Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PENANG -

NEW Can­ton-i GF-12 & GF-13 (Part of GF-12 & GF11), Queens­bay Mall, 100, Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (04 645 6688); 2.31 & 32, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 218 9488/ www.can­

Softly il­lu­mi­nated with com­fort­able wooden fur­ni­ture, the cousin of Dragon-i is known for its la mien (hand-pulled noo­dles) and xiao long bao (dumplings en­cased with broth). Other spe­cial­i­ties like the con­gee with dates and the roast mixed meat plat­ter are just as note­wor­thy. The hand-made noo­dles here are freshly pre­pared from the kitchen and re­ally just a level up from the hawker stalls, as is the price.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Fri, 11am–10pm; Sat–Sun, 10.30am–10pm. $$$

Chin’s Stylish Chi­nese Cui­sine Tan­jung City Ma­rina, Church St Pier; 8A Pengkalan Weld (04 261 2611/­­nese­cui­sine).

You might won­der what the folks at Chin’s Stylish Chi­nese Cui­sine think they’re do­ing: It’s a restau­rant hail­ing from London, open­ing in Pe­nang, a place pop­u­lated with an al­ready ro­bust se­lec­tion of au­then­tic Chi­nese food. But a visit and a bite of the food will quickly re­veal just how well this place fits in. Chin’s Stylish ac­tu­ally serves, more specif­i­cally, mod­ern Hu­nan and Szechuan-in­spired cui­sine and the chefs are brought in from Beijing. It’s an in­vig­o­rat­ing ad­di­tion to the Chi­nese fine din­ing scene, cham­pi­oning lav­ish rev­elry. The el­e­gance of its decor, re­flected in its unique, con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese aes­thetic of or­nate lantern­chan­de­liers, pre­cedes and jus­ti­fies the many ac­co­lades it has re­ceived both back in London, and here in Malaysia.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 6pm–11pm. $$$

CRC Restau­rant First floor, Chi­nese Recre­ation Club, Jalan Padang Vic­to­ria (04 228 9787).

Be­ing one of the more popular Chi­nese restau­rants in the area, CRC has played host to nu­mer­ous wed­ding cer­e­monies in its hall and smaller gath­er­ings in its six pri­vate rooms. To give a fair gauge of the fre­quency of its cus­tomers, its ‘Bud­dha Jumps Over The Wall’ dish re­quires a one-week prior book­ing. CRC is also known for its abalone dishes and its lob­ster birth­day noo­dles.

Child friendly. Daily, 12noon–2.30pm & 6pm–9.30pm. $$

Da Ban Chi­nese Restau­rant 84 Jalan Zainal Abidin (04 227 2777).

Serv­ing Szechuan fare like dried fried diced chicken, ma poh tofu as well as steam­boat, Da Ban is a restau­rant with an im­mer­sive, elab­o­rate decor, echo­ing that of an­cient China (round en­trances, wooden ta­bles and bam­boos loom­ing). The por­tions have been de­scribed as be­ing of mono­lithic proportions; if you’ve got a reg­u­lar hu­man ap­petite, you should come in packs of four or more.

Child friendly. Wed–Mon, 6pm–4am. $

De Tai Tong Café 45 Le­buh Cin­tra (04 263 6625).

De Tai is as small a shop as can be, and the am­bi­ence is down to earth, lend­ing to its authenticity as an old, es­tab­lished dim sum eatery. The ta­bles and seats are scat­tered hap­haz­ardly, spilling out onto the walk­way. Or­der the usual dim sum com­pul­sories – siew

mai, ha gao and egg tarts – but there’s also a mélange of other items that are just as good, like the sar hor fun (flat rice noo­dles fried with a thick eggy sauce) and crispy noo­dles.

Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 12noon–3pm & 6pm–11pm. $

Dou­ble Dragon Inn 27B Jalan Got­tlieb, George Town (04 227 7049).

Dou­ble Dragon Inn is a place with his­tory, hav­ing fed the lo­cals with Can­tonese fare for over 30 years. Stay­ing true to its ori­gins, the menu has not changed in the slight­est. The mui choy kao yoke (pork belly cooked with pre­served mus­tard cab­bage) is as good as your grand­par­ents can re­mem­ber. The chefs of Dou­ble Dragon pri­ori­tise fresh­ness in ev­ery plate, so beef dishes are only avail­able for pre­order as they shop for fresh in­gre­di­ents from the morn­ing mar­ket daily.

Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Wed–Mon, 12noon–2.30pm & 6.45pm–9.30pm. $$

Dragon-I 2F-115 to 118 Queens­bay Mall, Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Baru (04 646 6888); Lot 170-G-66 & K1, Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 227 1686/

Dragon-I dishes out an amaz­ing ar­ray of Shang­hainese favourites. Must-try items in­clude the siew loong pao – dumplings filled with meat and soup, then steamed to per­fec­tion. The restau­rant also serves some pretty good la mien – noo­dle dishes pre­pared in var­i­ous styles.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Mon–Fri, 11am– 10pm; Sat–Sun, 10.30am–10pm. $$$

Goh Huat Seng 59-A Le­buh Kim­ber­ley (04 261 5811).

Goh Huat Seng, one of the old­est Teochew restau­rants in Pe­nang, has been in op­er­a­tion for more than 50 years and has changed very lit­tle since its in­cep­tion. It has in­stalled new air-con­di­tion­ing but its steam­boat is still ad­her­ing to their orig­i­nal recipe of suc­cess – tra­di­tional pots heated over char­coal with clear chicken soup as a base and a plethora of in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing mush­rooms, fish, prawns and noo­dles.

Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 5pm–9.30pm; closed ev­ery al­ter­nate Mon. $$

NEW Go­hKaki 16F-01, Far­lim Business Cen­tre, Le­buhraya Thean Teik, Air Itam (04 828 2916); 34 & 36, Le­buh Bishop, George Town (04 262 9916/www. go­

Fur­nished with a wooden-ac­cented façade and red Chi­nese lanterns, Goh Kaki re­flects the owner’s child­hood days in Pe­nang and you’ll find tra­di­tional games like con­gkak and liew qian to play with here. Hun­gry? Go­hKaki serves Chi­nese snacks like tic tac toe bread and noo­dles with quirky names like Joy Brim­ming (with dried shrimps, eggs, cauliflower and sil­ver spring) and Never Try Never Know (spaghetti with mush­room, sausage, cauliflower and car­rots drenched in mush­room sauce).

Child friendly. Daily, 11.30am– 11.30pm. $$

Golden Gate Steam­boat

77 Jalan Can­ton­ment (04 226 1361).

Its colo­nial build­ing façade is in­dica­tive of its age, as well as a tes­ta­ment to its for­ti­tude against the test of time. Even to this day, this place is as fre­quented as it was in its hey­day – a suc­cess that can be at­trib­uted to the fresh­ness and qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents it uses in its dishes – the sig­na­tures are fish slices and prawns net­ted out straight from the in-house tanks. What hasn’t changed and has, ar­guably, been the fac­tor keep­ing Golden Gate go­ing strong is its friendly ser­vice and un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to its cus­tomers’ sat­is­fac­tion.

Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Tue–Sun, 6pm–10.30pm. $

NEW Hakka Tree F27, TESCO Tan­jung Pi­nang, 1 Jalan Seri Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 899 3887/www.face­­tree).

This lit­tle place has steadily built its fan base with sim­ple but qual­ity yong tau foo, hor fun and clear soup served with nearly ev­ery dish. Wooden stools, chairs and ta­bles give it the at­mos­phere of a street­side cof­fee shop, al­beit a clean and air-con­di­tioned one. We rec­om­mend you try Hakka Tree’s black bean hor fun while you’re there. Don't miss it.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 9.30am– 10.30pm. $$

NEW Hol­ly­wood Restau­rant 643 Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (04 890 7266/016 492 8282/010 564 8221/www. hol­ly­woodrestau­

Never mind the name; this restau­rant is bet­ter known for its Hainanese fare. This fam­ily-ori­ented business has been up and run­ning since 1945, so when it comes to Hainanese dishes like curry kap­i­tan, inchee kabin and chun piah (spring roll), the folks at Hol­ly­wood are the ex­perts. They also serve crab and seafood dishes, so take your pick from the list of Hainan dark soya fra­grant prawn, aroma honey crab or Hainanstyle steamed fish.

