Sunday, April 2, 2023

Shu Xiang Ge 蜀湘阁 @ The Palazzia, Gelugor, Penang.

An extended branch of Chiow Lin Hotpot (at Abu Siti Lane), it's hard to notice Shu Xiang Ge 蜀湘阁; the restaurant can be found at The Palazzia, a commercial space right next to Jalan Bukit Gambir (down the hill if coming from Jalan Yeap Chor Ee/ before USM). This particular restaurant focuses on Sze Chuan-style stir fry dishes instead of hotpot. The menu is fairly small and it has quite a handful of affordable options (to attract the China Chinese students from USM). But the classics are still available, like the Kou Shui Ji, Shui Zhu Yu or Hui Guo Rou etc. The place is less-accommodating for big groups and some of the items on the menu tend to be not available so if you have plans coming in a big group, do make early reservations.  

Ma Po Tofu with Rice (Rm 12)

Sze Chuan Saliva Chicken (Rm 26)

Stir Fried Spicy Sour Potato (Rm 12)

Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles (Rm 15)

We wanted to try the Sze Chuan Jelly since its a rather uncommon dish in Penang but it was not available (in fact, there were a few dishes not available). We started with Stir Fried Spicy Sour Potato, a dish beautifully cooked with a right balance of savory and acidity. We liked the fact that the Potatoes were still crunchy and the Vinegar did not overpower the dish while the heat (from the Dried Chili) was still discernible. The Sze Chuan Saliva Chicken did not disappoint either, the seasoning was spot on and the "numb" sensation was bold. But we thought the Chicken can be smoother though. The winner was the Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles; the dish was packed with the much-desired "wok hei" while still maintaining the texture of the Vermicelli Noodles. The Ma Po Tofu was alright but nothing overly exciting. 

Taste: 7.5/10 (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: 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: No
Government Tax: No

Business Hours: 11 am to 2 pm, 4:30 pm to 10 pm. Closed on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. 
Contact Number: 011- 3678 2677

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