*Updated – The restaurant has since closed down!
Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant situated in Chulia Lane is one of the prominent Hainanese restaurants in Penang. This restaurant is very popular with the locals and tourists for its Hainanese food and also local dishes. Specialist of this restaurant includes the Curry Gulai Tumis, Kerabu Prawns, Hainanese Pork/Chicken Chop and many other selections of dishes.
My family has tried most of the dishes here as we have patronized this restaurant countless times over the years. Their unique Haninese Pork Chop is a favorite and comes deep-fried with an egg coating and paired with onions, peas and quarters of fried potatoes. The meat has a crispy exterior and goes well with the slightly thick delicious gravy.
We had Curry Gulai Tumis, one of their famous specialties which is known for its tasty gravy. They served this curry dish with the expensive promfret fish (tau tei). There are many versions of curry tumis in town but I still find this among one of the best. The curry is sourish, with a good hint of belacan which gives that extra kick. We usually opt to have it with blanched beehoon rather than rice…do give it a try. This dish is always a must-have for us.
The fish is always fresh
The boss, Mr Ong even took the time to share with me these lovely little bowls that were in his possession since the earlier years.
Beautiful little bowls in a row
This plate of stir-fried tofu and leeks offers a generous portion of prawns.
Tofu with leeks (tauhu char suan nah)
The Kerabu Prawn is absolutely spicy delicious with plenty of onions and cooling cucumber. The spicy sambal and coarsed peanut give this dish a good combination of flavors.
Besides Pork Chop, they do serve Chicken Chop too. Simple way of preparing is by dipping the meat in flour and egg. The quality and taste of these chops has been maintained through the years.
This non air-conditioned restaurant has two dining areas, the ground floor and the first floor. A unique food lift is used to deliver dishes from the kitchen located on the ground floor to the dining area on the first floor. The metal lift is pulled up manually.
Our meal cost around RM90 and by the way, the payment is by cash only.
Dining at this restaurant guaranteed happy mood for diners as Mr Ong is a friendly down to earth person. He takes the effort to get to know each and every one of his customers by their names.
This place is crowded and packed with customers especially during public and school holidays. Click here for The Map Location.
P.S. Do make a reservation for a table on the ground floor when you are dining with an elderly person as the stairs leading to the upstairs dining hall is a bit steep.
Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant
2 Lorong Chulia
Tel : o4- 261 4786
Business Hours : 11am – 2.30pm and 5pm – 8.30pm
Closed on every alternate Mondays