Hubby and I love seafood. And for me, lobster especially. Unfortunately, price of lobster is
exorbitant ridiculous costly in Singapore, so we hardly eat lobster or dine at seafood restaurants here. When Hubby went fishing at Tanjong Pinang in Indonesia a few months ago, he found that lobsters there are priced much lower and he boasted about the lobster feast he had -_- Well, I don't think I would want to go fishing so had to hold that thought about lobster feasting at Tanjong Pinang.
Then recently, he told me that there's a town in Johor Bahru that specialises in lobster dishes, specifically Sungai Rengit, Pengarang, about 20-30 mins away from Desaru. Hey hey, what have we been missing all this while huh? We venture to JB once in a while to indulge in seafood, but this is the first time we heard of this lobster village. Die die have to go!
So we sneaked off to JB for our lobster feast during one Saturday late afternoon in August. The journey from Tuas checkpoint to Desaru took about 1.5hrs, and from there another 20-30 mins to reach the sleepy fishing village of Sungai Rengit.
A tell tale sign that we have arrived at the lobster village at Sungai Rengit, the lobster sculpture-mascot!
From our search on johorkaki.blogspot.com, there are about 8 seafood restaurants that feature lobsters in their menu.
Seeing the lobster made me salivate already!
The highlight of our meal, butter fried lobster the signature dish of You Kees. The lobsters used were slightly smaller in size. The idea is to put the whole piece of the lobster meat into the mouth and let the flavours of the succulent lobster meat burst with the rich buttery taste of the crispy crust. So good! I think there were about 8 pieces (4 lobsters) on the plate and I couldn't help but feel disappointed when we cleared all within minutes.
Overall, we felt quite satisfied with our first lobster meal at Pengarang, just that it was not quite enough to appease our appetite (and don't bother with crabs) :p.
So on Children's Day holiday, we decided to bring dear son to Desaru for a night's stay and there, the perfect excuse to go Pengarang for our lobsters again! Haha :p
上湯龙虾! Yes, one lobster for each of us! The lobster meat was very crunchy, sweet and succulent. The sauce was very rich, buttery, sweet with a hint of chinese herbs. Seriously heavenly!!!
So we asked for recommendation and the staff recommended us this Lobster cooked in Italian sauce 香草龙虾. And this dish totally blew our mind away, simply orgasmic! I mean we were already feeling quite full, you know diminishing marginal returns? This, still made us went gaga. All I could say was, it was so so so good. The sauce was simply to-die-for. Saltish, buttery, sticky with alluring aroma of mixed italian herbs and basil. The size of the lobsters were slightly smaller but it was just perfect to go with this sauce.
Gosh, should we return to Jade Garden for our next hunt, or try the other 6 restaurants. Can't decide!!!