Shun Li Restaurant (顺利号茶楼) and Hwa Aik Roasted Duck (华亿烧鸭) @ Sungai Bakap, Penang.
The community in Sungai Bakap/ Jawi, a sleepy town located at the south of Penang State is believed to share a common root- Teo Chew. Those who are in the know would know where to find authentic Teo Chew delicacies, one of which is Shun Li Dim Sum & Restaurant in the old town. If you are unfamiliar with the narrow streets, ask any locals and they will be able to direct you to the right destination. The place is familiar amongst the local residents and has proven to be an intimating family-restaurant. There are quite a few Teo Chew origin dishes available here, the most notable ones being their Teo Chew Chai Kuih.
Home-made Teo Chew Chai Kuih (Rm 2 per plate)
Teo Chew styled Pomfret Fish (Rm 28)
Stir Fried Glass Noodles (Rm 13)
There were many items on offer during our visit, note-worthy dishes include Chai Kuih, Or Nee/ Teo Chew sweet Yam paste, Dim Sum dishes, Otak-Otak, Stir Fried Glass Noodles and Teo Chew-styled Pomfret Fish. The signature Chai Kuih comes in four options- Turnip, Chives, Pumpkin and Chye Sim; dumpling skin was atypical; unlike the usual thick, resilient texture, Shun Li's comes in gooey texture and asymmetric shape. The Pumpkin-filled Chai Kuih stood out, it has the right blend of sweet and savory elements (Pumpkin and dried Shrimps) as well as the mushy-chewy texture.
My partners in crime were particularly impressed with their Teo Chew styled Pomfret Fish- the fish was fresh (can be seen from the pristine white flesh) and the soup was meticulously executed. The soul of the dish comes from the Salted Plum and Pickled Vegetables, the broth carried the perfect acidity, just sleek enough to whet up the appetite. Tummy filler was their Stir Fried Glass Noodles, well-executed with the much-coveted "wok hei" but sans the greasiness. Uncomplicated but especially satisfying.
Roasted Duck (Rm 16 for Quarter Bird)
Roasted Duck was another common item on most tables, the Chinese delicacy can be ordered next door. The shop seems old and have been in business for years. The poultry was served with a simple, sweet and savory sauce as well as... pickled green chilies. The meat was tender and most succulent, with a bold duck-gamey flavor but that was the authentic and most old-school way of serving a plate of Roasted Duck. No frills and straight-forward. Price's a little steep though.
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)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 738, MK 12, Main Road, 14200, Sungai Bakap, Penang.
Business Hours: 7 am to 1:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: N/A