Chinese dumplings widely known in many countries as jiaozi, guoti and gyoza are also found in many restaurants and hawker stalls around Penang. One of the places that we do visit for the small bites is Pleasure Odyssey, a hawker stall in Northam Beach Cafe which is located in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. This stall focuses on homemade pan-fried dumplings, with little parcels of minced meat and diced vegetable.
We had different plates of dumplings. These meat pies stuffed with meat and vegetables were flavorsome. Fried in oil with a crispy skin, they were delicious eaten with the spicy ginger chili sauce, a concoction mixed just right, not overpowering. A plate of four pieces of piping hot meat pies cost RM5.
Piping hot meat pie, simply delicious!
Another dish that we ordered was the fried dumpling, which was shaped like crescent moon with pinched edges. The flour wrapper was reasonably thin yet strong enough encasing the generous portion of meat filling. The meat was properly seasoned and the flavor was delicious! The dumplings, pan fried till golden brown were served with the same dipping sauce of the meat pies.
Freshly made fried dumplings with appetizing spicy ginger chili sauce
The fried dumplings were made fresh on the spot to maintain its freshness using the homemade flour wrappers and fresh ingredients. The wrappers were kept in a container to prevent them from drying out.
In addition to the dumplings, they do serve soups, side dishes and snacks. The pickled lotus root was indeed appetizing – slightly sourish, flavorful with a crunch. This was a great snack to nibble on while waiting for the rest of the hawker food.
We enjoyed nibbling on this delicacy with moist skin and crunchy cartilage. The pig ear was braised slowly in a flavorful sauce till tender and pleasantly tasty with spiciness…totally delicious!
Besides the dumplings and snacks, we had the noodle in soybean paste. The noodle was pretty tasty, with a good combination of braised minced meat and refreshing cucumber strips.
Noodle in soybean paste @ RM5
This stall deserves our revisit, as the flavors of the dumplings and snacks really suit our palate and the prices were reasonable too. There are many more varieties on offer at Pleasure Odyssey which we have yet to try out.
The Northern Beach Cafe with an added appeal of the sea view and the main land is consistently packed on the weekends. This food court has many hawker stalls serving different type of Western food and local hawker fare. Click here for the Map Location.
Northam Beach Cafe (诺登美食坊)
58 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
Business Hour : 6pm until 11:30pm
***Update: The stall has since closed down.