There are many chu char stalls in Bukit Mertajam and one such shop that serves simple and robust Teochew food is Yoong Kee Eating Shop. This shop is among one of the oldest Teochew restaurants around town. Located in Jalan Pasar (Market Street), the restaurant has been operating for over 60 years.


In this chu char stall their signature dish is the Teochew style steamed fish. It is a must have dish for the customers of Yoong Kee. This dish comes with choices of stingray and white promphet. We opted for the stingray. The gravy was excellent; sourish as the three chunks of fish was steamed with salted plums, salted vegetable, chili padi, ginger and tomatoes. Simply MO TUCK TENG!


Fresh stingray


Appetizing sourish gravy that keeps you eating and eating…

Curry spare rib -  I feel that this dish lacks authenticity as it uses more of curry powder than spices. However, my son finds it a good compliment to the white rice.


Stir fried chives with Teochew tofu in soy sauce is also one of their signature dish. The tofu is deep fried with the outer rim slightly crispy and soft inside. It comes with a generous amount of squid and prawns. Most customers like it for its simplicity and taste. Must have dish!


Kau Choy Fah enhances this dish


Tofu before being deep fried

The kitchen is just beside the sitting area. Yoong Kee maintains the old school look with the old fashioned concrete stove. Their cooks were seen walking around wearing the Chinese clogs, making the click-clack sound.


Clothes peg used for numbering


The word ‘Eating Shop” is rarely seen nowadays

The lunch is very reasonable priced. At RM36, it comes with free cold desserts of Kuai Leng Koe (black jelly). They serve plenty more other dishes, and some can be seen at Steven Goh’s blog. Click here for the Map Location.


Yoong Kee Eating Shop
207 Cheok Sah Square
Jalan Pasar
Bukit Mertajam
Seberang Jaya

Tel : 04 5302296

Business Hour : 11am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm

GPS Coordinates : N5 2145.6   E100 2738.7

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23 comments so far


i love teochew steam…nice with rice..other dishes look really like home cooked food

SimpleGirl´s last blog post..Hoong Kheong Liu Fun

July 4th, 2009 at 8:48 am

ya, I do agree with you this restaurant really mou tuck teng. I love the cooking here as fish is fresh while the price is very reasonable too.´s last blog post..Where to Find Best Durian in Penang @ Ah Joo’s Stall, Teluk Kumbar

July 4th, 2009 at 8:51 am

Interesting to see Teochew food because I’m not really familiar with it. I’m a bit more familiar with hokkian and hakka dish :)

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July 4th, 2009 at 9:32 am

I like the pungent aroma of Chinese chives-this dish with Toufu and seafood is lovely!

July 4th, 2009 at 9:33 am

i used to go there when i stayed in bm last time …

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July 4th, 2009 at 11:07 am
Jack Tai

This is definitely one of the good Teochew food
Good post..

July 4th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

although i live in BM, i haven’t tried this teow cheow food before!!!!!
have you tried the white wanton mee @ “pek kong cheng”?

July 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Foods are reasonable and the foods look delicious. ^-^

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July 4th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Don’t have much knowledge on Teow Chew food except for Teow Chew porridge. Thanks for the information. Stingray looks good!

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July 4th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Is hard to find Teo Chew Food (except porridge) that serves in Tai Chow way.

Added to my hit list on to be visit when I am back in Penang.

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July 4th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I love stingray in steamed clear style too!

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July 5th, 2009 at 11:45 am

realise chinese style eateries tend to cook their curries in the wok, using lots of curry powder, hence the artificial taste.

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July 5th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

SimpleGirl – There are plenty more other dishes too. – Will sure to try out the other dishes that you had…looks good too.

Selba – There are not many these type of teochew chu char outlets left.

foodbin – This kau choy fah is also my favorite vegetable.

July 5th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Duckie – In that case, do introduce more BM food to us.

Jack Tai – Thanks !

uaik – Haha…do visit this stall. I will definitely look out for the wanton mee :)

Food Paradise – We find the prices very reasonable too.

Sugar Bean – You are most welcome.

email2me – This old type of chu char stall will be what you are looking for…tasty too.

cariso – Take a weekend drive over there to try out this chu char.

J2kfm – Have to agree with that.

July 5th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Wow! Such a great recommendation! I must check it out with my BM’s friend. ;)

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July 5th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

the stingray looks interesting. i have never seen it steamed with just hamchoy and tomato before. if u have chance to find it, perhaps u can try steamed stingray with chili padi only. it is very good too!

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July 6th, 2009 at 11:45 am

wow nice nice way to spend the lunch time! great and yet simple food and tasty too! :)

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July 6th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

you should hv taken pic of the big original sign board with the tel no. in 3 digits.. very old shop indeed. their steamed promphet is very good. the fried kai lan with salted flat fish is fantastic ! and also not to be missed is their groundnut soup with ribs.

July 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

U may try another chu char stall just next to Yoong Kee also not bad. I like the fried eggplant and u may order Rojak from opposite stall.

July 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

de laksa and popiah from opposite stall taste delicious and cheap price oni rm1 per roll for de popiah n rm 2 for per bowl of laksa

December 2nd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Everyone – Nice of all of you for recommending so many new dishes and also the laksa & popiah to me. Thank you!

December 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 am

Im from Bm, currently staying at pg island…i almost 4got bout this chu char….i stil remember my dad bring us go for a dinner but it was more than 20 yrs back…

June 15th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The sting ray is nice isn’t it? Recently I have visited a another chu char place, Sum Sook Restaurant which serves sting ray too.

September 10th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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