Friday, November 27, 2015

Yin's Sourdough Pizza @ Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, Georgetown, Penang.

One of the State Government's most anticipated projects... to marry technology with old town heritage building; in the recent project of revamping Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, a 100 year old heritage building in the heartland of Georgetown. The idea to kick start the tech start up scene in Penang and the heritage building is designed to provide such a space for the start ups. The ground floor of the building on the other hand, is dedicated to construct a Science cafe, a project led by the Penang Science Cluster. 

On the actual "cafe", one of my favorite bakeries- Yin's Sourdough is invited to operate in this refurbished space; not just pure expansion of business but introducing another innovative product of theirs... Sourdough Pizza. Su Yin, the owner of Yin's Sourdough, is deadly serious about her Pizza that she imports a Valoriani Brick Oven (fueled by Gas) to bake her Pizzas. Yin's Sourdough Pizza is not entirely a Pizzeria, it does offer the regulars' favorite classic Sandwiches and rustic Loaves from her main branch at Pesara Claimant. There really is not much about the interior decor (but fully air-conditioned with high ceiling... neither stuffy nor intimidate), after all, it occupies a corner of the Science Cafe, sub-leased from Penang Science Cluster but there are ample seating space available; more than suffice to be considered as a comfortable and casual dining space. 

Pizzas are made to order here at Yin's, the open kitchen allows diners to witness the entire cooking process of their Pizza. There is only one standard size of Pizza here and they measure the weight concisely... a quintessence of quality over quantity. It was suggested that carnivores like us should go for Egg Benny Sourdough Pizza (Rm 30); which brings together the timeless acidic Tomato sauce, Spinach, meaty Chicken Bratwurst, a beautifully half-cooked Egg and molten pools of Mozarella. The blistered crust was absolutely brilliant... chewy-fluffy with crisp outer layer (it reminds me of Naan!) but a pity that the base in the middle was not sturdy enough to support its freight. Flavors were meticulously calibrated with a sleek delightful charred aroma. Eating the Pizza can be a challenge but we did what the tradition dictates... fold the Pizza and dive in the lovely mess. 

For a straight forward sugar fix, try their Sweet Tooth Sourdough Pizza (Rm 12); baked using the same way as the Egg Benny Sourdough Pizza, this sweet treat did not manage to wow us the same like Egg Benny did. The Poached Pear was overdone with too much Sugar... though the Cinnamon flavor managed to stand out. It has potential but a little fine-tuning is required; truly lives up the name... meant for those with a sweet tooth.

Flat White (Rm 8.50)

Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) *Possible suggestion for Car Park- MBPP Building at Beach Street*
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
GST: 6% (Prices shown are GST-exclusive)

Additional Information:
Address: Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, China Street Ghaut, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 8 am to 6 pm on Weekdays; 8 am to 3 pm on Weekends. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6011- 2419 5118

Map of wisma yeap chor ee penang address