Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tai Tong dim sum, Penang

I first took note of Tai Tong dim sum when Babe wrote about it some time back..
Since it was right in the city and we'll definitely pass by that area, we decided to pop over for breakfast (more like brunch) when we were in Penang..
Elaine has been to Tai Tong a few times, hence it was relative easy for us to locate the restaurant...
Tai Tong is definitely old school, very nostalgic; we were greeted with the sight of ladies pushing dim sum carts, families tucking into the dim sum, few old men chatting happily and tan cha (enjoying tea)....
While we were busy checking the place out and figuring what to eat, Andrew, who was very hungry that morning, took some bad looking dim sums without our knowledge :-(. shall talk bout that later...

The default order, obviously were the siew mai and har gau.
The siew mai was very fresh, sweet and tasty. Have it piping hot, definitely settles the rumbling stomache..
As for the har gau, it was alright, springy, sweet prawns and ok skin. Think the siew mai was better though..

I didnt get to try the lor mai gai, but francis and elaine said it was very tasty.
The char siew bao was delicious, very fluffy and soft, while the filling was laden with char siew and some nice, sticky (but not too sweet) sauce.
The chee cheong fun was just average, I find the layers (chee cheong fun) too thick for my liking..
We had some yong tau foo too. Quite nice, sauce a tad starchy though..
My fave from Tai Tong has got to be these huge babies..
Steamed lotus with salted egg bao. Must have it piping hot, this is so delicious that we pack loads back to KL (not cheap though, it's RM3.50 per bao). The lotus paste was just nice, not too sweet nor bland, the salted egg yolk was very fresh and balanced the paste nicely. The bao skin was the winner though, somehow, the skin texture was like flower mantau, if you look at the picture closely, you can even see layers (in the bao) which gives a perfect fluffy, soft as cotton texture..

There were some bad stuff ordered though (mostly by andrew ;p) such as..
Some wor tip (pan fried dumpling) look-a-like. I mean, look at this! It looks so very unappetizing, would you order this? Nobody wanted to eat this, andrew ate a few while elaine took one too. They didnt look like they enjoyed it (we nearly played spin-the-bottle to see who will have the last piece).
The deep fried oyster with stuff fish paste and salted egg yolk was another disappointment..It was served cold, the skin was soggy and the oyster tasted really fishy..
But the worst was the fried bao..It was rather cold, base was oily .. and the filling yucky. was not the chunky pork that andrew was expecting, but sort of fish paste+pork. None of us ate it except for andrew (since he ordered it..wkakaka)
We ended the meal with a plate of sang meen. I thought it was quite delicious, lots of egg gravy to soak the fragrant crunchy noodles. Not the best, but quite good. Andrew didnt like it though..
Tai Tong Restauran is located at 45, Lebuh Cintra, Penang. For the map, check out babe's post.

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Blogger Babe_KL said...

aisay they din recommend us those fluffy baos with egg yolk!!! *sulk*

06 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

oh, babe, they didnt recommend too. my fren knew about it and requested for it. all sold off, so we waited for them to steam the next batch..very very nice and fluffy, definitely worth waiting for :) try it the next time you're there

06 June, 2007  
Blogger Tummythoz said...

Never on my eatlist to look forward to dimsum in Pg. Been there only during my much much younger days. Since both of you gave such positive reviews, I'll try again.

06 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tummythoz, not all are good there! avoid some things like fried bao, wor tip and fried oyster thingy like a plague!! must try the lotus salted egg bao though...

06 June, 2007  
Blogger boo_licious said...

The fluffy lotus paste baos look so delectable. Sigh, now I really want to drive up to Penang to sample those.

06 June, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

dat's why...why u trust a man to order for u??!?! lol. da wor tip looks hmmmmmm.....sad? but everything else looks yummy!!

06 June, 2007  
Blogger wmw said...

Mmm....*jots down pointers*

07 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

boo: yeah, i think you'll enjoy that bao too :)

lyrical lemongrass: we didnt let him order..the dimsum cart was next to him and he was taking food like there's no tmrw!! lol

wmw: you'll be going to PG soon right?

07 June, 2007  
Blogger tankiasu said...

Oh everythings looks good. So do u think its worth visiting if I'm in Penang? Or should I stick to the hawker fares?!?

07 June, 2007  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

after all that baos..i wouldn have the appetite to dig into that sang mee lor..

07 June, 2007  
Blogger Xiu Long Bao said...

err, dat pan fried bao definitely looks yucky.
i just posted some yucky dimsums too...haha wat a coincidence...

07 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tankiasu: can eat this AND hawker fares ma :D..but steer clear frm the bad dim sums i mentioned ok? they serve many types of noodles too and lots of customers were eating noodles. ask them to recommend..

joe: oh, i didnt eat that much bao, so can still eat the noodles. actually this was round 2 for me, i ate hotel buffet breakfast before this..i'm such a pig!wkakaka

xiulongbao: guess it's the week of 'who posts bad dim sums' eh? ;)

07 June, 2007  
Blogger cookies_cream said...

Wow, never thought about dim sum in Penang. All I had everyday was "hokkien mee", popiah, char kuey teow..etc...all kinda food from those hawker stalls when I was there. :)

07 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

cookies cream: yeah, that's the usual stuff we have too :). just that i wanted to try other food in PG, and since my frens nicely oblige...hehe

07 June, 2007  

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