This time around a few food bloggers and myself were invited by well known and talented bakers, Big Boys Oven to do a review at the Shanghaineses Restaurant, Dragon-i at Queensbay Mall, Penang. This restaurant is famous for their many varieties of non-halal Shanghainese cuisine.

I was looking forward to do this review as I still remembered not too long ago I was indulging myself with family and friends on their Mid-Autumn Festiva Banquet set meal which all of us truly enjoyed.


As I was entering the premises, this poster featuring the Hairy Crab Set Menu promotion caught my eye.  I read an article in The Star that Dragon-i sources  these hairy and tiny delights directly from Tai Lake in Jiangsu Province, China themselves, thus  assured to be fresh.

What’s more, the menu is prepared by Jiangsu-born head chef,  Man Fong Lam which I think will bring out the best taste in these crabs.  It would be fantastic to be able  to indulge in this seasonal crabs.


We were served with many dishes and this is the Chilled Chicken with Hua Diao Wine RM15.  Cold cuts of white chicken steamed with a strong Chinese wine and some Kei Jie (Boxthorn Berries).


Crunchy groundnuts in soy sauce. This is unlike the normal groundnuts served before your meal, these are actually part of the main meal! The nuts are strong in texture, very aromatic and pleasing to the tastebuds.


Jelly fish with Sesame Oil RM14. This was followed up with Jelly Fish with sesame oil… it is very nice and QQ.



Deep Fried Crispy Duck  RM32. The tender duck meat were wrapped together with freshly cut cucumber and spring onions together with a dash of sauce on the pancake skin. The waitress even  took the time to show us the proper steps in folding up the pancake.



Shanghainese Smoked Fish RM15 has a slightly sweet sauce which I find to be a bit hard and dry, lacking the tender fish texture.


Fried La Mien with Black Pepper Chicken RM15. The noodle was fried perfectly moist and was at the right texture – not lumpy and soft. The ingredients of chicken, carrots, capsicum, button mushroom and cabbage plus the black pepper does pep up the taste of the noodles.


Shanghainese Braised Pork Belly with Beancurd Leaves together with and Black &  White Sesame Fried Buns RM23. The meat was stewed till tender and has the essence of the gravy infused in it. Perfect accompliment to the Fried Buns.



Braised Mushroom with Mixed Vegetables RM18. The slightly thicken gravy has a lot of shredded dried scallops.


Shanghainese Steamed Meat Dumpling RM9. I have always love this Steamed Meat Dumpling which is their signature dish. It is served steaming hot on a bed of Chinese cabbage. The hot juicy dumplings are best eaten dip in black vinegar with strips of ginger. Their signature dish never disappoint every time.


Sauteed Shrimp in Sichuan Style RM32 with a slightly spicy, sweet and sour sauce. The combination of the flavours with the fresh prawns makes this a tasty dish.



The dinner was rounded off with two desserts.  The Souffle Egg White Ball with Red Bean Paste and  Banana RM10 and the refreshing glass of  Mixed Fruit Cream RM10. The taste of the Souffle is similar to our Chinese Ham Chim Pang but with a softer texture and has red bean and banana filling. Its sprinkled lightly with icing sugar. On the other hand, the Mango dessert was cooling and very soothing with its refreshing fruits.




Besides the dessert, all of us had the opportunity of tasting the  Macarons baked by Big Boys Oven. They are light and puffy with variation fillings of hazelnut and almond.


In between dinner, I took the chance to snap some photos with Sid & Sunny. Really fantastic duo, its been a pleasure meeting up with the both of them. Word of thanks to Allie for taking these two photos for me.



Overall, the dishes were very flavorful and the services rendered was fine. We really enjoyed the company of each other and the delicious meal. We sat there chit chating way passed closing time. As we left the restaurant, the lights were already dimmed but the watchful eyes of the imposing  terracotta warriors gave us a sense of assurance.


Dragon-i Restaurant
Lot 77, 78 & 79 & 81
2nd Floor
Queensbay Mall
Tel : 04 646 6888
Website :

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26 comments so far


This is my favourite Shanghaineses Restaurant. I like the souffle egg white ball. It is a very unique dessert. The maracons from BBO look so yummilicious! ;P

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December 16th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

wow……. so fast got ppl comment liao a……

i tot i am the first one…. see how popular this blog is… hee hee…

nice place to hang out…. still processing the photo and will post abt them soon….

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December 17th, 2008 at 12:06 am

Thanks for the review. Very enlightening and I agree they do served the best shanghainese cuisine :) Price wise quite reasonable too.

And you get to taste BBO’s macarons too.. you are the lucky one :)

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December 17th, 2008 at 8:45 am

wow the prawns looks good. prawans are my all time favourite!!!

