Monday, January 13, 2020

Hong Xing No. 1 Dim Sum Restaurant 鸿星1号点心茶楼 @ Precinct 10, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Sharing the same place with Lobster and Beef Hotpot but operating in the morning is Hong Xing No. 1 Dim Sum Restaurant 鸿星1号点心茶楼, a popular and well-established Dim Sum brand from Ipoh. The interior decor remains unchanged, but do not expect to see classic Dim Sum carts around; instead, diners will need to submit their orders and they will served individually. Choices are rather limited compared to some and prices are slightly on the expensive side but the Dim Sum dishes commensurate with serving portion and quality. One of the few decent options if you are seeking for a comfortable, fully air-conditioned place to enjoy piping hot Dim Sum dishes (but don't mind paying a little more).

Herb Congee with Mushroom and Chicken 虫草花冬菇滑鸡粥 (Rm 6.50)

Rice Noodle Roll with Egg 翡翠上素鸡蛋肠 (Rm 6.50)

Rice Noodle Roll with Shrimp 青龙鲜虾肠 (Rm 8.50)

BBQ Pork Bun 红星叉烧包 (Rm 8.50)

Siu Mai King with Abalone 鲍鱼仔烧卖皇 (Rm 12.50)

Black Sesame Bun 长寿黑芝麻包 (Rm 6.50)

Abalone Sauce Beancurd Roll 鲍汁腐皮卷 (Rm 6.50)

Fried Shrimp Beancurd Roll 好味腐皮虾卷 (Rm 8.50)

Deep Fried Yam Puff 蜂菓芋角 (Rm 6.50)

Steamed Chives Dumplings 长久韭菜饺 (Rm 6.50)

Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumplings 红星鲜虾饺 (Rm 8.50)

We were pleased that all Dim Sum dishes were served to us piping hot... start with the Herb Congee with Mushroom and Chicken, not that it was very outstanding but for Rm 6.50, we were served a whole pot of the Congee... fit for 3 person. We were expecting a tiny bowl for that price, certainly exceeding our expectation. The texture was nicely done and the concoction was expertly seasoned. The Chee Cheong Fun was not too shabby either... the accompanying premium Soy sauce was delicious and went perfectly well with the rice rolls. We love the additional touch of Lettuce over there... for the refreshing crispiness over soft rice rolls. 

Also noteworthy is the BBQ Pork Bun. Not only that the bun was soft, the real draw was the juicy, sweet BBQ Pork filling. It was moist and easy on the palate... with a bold, heavy punch of flavors. Equally good was the Siu Mai King with Abalone, gigantic Siu Mai (Shrimp Dumplings) topped with mini Abalone. The Siu Mai was very delicious... with huge, plump shrimp in it and the Abalone sauce complemented the dumplings well. Other Dim Sum dishes were pretty much standard-average but they certainly did not disappoint.

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 7 am to 2 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6017- 337 7198

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