I was informed that the Hainanese Delight Restaurant located at the 1926 Hotel on Burma Road in Penang serves one of the best chicken chops in Penang. So, on the way driving towards Fettes Park, we decided to stop by for an early dinner. There are ample free parking at the hotel itself, so that is not a problem and when you enter the hotel, the restaurant is located on the right.
As we sat, we noticed that it is probably a family run business but what is “un-authentic” was that the people serving us spoke hokkien instead of hainanese among themselves. I guess being in Penang, that’s only natural but since it is a hainanese restaurant, would have been good to have that feel. The menu came with a short story about how hainanese cuisine came to Malaysia.
Anyway, since this is our first time there, we basically just ordered the chicken chop and the chicken rice set for the kids.
Maybe our expectations of the best chicken chop in Penang was a tad too high and when it came, it looks too ordinary and when we tried it, it taste too ordinary except that the sauce is very sweet! Personally speaking, I find that the batter did not have enough egg content, the sauce is just too sweet and it is missing that oomphhhh …
The chicken rice set looked very ordinary with the exception that the ginger that came was green in colour! I am also used to having sweet black soy sauce with my hainanese chicken rice and was also expecting the chicken to be yellower than it is! However, the ginger was really special and the rice was just nice!
And … the chicken! Was excellent! The skin was smooth and nicely slippery whilst the meat was tender and juicy! The soy sauce was again on the sweet side but it goes really well with the chicken.
Although I was kinda disappointed with the chicken chop, I would definitely visit this place again. Main reason is that other than being on the sweet side, there is really nothing wrong with the chicken chop and after experiencing the chicken rice (which is an ordinary dish), I would like to give other dishes a try as well.
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Someone has actually included it into google maps if you zoom well into it. Worth a try.
Maybe no longer authentic hainanese cooking.. that is why
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