Monday, August 28, 2017

Yuan Wei Restaurant (圆味粥面馆) @ Cintra Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Yuan Wei has since ceased its business operations.

Yuan Wei took social media by storm earlier ago when it was first introduced and made famous by Penang social media players. Many were impressed (visually) by the hearty, home-cooked Cantonese spread but a meal does not come cheap here at Yuan Wei. A basic bowl of Fish Meat Bee Hoon would cost up slightly more than Rm 10 but the portion commensurate with the price tag and quality. Notable highlights include their Fish Meat Bee Hoon with Milky Soup, Tom Yum Noodles, Cantonese Porridge, Stir-Fry dishes and Deep Fried Crispy Fish. Regardless of your age, the big menu would be able to offer something for you; the fully air-conditioned Chinese restaurant is a place most suitable for a casual family meal.

Deep Fried Fish/ 干煎沙咀 (Rm 24/ 300 grams)

Sliced Grouper Bee Hoon with Milky Soup/ 石斑鱼片鲜奶汤 (Rm 11.80)

Sliced Grouper Congee/ 石斑鱼片粥 (Rm 11.80)

Stir Fried Noodles with Ginger, Spring Onions and sliced Grouper/ 姜葱石斑鱼片烩面 (Rm 13.80)

Stir Fried Bitter Gourd Egg/ 家乡苦瓜蛋 (Rm 8)

Deep Fried Fish Skin/ 酥炸鱼皮 (Rm 8.80)

The signature Grouper Fish Meat Bee Hoon with Milky Soup was alright, the creamy broth carried a bold fish flavor, with mellow seafood sweetness. Just as you thought it might be too monotonous, the Chinese pickled Mustard and fresh Tomatoes were there to cut through the creaminess. It was an okay-alright dish, it did not really hit us hard. Equally alright was Stir Fried Noodles with Grouper, we love the flavors and the robustness of the Ginger and Spring Onions but did not quite agree on the Grouper; probably Prawns or Oysters would work better. 

The Porridge on the other hand, was a let down. No Porridge or Rice, the texture was way too smooth as though it was Paste (also known as 糊 in Mandarin) with a hint of Rice. The Cantonese in us could not agree on the texture. 

The side orders were however, lip-smacking. Though it may sound expensive for a few Deep Fried Crispy Fish to be priced at Rm 24, the tedious process of getting it done is worth every penny spent. The Fish was deep fried till a shattering crisp- the entire fish can be eaten, including its bones. It was delicate and carefully seasoned. Equally delicious was the Stir Fried Bitter Gourd Egg- thinly sliced Bitter Gourd given a quick stir fry with luscious, smooth Egg and lightly drenched in premium Soy sauce. 

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (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: 59, Cintra Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 9 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 264 2828


  1. I love those herrings! Ikan seluang we call them, fried till very crispy, eat it all...including the bones. Have not had those since my younger days.

  2. I know big menus are appealing to many, but I'd rather a shorter list of things that are done really well - one where I don't have too many decisions to make.