Monday, April 26, 2010

Restoran Zim Sum @ Anson Road, Penang

If the Japanese has sushi, Chinese has their own version of sushi too, which we refer to as dim sum. Dim sum come in a small portion that consist of steamed stuff, fish balls or even fried stuff. As the years passed by, there are more dim sum variety to choose from, thanks to the creativeness of human. However, the typical dim sum such as siew mai, fish ball and loh mai kai will still remain as the old favourite.

An early Sunday it was, I was brought by Phooi Khuan to this dim sum stall for a breakfast before our trekking activities. The stall is located along the Anson Road and opposite of KDU college in Georgetown.

Even though it was only 7ish in the morning, but the place were almost full house. Fortunately, we could get a table.
Crowded as always

Whilst there are waiter with their dim sum cart coming to you, there are certain dishes that you need to hand pick them yourself from the counter. It is always better to proceed to the counter if you want fresher and a better variety of dim sum.
Self-service counter

I had the fried stuff first since that was the first tray being offered to me.
Fried Yam Pastry
The Chinese called them Wu Kok, the yam ball were stuffed with Char Siew and then being deep fried. One of my favourite dim sum. Whilst this is not the best I have eaten, I would rate it as an above average for the fluffiness and the well flavoured fillings.

Next, we had the steaming stuff.
Fish Ball
Children labeled them as fish ball but the proper name for it is Yu Mai which literally means fish paste. The taste was alright but it would better if it was served a little steaming.

Siew Mai
A typical favourite dim sum that consisted of minced pork and prawn. It was decent and good enough to satisfy my favourite craving of Siew Mai.

Shrimp Dumplings
Another old time favourite in which Chinese labelled them as Har Gow. Decent in taste and prawn was fairly sweet and succulent. However, it was served rather cold because we took it from the cart. Maybe, it will be better if we took it from the counter directly.

Being so nice of her as always, Phooi Khuan proceeded to the self-service counter to grab some porridge and Chee Cheong Fun.
Anchovies Porridge
A very below average porridge. Whilst the porridge were smooth, it however tasted bland.

Century Egg Porridge
My bowl of porridge that I did not enjoy eating. It was lacking in flavour and soy sauce could barely make it better.

Char Siew and Shrimp Chee Cheong Fun
Originated from Hong Kong, the Chee Cheong Fun were stuffed with char siew and shrimp. Average in taste but I liked their sambal belacan here which added extra flavour to my Chee Cheong Fun.

The total bill came to RM 15 for the dim sum that we ordered. It took me sometime to digest the amount before paying. Clearly, I was shocked with the unbelievably cheap pricing of their dim sum. For sure, I will put dim sum under my to-eat-list on my next trip to Penang.

Atmosphere: 5/10

Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Price: 8/10
Verdict: The dim sum was average but the pricing were unbelievably cheap! Be here early to avoid queuing for table!

Restoran Zim Sum (
right opposite of KDU College)
35, Anson Road
Business hours: 6.30am - 1.00pm

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