Penang Food Trail – Hammer Bay Ikan Bakar Special
Hammer Bay Ikan Bakar Special at Jalan Bayan Bay, Sebelah Kondo Gold Coast is a favourite haunt within the Malay community in Penang. This is where you can find authentic Malay barbecue seafood.
三味鱼 was pretty good. The sauce was lacking in spiciness, more on the sweet side. The fish could be a little more tender though; perhaps the deep frying caused the fish to be slightly hard. The fried calamari wasn’t too oily. It was pretty addictive, once you start, you can’t stop. The batter wasn’t too thick, so we could still enjoy the chewiness of the squid.
The highlight of this meal was the Ikan Bakar, which literally means “burnt fish”. In this case, we opted for the stingray, which was marinated with sambal chili, and then grilled on a banana leave. The stingray meat was tender and had a mildly burnt/barbecued taste. The chili was the best! The sambal belachan was packed with spices; it was so flavourful and the spiciness gave an extra kick to the entire stingray. We could just enjoy plain rice with chili – that is how great the sambal chili was.
The Ikan Bakar was a nice conclusion to our first night in Penang.