A new venture by the Ming Xiang Tai group- Bao Teck Tea House 包德馆 is yet another hottest Dim Sum spot in Penang. The place won the hearts of many with its Chinese-influenced retro style interior decor... which seems to portray the beauty of the olden times in a modernized elegant way. The exterior does not give an idea on how the interior would look like but step in the place and you will be amazed by the setting... with a proper tea corner on the right, a mini mystery garden in the middle with natural lights bestowing as well as the antique wooden tables. While the dining atmosphere is great, the food offering is equally impressive. Apart from bringing the best sellers from Ming Xiang Tai, Bao Teck Tea House also offers some of their own signature dishes. The menu is not very big but includes most Dim Sum essentials... more like a place to enjoy the ambiance. Do not expect the bill to come low... as most of the food items are priced above average.
Bao Teck Prawn Dumplings (Rm 9.80)
Bao Teck Siew Mai (Rm 8.80)
Homemade Fish Balls (Rm 12.80)
Pumpkin Creamy Bun (Rm 8.80)
Mini Ko Cha Siew Bao (Rm 9)
Prawn Dumpling Noodle Soup (Rm 16.80)
Start from the quintessential Dim Sum items like Har Kaw and Siew Mai, Bao Teck Tea House offered something that most Dim Sum joints unable too... with generous fresh and plump Prawn filling (encased in thin dumpling skin). While the seasoning was minimal, the flavor was bold... mainly on the seafood sweetness. The home-made Fish Balls were equally great... but some may find them overly "bouncy" and rough in texture. Mini Ko Cha Siew Bao on the other hand, was quite a let down. The pastry skin to filling ratio was inappropriate and the overall texture felt a little dry. We would prefer the original Siew Bao by Ming Xiang Tai. Tummy filler was the Prawn Dumpling Noodle Soup... something like Wan Ton Mee but with a generous serving of Dumplings. Nothing out of the ordinary but we reckon that it was a contenting dish to be shared.
Bamboo Cane and Water Chestnut (Rm 8.80) and Antelope Radix (Rm 12)
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: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Business Hours: 8 am to 8 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 604- 263 1100