Chin Bee Tea Restaurant @ Noordin Street – More than Just Tea

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Chinese food

I had first read about Chin Bee Tea Restaurant from Criz, who sang high praises for the place. Intrigued, I subsequently have brought my family along to dine at Chin Bee and we have all fallen in love with the food served at this place! Don’t be fooled by the name ‘tea house’. Usually, one would think that ‘tea houses’ only serve light snacks to go with the various types of Chinese teas. But Chin Bee Tea House has a ‘secret weapon’ in the form of their very experienced chef who whips up excellent mouth watering dishes!

Chrysanthemum bud tea at Chin Bee

The menu is almost entirely in Mandarin, but the friendly lady boss speaks perfect English and is always helpful when recommending dishes.

A favourite with my family is their ‘Hong Tu Noodles’ (RM15 for a big portion that fed 6 of us). The noodles comes in the form of ‘yee mee’ noodles cooked in a thick gravy which reminds me of shark fin’s soup. But this gravy is flavored with Chinese wine which adds much depth to this delicious noodles. A must try!

During one of our visits, we were recommended the ‘Lok Yok Har’ (in cantonese) RM30. This dish was described as an “Englishman’s curry” for it is thick and creamy with just a hint of spiciness. A unique dish which we all enjoyed and a huge plus point was that the prawns were very fresh.

Chin Bee serves up various types of vegetables such as the popular “4 Heavenly Kings” which is a spicy stir fry of 4 different types of beans. But we opted for a lighter stir fried vegetable (“yau mak”) dish (RM8). I don’t fancy it when I get a plate of vegetables soaking in grease as I feel all that’s needed is just a light touch of oil to cook the vegetables. Thankfully, the stir fried veggie here is just that – light and not overly greasy.

Chin Bee’s Special Spare Ribs (RM15) is another must try dish that we order almost every single time. It may look like any other spare rib dish, but boy are you wrong! This deliciously sweet spare ribs have a melt in your mouth quality as the spare ribs are made up of a layer of lean meat balanced by a thin layer of fat. Again, the sauce is lightly flavored with Chinese wine. Definitely a signature dish!

Chin Bee also serves up a mean curry (fish or prawns). During this particular visit, we chose the curry cooked with fish fillets (RM30). Lots of ‘bunga kantan’ (ginger torch flower), curry leaves and spices flavors this dish. We love the curry so much, we usually ask to ‘take away’ the remaining curry to be eaten at home with Bengali bread 🙂

This simple but appetizing fried tofu dish is given the name in Mandarin which translates to “Guaranteed to Succeed”! Lol. Don’t you just love it how Chinese dishes are given auspicious names? Rather confusing yes, but it is hoped that eating the dish will grant you these auspicious wishes. Our fried tofu dish (RM8) came served with a chilli dip and chopped up pickled vegetables, which adds a different texture to the soft tofu. A dish that would be popular with kids and adults alike.

Almost towards the end of the meal, we decided that a dessert was in order and so we enquired if they had “Fah Sang Wu” (creamy peanut dessert). And to our delight, Chin Bee’s chef said yes. So we excitedly ordered it, but alas, as it was quite packed during that time, and we had only put in our order so late, the Fah Sang Wu took some time. The reason being that it was cooked fresh. Chin Bee’s “Fah Sang Wu” (RM15) had a fragrant peanut taste which would have been perfect had the dessert been thicker and creamier.

All in all, I would say that the food at Chin Bee is indeed above average. We love the flavours and each dish seems to be seasoned just right. Definitely a place to consider if you’re looking for tasty wholesome good Chinese food in Penang!

Noordin Street is also known as “Jee Tiao Lor” (in Hokkien) where Hotel Grand Continental is located (at the corner of Noordin Street and Jalan Gurdwara), near Gama supermarket.

Chin Bee Tea Restaurant

124 Lebuh Noordin, 10300 Penang

Tel: 04-261 1761

Opening Hours: 12pm-3pm (Lunch), 6pm-9.30pm (Dinner) Closed Alternate Wednesday

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Steven Goh


10 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Alan says:

    You bought me! Looks good and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the review.
    .-= Alan´s last blog ..Edoichi Japanese Cuisine =-.

  2. allie says:

    Had lunch once with my colleagues here. I like the environment and the food.
    .-= allie´s last blog ..Manila Place, Gurney Plaza =-.

  3. ck lam says:

    Have totally forgot about this place after Criz’s review. Thanks for sharing…nice place for a family meal!
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Dining Promotion in Penang for Valentine & Chinese New Year 2010 =-.

  4. Criz Lai says:

    I’m glad you love the food there. It’s my No. 1 restaurant anyway as I was never let down ever before. The Special Pork Ribs were my must order dish in every visit too. 🙂

  5. samlee860407 says:

    whao, if the curry is good, then it will be a must try place for me already! 😀
    .-= samlee860407´s last blog ..Tuai Pui Curry Mee @ Penang =-.

  6. iamthewitch says:

    Aiyo I love spare ribs! Your dish is making me more hungry!
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..What happened on Valentine’s Day 2009 =-.

  7. Term Papers says:

    A unique dish which we all enjoyed and a huge plus point was that the prawns were very fresh.

  8. cariso says:

    Agree that their special pork ribs is Superb!
    .-= cariso´s last blog ..D’ Food Garden =-.

  9. Ally says:

    I went to Chin Bee Restaurant recently & I am very unhappy with the ppl there. They are rude & likes to argue. There is 1 lady (aunty)who is rude & pissing people off.

    Firstly, they do not allow us to park in their garage area for no reason & the lady asked us to park elsewhere with her grumpy face.

    Secondly, they gave us limited menu (2 pcs) when there are so many ppl on the table & only wanted us to order expensive dishes.

    Thirdly, their fish was not well cook & certain parts were raw & they did not want to re-cook it for us & their prices are not reasonable. Really regretted going there. Not recommended !!!

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