Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hong La Jiao (红辣椒火锅) Restaurant @ Burmah Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Steamboat is no longer an occasional affair for the folks in Penang. The holiday season draws a lot of crowd into Steambaot restaurants in Penang lately, probably they enjoy the joy of fishing around the bottom of sunken treasures together with friends and family. The business at Hong La Jiao (红辣椒火锅) Restaurant was quick and brisk for the past few weeks. We were not surprised, the steamboat establishment offers "rather" authentic Sze Chuan Spicy Steamboat, with a comprehensive menu of steamboat ingredients and condiments. Budget-conscious consumers will be glad to know that the ingredients are reasonably priced. An ideal place for family gathering or just to sate your steamboat cravings. Hong La Jiao is housed within Wisma Wang, right next to Shell Petrol Station and opposite to Pakma Food Court along Burmah Road.

A pretty standard combination in Hong La Jiao- Sze Chuan Spicy Steamboat (Rm 10/ pot) and Macau Pig Bones Soup (Rm 10/ pot). The fiery red hue for the Sze Chuan Spicy Soup would make any steamboat lovers salivate. It possessed the quintessential elements- Peppercorns, Dried Chilies and the one inch-thick Chili Oil. It was of course, lip-numbingly hot but we thought the peppery aroma of Peppercorns could be stronger, for a more distinctive "Sze Chuan" flavor. Pig Bones Soup, on the other hand, was disappointingly-average; except for its milky white color, I did not find it special at all, as though we were having some usual meat stock.

Hong La Jiao charges Rm 1 to every diner for its "free-flow" or unlimited refills of condiments. We did not want to go for too many types of dips, instead, we decided to go back to the basic. This recipe was shared by one of my best friends from Gui Zhou, China. This sauce is suitable for any types of steamboat, you may try it on your own for Reunion Dinner (Chinese New Year) as well.

1) Chopped Parsley/ Coriander
2) Chopped Raw Garlic
3) Bird's Eye Chilies
4) Zhe Jiang Vinegar/ Chinese Black Vinegar
5) Sesame Oil
6) Light Soy Sauce

Toss everything together and season to taste. Zhe Jiang Vinegar and Sesame Oil are the key elements here. Try it out and let me know if you like it.

 Sliced Beef (Rm 8)

 Pork Meat Balls (Rm 4)

 Pork Fillet (Rm 4.50)

 Fish Balls (Rm 4)

 Lobster Balls (Rm 5)

 Fried Beancurd Sticks (Rm 3.50)

 Crab Sticks (Rm 3.50)

 Sliced Mutton (Rm 8)

 Hand-made Ramen (Rm 4)

 Frozen Tofu (Rm 2)

Potato Noodles (粉皮/ Rm 3)

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (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)
Non-Halal/ Wifi-available
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 251-A, Ground Floor, Jalan Burmah, 10350, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 6 pm to 5 am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 226 5778

Map of Hong Leong Bank (formerly EON Bank Berhad)