* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 9th May 2011.

Penang is dotted with many restaurants, with some hidden unnoticed even though we often pass by it. One such place is Chin Bee Tea Restaurant. Located on Noordin Street, or commonly known as ‘Ji Tiau Lor’ among the Hokkiens here, this tea house is unique in its own way. This place is not all only about serving Chinese tea, but also serves appealing Chinese dishes.

One of their best dishes offered here is the Hainan Kampung Chicken. Dosed in the chef’s concoction of light soy sauce and oil, the chicken is tender and juicy. The condiment of fresh and fragrant chilli sauce blend with garlic and ginger is a must-have. I highly enjoyed the chicken with its natural sweetness flavor.

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Worth trying out is the Kam Heong Spare Ribs, well marinated and stir-fried with an amazing flavourful sauce and with lots of colourful vegetables. The tender meat falls off the bone with a light tug, and the aroma from the hot wok makes this a hearty dish.

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The Pang-Pang Chick is a dish with chicken stir-fried in thick spicy sauce with chunky pieces of cucumber, onion and fresh red pepper chilli. The appearance of this dish is almost similar to the sweet and sour pork but taste-wise is totally different. The spicy sensation is best accompanied with white rice.

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Chin Bee offers two versions of steamed egg. The classic steam Three Egg Yolk (duck, chicken and century egg) is smooth and firm like tofu which is great to enjoy on its own. The seafood version with prawns, fish and scallops together with salted and century egg is just simply excellent and deliciously good.

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Steamed egg with seafood RM30


Another unique dish is the Steamed Patin Fish garnished with plentiful green scallion, coriander and sliced chilli. This freshwater fish is uncommon in Penang and Chin Bee prepared it excellently. It is tasty with flavoursome light fish sauce dressing and garlic oil.

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Some of the notable dishes are the Stir-Fried Tofu with minced meat, Claypot Fish, Vietnamese-style Pork Leg, Special Ribs and the Sambal Four Vegetables with many textures and aroma of spiciness. For those who may prefer noodles, do try the Hong Tou Mee where the noodle is served in thick creamy broth.

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Stir-fried Tofu with minced meat and Sambal Four Vegetable

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Mixed vegetable

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In addition to the staple dishes, there are also many tempting and exotic fine Chinese dishes that need to be pre-order! Besides good food, a wide array of good Chinese tea is available at Chin Bee, including the Long Jing, Wu Yi, Pu Er and Tie Guan Ying.

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Pu Er @RM2 per person


 

This restaurant in the middle of a row of old houses has simple seating deco and is fully air-conditioned. Parking spaces are available by the roadside, and if you are early, you might be lucky enough to get the parking space right in front of the shop. Click here for the Map Location.

Chin Bee Tea Restaurant
124 Lebuh Noordin (Jee Tiao Lor)
10300 Penang

Tel 04 2611761

Business Hour: 12noon – 3pm &  6pm – 9pm

Closed on every alternate Wednesday

GPS Coordinates : 5.412422   100.329947

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9 comments so far

 1 

This is my favorite restaurant in Penang as it never fail me on every visit~ :) Surprisingly, they did not serve you with my must order dish – the Spare Ribs King~

CK Lam Reply:

It was a family dinner, we ordered from the menu. Will definitely try out the spare ribs king that you recommend on our next visit.

May 24th, 2011 at 1:16 am
 2 

The steamed egg with seafood looks really good. I usually have steamed egg with bits of pork or century egg, but never had it with seafood before. Nice! :)

CK Lam Reply:

It was delicious, smooth and flavourful with sweetness from the seafood.

May 24th, 2011 at 9:46 am
 3 

looks good.. yummy yummy!!!
looks like home cooked food. :)

CK Lam Reply:

Another great place for a meal!!!

May 24th, 2011 at 9:58 am
 4 

The steamed egg with seafood looks scrumptious! My family’s going to love me for this find! Thanks CK! :-)

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome Min! Hope to catch up with you too :)

May 24th, 2011 at 10:07 am
 5 

Great looking dai chow stuff. Had this impression of a tea-inspired/infused dishes like Purple Cane the 1st time, but I guess this is different.

May 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm
 6 

I have always heard of this place. Especially from Criz! But have not been to it. Btw, how is the pricing like? Is it slightly above normal restaurant or just on par?

June 15th, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Alex Lim
 7 

Just went there for dinner with my family after reading all the post, was actually plan to go else where as recommended, but almost all the good restaurant was fully book.
Called this restaurant and was told its full house as well, since the restaurant was very near our hotel, decided to give a try at 830pm . We are lucky there is a able just left.
We order few dishes as recommend by the captain.
Taste is good and price is not high.
Will definitely recommended this restaurant.

January 25th, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Wei Lun
 8 

Went there for a family dinner and had ‘Poon chai’. It was really good with lots of expensive seafood at a cheap price. The tea is best!

January 29th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Ai Ling
 9 

We first ate @ this restaurant about a year back. My husband & I have been back there almost every fortnight since beginning of this year. We usually get the sifu to recommend his signature dishes and every dish is a knock out! We’ve made friends with sifu and the proprietor of Chin Bee since. Every visit proofs to be a wonderful culinary experience !

June 2nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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