There isn’t many seaside kampung style restaurants that have the honor having a Crown Prince to attend the opening ceremony, Kedai Makan Rahmat at Pasir Gudang is one of them (or perhaps the only).
Officially launched by Duli Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Mahkota Johor, Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Sultan Iskandar in 1986, Kedai Makan Rahmat remains a very popular lunch destination for those who works around Pasir Gudang.
Kedah Makan Rahmat at Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang
It is usually a wise idea to call ahead and book for a table before visiting Kedai Makan Rahmat, we did not do that and ended up waiting for about 20 odd minutes before a table is vacant, and already considered ourselves pretty lucky.
The restaurant is located at Kampung Pasir Putih, between Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort and the MMHE Yard. Parking isn’t usually a big problem, the restaurant is always very busy, but manage to maintain a pretty high standard of cleanliness. I only wish that the beach where the restaurant is built upon is half as good.
and that’s our lunch, dig in!
Almost everyone comes here for essentially the same dish – Siakap Goreng (deep fried barramundi fish). For the five of us, we ordered three pretty good size siakap goreng, a portion of udang goreng (deep fried shrimp), a couple plates of kacang with sambal, two plates of petai with ikan bilis, and a serving of kacang panjang (french beans) to satisfy our vitamin C quota.
kacang panjang, petai, udang bakar, and siakap goreng
The good thing about Rahmat is that even when really busy, food doesn’t take very long to be served once you’ve ordered and seated.
The siakap was as good as advertised, steamy hot, super fresh, and with absolutely soft and delicious flesh. The skin is usually discarded as the scales aren’t removed (I hope they did..). Mixing the fish with sambal petai, kacang, or sambal belacan proved to be the solution to the mystery of why this place is so damn popular. It was yummeh!
While the kacang was a bit lackluster, I also really enjoyed the petai.
KY, Shamsul, Radzi, Azman, and Zahirah
It’s also wise to order their pre-made lime juice that comes in jars. They are very refreshing and does a wonderful job of neutralizing the spicy sambal.
I was more than satisfied by the food at Rahmat, and the wait time was certainly well worth it. Food and drinks came to about RM 25 or so per person, and considering the three big and fresh siakap fish we got, it was of pretty decent value as well.
I definitely would love to go back there again.
we stopped by a kampung style cendol and keropok lekor
After lunch, we stopped by a kampung style cendol and keropok lekor place a couple streets down for something cooling. The cendol with crushed ice (since they don’t have a the ice shaving machine) and pulut was pretty decent, and that keropok lekor you see in the picture was only for RM 1. Great value, but unfortunately not exactly super tasty.
By the way, another place worth checking out at Pasir Gudang is the Ayam Penyet at Restoran Selera Sambal.