Handcrafted “Dim Sum”@ Jin Yi Restaurant Dim Sum, 3054 Jalan Kampung Baru, Taman Kljang , Bukit Mertajam

Description
A “family-run” dim-sum restaurant that is worth a visit. The first thing that struck me when I walked into the restaurant was the cleanliness of the place which is a rarity in such kind of set-up.

According to the owner, Mr. Ooi, the dim-sums are handmade by his son. My favourites were the eggplant, “ha-kaw”and deep fried yam fritter. Although the dim-sum selection was not extraordinary, the taste and texture of the dough, dumpling skin and filling were pretty well done and tasted good.  They have the original dim sum tasteūüĎćūüŹĽ. I would definitely have to go back to check out the other selections, and I recommend that you too give this place a try.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

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Seafood (Chinese & Thai Cuisine) @ Restaurant Sin Hai Ting, Chai Leng Park, Perai

Description

A “kopitiam-concept’ restaurant. ¬†The menu has a variety of local Chinese and Thai cuisine. ¬†Good size food portion and reasonably priced. ¬†A fairly good place for family lunch/dinner. ¬†The crowd is usually at night.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 2/5

Fusion Western Meal (Burgers, Sandwiches, Pastas, Steak, Soup ….) @ The Book Sandwich Cafe, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, Penang

Description

Fancy having a relaxing western meal in a beautiful setting within Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Site? A theme-cafe that is cozy and perfect for a good relaxing meal.

I have had the chance to try at least a dozen variety of what is served in the menu after several visits.  I must say so for I have not been disappointed.  The burgers appear to be a popular item amongst their customers. The wild mushroom soup, sandwiches, pork chop and pastas are also highly recommended.  Located in the heart of Georgetown heritage area, parking is a problem for those driving.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Quality: 5/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 5/5
Service: 3/5

Melaka Peranakan Cuisine (Baba Nyonya) @ Amboi Nyonya Restaurant, Melaka

 

Description

Peranakan (a.k.a. Baba Nyonya) cuisine is a mixed of Chinese immigrant and local Malay cooking. ¬†When in Malacca (Melaka) tourists and the locals tend to rave about the famous delicious nyonya food. ¬†Although the baba nyonya influence can be found in almost any eatery place, I didn’t want to pass up on trying true authentic Melaka Baba Nyonya cooking. ¬†Hence, I called up a friend and he recommended Amboi, and told me specifically to try the “Chicken Buah Keluak”. ¬†Interestingly, ¬†the recommendation came with a friendly caution that this dish may not be for everyone and one usually needs to acquire the taste to appreciate its uniqueness. At a glance Amboi menu didn’t look that different from those I had seen umpteenth times in other nyonya restaurants in Penang. But then, that is to be expected as I am not unfamiliar to Penang Peranakan Cuisine. ¬† The actual difference comes down to the ingredients, taste and presentation, and to know that I decided to just go with the typical must-haves, which were Ayam Ponteng, Alam Pedas, Buah Keluak (specialty), Pie-Tee and Acar Awak.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 2/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Seafood @ Ah Chui Seafood, Lengkok Paya Terubong, Penang






Description
The first time I had Ah Chui’s seafood was more than 20 years ago and the owners (a Chinese couple, “taukeh” cum cooks) were operating in a rented space in a kopitiam (coffee shop). ¬†Today they have their own restaurant (kopitiam-style) and the place is mostly full on weekends and holidays. ¬†You get to pick your crabs and fish that are always very fresh. ¬†The cooks have their own style and flavour to their dishes which are unique and the more standard popular orders are grilled fish (“ikan panggang”), grilled lady fingers, deep fried batter squid/baby shrimps, Malaysian-style spicy Kam-heong crabs/shellfish. ¬†Of course, there are many other popular varieties which I have yet to try.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Cantonese Chinese Cuisine – Kim Hee Restaurant @ Bukit Mertajam



Description
A typical Cantonese-style restaurant. ¬†The tofu with brocolli was perfect and the honey-roast pork ribs were excellent. ¬†You do not need to worry about getting your hands messy with the pork ribs … gloves are provided.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 3/5