Thursday, February 22, 2018

Culinary Exploration (食途老马) @ Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Not exactly a tasteful name, Culinary Exploration sounds like a scam but thankfully, the Chinese name does sound proper (though a little catchy). Next to a well-established Tea House along Campbell Street, Culinary Exploration is a new Chinese restaurant that offers China Chinese-delicacies as well as local home-cooked delights. Some of the dishes are uncommon but if you have stubborn palate that is hard to please, there are a range of familiar Chinese eats available as well. Prices are standard average but the lack of air-conditioner may leave the heat-intolerant underwhelmed... not a bad place for a change I guess. 

Beef Tenderloin Stew with Jiang Xi Noodles 秘制焖牛筋腩江西米粉 (Rm 14.90)

Jiang Xi Vermicelli Noodles with minced Pork 炸酱面 (Rm 6.80)

Steamed Salted Fish and Pork Belly with Rice 咸鱼三层肉饭 (Rm 10.90)

Hong Kong-styled Chee Cheong Fun 港式猪肠粉 (Rm 9.80)

One of their signature dishes- Beef Tenderloin Stew with Jiang Xi Noodles, was somewhat like dry version of Taiwanese Beef Noodles, ladled over  a thick, rich meat sauce. The sauce carried a bold beefy taste but unlike the commonly used Ramen-like noodles, Culinary Exploration uses finer, smoother version. In fact, a little too soft to our liking. It did not come across as a dish that would leave people with a deep impression, nor it was disappointing.... just nothing out of the ordinary. The Hong Kong-styled Chee Cheong Fun was somewhat unique, every single rice roll was filled with minced Pork; not particularly impressive if you must know (but can be quite filling). 

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: 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: 142, Campbell Street, 10100, Georgetown, Penang. *facing the entrance to Kuala Kangsar Road, Chowrasta Market*
Business Hours: 9 am to 9 pm on weekends, 11 am to 9 pm on weekdays. Closed on alternate Mondays.
Contact Number: 604- 264 2892


  1. Beef looks great but at that price, I think I'd pass. Had lamb the other day, big chops, very nice noodle dish...but at RM12.00, I don't think I will have it again. Post in my blog tomorrow.

  2. New menu just launched, recommended on 小炒肉. And also minor improvements with aircond’poh and covered with glass door now.

  3. Noodles are very affordable price but not sure if the portion is filling enough. I'm surprise you ordered that pork belly, too "unhealthy" for your standard lor.... and that plate u had was very fatty part >_<