This time around our Penang food outing in the Mainland continues with Teochew cuisine at the popular Restaurant Chao Zhou. This Teochew restaurant also serves a wide selection of dim sum for breakfast and numerous dishes for lunch and dinner.

I chanced upon it through its restaurant website. Together with my In-laws, we made the trip to this restaurant located in Chai Leng Park. The restaurant has a large air-conditioned dining hall and a pleasant outdoor sitting area.


Straight to the dishes we indulged that evening!

We started with the superb deep-fried items. There is a good variety to choose from and varies based on the customer choices. We had three different types, with deep-fried cho, ku chye kueh and prawns wrap with crisp vermicelli. All the deep fried items were served hot and crispy…very fragrant. Excellent appetizer to kick off the meal.



Golden brown deep fried prawn

I particularly enjoyed the ku chye kueh which has the tasty fillings of yam bean and chives wrapped in a very thin layer of bean curd skin. It was just delicious dipped in the chili sauce.


A few vegetable dishes to balance up the meal; we ordered some stir-fried vegetables of Kailan with Kiam Bak, Bean Sprout with Egg and the unfamiliar Bitter Gourd with Salted Vegetable. The dishes may look very simple but don’t let it deceive you, overall was tasty!


Kailan with Kiam Bak


Simple and delicious dish of Bean Sprout with Egg

On the other hand, I was a bit skeptical when they introduce the dish of Bitter Gourd with salted mustard leaves (kiam chai). I have tried many dishes with salted vegetable but have to admit my unfamiliarity with this combination of bitter gourd and salted vegetable! To my greatest surprise, the two vegetables blended well with each other…producing an excellent combination of flavor! This dish complements white rice very well.


Meat to round off the meal, we enjoyed the Braised 3-Layer Meat with Yam (Kau Yoke), which had a good amount of sauce with  tender pieces of meat and yam lining back to back to each other. The taste is flavorsome and not too overpowering with the spices. The chef pulled it off very well!


The yummy dessert for the night was the traditional dish, Yam paste or better known in Hokkien as orh nee. All of us could not resist this delicious dessert of mashed yam paste and pumpkin with ginkgo nuts. This dessert was served with a topping of fried cashew nuts. The pumpkin complemented the sweet and creamy yam but I prefer just to have the latter.


Sticky sweet dessert

This meal came up to a reasonable RM103, and is indeed a good choice for us. Hop on over to their website for more information plus their packages menu which also offer delicacies of superior seafood such as this lobster dish.


There are ample parking spaces right in front of the restaurant. Click here for the Map Location.


Restaurant Chao Zhou
No. 107 & 109 & 111 Jalan Gan Chai Leng
Chai Leng Park
13700 Seberang Prai

Tel : 04 3978948

Business Hours : 7am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm


GPS Coordinates : N05 23050   E100 23215

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 at 6:16 pm and is filed under Penang Restaurant, Seberang Perai/Penang Mainland, Teochew. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

24 comments so far


I went there almost every week. My dad favorite restaurant all the time. their dish really very nice… *thumbs up*

March 6th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

i wait it so long .. finally u upload it ady..thanks..

March 6th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

ryokoto – It would be nice for a regular like you to share more of their dishes with me.

zoe – Sorry to keep you waiting…hope you like the review.

March 6th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I’m a teochew, so i like teochew food, haha.
The kao yok looks good, i wanna try this. thanks for the info!

March 7th, 2010 at 9:00 am

Oh awesome!! I actually spent the formative years of my childhood in Chai Leng Park and in those days so I’ll definitely need to visit and check out the changes to the eating scene!

March 7th, 2010 at 11:35 am

must plan one trip to Penang soon as to try out all good foods you have recommended.

March 7th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

No doubt the dishes look nice and the outer setting also unique.

But I thought Wu Thou Kau Yuk originated from the Hakkas. It was also exhibited during the event held in Guang Ming Daily which you also attended a few weeks ago.

March 7th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

The most yummy dessert — orh nee in my childhood memory…
my grandparents used to bring me to wedding dinner and this dessert is always the last meal….
my sweet & indulgence memory…

March 7th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Wow! Nice offering they got here. Just had my Teo Chew escapade yesterday in Shan Tou. Really a big eye opener for me here.

March 7th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Mindy – You are most welcome :)

minchow – There are still some old eateries and plenty of new outlets to try out. I still have a few post to shared with everyone.

Sonia – Remember to inform me of your visit, will take you around to try out food.

Jason Wong – Although it is a Teochew restaurant, they also serve a bit of other cuisines.

modo alimentare – I love it too but prefer it without the pumpkin.

email2me – Waiting to see all your reviews :)

March 7th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Always pass by this restaurant, but have yet to give it a try.

March 7th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Bitter gourd and kiam chai combination is so new to me too! Wonder how it’ll taste :P

March 8th, 2010 at 9:35 am

allie – An interesting flavor with a balance of both, you won’t taste much of the bitter gourd.

March 8th, 2010 at 11:28 am

hahahaha… this is the usual place for my family for dim sum in the morning.
actually the owner used to own a restaurant name Kami, and then they quit that and turn into Dim Sum restaurant, and biz went so well that they open this restaurant down here. and having another coffee shop in the exist Kami Restaurant shop lot. :)

March 8th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Oh I’m a Teochew! I feel like I HAVE to visit this restaurant to get closer to my roots. LOL

March 8th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

ehh, i miss the yam paste loh..
and every things looks tempting and i m so hungry now~

March 8th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

this one very nearby my house one XD but i havent try b4 XD~

March 9th, 2010 at 12:19 am
Lee Kok Siang

Good one CK! Will go there today!

March 9th, 2010 at 7:25 am

Very interesting twist to those fried vege dishes, looked so nice and tasty. I must “cross the sea” more often to seek out the delicacies over at the mainland. Thanks for sharing.

March 10th, 2010 at 12:46 am

Never try their Ala Cart before but have tried their Buffet lunch which cost less than RM10 which they serve every Mon,Wed,Fri,Sat and Sun.Many choices of food and dessert ,really worth the $$$$.

March 10th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

this is awesome, the dishes looks terrific! god bless me! :)

March 11th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

The decor is well done, but the dishes really shine. I’m intrigued to try the bitter gourd and kiam chai dish.

March 11th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

whao, 3 vegetables? that’s alot :p

btw, oh nee is the best….but it’s quite hard to find, sigh

i love oh nee….and miss it too!

March 16th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

May I Know Restaurant Chao Zou will open on CNY eve 2012?

CK Lam Reply:

Do check out the dates with the restaurant with the provided telephone number.

November 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Leave a reply

Name (*)
Mail (will not be published) (*)

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin