Friday, October 4, 2019

Bee Chin Heong Old House Restaurant 美真香老房子 @ Kimberley Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Run by a local tycoon, owner of Bee Chin Heong 美真香... whom is passionate about cooking aside from running his businesses. He sets up a dining space in one of the Old Houses 老房子 (belongs to Bee Chin Heong and painted in pink) along Kimberley Street. Step in the space and you will find yourself surrounded with Chinese antiques and large, wooden dining tables. The place opens for both lunch and dinner but there is no menu for lunch. The owner will cook up whatever available and serves; so the interesting part is... you would not know what's for lunch until you are there (priced at Rm 16 per pax/ 3 dishes with rice and a soup). The menu dinner is fixed on the other hand, and would require advance reservation. There are a few different tiers with the cheapest start from Rm 41 per pax to Rm 220 per pax, depending on your budget. We had a mid range version at Rm 100 per pax....

Braised Stuffed Sea Cucumber and Abalones

Buddha Jump Over The Wall

Mixed Starter Platter- Roasted Pork/ Roasted Duck/ Prawn Rolls/ Prawn Salad/ Japanese Octopuses

Steamed Grouper with Lards and Premium Soy Sauce

Old House's signature Prawn Noodles

Longan Dessert

The dinner started off with a hearty, warm bowl of thick, starchy soup with various dried Seafood and fins. It has a good consistency and richly flavored... the typical Chinese starter. Next was the Mixed Starter Platter, with Roasted Pork, Roasted Duck, Prawn Rolls, Prawn Salad and Japanese Octopuses... pretty straight-forward but palate pleasing. Following dish was the Steamed Grouper with Lards and Premium Soy Sauce, it was basically like any Chinese-styled steamed Fish but with a personal touch- copious amount of fried Pork Lard will be added. Though greasier, it offered a distinctive yet irresistible aroma. 

Braised Stuffed Sea Cucumber and Abalones was the last course before the tummy-filler. It was basically Sea Cucumber stuffed with meat filling and served with Abalones and Broccoli. While the texture was good, the sauce was a little over-seasoned. The last course, also the tummy-filler was Old House's signature Prawn Noodles... almost like a concentrated Hokkien Mee, the broth packed a powerful punch... with bold flavors of the crustacean and plentiful of Pork Lards. This place has been around for years and has been offering the same menu. Also worth-mentioning is that diners are allowed to bring in alcoholic beverages with no corkage fee.  

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average)
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: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Closed on Fridays and Sundays.
Contact Number: 604- 262 2113

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