Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant is an old Cantonese restaurant located in a two storey building at Campbell Street Penang, right next the popular Kwong Tuck (sundry shop). Business has been going around for many decades now and the place is still as popular.

This restaurant serves dim sum for breakfast and varieties of noodles, porridge and Chicken Rice during lunch hour. The interior of the restaurant was recently given a new paint job for a cleaner and brighter outlook! I was there during lunch break and the place was filled with customers with some having to settle for the tables set up in the pavement.

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One of Tho Yuen’s specialty dish – Fish head steam with noodle


Fish Head steam with noodles – our preference was having two versions, one with vermicelli and the other with hor fun. The fish head steamed with ginger was served together with the noodles in a wonderful aroma soy sauce. It’s delicious with the natural ‘sweetness’ of the fish and went well with the cut red chilies.

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Fish head steam with hor fun


Next up was the Stir Fried Yin Yeong! A mix of hor fun and vermicelli, coupled with seafood and char siew was fried to perfection!

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Apart from the two noodles, we also have Sang Mee (noodle) with braised duck and ginger. The noodle was firm and came in a flavorful gravy with pieces of well braised duck together with slices of ginger.

Ginger Duck Noodle 1

Sang Mee with braised duck and ginger

Ginger Duck Noodle 2


We ordered a bowl of Sui Kow (dumpling)soup separately. The Sui Kow skin wraps up a generous amount of water chestnuts and minced pork.

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While waiting for the noodles to be served, we also sampled several dim sum dishes…deep- fried bean curd roll (Fu Chuk quen) and baked Char Siew buns (Siew Pau).

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The place was very busy and the ambience was bustling and lively. The surrounding was quite airy and bright with the skylight coming in with the adjustable roofing over the air well.

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Tho Yuen is one of the very few restaurants which have maintained their standards over the years. Do check out their kiam chai boi and chicken rice too. Click here for the Map Location.

Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant
94 Campbell Street
10100 Penang

Tel : 04 2614672

Business Hour : 6am – 3pm

Closed on Tuesday


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25 comments so far


The Yin Yeong really caught my attention, gotta ask hubby to take me there. :)
Thanks for sharing…

February 8th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

It was an old time favorite, but the quality has slacken in recent years. Hope they improve on their food again after the recent face lift.

February 8th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

aiks..this place looks like my grandmother house~

February 8th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Oh the steamed fish head and meehoon looks good, just using the natural sweetness of the fish and spiced up just a tad with chili. You can’t hide the freshness of the fish when you steam it! :)

February 8th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I love this kind of restaurant serve authentic Chinese dishes, must try this place when I visit Penang again. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai.

February 8th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

have not tried fish head with noodle-must be delicious.

February 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

OMG! I wanna try the siew pau…are they nice? But i don’t like siew Pau with green bean inside…

February 8th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Your pics of the food are making me hungry and crave for sang mee now!

February 8th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I love to try out the Sang Mee with braised duck and ginger. The Sang Mee looks like wan tan mee, does it taste like wan tan mee too?

February 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am

yes, i often eat there and I love the fish head with beehoon at this old time restaurant…

February 9th, 2010 at 10:08 am

I like stir fried yin yeong with char siew, i will full of char siew taste…seldom get in KL…

February 9th, 2010 at 11:27 am

I was surprised there was no chicken rice in the post. But the ginger and duck noodles got me hooked. Almost reminding me of Pun Chun’s dry version of the duck thigh noodles.

February 9th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

had so many soupy yin yeong but fried version is new to me!!!

February 9th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Nothing beats this kind of restaurants for many many years ….. old memories are priceless like my dad use to gimme his KAY TUI when eating chicken rice here :D

February 9th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I love their ‘mang min’ during morning session.

February 9th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

eh….chicken rice restaurant? where is the chicken rice? lol

am hooked up with the steamed fish head , and also the braised duck

February 9th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

The steamed fish head with noodles and hor fun is something special.

February 9th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Old is gold….steamed fish head bihun looks very favourful!
Wishing you and your family a Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year!

February 11th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

hey, just stumble upon your blog..

since cny is coming..


keep up de good work.. Vo.oV

February 11th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I tried their dim sum years before :) not bad as well as the chicken … :)

February 12th, 2010 at 10:11 am

Steamed fish with noodles sounds like a brilliant idea. The soy sauce will be absorbed by the noodles, giving it a warm, comforting bite! Nice. Happy cny, ck lam!

February 12th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

how about the price..?

February 21st, 2010 at 6:56 pm

i like the hong tou mee…very special must try!!

March 3rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Hong Tou Mee is a must try! But cleanliness really need to improve. Floor is always sticky & oily.

April 29th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hi CK.. noticed u didn’t comment about the signature square egg tarts which is one of its kind… Usually finishes at 9am.. Worth going early for.. ha ha!

June 20th, 2011 at 12:10 am

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