While Penang has no shortage of Chinese food, Teo Chew delights however, seem to be scarce as compared to other Chinese communities. Chao Xuan (潮轩) is one of the latest additions to Penang's food scene... that specializes in offering classic Teo Chew delights. Step in the place and you will be amazed by the interior decor.... with wooden furniture and red-colored traditional Chinese knick-knacks. On the menu, expect to see a variety of Teo Chew dishes and snacks; notable highlights include Teo Chew Kuih, braised Meat goodies and traditional desserts. While portion is relatively smaller by standard, the prices are quite budget-friendly either.
Dry Noodles 干捞面 (Rm 5.90)
Braised Duck 卤鸭 (Rm 6/ small), Braised Tofu 卤豆干 (Rm 1 each) and Braised Egg 卤蛋 (Rm 1 each)
Plain Porridge 白粥 (Rm 1)
Steamed Orh Kuih 蒸桃糕 (Rm 3.90)
Chao Xuan's Dry Noodles were something similar to the local Wan Ton mee... topped with minced Meat sauce. But the texture was less-satisfying; unlike the much-desired al-dente texture, theirs was rather soft (not to the extent that they were soggy though). Equally disappointing was the Steamed Orh Kuih... we thought the texture of the pastry skin could be bouncier and the filling could be better seasoned. We would prefer the Yam element to be bolder either.
The classic combo of Plain Porridge and braised goodies was good. The braised Duck was skillfully cooked... tender and flavorful. A pity they did not serve us any Chili dip though.
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: 7.5/10 (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
Address: No. 90, Lebuh Melayu, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6012- 561 9171