Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant situated in Chulia Lane is one of the prominent Hainanese restaurants in Penang. This restaurant is very popular with the locals and tourists for its Hainanese food and also local dishes. Specialist of this restaurant includes the Curry Gulai Tumis, Kerabu Prawns, Hainanese Pork/Chicken Chop and many other selections of dishes.

My family have tried most of the dishes here as we have patronized this restaurant countless of time over the years. Their unique Haninese Pork Chop is a favorite and comes deep fried with an egg coating and paired with onions, peas and quarters of fried potatoes. The meat has a crispy exterior and goes well with the slightly thick delicious gravy.


We had Curry Gulai Tumis, one of their famous specialties which is known for its tasty gravy. They served this curry dish with the expensive promfret fish (tau tei). There are many version of curry tumis in town but I still find this among one of the best. The curry is sourish, with a good hint of belacan which gives that extra kick. We usually opt to have it with blanched beehoon rather than rice…do give it a try. This dish is always a must have for us.

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The fish is always fresh


The boss, Mr Ong even took the time to share with me these lovely little bowls that was in his possession since the earlier years.



Beautiful little bowls in a row


This plate of stir-fried tofu and leeks offers a generous portion of prawns.


Tofu with leeks (tauhu char suan nah)


The Kerabu Prawn is absolutely spicy delicious with plenty of onions and cooling cucumber. The spicy sambal and coarsed peanut give this dish a good combination of flavors.

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Besides Pork Chop, they do serve Chicken Chop too. Simple way of preparing is by dipping the meat in flour and egg. The quality and taste of these chops has been maintained through the years.

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This non air-conditioned restaurant has two dining areas, the ground floor and the first floor. A unique food lift is used to deliver dishes from the kitchen located on the ground floor to the dining area on the first floor. The metal lift is pulled up manually.




Our meal cost around RM90 and by the way, the payment is by cash only.

Dining at this restaurant guaranteed happy mood for diners as Mr Ong is a friendly down to earth person. He takes the effort getting to know each and every one of his customers by their names.

This place is crowded and packed with customers especially during public and school holidays. Click here for The Map Location.




P.S. Do make a reservation for a table on the ground floor when you are dining with an elderly person as the stairs leading to the upstairs dining hall is a bit steep.

Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant
2 Lorong Chulia
10200 Penang

Tel : o4- 261 4786

Business Hours : 11am – 2.30pm and 5pm – 8.30pm

Closed on every alternate Mondays

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34 comments so far


nice place…..i love hainanese styled chicken chop….love the old style deco still been kept!

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July 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

OMG! my mouth seems to souring intensifly, feeling like dripping my loy of salicating. The fish looks so inviting (no need invitation) and just so gorgeous of wanting. The lift does amazed me, truly reliable and functional. I would love to spend my time there, foking and spooing into every creations and dishes

Truly Penang and a truly destination!!

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July 22nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

very authentic place, almost reminiscence of olden days …. not that I’ve experienced all that, mind you. :)

one thing i noticed, in Penang, at most economy/mixed rice stall, the gulai asam tumis was ever prominent. used to love drenching my rice with the tangy gravy.

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July 22nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

SimpleGirl – The food and the deco has not change since years. Do visit this place to try out the food.

Big Boys Oven – Haha…that’s why this place is known by people near and far. Most tourist love to have the food at this place.

J2kfm – I used to drench the rice with the sourish gravy but now I have the blanched beehoon drenched in it. Do try it out.

July 22nd, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Hmm!!! Yr photos make my tummy hungry now.

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July 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

like the Hainanese pork chop and the curry fish.

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July 22nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I’ve patronized SKA for ages since I was a kid and Mr Ong’s dad was still alive. His prices are kinda expensive tho…even tho I’m Hainanese, no discount! but all well worth it. One of my favs are the stir-fried chicken in thick soya sauce ! yummy…

July 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

FoodnTravella – Do bring your family to visit this restaurant on your next trip home.

foodbin – Really a food lover ya, knows what’s best…

Euan – Nice of you to share a bit of your life related to SKA. I like the stir fried chicken in thick soy sauce. Do try the pork and pork liver done the same way.
I do agree with you on the prices and I find it worth every ringgit.

