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Hui Ji (辉记) Zhu Cha @ Kedai Makanan Seong Huat, Penang

Kedai Makanan Seong Huat, formerly known as Larut Cafe is located at the heart of Georgetown, and often I drove past it without giving it a thought. In the morning, the hawker centre is packed with various stalls selling different foods - notably the mee goreng and western style breakfast. When it comes to night, patrons come and dine in for some toothsome zhu cha - Hui Ji (辉记)zhu cha.

Typical zhu char dishes are available but Hui Ji zhu cha offers more than the usual - notably their beard chicken  须鸡. Beard chicken is a special breed chicken, renowned for yellow colour beak, furs and feets, with a noticeable beard. As expected, the price is on a higher side with RM30 for half portion of chicken. Surprisingly, the meat is tough contradict to my expectation but the meat was juicy and not oily and will not disappoint health conscious personnel. 

Pork ribs (RM18) was nicely cooked and tendered, and the chef creatively coated the pork ribs with marmite, giving it a nice and pleasant flavor. Anyhow, the portion was relatively small and a group of people could have finished it within seconds.

Seawood soup (RM8), served with a generous portion of seaweed accompanied with fishballs and tofu. The soup was rather plain and the scent of natural soup pleasant taste was lacking.

Tofu with eggplant topping (RM 8) was definitely a surprise to us. The tofu hardly could go wrong usually but the eggplant topping was a credit. It was sliced into cubes and served with a well pleasing and zesty thick gravy, with an outstanding aftertaste was left in the mouth. The sauce resembles a mixture of dark soy sauce with some other ingredients which I cannot recall, but I believe light tasters will not agree to this gravy.

We were told that this stewed cabbage (RM15) with mushrooms are their speciality hence we decided to give it a try. However, it turned out to be a disappointment as the natural flavor of cabbage is virtually all gone, and the other accompanying dishes such as mushrooms were tasteless as well. The price RM15 was well worth for the efforts by the chef to prepare the dish but does not on par with its taste. The positive thing is that the thick gravy is well utilised to souse up the dry rice.

 Hui Ji Zhu Cha @ Kedai Makanan Seong Huat
                                            1, Jalan Larut, 10050, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang 
                                   (Intersection between Jalan Larut and Jalan Basawah
Operation hours: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (Zhu Cha), Closed on Friday

Location map refers here.

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