Chong Qing Lao Huo Guo (重庆老火锅) is not new in Penang, the brand is known to serve Sze Chuan-styled Hot Pot and has resonated amongst night owls looking for late night suppers (the restaurant operates till late night). But it has since introduced something different from their core product (Hot Pot). We were attracted by the flashy banner hung outside of the new branch at Kelawei Road... that says "Dim Sum available in the mornings". So why not? Not only does the place has limited parking slots but also limited tables. While the variety is less-aggressive, the classics are all available with a few uncommonly seen Cantonese Dim Sum dishes. But budget-watchers should take note on the price points, a Dim Sum meal at Chong Qing Lao Huo Guo does not come cheap. Just to give you a glimpse of the price points- a serving portion of Siew Mai is priced at Rm 6.50 while Har Kaw is priced at Rm 8... not inclusive of service charge and government tax. However, Dim Sum dishes are all made-to-order and they will be piping hot when served to the table, so do not expect a cheap and express meal here.
Roast Pork Bun (Rm 8 for 3)
Steamed Pork Ribs (Rm 8)
Beef Porridge with Egg (Rm 11.80)
Signature Shrimp Dumplings (Rm 8)
Fresh Prawn Rice Noodle Rolls (Rm 8)
Signature Pork Siu Mai King (Rm 6.50)
Portuguese Egg Tart (Rm 4)
The Roast Pork Bun was somewhat unique- soft bun with crispy exterior but they could be more generous with the sweet Char Siew filling. Though steep, the signature Prawn Dumplings were delectable. Each dumpling comes in a satisfying size and consists of a plump, succulent Shrimp; we were most happy with the filling but if we were to nitpick, we'd prefer the skin to be thinner and smoother. Equally good was the Beef Porridge with Egg, expect a huge portion for this. The bowl was humongous and each serving portion could easily feed 2 diners. Everything just tasted better with Egg Yolk and no exception for this as well; most importantly, it was served to us scorching hot.
Less satisfying items were the Chee Cheong Fun and Portuguese Egg Tart. The former one comes with a thick, rubbery Rice rolls in lieu of smooth and light ones; the latter one comes in slightly under cooked filling, the texture was somewhat watery (though the taste was okay).
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (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: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: 41, Jalan Kelawei, 10250, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: Dim Sum available from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. Opens Daily. *20% discount on weekdays*
Contact Number: 604- 229 5155