After having read all the rave reviews from Lingzie and CK Lam, we immediately decided to give the restaurant a try.
|Hainanese Prawn Fritters|
These were juicy and succulent prawns deep fried in a special batter. I am not sure how this is different from non-Hainanese fritters but they were good so it didn't matter. :)
|Hainanese Syle Mushroom Soup|
This clear soup was very special and it was laden with mushroom, chicken gizzards and vermicelli.
|Hainanese Assam Fish|
This is another must order at the restaurant. The sour and spicy Assam Fish curry is great to go with white rice.
|Hainanese Style Fried Vegetables|
|Hainanese Duck Stew with Yam|
I have to say that the duck stew is an acquired taste so if you are not into duck meat, I will advise you against this dish.
|Braised Lamb with Lady's Fingers|
The lamb was braised well and the meat was tender.
|Inchee Kay Bin|
Inchee Kay Bin is a staple at Hainanese restaurants and they did a good job with the ones served here. Even hub's grandpa who is a 93 years old Hainanese gave his thumbs up.
P/S: Grandpa worked as a chef for most of his life before retiring :)
|Home made Spring Roll with Crab Meat|
You will read from Hainanese Delights' website that Hainanese cooking in Malaysia is influenced by the local Nyonya cooking and western culture from the days when the Hainanese immigrants were working in the kitchen for their colonial masters.
Thus you will find western fare like Chicken Chop, Fish and Chips, stew, braised lamb and pies - Macaroni Pie and Chicken Pie on their menu. The Macaroni Pie which was baked with meringue to golden brown perfection was definitely a steal.
The owner JP Wong told us that he used the Kopi Luwak beans to make his coffee. Hubs is a coffee lover and I have since acquired some of his passion for coffee so I must say that the coffee was really full of aroma and very good. But only take it if you do not mind the origins of the beans :)
Hainanese Delights is probably one of the most famous Hainanese restaurants in Penang now, of which probably has the most extensive Hainanese menu. It is an ideal restaurant to frequent for good old authentic Hainanese specialties, which is a rarity and a tough find nowadays.
P/S: Some items on the menu have to be ordered 12 hours in advance so check out the menu on their website to find out which is the one.
227, Jalan Burma 1926 Heritage Hotel, 10050 Georgetown, PULAU PINANG
Tel: 04-226-1926 / JP Wong – 0124288995
Opens Tue-Sun 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm