Invited Food Review, Penang

{Penang} Lunchy @ Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Gurney Paragon

January 9th, 2013

those who have been to Hong Kong must have known that “char chan teng” is one of the HK’s very own culture. when i was in HK, i had almost every meal at char chan teng, the place to get cheap AND nice food while people watching. one thing that i notice about Hongkee is, they are BRUTAL RUDE. the way they talk, the way they serve customers. maybe that’s their culture too.

why am i talking about Hong Kong? because i’m going to introduce a restaurant serving Hong Kong style food! or it doesn’t need any introduction? why of course, it has more than 22 branches where you can easily locate them at Klang Valley, Melaka, Johor, Ipoh, Penang and even Singapore! i always patronise the Sunway Giza Outlet together with Kaiye & Kaima.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

Located at the fairly new hangout place, Gurney Paragon is this Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. it’s hidden behind the escalator on the first floor, right above Meet Fresh. this is the only outlet in Penang so far. nope, the one at Queensbay was a fake wannabe one (that’s why it’s no longer in business now?).

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

this Wong Kok CCT, one of the pioneer at Gurney Paragon, has been in business for almost a year now, manned by a few partners.

quote from their website:

Since 2003, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng has brought in a new trademark of Hong Kong great cuisine into Malaysia. As a joint for all sorts of Hong Kong famous food and treats,Wong Kok Char Chan Teng is well accepted by residents here and it has emerged as a new trend of great cuisine. It definitely a satisfaction act:”To Taste Hong Kong, Taste in Wong Kok.”

and why Wong Kok?

Wong Kok District (旺角區), one of the districts of Hong Kong, covering the areas of Wong Kok and Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon. With one of the highest population density in the world, the name “Wong Kok” in Chinese means “flourishing/busy corner”.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

there is a small al fresco area outside, beside of this main dining area.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

it had passed lunchy hour hence the emptiness.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

their menu is EXTENSIVE with 200+ items! we had a hard time making up our mind.

there’s also value set meals available, definitely more value for money. comparing the price between Wong Kok and Kim Gary (another Hong Kong food joint), Wong Kok fairs better. their Value Set Lunch is priced from RM 9.90 – RM 12.90 which includes a main of your choice, a soup, a beverage and a dessert. on weekday, at 1515 – 1800, you get to enjoy certain items at 30% (Tea Time Delights). Set brekkie is also available at 1100 – 1200, at as low as RM 3.99++!

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

in the end, we ordered a few of their signature dish and drinks. this is Mr Ong (one of the owner) posing awkwardly with the food. he’s camera shy la.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

the dishes we had that day.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Fried Rice with Five Spice Pork | RM 11.30

this plate of fragrant fried rice was the first dish being served. it caught our attention immediately, rice was fluffy not sticky, not oily, and the portion was huge, definitely suitable for carbo lover.

Kaiye adores their Yung Chow Fried Rice berry muchy! he says there’s enough “wok hei (锅气)”.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Hot & Spicy Miso Ramen | RM 14.90

if you’re a soupy person, ramen might be a better choice for you. i always prefer soupy dish on a cold day. don’t be intimidated by its huge bowl, the portion is actually just nice for one person. ramen was served in thick and slightly spicy broth with some crunchy black fungus.

udon noodle is also available if ramen is not your thang, served in the same broth and for the thick slab of meat atop, you can either choose pork, chicken or even seafood.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Cheese Baked Rice with Chicken Chop | RM 16.20

gooey cheese resting atop of fried rice, served on a bamboo basket. this dish do look lustre right? highly recommended for cheesy person!

you also get to customize your chessy dish! there’s five sauces to choose from: Sweet Corn White Sauce, Italian Red Sauce, Portuguese Sauce, Neapolittan Sauce and Mushroom Sauce. Mr Ong mentioned that Mushroom Sauce is the famous sauce but we all preferred Portuguese Sauce which tasted like thick curry sauce.

besides, there’s also few variants of this dish: 1. Yin Yong which you’ll have both rice and spaghetti, 2. Portuguese sauce based cheese baked rice or spahetti and 3. baked rice with prawn roe sauce. i’m sure you’ll find something you like here.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Baked Dragon Boat | RM 10.20

we also had this side dish. generous amount of filling made up of fish, mushroom and prawn and scallion encased in a crisp potato skin. i have a question, do you actually eat the potato skin? i usually don’t cos i thought it’s  dirty :/

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Original Ice Milk Tea in H.K. Style | RM 5.20

a Hong Kong style meal can not do without a cup of nai cha (milk tea)! ice is served in a bowl surrounding the cup instead of just adding into the cup, so that the ice will not affect the concentration and taste  of the milk tea. such a thoughtful thought.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Double Delight Corn Ice | RM 6.90

this beverage is a mixture of jelly coconut, corn & black sesame. pretty interesting and refreshing after a scrumptious meal.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon
Mango Honeydew with Sago | RM 8.90

for dessert, we had this mango based sprinkles with sago and  honeydew cubes. luckily it’s not too sweet, to my liking!

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng @ Gurney Paragon

remember to claim this cute pressie on your birthday at Wong Kok CCT! and if you notice, Kelvin Cheng (郑嘉颖)  is the new ambassador of Wong Kok, it used to be Roger Kwok (郭晋安), the ah Wong! haha

currently, Wong Kok is having this pay RM 13 and get RM 2o voucher on Groupon! only valid to be redeemed at Gurney Paragon outlet though.

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng

Lot 163D-2-05, Gurney Paragon Mall,
Persiaran Gurney , 10250 Penang.
website
1100 – 2200

(4955)

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