Restaurateur has been Hainanese’s talent since their migration to the South East Asia. Without exception, Mr. Lim See Pang was among the well-known Hainanese cooks after he set the foot at Teluk Bahang, Penang some fifty years ago. He opened a coffee shop named Ah Pang Cafe served toasted bread, hot coffee, cakes etc. it later became the neighborhood’s favorite breakfast and afternoon tea shop.
With the development of the tourism in the area, construction of the Mutiara Hotel during late 80s brought in construction workers, who stayed in Teluk Bahang. It led to a demand for meals around the workplace. As such Ah Pang Cafe began to cater the needs, serving quick lunch like fried rice, fried noodles, hot noodle soup, steering its changes to serve more variety.
The progressive changes in Ah Pang Cafe was also contributed by its location being situated on a hill and facing the sea. The geographical attribute attracted tourists as well as local hikers who frequented Ah Pang Cafe for coffee and snacks after their hike. With encouragement of its patrons Ah Pang Cafe began to look into the advantage of being located in a fishing village having a daily harvest of fresh fishes and prawns. It thus began the venture into serving seafood.
For the past ten years, not only Teluk Bahang residents but also tourists have been regular customers of Ah Pang Cafe. Once there was a Singapore tourist, well satisfied with the food served, wrote to a local newspaper on his commentary. Since then many Singaporean came looking for Ah Pang Cafe.
For an upgrade of facilities, two years ago (year 2007), Ah Pang Seafood Restaurant relocated to Tanjung Bungah. Without luxurious decor, but based on comfortable surroundings, ambience, and tasty food Pang (Hainan) Seafood was established. Although there was no elaborate opening, Pang (Hainan) Seafood continued to attract passers-by as well as retained its regular customers from far and near.
Visitors from neighboring countries like Thailand among others, and from neighboring town, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. Were able to find their way to Pang (Hainan) Seafood. Outstation patrons used to pack home in addition to their consumption here.
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