More choices for those who prefer China Chinese delights, Soon Beijing Restaurant 顺北京餐厅 is the latest addition to i-Santorini at Tanjung Tokong (a few shops away from Baskin Robbins). The brand was previously known as Soon Ma La Hot Pot but has since rebranded to Soon Beijing Restaurant. The menu features quite a big variety of China Chinese delights- rice dishes, noodles, dumplings and stir-fries. The price points are of affordable range but the serving portion can be quite small for some. We have had some of the signature noodle dishes and we can't say we like them all...
We started with the Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad, which was a disappointment. It was quite bland and lacked the acidity. We would also prefer the dish to be slightly more Garlicky. Like-wise, the Beijing Zha Jiang Noodles were under seasoned as well. It barely registered any flavor and we had to rely on the Sze Chuan Chili Oil to give it a good Chili boost. We did not expect the Chong Qing Noodles to be so muted in flavors as well. Also, we did not like the texture of the noodles, we thought they were a little too soft to our liking. The Stir Fried Knife-Cut Noodles was probably our favorite. The noodles had the best texture- slightly al dente with a generous amount of stir fried Egg. The Tomato flavor was there but did not overly shadowing the Egg. Together with the Sze Chuan Chili Oil, we thought the dish was quite good. Fortunately, the La Zi Ji did not disappoint too. The Chicken was nicely seasoned and the flavor combo worked.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Address: No. 8-G-19, I-Santorini, Jalan Seri Tanjung Tokong 1, 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.