce and “hare bee.”
The Hokkien in me says, “YES!!!”
Stir-Fried Bittergourd with Egg 苦瓜炒蛋
Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant Review:
The restaurant serves all types of fresh seafood, and shellfish prawns, crabs cooked in home style, and the surrounding is cozy.
It’s almost like eating at someone’s kampong house!
SUNSHINE BAY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
584-D, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Penang.
T: 012 – 473 7276 (Mr. Yap)
Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM (closed on Tuesdays)