[Penang, Malaysia] Sunday lunch at Choux Choux, China Street

Back in Dec 2017, two long-time French expatriates in Penang, Bruno Guillon and Cedric Delmotte, opened ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ on Bishop Street, offering perhaps the most authentic French bistro fare in Penang. ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ was an oasis for good Gallic home-cooked fare on a little street which used to be Penangโ€™s high street over a century ago. Bishop Street itself is named after the 18th-century Toulouse-born French Bishop Arnaud-Antoine Garnault who settled here in 1786.

Last Dec 2023, exactly 6 years later, the two Frenchmen opened a second outlet: ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜…, on China Street nearby. Also managed by Diana Delmotte, Monsieur Cedricโ€™s Penang-born, French-speaking wife, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… offers an interesting menu of French and Mediterranean European fare, plus a selection of French pastries.

We were there for lunch today, and caught up with the ever-hospitable Madame Diana Delmotte. Love the bright new premises, so airy and spacious compared to the more compact ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€.

Located on No. 4, China Street, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜… is spitting distance from East Indies Mansion, which was built by Koh Lay Huan, โ€œthe first Chinese in Penangโ€ back in the late-18th-century when Penangโ€™s founder, Captain Francis Light of the East India Company, laid out the first grid of streets for what was to become the George Town that we know today.

East Indies Mansion down the road

Amuse-guele: savoury Madeleines - these were tastier than weโ€™d expected, with a pronounced rosemary & thyme scent.

Tapas sharing platter - a mish-mash of Mediterranean savories: albondigas (Spanish meatballs), gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimps), pa amb tomaquet (Catalonian bread with tomato), croquetas de jamรณn (ham croquettes), potato mille-feuille with garlic aioli sauce.

Classic French ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ร  ๐˜ญโ€™๐˜–๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ (duck with clementine orange sauce), with creamy ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณรฉ๐˜ฆ (mashed potatoes)

๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต - seared barramundi, with brown butter, capers, croutons and cherry tomatoes. Served with ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ-๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ potatoes and lemon ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ป ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ง.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜€ - this is an interesting Penang-inspired item: soy-braised pulled pork in Chinese ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ buns, with ๐˜š๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข-mayo.

Onto desserts:

๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ (lemon tart).

๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ (French apple tart).

๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต (French chocolate tart).

๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜น ๐˜ข๐˜ถ ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ (vanilla bean cream puff).

Coconut macaroon.

Choux Choux is a marvelous addition to this part of town (China Street/Beach Street), which previously lacked a casual cafe where one can drop by for a cup of coffee and have a nice piece of pastry.

Choux Choux
4, China street, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-210 5000
Operating hours: 9am to 5pm, Tue to Sun. Closed on Mondays.