I just realized that there are still a couple of posts left on our Penang trip in June. Here are pics from our dimsum breakfast on our 4th and final day in Penang.
De Tai Tong looks like an established dimsum place in Penang. There was another joint selling similar dimsum down the road, but that one was rather empty, whereas Tai Tong was packed!
The staff said it’s self-service on Sunday. So after getting a table, I grabbed a tray and went to the kitchen section to pick the dishes. There were so many items to choose from! So, I just grabbed the first few items I saw.
Rick and I were surprised by how delicious EVERYTHING was! Even though the fried items were pre-cooked, they were warm and crispy. The siew mai was fat and juicy, stuffed full of sweet crunchy prawn and bouncy pork. Every item tasted fresh and naturally flavorsome.
I thought we’d go for seconds. But by the end of the first round, we were already quite full, because the dimsum items here are jumbo sized! They’re double the size of those served in finer dining joints!
Then, one of the servers came around bearing a tray of congee and freshly steamed cheong fun. We said no thanks, but apparently, this motherly lady wouldn’t take no for an answer. “Are you sure you don’t want? They’re very good, you must try!”
Ok, Auntie, if you insist. 🙂
If we ever return to Penang, we must go back to thank this auntie for her persistence. This was one of the best congee we’ve ever had.
It’s been eons since we had old-school dimsum like this. Teahouse, or 茶楼, dimsum is, of course, in a different league from dimsum served in fine dining restaurants. It’s not as dainty in presentation nor as refined in taste, but if done well, teahouse dimsum can be just as satisfying.
Sadly, it’s hard to find quality teahouse dimsum in Singapore now; for decent dimsum, one has to go to finer dining establishments. I really miss this kind of experience – enjoying rustic and hearty dimsum in a casual, unpretentious setting.
Don’t you miss the thrill of peering into dimsum trolley shelves to pick out your favorite items? Sure, we were always tempted to order more than we wanted/needed, but that’s what made dimsum so fun. Oh, the nostalgia!
Penang was so memorable, not just for its historical sights and amazing food, but also the warm and friendly folks. Can you spot someone making the peace “V” sign?
I don’t have the price breakdown, and can’t remember the exact bill amount, but I remember this meal cost around S$12. This works out to…S$6 each person. That’s shockingly cheap by Singapore standards!
Penang Day 1 – Supper from street stalls along Lorong Baru (New Lane)
Penang Day 2 – Hotel breakfast, Toh Soon Cafe, and tang yuen for supper
Penang Day 3 – Char koay kak
Penang Day 3 – Lunch at Lorong Selamat
Penang Day 3 – The Great Penang Cendol Face-off!