This time around our Penang food outing in the Mainland continues with Teochew cuisine at the popular Restaurant Chao Zhou. This Teochew restaurant also serves a wide selection of dim sum for breakfast and numerous dishes for lunch and dinner.
I chanced upon it through its restaurant website. Together with my In-laws, we made the trip to this restaurant located in Chai Leng Park. The restaurant has a large air-conditioned dining hall and a pleasant outdoor sitting area.
Straight to the dishes we indulged that evening!
We started with the superb deep-fried items. There is a good variety to choose from and varies based on the customer choices. We had three different types, with deep-fried cho, ku chye kueh and prawns wrap with crisp vermicelli. All the deep fried items were served hot and crispy…very fragrant. Excellent appetizer to kick off the meal.
Golden brown deep fried prawn
I particularly enjoyed the ku chye kueh which has the tasty fillings of yam bean and chives wrapped in a very thin layer of bean curd skin. It was just delicious dipped in the chili sauce.
A few vegetable dishes to balance up the meal; we ordered some stir-fried vegetables of Kailan with Kiam Bak, Bean Sprout with Egg and the unfamiliar Bitter Gourd with Salted Vegetable. The dishes may look very simple but don’t let it deceive you, overall was tasty!
Kailan with Kiam Bak
Simple and delicious dish of Bean Sprout with Egg
On the other hand, I was a bit skeptical when they introduce the dish of Bitter Gourd with salted mustard leaves (kiam chai). I have tried many dishes with salted vegetable but have to admit my unfamiliarity with this combination of bitter gourd and salted vegetable! To my greatest surprise, the two vegetables blended well with each other…producing an excellent combination of flavor! This dish complements white rice very well.
Meat to round off the meal, we enjoyed the Braised 3-Layer Meat with Yam (Kau Yoke), which had a good amount of sauce with tender pieces of meat and yam lining back to back to each other. The taste is flavorsome and not too overpowering with the spices. The chef pulled it off very well!
The yummy dessert for the night was the traditional dish, Yam paste or better known in Hokkien as orh nee. All of us could not resist this delicious dessert of mashed yam paste and pumpkin with ginkgo nuts. This dessert was served with a topping of fried cashew nuts. The pumpkin complemented the sweet and creamy yam but I prefer just to have the latter.
Sticky sweet dessert
This meal came up to a reasonable RM103, and is indeed a good choice for us. Hop on over to their website for more information plus their packages menu which also offer delicacies of superior seafood such as this lobster dish.
There are ample parking spaces right in front of the restaurant. Click here for the Map Location.
Restaurant Chao Zhou
No. 107 & 109 & 111 Jalan Gan Chai Leng
Chai Leng Park
13700 Seberang Prai
Tel : 04 3978948
Business Hours : 7am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm
GPS Coordinates : N05 23050 E100 23215