Wed–Mon,11am–3pm & 6pm–10pm. $$

My Home Style Restau­rant Per­mai 32, 2 Le­buh Lem­bah Per­mai 4, Tan­jung Bun­gah (016 475 9181).

Home Style’s high-qual­ity Chi­nese dishes and clean, sim­ple din­ing en­vi­ron­ment makes it one of Tan­jung Bun­gah’s hid­den gems. Spe­cial­i­ties in­clude tofu with aubergine and assam fish (fish in a tangy, sour sauce). For spe­cial oc­ca­sions, have a chat with the head chef and he’ll hap­pily put to­gether a cus­tomised menu of dishes that aren’t listed on the reg­u­lar menu. Af­ter­wards, you can walk off those added calo­ries in the nearby park.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 5.30–10pm. $$$$

Koca Steam­boat Restau­rant 102-C-1, New World Park, Lorong Swotow (04 226 2334).

Long gone are the days when hav­ing steam­boat meant pro­fuse sweat­ing; Koca of­fers steam­boat lunch and din­ner buf­fets in a com­fort­able, air­con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ment. You can opt for ei­ther the green spinach noo­dles or the steamed white rice. The steam­boat pot is par­ti­tioned into two soup bases: the tom yam broth and the clear one. The in­gre­di­ents are served in lit­tle plates and es­pe­cially of note are the home­made fish balls, chicken balls, shrimp balls, dumplings, fish cakes, seaweed balls and the chilli sauce.

Pork-free. Daily, 11am–3pm, 6pm– 10pm. $$

Maple Palace Restau­rant Maple Gold Club, 47 Jalan Sul­tan Ahmad Shah, George Town (04 227 9690/04 227 4542/www.maplepalace. com).

Open since 2009, Maple Palace presents it­self as an up­scale al­ter­na­tive to your stan­dard Chi­nese restau­rant, plac­ing the ut­most em­pha­sis on pre­sen­ta­tion – of its dishes and of its premises. The in­te­rior of Maple Palace is a merg­ing of typ­i­cal Chi­nese restau­rant aes­thet­ics and some Vic­to­rian el­e­ments – tim­ber pan­els and faux vines, giv­ing it a more mod­ern edge. Con­se­quently, it’s per­pet­u­ally play­ing host to wed­dings and events all year long. One high­light from its Chi­nese and Can­tonese menu in­clude the crispy Pek­ing duck, which goes half priced on Mon­days and Tues­days.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 12.00noon– 2.30pm, 6.00pm–10.00pm. $$$

Shing Kheang Aun 2 Lorong Chu­lia (04 261 4786).

Shing Kheang Aun has been in ex­is­tence for more than half a cen­tury since its open­ing dur­ing the war pe­riod in 1941. The restau­rant’s reg­u­lar pa­trons have been vis­it­ing loy­ally for decades, and new cus­tomers pour in ev­ery day thanks to word of mouth. It’s still very much set in its old ways, which have, to be fair, never failed it; so ex­pect to see old-school pul­leys to lever food from the first to the sec­ond floor, and steep stairs to the sec­ond level that fam­i­lies with se­niors should avoid. Look out for the fa­mous gu­lai tu­mis pom­fret (tra­di­tional Ny­onya curry pom­fret) and the friendly smile of the owner, Mr Ong.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 11am–2.30pm, 5pm– 8.30pm. $$

The Sire Mu­seum Restau­rant 4 Le­buh King, George Town (04 264 5088).

The Sire is housed in the for­mer home of Yeap Chor Ee, a prom­i­nent Chi­nese busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist. It is both a restau­rant and a mu­seum, putting on dis­play a col­lec­tion of an­tiques that has been in the pos­ses­sion of the Yeap fam­ily for decades, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, or­na­ments, photographs, por­traits and paint­ings. The restau­rant places con­sid­er­ably more fo­cus on its decor and am­bi­ence than its food; nev­er­the­less the roasted lamb chop, siz­zling ten­der­loin or Black An­gus rib­eye steak are all de­cent.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 11.30am– 3pm, 6pm–10.30pm. $$$

Starview Restau­rant 102-B-1 to 102-B-4 New World Park, 102 Jalan Burma (04 226 6544).

