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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach CafePenang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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!

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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.

Penang Hawker Cuisine - Chinese Dumplings at Northern Beach Cafe

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
10050 Penang

Business Hour :  6pm until 11:30pm

***Update: The stall has since closed down.


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14 comments so far


a nice name for a stall-have not eaten braised pig’s ear for a long time-sure looks crunchy!

CK Lam Reply:

This dumpling stall sure has an unique name…

July 22nd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Wow awesome! Northam always ups its game when it comes to offering a departure from ordinary hawker food!

CK Lam Reply:

Totally agree with you, Min. They even have many specialize Western food too.

July 22nd, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Is this the one fronting the beach, opposite of Northam hotel?
Used to have my oyster fix there. Or Chien and raw ones.

CK Lam Reply:

You sure have a good sense of direction :)

July 22nd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

eh, this is new to me… thanks for sharing… :)

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome. Hope you like it.

July 22nd, 2010 at 5:27 pm

will try it out when I’m there this weekend!

CK Lam Reply:

Hope to hear the feedback from you.

July 22nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm
Ah Jin

Thank You for your blog, because of yur blog I know where for nice food.

Nice to meet you as well : )

CK Lam Reply:

I am happy to meet you that night. Do keep in touch ya!

July 23rd, 2010 at 12:00 am

oh! look at those dumplings, so perfectly crafted! just amaze looking at them! gorgeous!

CK Lam Reply:

The taste is even better than its looks!

July 23rd, 2010 at 8:38 am

Thanks! I have been to several recommended places from you. Yes food served are ok.

Thank you for sharing.

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome…and glad that you enjoyed the food.

July 23rd, 2010 at 8:41 am

when i read the title, i thought is the dumpling we use to eat during Dragon Boat Festival.

CK Lam Reply:

Haha…most of these wrappers are commonly known as dumplings in English.

July 23rd, 2010 at 9:46 am

OMG! That is WOR TIP which is my fav food in Sabah! The Chinese dumpling rocks with ginger, vinegar and chili oil!

CK Lam Reply:

I have yet to get the chance to try Sabah wor tip…sure sounds good from you.

July 23rd, 2010 at 10:37 am

I’m a avid fans of jiaozi, wherever I saw it, must have it!!!

CK Lam Reply:

Wow, a real jiaozi lover…haha.

July 23rd, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Interesting food pictures there. I have yet to try the chinese dumplings at this place.

CK Lam Reply:

Great to see you dropping by again. Do give this dumpling stall a visit.

July 23rd, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Does anybody know what happened to the dessert stall at Metro Cafe ( the one jusy before Northam Beach cafe? ) ?

CK Lam Reply:

I don’t have any idea…

July 23rd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Their pig ears were served in big slices instead of cutting into small pieces, like I had before at Tang Dynasty Restaurant @ Jalan Zainal Abidin.

CK Lam Reply:

Its been a while since I last visited Tang, missed their noodles. Thanks for reminding!

July 24th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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