Where There Is Ruin There Is Hope For Treasure – Good Luck Restoran 泗湾幸运海鲜酒楼

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“A rising tide lifts all the boats” ~ The New England Council

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

Where there’s ruin, there’s hope for treasure. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore – Anonymous

We departed Nan Bei Restoran 南北 and headed eastward. No, not by boat. Along the way, Tony (Tony Johor Kaki fame) told us about a spooky ghost ship. He said his goose bumps surfaced each time he neared the bridge. When we drove past the ship, Tyng and I blustered, “Cheh!” in chorus. Man! You’d think he had better imperturbability 😉

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Somewhere out there… even in “ruins”, great tasting food can be found!

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This is where the fresh seafood came.

Tyng and I - hit off like house on fire, she said?

Tyng and I – we got on like a house on fire!

We drove around the town, hunting for food and in particular, lobsters! Tony had tasted lobsters from 5 restaurants here so we were looking for a new place. We landed at Good Luck Restoran 泗湾幸运海鲜酒楼 because we liked the name. With loud bravado, I ventured into the forbidden areas… The locals were nice and even entertained me with smiles and giggles. Asking me if I wanted some foods that were prepared for the night but not yet on sale this afternoon. Let’s go! See where I swaggered…

The trotters were first braised with dark soy, garlic, dried chillies, sring onions and some spices. Tony said these trotters would be deep-fried later on. Will they taste like German Pork Knuckles?

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Uncle here may not have donned on a Dodin Bouffant or cook eggs 101 ways but he sure can chop up a wild boar into 1000 pieces!.

Not all chefs wear a tall hat! A chef’s headgear was originally designed as a tall rippled hat called a Dodin Bouffant or more commonly known as a toque. The Dodin Bouffant had 101 ripples representing the 101 ways the chef could prepare eggs. The modern chef’s hat is tall so as to allow air circulation above the head and also to provide an outlet for heat. The hat helps to prevent perspiration from dripping down the face.

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Not your average kitchen. Singapore’s Ministry of Health and Environment would surely deem this outfit unfit!

Wild Boar meat stewed with Chinese Herbs and Asian Spices. The cook said it would take more than an hour before this dish could be ready so we had to order somethng else.

Wild Boar meat stewed with Chinese Herbs and Asian Spices. The cook said it would take more than an hour before this dish would be ready so we had to order somethng else.

My lunch and it's alive!!!

My lunch and it’s alive!!!

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Can I be the next poster girl for a seafood restaurant? 😀

Why the pout, Tony? Lobster too small? Kekeke...

Why the pout, Tony? Lobster too small? Kekeke…

Lobster cooked in Superior Stock (Shang Tang 上汤).

Lobster cooked in Superior Stock (Shang Tang 上汤).

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The lobster was cooked perfectly but the sauce did not follow through.

Ready? Get set...

Ready? Get set…

Goooooooo!!!

Goooooooo!!!

Fluffy Omelet with tiny pearls of Oysters in hotplate Malaysian style.

Fluffy Omelet with tiny pearls of Oysters in hotplate Malaysian style.

Hokkien Mee in Malaysia is braised with black soy sauce. It is a Must Eat when in Malaysia!

Hokkien Mee braised with black soy sauce. It is a Must Eat when in Malaysia!

Perhaps Tony was pushing it too hard... I mean this little bugger had serviced more than 2000,000 pageviews. It died on Tony and I promised to give it a decent obituary. RIP little Sony :(

Perhaps Tony was pushing it too hard… I mean this little bugger had serviced more than 2000,000 pageviews.
It died on Tony, refusing to retract its lens… Still wanting Tony to see the culinary world through its eye.
It was a very sad moment and we had a minute’s silence. I promised to give it a decent obituary.
RIP little Canon S100 (Tony did not christian it so it had died nameless) 😦

The mascot of the town is a lobster! I wonder if it wanders at night???

The mascot of the town is a lobster! I wonder if it wanders at night like the scenes in low budget movies.

Idyllic living in Desaru.

Idyllic living in Desaru.

Hey... That's Tyng! What's she selling???

