Sunday, 2 March 2008

The Grand Sea View Restaurant

For a town of 200,000 inhabitants, Batu Pahat can boast of a restaurant that can seat 2000 guests: the Grand Sea View Restaurant. Its closest rival, the Batu Pahat Ocean Restaurant could not match its size and grandeur. Last Friday I attended the Tong Fang's 28th Annual General Meeting cum Chinese New Year dinner there.

The Tong Fang, literally meaning 'the East room', comprising 600 members, is actually a sub-clan of the Nam Wah people, a clan from the Hokkien province in China. My host even told me that the clan is in the process of tracing the genealogical tree of each member. Such is their emotional attachment that many members have made it a point to visit their ancestors' homes once a year.

The dinner was 'unexpectedly' graced by two candidates for the coming general election, Koh Chee Chai, the state assembly candidate for Penggaram and Dato Ariss Bin Samsudin, the state assembly candidate for Semerah and their entourage. Koh Chee Chai spoke, but I think the guests were more interested in their food and drink.


The restaurant


Side view


One of the entrances


The lobby. The partitions are electrically operated to slide back to extend the banquet hall end to end.


The banquet hall


'Dishes' made from plaster of paris


A close-up-shot


The first dish


Chicken herbal soup


Braised pork leg and steamed buns


Fried buttered prawns


Steamed red snapper in tomyam sauce


Barisan Nasional campaign workers


More campaign workers


The state assembly candidate, Koh Chee Chai giving a speech


Michael with the God of Prosperity


He insisted on taking a picture with the waitress


John gave specific instructions to have his photo taken


Friends receiving an 'ang pow' of a lottery ticket each


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