Teo Chew and Canton Food Delight (美香味广潮风味小厨) @ Chai Leng Park, Perai, Penang.
Unknown to many, the ubiquitous food district of Chai Leng Park at Perai, mainland of Penang state, has many hidden gems yet to be discovered by foodies and Teow Chew and Canton Food Delight is one of my recent discoveries. Deboned Chicken, Roasted Pork/ Duck, Prawn Wanton/ Dumplings, Hor Fun and Wanton Noodles are some their specialties; it has 2 branches at Chai Leng Park and 1 at Bukit Mertajam. Prices are wallet-friendly and arguably cheaper than most eateries (offering the same products) in Penang island; worry not for the heat-intolerant as the place is fully equipped with air-conditioners, a comfortable dining experience is guaranteed. Choices are aplenty and there will surely be some to satisfy everyone's palate, this is definitely one of the recommended places to visit if you are in the vicinity!
Recommended by one of my friends, their Deboned Chicken/ 白斩滑鸡 (Rm 12 for half bird) is something to die for. The well-executed Chicken was silky smooth, drenched in their home-made sweet-savory sauce. The sauce was somewhat similar to Oyster Sauce (probably a mixture of Oyster Sauce, Soya Sauce and Oil), with a discernible sweetness, making it perfect to be dipped into their spicy-sour home-made garlicky Chili Sauce. However, the sauce might be slightly salty on its own but perfect spooned over rice. On par with my favorite place for Deboned Chicken, Teo Chew and Canton Food Delight's was better in terms of pricing. Recommended.
Another must-have signature dish will be their Hor Fun/ 干捞河粉 (Dry version/ Rm 3.50 for Large) or commonly known as Chinese Rice-cake Strips or Flat Noodles, served with a dash of Oyster Sauce and Chicken Broth. The silky smooth Hor Fun with their flavorful Chicken Broth was good that it slides down your throat easily but even better with the addition of Oyster Sauce which boosts a seafood-sweetness to the dish. Truly an ingenious creation.
For ardent fans of Wanton Mee, you can always satiate your cravings here. Their Wanton Mee/ 干捞云吞面 (Rm 3.50 for Small) was simple and straight-forward, some sliced Char Siew/ Barbecue Pork and Deep Fried Wanton Dumplings as sides. Noodles were well-cooked with bouncy and springy texture, seems nice but nothing was overly exciting. A decent one but not the best around. I would personally prefer their Hor Fun over Wanton Mee.
For a juicy crunch to complement with your Chicken and Noodles, go for their Blanched Bean Sprouts/ 豆芽 (Rm 2 for Small), a rather simple and straight-forward dish- light Soya Sauce with Fried Garlic Oil, finished with some chopped Scallions. Nothing out of the ordinary but not a shabby choice to blend in some healthy crunch to your diet.
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 18, Lebuh Kurau 3, Taman Chai Leng, 13700 Perai, Penang.
Business Hours: 8:30am to 9pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 399 1025