July 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

yum must go try this soon…

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July 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

This is one of the places I used to patronize with my parents during my childhood!

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July 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Love this place… agree the gulai is kickass, but I’m not a huge fan of pomfret being used, even though it’s supposed to be premium fish! I thought I knew the menu inside out, but I’ve never seen the kerabu prawns before! Aiks, good excuse to head back!

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July 22nd, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Not bad, will try to visit this restaurant :) Nice post :)

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July 22nd, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Did you eat the gulai tumis with the bee hoon? I had visited this place in my last visit but was quite disappointed with their dishes and services. Maybe my expectation was too high. ;)

July 23rd, 2009 at 12:08 am

I would love to try out the hainanese chicken chop! Oh, the lift is so unique and it’s in working condition!

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July 23rd, 2009 at 12:17 am

Hainanese chicken chop tastes good. It’s the old style of preparing chops.

July 23rd, 2009 at 8:44 am

the fish goes better with meehoon than rice? it looks really yummmmy <3

July 23rd, 2009 at 9:19 am

i do agree .. the stairs looks scary!!! but i was always fascinated with the lift!!!

July 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 am

thenomadGourmand – Hope you will like this type of Hainanese food.

cariso – Looks like many grow up eating the food from SKA.

550ml jar of faith – The kerabu prawns are slightly different and comes with lots of coarse peanuts.

WikiStreetFood – Thanks for dropping by.

food-4tots – I find the gulai tumis goes very well with the bee hoon…do try it.

allie – The taste is just different.

Little Inbox – Not many places have this type of chops.

xin – I personally like it with beehoon…just like eating a bowl of curry noodle with fish.

Duckie – The stairs in this old house is very steep and is quite a task for old people.

July 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 am

wish to have it one day!
how about the price?

July 23rd, 2009 at 11:26 am

uaik – You can eat at this restaurant almost everday except Mondays ( closed on every alternate Monday only).
Btw, hv just updated the cost – around RM90…thanks for reminding.

July 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

i’ve heard and read a lot about this place. it was on our makan list as well but too bad we din have enough time and had to give this a miss. a must-try next round!

July 23rd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

it is nice to have toast bread and dip with the pork chop gravy.

btw, the restaurant name from your photo showed shing kheang aun. :D

July 23rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Nic (KHKL) – Make sure you call up to check the closing day…to avoid disappointment.

allenooi – It goes by many spelling. Both can be search easily too. Thanks for informing.

July 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Long time did not visit them liao.

July 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

didn’t you all log on to , the website of this Shing Kheang Aun Hainanese restaurant?

July 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Food Paradise – Haha…there are so many food to eat around Penang. Do drop by again to SKA when you do crave for Hainanese food.

wl – Thanks for sharing the history of SKA.

July 23rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

my best favourite would be the kerabu timun (without prawn). i think they use kong theng peanuts as i can taste hard sugar among the nuts.
I prefer to sit outside as i enjoy looking @ the view of the old nyonya style houses.
Yeah…. the price is quite dear.

July 24th, 2009 at 10:53 am

Linda – Come to think of it, I have never sat outside after dining at this place for so many years. Will do so on next visit to admire the surroundings and also try out the kerabu timun :)
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

July 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

very authentic hainanese chicken chop! the lift is so surreal.

July 28th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

This is another favourite. My wife used to eat there as a kid, with her parents. She still remembers the actual owner when he was a little kid, running around in that place!
Not inexpensive but quality is great, although some dishes are a bit too fatty or oily.
But that’s probably me.

August 12th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

buzzingbee – Sure is an attraction.

Jay-P. – It is a favorite place for our family too. Just so cute thinking of the owner running around as a kid…just prove how long this restaurant was serving the people.

August 16th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

we had the curry fish, pork in black sauce, prawns, bitter melon with salted egg. All very homy food & yummy. but bitter melon was not bitter & salted egg not salty to my likings. Still loved it. will go again when in Penang

September 24th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

pomoco – Glad to see your comment. I will try out the bitter melon dish that you mentioned.

September 26th, 2009 at 1:05 am

Called to reserve but they don’t accept booking even on tues?! im going teik seng better quality n price

June 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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