Beoy Chong Kee (梅忠记) @ People's Court, off Cintra Street, Georgetown, Penang.
While many parts of Penang are now urbanized and well-developed, there are still traces that show the past faces of Penang and one of which would be the People's Court (公市). The aforesaid district is well-hidden behind Cintra Street and Jalan Sungai Ujong (behind Tai Tong Dim Sum); there are still many worth-savory traditional eateries behind. In business for more than 65 years, Beoy Chong Kee has served at least 3 generations of their regulars... it is known for serving authentic Hakka-Cantonese dishes at very budget-friendly rates. The waiting time can be excruciating though, there were only 4 tables before us and we had to wait for an hour.
Stir Fried Beef with Ginger Strips and Scallions/ 姜葱炒牛杂 (Rm 15)
Stir Fried Kai Lan/ 炒芥兰 (Rm 12)
Braised Ginger Duck/ 薑芽鸭 (Rm 15)
Stir Fried Century Eggs with Three Types of Mushrooms/ 三菇炒皮蛋 (Rm 12)
Not many people would order the dish- Stir Fried Beef with Ginger Strips and Scallions, but those who are in know will appreciate the dish. Slices of Beef (and some innards) given a quick stir fry with Scallions, Gingers and Onions, dressed with a gooey but luscious Egg-gravy. The meat was most tender and with the crunchy greens, it was perfect to spoon over rice. Another dish that left us with deep impression was Braised Ginger Duck... despite the absence in Ginger-aroma, the meat was carefully braised and carried a sweet-salty Dark Soy sauce; which again, goes very well with rice.
Deep Fried Shrimps/ 虾煎 (Rm 20)
Sauteed Shark's Fin with Crab Meat and Egg/ 桂花翅 (Rm 26)
One of the regulars' favorite would be Boey Chong Kee's Sauteed Shark's Fin with Crab Meat (do not expect real Shark's Fin with that price tag). The concoction consisting Egg, Carrots, Onions and Shark's Fin was flavorful, further enhanced by the "wok hei". There were not much Shark's Fin there... at least not that we could discern. It was alright but not as outstanding as I would have hoped. Deep Fried Shrimps were disappointing, they were mere Shrimps coated with thick batter; almost similar to those frozen products available elsewhere. Not a dish that I would recommend.
Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: C-6, People's Court, off Lebuh Cintra, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Closed on one randomly day fortnightly.
Contact Number: 604- 261 7672