Chaw Choon Dim Sum Restaurant (超全茶楼) @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Despite the roaring food and beverage scene in Penang, one still finds it hard to find a good Dim Sum restaurant; somewhere not too expensive and extremely consistent on the quality. Chaw Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, one of the most renowned Dim Sum specialists at Butterworth, has been drawing enormous crowd to the restaurant. It was our first visit and we were delighted to see such an extensive range of Dim Sum dishes, from the common Cantonese delights to the less common localized-delicacies, all well and reasonably priced. The outlet at Ong Yi How, off Raja Uda is a new branch opened in early 2012. As much as we were impressed with the variety, we thought that it would be better if they could serve their food piping hot instead of room temperature. It was impossible to tell the cost of every single dish but the three of us had quite a number of dishes; with Chinese Tea, the total damage was just a mere Rm 41.60. A similar meal at the island would easily cost more than Rm 50. Air ventilation was good and aplenty of tables available; a good place to enjoy a family breakfast.
Steamed Fish Balls
Yong Tau Foo/ Stuffed Chili with Fish Paste
Deep Fried Seaweed Roll
Deep Fried Prawn Rolls
Chee Cheong Fun/ Steamed Rice Rolls with Shrimps
Har Kaw/ Steamed Prawn Dumplings
Siew Mai/ Steamed Pork Dumplings
Steamed Pork Ribs
Tasty highlights to note were their Special Egg Tarts, the pastry was appropriately done, the ratio of pastry skin to custard filling was accurately measured. Steamed Fish Balls were equally good either, bouncy but not hard to the bite, nor it was slouchy. Seafood lovers are not forsaken. Blanched Squid was also available on our visit-perfectly cooked to the right doneness, pleasingly chewy and it goes perfectly well with their sweet Chili sauce. Deep Fried Seaweed Rolls and Chee Cheong Fun, however, did not shine to us. The former one was rather bland and nothing to shout over; while the latter dish lacked of filling. It would be better if they could throw in more Shrimps, for a more satisfying bite. Other notable dishes were Blanched Chicken, Steamed Glutinous Rice, Sweet and Sour Fish etc.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (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: 6970, Jalan Ong Yi How, Off Raja Uda, 12300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 6 am to 1 pm. Closed on alternate Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 016- 452 2880