Monday, May 25, 2015

Sea Palace (海外天) @ Lip Sin, Sungai Dua, Penang.

[UPDATE: Sea Palace has since ceased its business operations]

Talk about Chinese restaurants and many Penangites will be psyched up to share about their favorites. Somewhere relatively quieter from the buzz of town, Sea Palace at Taman Pekaka has proven to be one of the local favorites when it comes to authentic Chinese dishes. The place is one of the popular choices when it comes to wedding dinner as well. It has a comprehensive menu, teeming with myriad of selection and options for diners to explore. The restaurant is most crowded during dinner hours, especially on weekends; advanced booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. To find Sea Palace, turn into Taman Lip Sin (opposite to Tesco Sungai Dua), Sea Palace is on the first floor of Bangunan Lip Sin, on top of Maxim Dim Sum.

Many Thanks to Sea Palace for hosting us that evening. 

We started off with Treasures of the Sea (Rm 40.50/ small), which was beyond amazing. The seafood broth was boiled for hours to extract the essence of the crustacean and golly good, it was brimming with flavors! Sea Palace was not miserly at all, evidently seen from the extremely generous amount of voluptuous seafood swimming in the soup! The thickness was at its perfect form- not too thick nor watery. Complete the soup with a dash of Chinese Black Vinegar and fresh Parsley for a tinge of acidity and a touch of herbaceous aroma. 

Could be as light as an appetizer and as heavy as an entree- Roast Duck with marinated Jelly Fish (Rm 35.50/ small). The tantalizing Jelly Fish-salad has a nice crunch and refreshing tilt, certainly adds an interesting twist to the otherwise predictable flavors. 

A short respite from meat, we had Qing Long Vegetables/ Green Dragon Leaves (Rm 15.50/ small) served with sprinkles of toasted Dried Halibut/ Flatfish. The sensational touch of Dried Halibut completes the dish with its distinguished yet delightful aroma. The crunchy Qing Long Vege has texture akin to the Chives family; double crunchiness when paired with the juicy Sprouts. It would be an enthralling dish to order and to share amongst family members. 

The Chef at Sea Palace introduced the dish- Sea Palace Steamed Red Snapper in Special Home-made Vege sauce (Rm 65.50) with aplomb. The emerald green sauce with a unique personal touch has a balanced medley of sweet, sour, salty and spicy notes in it. It derives the sweetness and salinity from pickled Vege, sourness from Lime, spiciness from Bird's Eye Chilies, enhanced with generous amount of Spring Onions and Parsley. The pristine white flesh of the Fish gave us an idea on the freshness of the fish; a refreshing, creative yet appetizing way of savoring Steamed Fish. 

Tummy-filler was Stir Fried Emperor's Noodles (Rm 14.50/ small); it possessed the quintessential alluring aroma of Wok Hei. Noodle-lovers will definitely find it hard to stop at one bite- perfectly cooked noodles reasonably seasoned with a touch of Parsley, resilient and fresh Shrimps sans the undesired greasiness. A perfect dish to fill the tummy. 

Additional Information:
Service Charge: No
Address: 2-1-9, 1st Floor, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka Satu, Sungai Dua, 11700, Gelugor, Penang.
Business Hours: 
Contact Number: 604- 659 3826

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