Mainland Chinese-owned Hong Xing No. 1 at Precinct 10 currently serves some of the best dim sum in Penang.
Its golf ball-sized dim sum packed some really terrific flavours, though they still needed to ensure some consistency in their repertoire: the siew mai, char siew pao and pei tan chok were very good.
Siew mai - steamed minced pork-shrimp dumplings. These were juicy and packed some serious flavours.
Char siew pao - steamed buns with BBQ pork filling. Their rendition had pretty tasty filling, but the dough was not the fluffy type which I liked, but more bread-like.
Pei tan chok - Cantonese-style rice congee, with pork and century egg: one of the better versions to be found around town.
But the har kow’s skin was too thick, whereas the lor mai kai was too mushy and not really tasty enough.
4) Har kow - steamed shrimp dumplings. Tasty filling, but overly-thick skin.
Lor mai kai - steamed, lotus-wrapped glutinous rice with chicken, Chinese waxed sausage and shitake mushroom. Too mushy.
Wu kok - yam puffs. Pretty respectable version here.
Lo pat kou - pan-fried radish cake.
Overall, one of the best dim sum spots in Penang.
Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum Restaurant (鸿星1號点心茶楼)
10-A-07 & 10-A-08, Precinct 10
Jalan Tanjung Tokong Lama, 10470 Tanjung Tokong
Tel: +6017-337 7198
Opening hours: 8am to 3.30pm daily