Hey… That’s Tyng! What happy burger was she selling???

That's what Tyng puts in her happy burgers, lol... Dead flies!!!

Guess what Tyng put in her happy burgers? Lol… Jammed flies!!!

In Life, It's Not Where You Go... It's Who You Travel With. Thank you Tony and Tyng for your sincere friendship and wonderful company. I had a great time :D

In Life, It’s Not Where You Go… It’s Who You Travel With. Thank you Tony and Tyng for your sincere friendship and wonderful company. I had a great time 😀

I will miss this place but home is calling and we have one more destination to go...

I will miss this jetty, its surreal environment but the piper was calling and whilst the bubble of inspiration lingered, we still had one more place to go… a magnificent journey on the road again, our destination lay in the whispering wind.

The rain clouds were coming... slowly but surely :(

The rain clouds were coming… slowly but surely 😦

Desaru is a beach and resort area in Johor, Malaysia. It is located approximately 88 kilometers east of Johor Bahru, on the South China Sea. Before it threatened to rain and ruin our day, we left in search of our treasure… See my next post for the gems we found!

Happy treasure hunting 🙂

P.S. Perhaps Tony was right after all. Photos of the bridge and ship I took disappeared from my memory card! Now I wish the ghost story would be erased from my mind…

Good Luck Restoran 泗湾幸运海鲜酒楼
No. 86, Jalan Telok Ramunia
Sungai Rengit
81620 Pengerang
Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: 0207 826 3555.
David Law H/P: 013 775 3555.

Our bill in Malaysian Ringgit.

Our bill in Malaysian Ringgit.

Good Luck Restoran Map

Photo credit: Cavin Teo.blogspot.sg

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20 Responses to “Where There Is Ruin There Is Hope For Treasure – Good Luck Restoran 泗湾幸运海鲜酒楼”
  1. Hi Sam! I hope you won’t mind another blogging award.:) I’ve just nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogging Award! Please click here for more info: http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/a-super-sweet-blogging-award-and-tag-im-it/ Thanks!–Mike

  2. Melisa R says:

    That Hokkien Mee is calling out to me… What a wonderful adventure!

    • Sam Han says:

      It is wonderful when you have great company. i love hokkien mee too. i’ll check my previous posts if i had done any hokkien mee recipe post and if not, i just may do one 😀

  3. thenerdyscribe says:

    Great pic of you holding a lobster! 🙂 fantastic post 😀

  4. Wow. preety damn good lobster fest Sam,
    too pricey for me, it cost me about 45 minutes in treadmile…hehehe
    btw, how much did u paid for a kilo of lobster???
    i though you’re reside in Singapore…

  5. Sofia says:

    The mascot of the lobster at least looks like one. Theres a mascot of a prawn in Barcelona, I still don’t know which angle you’re supposed to look at it from for it to resemble anything like a prawn…

  6. lignumdraco says:

    Wow, what a great food adventure. I LOVE lobster!

  7. Oo chien!! Notice how they spell Johor on the receipt?

  8. What’s this, what’s this I thought as I started reading, this isn’t about food! But of course even journeys have food in them. A nice change of pace!

    • Sam Han says:

      Hahaha, so great to hear from you again my traveling friend! I’m keeping pace with you, hoping to throw my heart here and there. See if new hearts will grow 😉

  9. Laura Lynn says:

    What a great photo essay! I want to go there! I admit I am afraid of the giant metal LOBSTER! Yikes…but the food looked marvelous and so DO YOU!!

    • Sam Han says:

      This place is so surreal to us city dwellers. No one is rushing, no watch needed. Everyone seemed to be living in their own time zone. Yet they seemed efficient. I’m envious of their lifestyle. Maybe one day, I might retire there but the oil rigs have been spotted and property prices are soaring in anticipation of the riggers coming in. Who knows, they may become a cowboy town.

  10. Be Well And Happy says:

    lovely post thanks for sharing. Looks like a very exciting adventure! 😉

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks for visiting and enjoying this trip with me. It was exciting and tiring at the end of the day but I had great company and fun 😀

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