Liang Khee Restaurant (良记) @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
I was introduced to this place by a local friend of mine, this is one of her favorite places for Zhu Char/ home-cooked oriental dishes. Liang Khee occupies two shop lots opposite to the wet market at Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam. The place might not have the perfect ambiance but it has quite a lot to offer and to our surprise, with unbeatable prices. The meal of six dishes for six person costs Rm 79 nett only (including tea); not a bad place if you wish to have family dinner but could not decide on what dishes to order. However, please beware of the serving portion, which may be smaller than usual but that justifies with their wallet-friendly price tags; so do order more (or larger portion) if you have a big appetite.
We did not want to have Rice so we opted for their Char Hor Fun (Rm 10/ serving for three). Hor Fun was evenly stir fried with sufficient "Wok Hei" and completed with a luscious egg-gravy. The thickness of the gravy was perfect, not too watery nor starchy, just the way I like. The only wish we had was the portion could be bigger....
We were recommended by the server, Fried Bee Hoon with Salted Fish (Rm 8/ serving for two) was toothsome. Beautifully cooked Vermicelli Noodles were given a quick stir fry with Bean Sprouts, Eggs and most importantly, the Salted Fish. Albeit being stir fried, the Vermicelli Noodles get to maintain its texture (not slouchy) while the Salted Fish imbued a salty-seafood essence to the dish; best part? It was not greasy at all, not even a trace of oil can be found. Thumbs up for this.
Some of us thought their Stir Fried Water Spinach with Sambal (Rm 8) was lip-smacking either. The Water Spinach/ Kangkung was well-executed to the right crunch and the marriage between Sambal Belacan and Water Spinach was delectable. One of the hardest things to control in cooking this old-school dish will be the saltiness but Liang Khee gets it right.
We were not quite impressed with Champagne Chicken (Rm 10), we thought the Chicken was overcooked and was a little hard to the bite. The flavor did not hit us with a very deep impression either, as though it was just an ordinary dish. Not too recommended.
Steamed Red Snapper with Liang Khee Sauce (Rm 30 for this portion) was okay, fresh fish topped with their Liang Khee secret sauce- a savory-sweet Nyonya-influenced sauce. However, we thought the price may be a little steep for that size though. Skip the fish and go for other dishes, I am sure they have better dishes worth for the calories.
Taste: 7.5/10 (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)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: No. 16 & 18, Tingkat Bawah, Lorong Berjaya Baru 1, Taman Berjaya Baru, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. *Facing Kampung Baru market and near to SMK BM.*
Business Hours: 11 am to 3 pm; 5: 30 pm to 10: 30pm. Closed on every Thursday.
Contact Number: 604- 538 8850