BY CK Lam

There is a rare place serving piping hot bowls of Cantonese style dessert or tong-sui in Penang. The desserts not only satisfy your sweet cravings, its charming surroundings will also amaze you.

This nameless stall is located right in the heart of George Town. The business which started many years ago is now run by the second generation owner from the yard of his house on Victoria Street.

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

The owner still maintains the tradition of using charcoal and wood fire to cook the tong-sui. The stoves are placed on one side, and odd wooden tables and plastic chairs on the other. Customers are content sitting on them while slurping the dessert.

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.comSlurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

The tong-sui is cooked with charcoal  fire…

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

… and wood fire

 

 The hand-written menu pasted on the wall indicates the different options available during the week. You can choose from a variation of tong-sui, like green mung bean in coconut milk, sweet potato with ginger, red bean and sweet potato with sago.

 Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

The light and simple sweet potato tong-sui is one of the best I’ve tasted around, boiled with plenty of old ginger and pandan leaves (which is a South East Asian accent). The sweetness of the potatoes contrasted nicely with the comforting, warm, gingery heat.

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com
Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.comSlurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

On my several visits, I have tried the mung bean and the red bean. The mung bean tong-sui is enriched by the coconut milk which lends a smooth creamy texture to the dessert.

The red bean tong-sui has the chet mei tau (a type of red bean) boiled for fifteen hours over slow fire with dried orange peel. The long boiling time added softness to the beans and subtle redness to the tong-sui. A bowl of this dessert cost RM1.50.

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com
Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.comSlurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Red bean tong sui

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Mung bean tong sui with palm sugar and coconut milk

 

At this place, they also serve simple snacks of char beehoon/mee, beehoon th’ng and chicken porridge. I have yet to try these savory dishes but I would go back for them.

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Slurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.comSlurping Sweet Tong Sui at Victoria Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

 

This nameless stall which maintained the old standards of preparing the food is worthy of a visit. Finding your way to the stall is rather easy as it is just a short walk from China House (Victoria Street entrance). Click here for the google Map Location. Business hours start around 1.30pm, from Monday to Saturday.

 * This is a reproduction of my article published in Makansutra 

 

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6 comments so far

Bong
 1 

Nice food in Penang, but is way too far from Melaka.

February 20th, 2013 at 5:31 pm
 2 

What a hidden treasure CK! never heard of this place before, thanks for the recommendation, i’ll be sure to check it out!

February 20th, 2013 at 10:47 pm
Cindy
 3 

went yesterday..but could’t find…disappointed…will go again today…=)

February 27th, 2013 at 11:46 am
Lin
 4 

Went there today. Desserts were great, n so was the glutinous yam rice. Thx for intro!

April 6th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
Teh Bee Leng
 5 

Still cant find the place. where is it actually?

CK Lam Reply:

The place is shown on the provided google map.

April 21st, 2013 at 1:14 pm
 6 

i went to victoria street just now at around 6.30pm, i found this place! haha~
i bought a packet of red bean soup and a packet of yam rice – cost me rm3 (for both)! that’s cheap! wow, the red bean soup is wonderful… i have not tried the rice yet, shall keep for tomorrow morning b’fast :) Thanks for recommending this place ~!

May 27th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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