Archive for the ‘Dim Sum’ Category

BY CK Lam

Among the many dim sum places in Penang, one old-time favorite is Yong Pin Restaurant. The place with its location in Sungai Ujong is full of memories for those who frequent this place for its range of dim sum and noodles.

Besides a breakfast fare, the dim sum is also available during dinner. Round bamboo steamer filled with small plates of dim sum is being carried around the tables by workers.

 Dim Sum @ Yong Pin Sungai Ujong, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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By CK Lam

Spending your weekend in Penang? Do check out this 24-hour guide to eating on the island non-stop, written by me for TimeOut Penang 2012. Hope everyone have a great time indulging  in all the flavourful food, rich in spices and herbs from the many restaurants and hawker stalls in Penang.

6am – 7am: Special Famous Roti Canai
56 Jalan Transfer
Open daily, 6.30am-1pm, 3.30pm-7pm

Soak in the slow pace of life in Penang with breakfast at this road side stall, which is famous for its crispy roti canai. There are several varieties of curries to complement the roti canai – mutton, beef, chicken, fish and dhall. The place is usually packed with customers waiting for a table.

Roti Canai by CK Lam for TimeOut Penang 2012

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By CK Lam

Having started off more than a decade ago in Penang, Shanghai Ding House of Dumplings is still drawing in the crowds, with many going for its noodles and dim sum.


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Located at Cintra Street in downtown Penang is De Tai Tong Cafe. This corner coffeeshop is a favorite food venue for it offers an extensive variety of dim sum and dozens of rice and noodle dishes.

Dim Sum at De Tai Tong on Cintra Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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What2seeonline.com wishing all readers a very Happy New Year 2011!

Now is the arrival of the brand New Year with new resolutions and plans. For my first food review for this year, I would like to share with you a fabulous dinner that I had at The Forum Chinese Cuisine. Located on the 3rd floor of Island Plaza, Penang, this restaurant is notably known for their dim sum.

The Forum Chinese Cuisine, Island Plaza Penang by What2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant is an old Cantonese restaurant located in a two storey building at Campbell Street Penang, right next the popular Kwong Tuck (sundry shop). Business has been going around for many decades now and the place is still as popular.

This restaurant serves dim sum for breakfast and varieties of noodles, porridge and Chicken Rice during lunch hour. The interior of the restaurant was recently given a new paint job for a cleaner and brighter outlook! I was there during lunch break and the place was filled with customers with some having to settle for the tables set up in the pavement.

Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

One of Tho Yuen’s specialty dish – Fish head steam with noodle

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A visit to Tai Zi Heen Chinese Restaurant begins from its grand spiral staircase, right up to its location on level two in Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This award winning Chinese Restaurant is currently having selections of both traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum, Tai Zi Heen’s signature Dim Sum and the popular Dim Sum Odyssey.

My visit to this restaurant was made possible when Ken and Big Boys Oven invited me to attend the dim sum food tasting last Saturday.

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The elegant restaurant overlooking the origami-based designed chandelier

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BY CK Lam

The day started with a “yum cha” session at the old eatery, Aik Hoe Restaurant located in Carnavon Street Penang.  This restaurant which occupied two shop houses still managed to retain its old nostalgic charm after fifty over years.

The fixtures of old ceiling fans with flooring of small squares of blue and white tiles still remain there after all these years, making this place a real heritage in its own way.

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Nothing much have changed and the restaurant still has the very ‘Chinese old school look’, even still with its signature metal chairs. The shop’s name has been embedded into the metal chair itself; a real rare find nowadays.

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I am happy to see myself featured in the “We Eat” section in the Guang Ming Daily published on 29th March 2009. It was indeed an honour to see the full page article of the ‘yum cha” session in Aik Hoe, one of the oldest restaurants in Penang which is well known for its authentic dim sum.

The article featured four people with their opinions on different authentic food outlets in Penang. To find out more of the specialty dim sum at Aik Hoe Restaurant, do stay tune for my upcoming post.

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I would like to express my thanks to Lee Choo, the feature writer from Guang Ming for inviting me to the yum cha session and also for her write up article. Click here for the online version.

Thank you very much to all of you for reading and supporting my food blog. If you are one of the new readers, please do not hesitate to join in and browse through my blog to find out more nice food outlets. Furthermore, comments and feedback is always welcomed.

For some of the best of Penang’s hawker food and snacks, pay a visit to Cintra Street – a bustling street located in the heart of George Town, Penang. Entrance to this one way street is via Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong. Its located in the same vicinity as KOMTAR and Prangin Mall. You will be able to find many varieties of foods and snacks, from dawn to dusk.

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As you stroll along this narrow street, you will find the famed deep-fried Yau Char Kuai stall on your left. The stall was once located on the ground floor of the People’s Park flats. However, I reckon they moved out to the main road so that it is more accessible to the public. Business hours starts from late morning till night. They even supply the yau char kuai  to hawker stalls selling porridge, bak kut teh and tong-sui.

Amazingly, the Yau Char Kuai (sometimes known as You Tiu) maintains its crisp nature even after a few hours. Definitely the making of a good teatime, served with a cup of kopi-o kau.

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The culinary journey continues! Wen Chang Hainan Chicken Rice shop (located just right opposite) sells traditional Hainanese chicken rice. roast chicken, white chicken and loh bak. Other than chili sauce, they do offer grinded ginger, a nice complement to go with the chicken.

This stall was previously located a stone’s throw away from the Dumpling shop (read below) has since expanded; relocating to a corner shop house of their own.

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Right beside the chicken rice shop is Ng Kee Cake Shop. This bakery shop sells a wide selection of freshly baked Cantonese biscuits and snacks. They also accept orders for special occasion – birthdays and weddings. At times, I do treat myself to a box of pepper biscuit. The biscuit is crunchy with nuts, sesame seed and pepper powder.

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A few doors down the bakery shop, you will come across the all time favourite Dim Sum shop, De Tai Tong Cafe. Dim Sum is served during breakfast and dinner, while there is an ala-carte menu for lunch. For noodle lovers, do try out their noodle – Yee Foo Meen, Char Hor Fan and Hong Toh Meen.

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Opposite the dim sum cafe is a roadside stall selling deep-fried Ham Chim Pang (pancake) and steamed Pak Tong Goe (rice cake).  Among the varieties of Ham Chim Pang are the ones with five spice powder, glutinous rice and filling of tau sar.

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Just look at the amount of five spice powder which gives the Ham Chim Pang its slightly salty taste. My family have been enjoying this snack for years. :D

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If you happen to be in town earlier in the evening, you can buy the Ham Chim Pang (pancake) and Pak Tong Goe directly from their shop which is just located behind De Tai Tong Dim Sum cafe.

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Across the junction of Cintra/Campbell, you will see the popular Dumpling shop – Cintra Food Corner on your left. This place is famous for its bak chang, tau chang, yam cake and red bean tong-sui boiled with dried Mandarin peel. Environment is much better now since it has shifted into a shop as compared to its earlier trading days by the roadside.

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Two doors away from the ‘chang’ shop is the Curry Chee Cheong Fun stall. You get to savour this curry version with tender pieces of chicken (only drumstick) and soft potato for RM3.50. The spicy flavors of the curry chicken makes this a delicious meal. You are allowed to bring the CCF and consume it in the ‘chang’ shop :)

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Spoilt for choices? Me too! Which food are you going to have, the next time you visit Cintra Street? No matter which,  Happy Eating!

Updated on  14/10/2010 : There are two more food outlets just opposite the CCF – the chu char at Sun Yoon Kee Restaurant and the neighbouring chicken and fish porridge.

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