Written by Shirley T
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 03:04
'Dim Sum' originates from a Cantonese dialect that means 'snacks' or light food. Literally means 'Touch the Heart', Dim Sum has gained popularity in Penang as well. When I was attending my high school in Georgetown many years back, we liked to go for dim sum as early as six in the morning (before the class started) somewhere along Cintra Street off Chulia Street. Dim Sum is usually served in bamboo baskets, most of times still steaming satisfy our cold empty stomach at dawn. Besides the small dumplings, a wide range of snacks includes fried stuff like taro dumpling and various pastries are also served. Nevertheless, the traditional places that serve delicious dim sum are usually non-air-conditioned coffee shops which do not encourage us to sit and chat as long as we wish. The atmosphere is getting warmer as we eat and as soon as our tummy is filled, we hope to quickly get up and make a move.
Zhong Hua, a Chinese restaurant operated at Cititel, along Penang Road offers an option for the folks that value a cozy environment (air-conditioned) while dining dim sum. At this point of time, it offers 50% promotion for all the dim sum dishes served. This is definitely a plus point to have dim sum here. Parking at hotel premise is free for the first hour and subsequent hours will be charged RM2.50 per hour.
As we walked into Zhong Hua Restaurant, we noticed there was no food carts going around like having dim sum at the conventional places. Menu was offered, we ticked the dishes we loved and they were being served hot and steaming. Among the dishes that we tried includes 'Century Egg with Shredded Porridge'. It was cooked with century egg, shredded pork, crab sticks garnished with meat floss and onion leaves. Another dish that we did not miss was 'Xiao Long Pau', a famous Shanghainese dumpling. It was served in a bamboo steamer on Chinese cabbage, usually demands a careful bite to experience the tasty soup inside these dumplings. I was a bit disappointed when the 'Xiao Long Pau' here was not that soupy or wet although the pork tasted good. If you are a fan of fried radish cake, this is highly recommended here as the flavor is just nice and the ingredients definitely give you a better value-add than most of the stalls outside.
Below are the pictures of some of the dishes we tried.
Overall experience was good, definitely a place we wish to come back whenever we think of dim sum in Penang!
Recommendation: 3.5/5 (50% promotion gives a competitive edge!)
Location courtesy of Google Map (click and zoom-in): Zhong Hua @ Cititel Hotel
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