Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hainanese Delights at Hotel 1926

The Hainanese Delights Restaurant is the latest addition to the Hainanese cuisine dining scene in Penang. It is located at the Hotel 1926 at Burmah Road.

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 :)

Macaroni Pie
Chicken Pie

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.

Hainanese Coffee

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.

Hainanese Delights
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


ck lam said...

It is a great place for Hainanese food! My family and friends like the food.

My Food Fetish said...

Yes, even my hubby's family who are all Hainanese gave their thumbs up! :)

Anonymous said...

Last Tuesday I went there and the food was great in taste. I'm thinking to try Hak Ka Food, have you tried any in Penang? Thanks for sharing

My Food Fetish said...

Hi Anonymous, for Hakka food, I can think of Hakka Connexion which serves all things Hakka like Lui Cha, Hakka noodles, Hakka Yong Tau Fu, abacus, pork leg vinegar etc.

Hakka Connexion is located at No 3 Jalan Bawasah (behind Royal Hotel). :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, noted with thanks. I will go there and try the food in this week :)

My Food Fetish said...

Hi Anonymous, let me know how it goes :)

Anonymous said...

Sure, as I never try Hakka food and a new experience for me. Looking forward it :) By the way, I saw your blog and tried Suffolk house and Hainanese Delight. We never been these restaurants before and these 2 restaurants gave us different atmosphere and food taste, we had wonderful time there!

My Food Fetish said...

Hi Anonymous, glad you had a wonderful time at Suffolk House and Hainanese Delights. Do check out our future posts on more restaurants. :)

Palmo said...

Last night planned to try the Hakka food as you recommended. Disappointed, couldn't find it and guess it had closed down. Then we went to try Hock Kian food but had been waiting too long.

My Food Fetish said...

Hi Palmo, I called Carene from Hakka Connexion and was told that unfortunately for Penangites, they have recently moved to PJ, next to the Tropicana City Mall. So if you are ever in PJ and feel like some Hakka food, give Carene a call at 016-4356463. :)

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