Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi – Year End Celebration

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Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi

Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi – Year End Celebration

Rootian Seafood Restaurant in downtown, Kuah is a popular choice for delicious fresh Chinese style seafood for a year-end dinner celebration.

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Langkawi is not just all about island hopping, sun, sea, and sand.

There’s plenty of savory local noodle dishes and glistening fresh seafood to enjoy when on the island.

Seafood is plentiful, cheap, and abundant in Langkawi.  The seafood restaurants in Kuah town near the duty-free shops are always packed with tourists at mealtimes.

Reservations and ordering ahead is a great idea in getting a good table. The time spent waiting is wisely utilized to get some good duty free wines.

My last trip there was a fabulous year-end dinner with my excellent and generous hosts who bought a year-end dinner at Rootian Seafood Restaurant.

Chinese Style Zhu Zhar in Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi

Rootian Seafood Restaurant is popular for plentiful fresh seafood cooked Chinese style dishes.

The restaurant serves a variety of food which includes pork, chicken, duck, lamb, beef, frog and bean curd dishes at reasonable prices.

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi - Year End Celebration
Rootian Seafood Restaurant with its red tablecloth and pink walls is unmistakably easy to identify.

Downtown Kuah at Night

The corner coffee shop style restaurant located is smack in the middle of downtown Kuah, right next to the intersection and traffic lights.

The place is down to earth and friendly with a casual environment.
They arrange all the tables along the verandah way. The interior of the shop is a prep area, the cooking area with the hiss of the roaring fire, the wok, and steamers are at the back of the shop.

You can’t miss it.

Our host KC and KS brought excellent red wines to start off the celebration dinner.

Master Chef cum owner Mr. Jacky popped in to check on our orders. His recommendations are good and definitely whet our appetite for more. A Blue Ribbon chef Mr. Jacky remains humble about his cooking skills.

Chinese Dinner with Duty-Free Red Wine!

Dinner with the boys is great. Sitting outdoors, under a cooling fan. Lots of laughter after a long day in the sun.  KC and KS always start dinner with some chocolates to munch on. The pralines in pastel wrappers are nice starters.

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi - Year End Celebration
This cabernet sauvignon has a nice bouquet which I enjoyed.

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Menu

As always my host ordered directly based on Chef’s recommendation.

Hokkien Style Fried Thick Noodles

To whet our appetite, the first dish was a simple Tai Lok Mee (hyperlink). Fat and flavorful with lard oil, this dish can rival that in KL.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Hokkien Style Fried Thick Noodles. Photo: Doris Lim

Fried Squids with Salted Egg

Coastal ports in every country around the world have different ways of preparing squids. In Langkawi, squid fishing boats dot Pantai Cenang with their green blinking lights to attract the squids.

The squids are a fresh staple in seafood restaurants.

The popular recipe is for fried squid (fried calamari).  The squid rings are tender and sweet. Generally, squid has no notable odors but takes on the crispy fried batter coating well.

There are two Asian preparation styles; ‘salt and pepper fried squid’ or ‘squid with salted egg’.

Our order of ‘squid with salted egg’ had curry leaves, chili, and salted egg yolks.

Often served as a starter or a bar snack, eating fried squids is an experience not to be missed.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi

Prawn Spring Roll

This version is made of stir-fry the vegetables, chilies and coriander and prawns cooked in a thin batter in a disk-shaped like a pancake. It is cut to bite size and served with sweet chili sauce.  Overall, this is a pretty good dish.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Prawn Spring Roll is like a nuge cracker. Photo: Doris Lim

XXL Tiger Prawns the Size of a Dinner Plate!

They serve the prawn split in half, batter fried and then stir-fried in a creamy butter sauce. The flesh texture is dense, like a lobster, and the prawn head is full of an orange roe. Master Chef Mr. Jacky wasn’t kidding when he said two people could share a tiger prawn.

Each prawn fills up our dinner plate! This is a rare pricey treat and very delish! Great for a celebration dinner!

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
XXL Tiger Prawns. Photo: Doris Lim
Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
XXL Tiger Prawns bigger than my 10″ dinner plate. Photo: Doris Lim

Chai Por Hoo

Chai Por Hoo is dish popular and not to be missed.

Rootian serves the deep fried fragrant crunchy chai por (sweet preserved radish bits), garlic chips and little chilly bits separately.

The crunchy chai or is salty, sweet, garlicky and fiery from the chili padi. We enjoyed munching on the crunchy chai por.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Chai Por Hoo. Photo: Doris Lim

Steamed Dao Tay Fish

The fish, a giant Dao Tay is a big fresh fish, its flesh is silky, tasty and smooth. Doused with premium soy sauce and fragrant oil, this goes well with white rice.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Steamed Dao Tay Fish. Photo: Doris Lim

Braised Pork Trotters In Brown Sauce

Slow cooking makes Braised Pork Trotters an irresistibly tender and juicy dish served with rich gravy. The pork shank which comes from the front leg of the pig is preferable as it’s meatier. The shank is deep fried until the fat melts from under the skin before it’s braised.

The braising liquid has light/dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, black vinegar, and brown sugar.

The result is flavorful meat that falls off the bone and sweet flavorful ready-made brown gravy that is suspicious!

Plus point, just enough vegetables and plenty of sauce to serve it over white rice.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Braised Pork Trotters In Brown Sauce. Photo: Doris Lim

Omelet with Chopped Onion

This is a classic Chinese dish that every new home chef will cook and the family will crave for. Getting the Omelet just right is the hardest part of this ultra-easy recipe. The onions are fried until “soft and brown”make it sweet as it caramelizes. The will flavor the Omelet and make it aromatic.

The fiery temperature of the wok transforms the omelet into a more delicious dish that a home cooked version.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi

Penfolds ‘Bin 407’ Cabernet Sauvignon

We started with the expensive Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 which scored an average of 90 points in 47 community wine reviews. For a teetotaler like me, this is a remarkable wine that I finished slowly.

Penfolds is one of Australia’s oldest & most iconic wines.

Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Bin 407, very GOOD. Photo: Doris Lim

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

This Cabernet Shiraz is a marvelous blend that has matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of grange hermitage. Smooth and rich.

Now I know why I don’t drink. I wasn’t presented with an opportunity to sample some excellent vintages apart from some party celebration.

Supper after Dinner? Why not?

After drinking, our hosts like to order a little something too much on. Just to line to tummy.Not every dinner needs to end with a Yee Sang toss.

Kiam Hu Beehoon (Fried Rice Noodles with Salted Fish)

Kiam Hu Beehoon is fried rice noodles with salted fish, seafood, and eggs. The Kiam Hu Beehoon is tasty. It’s fluffy, soft and airy.

The noodles are very tasty, not soggy with oil or clump together. Topped with deep fried salted fish bits, a squeeze of lime served with sambal belacan.

A good chef who is able to control the fire of his work and precise quantity of oil make this bee hoon dish a dream.

Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi - Year End Celebration
Salt Fish fried Bee Hoon
Rootian Seafood Restaurant Langkawi - Year End Celebration
YUMMEH Reunion Dinner celebration with the big bosses! What an honor!

Rootian Seafood Restaurant (NON-HALAL) | 89, Jalan Pandak Mayah 5, Pusat Bandar Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah | Telephone: +6012-474 8838 / 433 3338 | Business Hours: Daily 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm

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