Penang: 大東酒樓

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

In Penang, it’s best to explore the city early in the morning — after the sun rises but before it reaches scorching heat. So we got up bright and early to enjoy a sumptuous and affordable Hongkong-styled dimsum breakfast.

At De Tai Tong Cafe, dimsum is served until 12noon only. Middle-aged aunties would come around, pushing trolleys stocked with piping hot servings of fresh dimsum. Customers are free to pick what’s available and the auntie would note the order on a price list. We went on a dimsum spree, and (guess what?) the bill was less than S$7/pax!

One of our favorite dishes was the cantonese-styled century egg porridge. Thick and flavorful, just the way it should be.

Another noteworthy item was the big meat bun (above) — soft and freshly steamed, filled with tender and juicy meat. But the most surprising find has to be the fried scallop rolls (below), recommended by one of the friendly aunties.

Although not all items are rave-worthy, it was nonetheless a satisfying meal at a very reasonable price. A great perk-me-up to start the day rolling.

大東酒樓 (De Tai Tong Cafe)
45, Lebuh Cintra, 10100 Penang, Malaysia
Open daily from 6am onwards

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