Through­out the many years that it has been in op­er­a­tion, Starview has never fal­tered; so with a restau­rant as re­puted as this, it’s best to make reser­va­tions, es­pe­cially come Chi­nese New Year. You can choose from one of the set meals, but for the more fas­tid­i­ous who pre­fer to per­son­ally cus­tomise their meal, the most or­dered dishes are the fish steam­boat, the four trea­sures and the suck­ling piglet. There are VIP pri­vate rooms for your fam­ily gath­er­ings or for any func­tions or events.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 12noon– 2.30pm, 6pm–10pm. $$$ Tang Steam­boat Restau­rant 7 Jalan Ran­goon (016 435 2259).

For steam­boat fans who have grown in­dif­fer­ent to the hack­neyed Chi­nese or Ja­panese steam­boat, Tang Steam­boat Restau­rant is a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive – Tai­wanese steam­boat. Be­sides its iconic Tai­wanese spicy soup base, Tang steam­boat also fur­ther dis­tin­guishes it­self from the rest with its quin­tes­sen­tial Tai­wanese del­i­cacy, stinky tofu. Of course, Tang Steam­boat also of­fers the steam­boat es­sen­tials – beef slices, fish balls, fried won­ton, tep­pa­nyaki dumplings, pork slices and so on, which are best dipped in Tang’s home­made spe­cialty sauce of garlic, chilli and soy sauce.

Daily, 12noon–3pm, 6pm–10pm. $$$

Yeng Keng Café and Bar 362, 366 Le­buh Chu­lia (04 262 2177/ www.yengkengho­

Yeng Keng Café and Bar of­fers a se­lec­tion of a sort of neo-Hainanese cui­sine that the less dis­cern­ing would eas­ily mis­take for Western dishes. It would, ac­tu­ally, be more ac­cu­rate to de­scribe Yeng Keng’s menu as a mélange of Hainanese and Western del­i­ca­cies, best ex­em­pli­fied by the chicken chop.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 8.30am–10pm. $$

NEW Yin Pin Dim Sum 104 Per­siaran Gur­ney, George Town (04 226 0673).

It’s hard to miss this restau­rant on Gur­ney Drive; sub­tlety isn’t ex­actly Yin Pin’s forte, and the restau­rant is sprawl­ing in size. It has to be; not only is it a dim sum restau­rant but there’s also a food court in there that gives va­ri­ety to your meal. How­ever, it’s the dim sum or Chi­nese ta­pas that got us. There’s a dizzy­ing ar­ray of steamed and deep-fried dim sum to choose from. Served in small bam­boo steam­ers (or plates for the fried stuff), th­ese bite-sized morsels are made of minced pork, prawn or chicken stuffed in ei­ther vegetables, tightly packed in rice flour or tofu skins. Dim sum is served for break­fast as early as 6.30am right up to around 3pm, when the menu changes to full meals of in­di­vid­ual Chi­nese dishes with rice or noo­dles. De­spite th­ese long hours, the dim sum is fresh due to the quick turnover. To pair with the dim sum, there’s more than 20 noo­dle dishes from RM5.50 to RM15. We’re hooked on the fried bee hoon with flour-coated fish fil­let at RM6.50. The se­cret here is the spicy sam­bal bela­can served on the side. We’ve got two words for it: mind blow­ing! Oh, and the ser­vice here is friendly and ef­fi­cient too.

Child friendly. Daily, 6.30pm–3pm (dim sum and lunch), 3pm–9pm (din­ner). $

NEW Zhou Restau­rant 6G-1-15 & 6G-AF1-15, All Sea­sons Place, Le­buhraya Thean Teik, Air Itam (04 826 8385).

Spe­cial­is­ing in con­gee or rice por­ridge, this Chi­nese restau­rant serves gen­er­ous por­tions of its MSG-free clay­pot dishes. If you’re din­ing in a group, or­der the con­gee steam­boat (enough for four peo­ple) tex­tured with braised pork ribs, bar­be­cued beef or roasted Swiss chicken. There are also flavoured con­gees – tom yam, curry, prawn and herbal – to try as well.

Daily, 11am–11pm. $$

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