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Sin Lean Heang, Penang

Oyster frenzy!

In Penang, it is common to stumble across several eateries where your tolerance level gets severely tested. But I’ve learnt to deal with it for what lies at the end of the wait is a rewarding and delicious experience. More often than not. On our recent trip to Penang, rif and I had good lunch at Sin Lean Heang located near McCallum flats.

Uncle Tai called ahead and we were there 15 minutes before they were open at noon. But we weren’t the only ones; three groups of hungry diners did the same and the place was crowded by 12.30pm. Our food took almost an hour to arrive and midway through waiting, I almost wanted to eat the chopped red chillies on the table.

Or Mee

Briny, juicy oysters

My patience paid off, when the first dish arrived in full glory – Or Mee or Oyster Noodle (RM20). The plump and briny oysters – just slightly cooked – gave umami to the gravy. I would have preferred the yellow noodles to have less ‘kan sui’ smell, but that’s hard to avoid these days. Between this and Hock Chuan Heong’s version, this was a tad tastier. I reckon this has something to do with the oysters used.

Oh Chien

Fried Tang Hoon

Also noteworthy was the Oh Chien (RM12), crisp around the edges with a savoury-sweet and moist centre. Seasoning was just right, so the egg and flour batter allowed the flavour of the oysters to stand out. To increase your libido give you a bigger dose of cholesterol, the fried tang hoon (RM14) also came with oysters. This boasted a good char flavour and the glass noodles were cooked just right.

Five Spice Bean Curd

I was told the five spice fried bean curd (RM14) is a Penang Hokkien thing to eat. The otherwise plain bean curd was given a good seasoning from the five spice powder, and this dish came with plenty of medium-sized prawns and leek slices. Good stuff.

Bak Kee Soup

Besides Hock Chuan Heong, this is the only other place I’ve eaten the bak kee th’ng (RM8), a soup of deep fried pork slices in starchy soup with garlic and cabbage. I like the starchy coating on the pork, but if you’re not a fan of starch coated dishes, this might not be for you.

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Of you love oysters, give this place a try!

Sin Lean Heang
360-G-7, Gat Lebuh Macallum,
10300 Penang.
Tel No: 04-2626954


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10 Responses

  1. wow, that’s almost an oyster overload! but i’m a fan, so you certainly wouldn’t hear a word of complaint from me :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahaha…I know! ;)

  2. the or mee looks delicious ..
    Bak Kee is interesting .. I have not try b4…
    got any in KL?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I don’t think we can get bak kee in KL. I guess have to go Penang for that. :)

  3. Wah why need to wait 1 hour for the food??? Only 3 grps of ppl before u right?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Because most of them called to book table AND order in advance. We only ordered when we got there. :(

  4. i looove oyster! and i didn’t know this eatery exists in penang!
    *cue fellow labmates* hehe

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Me neither. Now you know! Go go go!! :)

  5. my father always raves about this place and apparently it is his ‘must go’ place whenever he is in penang. the best part is he always tell his friends to go to this Sin Lean Heang place in Penang with very vague information given regarding how to get there, and what exactly to order and stuff like that. Great review, babe! i will just post this to his wall and he can share it with his friends. :)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks dear! Go try when you’re in Penang ok?

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