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December 17th, 2008 at 8:49 am

i should check out the fried udon…anyway, tried a few things in Dragon-I and love their food !!!!

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December 17th, 2008 at 9:08 am

lk – This is one restaurant that I like to revisit… with so many favourtie items that I love to eat.
The macarons are indeed yummy…you can place yr order with BBO too.

Penangtuapui – indeed was a good gathering for all of us… waiting to see your your posting.

Elin – I too find that they are among one of the best Shanghainese restaurant in Penang.
BBO’s macarons are yummy and I recommend that you order some from them to try out.

December 17th, 2008 at 9:36 am

You are fast! *salute*

Hope the pictures of you, Sid & Sunny took with my camera doesn’t disappoint you.

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December 17th, 2008 at 9:45 am

wahh u Pg ppl so happening! gt many gatherings..wish i in Pg now!

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December 17th, 2008 at 9:52 am

Duckie – Hmm…another prawn lover. This plate of fresh and delicious prawns is the ideal dish for you.

Simple Girl – The fried udon is just as good as their soup la mien…thumbs up.

Allie – Nice meeting you in the dinner and thanks again.

Thenomadgourmand – Just let us know when you are coming.. we can arrange for a gathering too :)

December 17th, 2008 at 10:06 am

Shanghai cuisine… interesting!

And wow…. you were invited by big boys oven! That’s wonderful! I wish I could see and try his cooking.

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December 17th, 2008 at 10:06 am

What a magnificent meal!! Could you guys actually move from restaurant to carpark after all that food?! And you met the legendary BBO… woot!

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December 17th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

i like to eat Dragon-i’s Shanghainese Steamed Meat Dumpling~~
And plan to try the Fairy Crab set menu^^

December 17th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Wow! another grand feast at dragon-i..with BBO too. Hve love the fried la mien with black pepper chicken last time I was there. The portion was always big too. Oh..couldn’t wait to be there a gain…

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December 17th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

wei why i bumped into them in KL eating char siew also nobody took picture of us?! hahah …

the souffle somehow was not up my alley. i find them too kosong inside.

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December 17th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Selba – It was great meeting with BBO. They organise classes in various states…do check out their blog.

550ml jar of faith – Haha…all of us still managed to make our way home after that delicious meal and dessert by BBO :)

Shell – When you do try the hairy crab, make sure to share your review with us.

Sweet Jasmine – The la mien is very tastefully fried…thinking of it makes me hungry now.

J2kfm – No worries, you might bump into BBO again :)

December 17th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

My favourite is soufle egg white balls; wow another grand outing and an occassion to meet fellow bloggers. The price is pretty reasonable and the deep fried crispy duck looks so shiok.

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December 17th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Those macaroons are irresistible !

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December 18th, 2008 at 12:01 am

Hi CK, great to eet you in person, we wanted to meet you for ages. We did! Thanks for dining with us.

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December 18th, 2008 at 8:58 am

Jencooks – This was indeed a special outing for us as we get to meet BBO and savouring delicious food in Dragon-i.
This is my first tasting of their deep fried crispy duck.

Email2me – It sure is…

Bigboysoven – Very happy getting to meet both of you. Thank you very much for inviting all of us for the dinner.

December 18th, 2008 at 10:25 am

It was a great dinner, nice food and nice people!!
Glad to meet up with you and the rest too. :)

We should have more reviews together…it so much more fun and enjoyable!
Where should we go next?? hehe..

December 18th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I almost fainted with all the food served on the table :-D First time when my European friends dine Chinese style with my family, they almost have heart attack with only 8 courses LOL. To say their western style courses, I think Chinese banquet still tops ya?

Each time I passed by Dragon-i, I have to forget about it because my hubby said he prefers to dine with more people than only 3 of us :-( More fun, more noisy, more tea and more chats… I agreed with him though. Until then I have to KIV this place :-D

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December 19th, 2008 at 2:23 am

Buzzingbee – Indeed a nice food gathering…hope to see your review soon.

Pixen – Its always nice to dine with more people as there are more fun, chit chating and also everyone gets to try out more food.

When you come back, we can have an outing together with your family at this restaurant.

December 19th, 2008 at 9:36 am

wow….. another nice gathering and the foods look delicious and yummy.

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December 19th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

wah so nice…xlb looks perfect with loads of soup in it…hehe

December 20th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Food Paradise – This is an invited gathering and thanks to BBO, we had so much delicious food.

Jian – The xlb is a must have item for me in this restaurant besides the other dishes.

December 23rd, 2008 at 12:02 pm

havin macaron at shanghai rest ! so fusion ^^

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December 30th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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