Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Feng Yi Dumplings (凤姨粽子) @ Weld Quay, Georgetown, Penang.

Bak Chang or Glutinous Rice Dumpling is probably one of the favorite festive foods for many and it takes a lot of trouble and effort to make a good one. The preparation can be strenuous. Feng Yi Dumplings, one of the oldest Glutinous Rice Dumpling establishments in Penang; has been serving their regular patrons for many years. In the recent few years, they have managed to expand their business and opening a new outlet at Weld Quay (they were previously selling in one of the houses in a small alley at Weld Quay). Most regular patrons would opt for takeaways but if you are in the mood to dine in, there are a few tables with simple setup available either. 

Crystal Dumplings/ 水晶粽 (2 pcs/ Rm 3)

Glutinous Rice Dumpling/ 富贵粽 (Rm 7)

There are a few types of Glutinous Rice Dumplings available here at Feng Yi... and that includes the much-sought after Nyonya Glutinous Dumplings but all of them were not available on our visit, it could be different on special occasion nevertheless. The usual Glutinous Rice Dumplings come in three different tiers, the inferior ones, the usual-average ones and the premium ones. We opted for the usual ones. The flavors were weak and it did not really hit us with a very deep impression. Some of us were in the opinion that the fats/ lards were insufficient and thus, affecting the overall texture and dimension.

Crystal Dumplings (also known as Lye Water Dumplings or Kee Chang) were sold in pairs and they come in larger sizes than usual. It is usually served with a generous helping of Brown Sugar, doused over the shining-yellow hue Dumplings. The texture was chewy and resilient, would be best enjoyed while cold (in my opinion). All in all, we thought their Glutinous Rice Dumplings were alright and nothing out of the ordinary. I'd keep it in mind and in the event that I am in serious crave for Glutinous Rice Dumplings, I'll probably visit again. Not the casual place that I'd visit on a regular basis.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (2 pcs/ Rm 6)

Jicama Dumplings/ 水晶菜粿 (Rm 3.50)

We noticed there are a couple of familiar Vietnamese dishes at Feng Yi and Spring Rolls are one of them. The filling was something unusual that my untrained taste buds could not discern. It was mushy in texture and lacked of the crunch. The Jicama Dumplings were generously stuffed with julienned Jicama and we like how simple it was done but the skin was less than satisfying. It was way too soft in texture, it melted without any bite... not the slightly chewy-gooey texture that we would have hoped. 

Koay Teow Soup/ 南洋粿条 (Rm 7.50)

Golden Bean Dessert/ 金沙汤 (Rm 3)

As if Glutinous Rice Dumplings were not calorific enough for us, we had an extra order of their Koay Teow Th'ng, the noodles were smooth and light while the broth was clean and easy on the palate, paired with some Meat Balls and Shrimps. The real draw was the sweet and tangy Fish Sauce with chopped Bird's Eye Chilies.... which added a Vietnamese dimension to the dish. It was alright but not particularly amazing.

For a sweet end, we had their Golden Bean Dessert... which was served to us piping hot. The Mung Bean flavor was weak or perhaps, overshadowed by the fragrance of Pandan. It was delicately sweetened with an agreeable thickness. Though not outstanding, it was a comfortable warm dessert to enjoy on a regular basis. 

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: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 123-G-04, Pengkalan Weld, 11300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 262 2506

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