The Place Located in the historic heritage boutique Yeng Keng Hotel in Chulia Street, George Town, Penang, which dates back to the 19th century, Yeng Keng Café Bar is the adjacent eatery which feels like a time machine. The interior is reminiscent of the old school 1930s fashion, in a posh and cosy style – plush cushion seats decked in red hue against a deep blue wall, white marble table tops, an open bar with natural light casting in, all set in a long old shophouse design with a long flight of stairs leading to the second storey. Yeng Keng Café is renowned for its authentic Hainanese-style cuisine and no surprise, western dishes as the Hainanese are purportedly good in whipping up western dishes back in the colonial days.
The Food This restaurant is good if you like a wide variety of food, with some signature specialities like the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Hainanese Chicken Chop, Curry Chicken and even Bomb Alaska.
We tried the deep-fried Spring Rolls (RM 8/piece), packed with a generous amount of fillings.
The must try item here for me is the Yeng Keng’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Set (RM 99). This set serves up to five people, which comes with chef’s signature style whole steamed chicken served with fragrant rice, clear soup and special chili sauce. I love how tender and smooth the chicken meat is, while the rice retained the old Hainanese flavour. This set requires 24 hours of advance reservation.
For desserts, look no further than the signature Bomb Alaska (RM 45), good for sharing between four to six people. The size of this volcano was gigantic, which stored four scoops of ice cream and mixed fruits on butter cake covered in egg soufflé. Get ready your cameras as the bomb Alaska gets flambéed with liquor.
Rants Don’t doubt it, the price of the dishes here are not cheap by local standards.
Will I Return Again? I am a sucker for colonial and old school stuff. I love the ambience at Yeng Keng more than the food, frankly. For that, I will think it is worth putting this on your food trail in Penang.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Yeng Keng Café Bar
362 & 366, Chulia Street
World Heritage City of George Town
10200 Penang, Malaysia
Tel : +604 263 3177 (Restaurant)
Daily: 7.30am to midnight (kitchen closes at 9.30pm)
Ranted by The Ranter