Sawara Restaurant is located in a corner shop house along busy Burma Road in Pulau Tikus area. Its main focus is on its fish steamboat and homemade Yong Tau Fu where the fish paste is made from mackerel fish. There are not many restaurants in town making their own fish paste nowadays.


The three of us went for the steamboat set for that afternoon. Beside the steamboat, they do serve side dishes too. We tried their pork roll, better known as Sawara Char Siew. Dip into the accompanied chili sauce it was very appetizing indeed. The slightly sourish and spicy sauce is very appetizing.


We ordered the set which comes with the typical dishes of beancurd, mushroom, vegetables, fish balls, quail eggs, chicken, jelly fish, sotong and thick chunks of fresh fish. I love their specialty homemade fish ball and also those that are wrapped around the celery stem. Additional ingredients can be added on too.


The homemade fish ball is simply delicious…with texture!



Fresh large prawns


Many square cubes of beancurd & two types of mushroom


Combination plate of chicken, jellyfish and sotong


The fish was fresh and firm

This plate of fried Yong Tau Fu pieces is also included in the set. They are deep fried till crispy and is tasty soaked in the fish soup. For ala carte ordering, a piece of Yong Tau Fu would cost around RM0.80 with a minimum order of six pieces.


The soup is very flavorful with the sweetness from the chicken bones and the rest of the ingredients that have been boiling in the pot. It gets richer as it boils and is perfect to go with some beehoon and rice.



The set cost RM68 with an additional plate of beehoon RM3. The restaurant setting is very simple and fully air-conditioned. It is easily seen from the main road and is directly opposite Maxim Cake House. Click here for the Map Location.

Sawara Restaurant
393 Jalan Burmah
10350 Penang

Tel : 04 2260516

Business Hour : 11am – 10pm daily

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20 comments so far


the ingredient are so fresh-i have tried pig rolls with sesame sauce-best!

July 31st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Their Home made fish ball looks good!

July 31st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Looks awesomely good! :)

August 1st, 2009 at 6:28 am

I tried this before, really good taste. The soup actually is make from porridge, is smooth and nice. Must try! Yummy

August 1st, 2009 at 8:54 am

the set is quite worth, with all quality food….mee too, love the fish balls….

August 1st, 2009 at 10:02 am

one of my favourite places to eat! especially when everyone in the family is feeling heaty and needs to have something soup-y. i love their fish porridge and the homemade fish balls with chilli dip is awesome!

August 1st, 2009 at 11:35 am

I love steamboat and from your pics, I know this place offers nice seafood, fresh and the price is quite reasonable considering they make their own fishballs. Will kiv this place when I next visit Penang :) Thanks for sharing such a nice place for steamboat.

August 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

foodbin – Their ingredients are very fresh and thats what makes the customers keep coming back.

email2me – Yup…those fish ball are fresh and tasty.

Big Boys Oven – Indeed a good steamboat.

Chris – I agree with you …the soup is good.

SimpleGirl – This set is sufficient for four people who are small eaters.

lingzie – I have yet to try their fish porridge…

Elin It’s very convenient eating at this place as it is open daily.

August 1st, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Hi CK,
Good! New place to try out next time. Do they have other types of soup besides fish porridge?

August 2nd, 2009 at 1:55 am

Yum yum yum…looks very nice and fresh!

August 2nd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

With homemade fishballs, it’s all about the texture and bounciness, rite?

*sings, “What a (Q-Q) feeling!”*


August 2nd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

looks like a lot of food for 3 persons ya?? I went there once but that was many many years ago… in fact before I started to blog. looks like I should go back there again… :)

August 2nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Always pass by this shop but never tried before, anyway the homemade fish ball looks good.

August 2nd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

yum! steamboat is always my fav <3
i wonder how the pork roll tastes….

August 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hi CK, thanks for dropping by to Sawara. Glad that you enjoy the food there. Do try out the fish head soup…yummie….

August 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Siuyun – They only serve fish soup.

Camemberu – This type of steamboat is nice and different from others…they have their own homemade ingredients.

Life for Beginners – Homemade fishball does have a better texture, with much QQ.

New Kid On The Blog – The set is enough for four person (small eaters).

Steven Goh – Give it a try, you can’t find this type of fishball elsewhere.

xin – Do visit this restaurant when you are in Penang…a nice place for a meal.

Adelyn – My family enjoyed our meal…everything was fresh. Will sure to drop by again to try out the many side dishes and also the fish head soup that you recommend.

August 4th, 2009 at 12:00 am

wahh!! looks really fresh (prawns and fish) and delicious.

Looks like this will be included in my next visit.

August 6th, 2009 at 11:46 am

It’s looked great but is this meal affordable?

September 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Sawara is one of the restaurant i visit frequently. I like their fish head soup, fish porridge and steamboat as they are very fresh and no fishy smell at all.

October 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

this is my mum’s favourite restaurant. hav u tried the claypot fishhead? its awesum.

April 21st, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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