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 to the popular Kwong Tuck (sundry shop). The 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 hours. 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.
One of Tho Yuen’s specialty dish – Fish head steam with noodle
Fish Head steam with noodles – our preference was having two versions, one with vermicelli and the other with hor fun. The fish head steamed with ginger was served together with the noodles in a wonderful aroma soy sauce. Delicious with the natural ‘sweetness’ of the fish, the dish went well with the spiciness of cut red chilies.
Fish head steam with hor fun
Next up was the Stir-Fried Yin Yeong – a mix of hor fun and vermicelli, coupled with seafood and char siew.
Apart from the two noodles, we also have Sang Mee (noodle) with braised duck and ginger. The noodle was firm and came in a flavorful gravy with pieces of well-braised duck and slices of ginger.
Sang Mee with braised duck and ginger
We ordered a bowl of Sui Kow (dumpling) soup. The dumpling skin wraps up a generous amount of filling made from water chestnut and minced pork.
We topped off the meal with a couple of their dim sum dishes – deep-fried bean curd roll (fu chuk quen) and baked char siew buns.
Tho Yuen is one of the very few restaurants which have maintained their standards over the years, serving food that is consistent in quality. Of course, do not miss out on their kiam chai boi and chicken rice.
The surrounding is quite airy and bright with the skylight coming in with the adjustable roofing over the air well. With a bustling and lively ambience, the outlet offers breakfast and lunch to the morning and working lunch crowd.
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Tho Yuen Chicken Rice Restaurant
94 Campbell Street
Tel : 04 2614672
Business Hour : 6am – 3pm
Closed on Tuesday