Pearl Hill Soya Bean @ Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Nearby residents of Tanjung Bungah should not be unfamiliar with the name- Pearl Hill Soya Bean, which has been in business for more than few decades. The humble kiosk at the hawker center of Hill Side is still in operation while the son has started another branch at Jalan Lembah Permai. The new branch rolls out a new series of quirky, playful but creative dishes (Eg: Soya Icicles, Soya Cendol etc) as well as some local eats like Laksa and Nasi Lemak. While the taste was averagely-okay to me, what impressed me were the very affordable prices and comfortable dining area equipped with air-conditioners. A good place to quell the blistering heat with a bowl of their icy cold Soya Cendol.
I was very excited and looking forward to try their Soya Cendol (Rm 1.50), I was imagining that the green Cendol Jellies will be placed on top of Soya Pudding but it turned out to be the other way round. It was somehow similar to the ordinary Cendol but Coconut Milk/ Santan was being replaced with Soya Milk. It feels easy and light on the palate and not as creamy as expected; a generous amount of Brown Sugar Syrup will be drizzled over the dessert. It was okay but I thought the texture of the green Cendol Jellies could be softer as they were a little hard to the bite. Also, they could add in some interesting elements of the Cendol (Eg: Red Beans) to the otherwise predictable flavors. Not a bad choice if you are to game for something new.
Pearl Hill Soya Bean's signature dish- Soya Pudding/ Tau Fu Fah (Rm 1.50). The recipe has been passed down for 3 generations and I was quite delighted to see the generous portion. Be sure to put a note (for less-sugar) if you do not have a sweet tooth as the syrup might be a little sweet for some. It was not mind-blowing, neither was it the best Tau Fu Fah that I've ever had but it was decent, considering the intense "soya" flavor and very affordable price. I would not mind dropping by for another bowl if I am in the vicinity.
Another variation to try- Soya Liang Fen (Rm 1.50), shaved ice topped with Liang Fen (凉粉) served with Soya Milk and Brown Sugar Syrup. It does seem nice but nothing overly exciting.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 123, Jalan Lembah Permai, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang. (GPS: 5.458476,100.283504)
Business Hours: 10am to 9pm. Closed on every Sunday.
Contact Number: 6012- 421 5115