For those into Taiwanese-style dining, an interesting option is at The Pinn 老品, a popular cafe on Gat Lebuh Melayu in George Town, Penang. The air-conditioned outlet with its double-storey pre-war structure has three tables on the ground floor and several more tucked away on the first floor.
The outlet is fully focused on well-cooked quality food made from fresh ingredients. The menu is displayed at the entrance and offers specialty choices of homemade fishballs and dumplings along with noodles and rice dishes.
One can have the signature Fishball Soup. For a fuller option, sample the fishballs with a choice of noodles; choose from either the glass noodle tanghoon, koay teow or maggi mee. Made fresh daily in a traditional way with an added bit of salt and pepper, the fishball has pure fish flavor and slightly bouncy “qq” texture.
A la carte menu – fishballs with glass noodle tanghoon
The outlet has introduced several combo sets as an additional highlight to its ala carte menu. Choices of combos include Braised Pork Rice, Smoked Duck Scallion Noodles, and also the Pinn Combo Sets.
The Pinn Combo Set 1 (RM18.80) includes a bowl of fishball tanghoon soup, plate of 锅贴水饺 (dumplings with pork and leek filling), and a glass of juice.
Pinn combo set 1 – fishball tanghoon (glass noodles) soup 冬粉马鲛鱼丸汤 with…
…fried chives dumplings (pork & leek filling) served with XO spicy sauce…
…and homemade pickles 爽口泡菜 with a hint of slight spiciness
Do save some space for their other a-la-carte dishes – boiled dumplings served in soy sauce and small chilies 干捞饺. One can enjoy extra bites of white radish that are added to the meat filling of the dumpling.
A-la-carte – boiled dumplings (spicy) RM9.80
A-la-carte – pan-fried Chinese buns RM12.80
The restaurant also has an array of meat and poultry dishes. The Drunken Chicken 紹興醉雞 priced at RM32 has a huge-sized drumstick cooked with angelica, red dates, and Shaoxing wine.
A-la-carte – drunken chicken 紹興醉雞
To complement the meal, the outlet offers a complimentary plate of Indonesian traditional snack 特级豆饼. Eaten on its own or topped with some accompanying green chlli sauce, the delightfully crispy snack provided just the crunch we needed.
Made using healthy recipes, the fishballs and other interesting dishes make The Pinn a welcoming dining spot. Open daily (except Tuesdays), the business hours are from 11am till 10pm.
The Pinn 老品
16 Gat Lebuh Melayu
Mobile: 012 – 7614316