On the first night of our 2-nite 3-day stay in Penang, we had Teowchew steamboat at Goh Huat Seng Restaurant @ Kimberly Street. What’s special about their steamboat is that the steamboat is heated by charcoal, something which is quite rare in this day and age where everything is run by electric. Goh Huat Seng is a coffee shop encased in a white washed building on two shop lots. This classic Chinese restaurant personifies everything associated with downtown Chinese restaurants: witty and sarcastic ah-mahs wait on tables and boisterous Chinese families dine with rowdy grandkids in tow. Steaming fuss-free teochew steamboat and dim sum are served in traditional style. There are no menus and asking the server what’s good signifies an insult to the cook (all dishes being good, logically). Best option is to go with what you see on the table next to you. Whatever you order, you will not be disappointed because everything here is deliciously piping hot.
A typical steamboat set costs around RM15 per person. Here’s what’s in the set:
This is how I heated up Baby’s Heinz pasta by putting the bowl into another bowl of boiling water. But everything went into the bin as Baby had just woken up from her nap (she only napped at 6:30pm), was terribly crabby and didn’t have appetite to eat anything.
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