While Taiwanese food can be common and familiar to Penangites, there are still some unconventional Taiwanese delicacies that are uncommonly found in Penang. This new kid on the block- Bei Tou Squid Snack (北投鱿鱼), a brand originates from Taiwan that serves fast-casual Taiwanese food; is housed at a quiet corner of The Golden Triangle at Relau, the Taiwanese chain brought along some of the special highlights directly from Taiwan. Unlike most Taiwanese joints around, Bei Tou does not offer a big menu but a series of carefully chosen Taiwanese delights.... so the indecisive will not be overwhelmed by selections. Notable highlights are Taiwanese street-snacks like Dumplings, Scallion Pancakes, braised Tofu, thickened Soup; often ordered over Rice or Noodles. Price points are low-middle range but serving portion is relatively small.
Dried Cuttlefish Thickened Soup 鱿鱼羹 (Rm 10.90)
Dry Ramen with minced Pork 肉燥干面 (Rm 8.90)
Dry Ramen with Prawn Dumplings 鲜虾扁食干面 (Rm 13.90)
Dumplings in Chili Oil 红油抄手(Rm 10.80)
Bei Tou's Noodles were almost akin to Hakka Noodles but not blessed with springy texture. The Prawn Dumplings were good, with a small piece of Prawn nicely wrapped within. The flavor may be a little monotonous so adding their lip-burning Chili dip will enhance the flavor combination and introduce another layer of dimension to the dish. Spicy lovers should go for the Dumplings in Chili Oil- blanched Dumplings served with Chili Oil, which contained a hint of Sze Chuan Peppercorn. It was not that spicy (rather muted) but the flavors were beautiful, sans the undesired greasiness.
Dried Cuttlefish Thickend Soup may not be a common encounter but we were surprised that Bei Tou was so generous with the Cuttlefish; the consistency of the thickened Soup was spot on and the sweetness spoke for itself (with Winter Melon and Black Fungus added). It was best enjoyed over a dash of Black Vinegar.
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)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 29-1-29, The Golden Triangle, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 9:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 888 8888