April 2, 2015
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Soup @ Gurney Paragon
With Wan Thun Mee being my 2nd favorite hawker's food, I couldn't miss any chance of trying out new establishments, so I persuaded hubby to try out this One Star Michelin restaurant that originated from Hong Kong.
We ordered what we thought was either their famous or what Hong Kong is famous for - namely Wan Thun noodle and Roasted Pork Belly. As hubby liked pork intestines, he ordered a Pork Intestine Congee.
When we arrived there were just a few tables being occupied since it was still barely dinner time yet. Not long after our order was taken, we were informed by the staff that they had run out of Pork Intestine Congee - much to my hubby's shock and disappointment. How can a newly established restaurant run out of an item? So hubby settled for Salted Lean Pork and Preserved Egg Congee instead.
10 minutes later, nothing reached our table, including our order of 2 plain water :-|
After our plain waters finally reached, the Salted Lean Pork and Preserved Egg Congee (RM 15.80) was served.
The portion of the congee was small but the congee tasted good - though the ingredients can be further 'enhanced' (read : increased).
After a little more while later, our Roasted Pork Belly (RM 20.80) came:-
We could barely believe our eyes when this plate landed - they looked super dry and hard, and could not even match up to any roasted pork belly that can be found in Penang. They did not just look dry, they tasted dry and the texture was like chewing on tree barks. This was definitely something of a sub-standard quality, let alone One Star Michelin. We had to finish this plate by dipping the meat with the mustard sauce that came with it.
By this time we were a bit pissed because my House Specialty Wan Thun Noodle (RM 16.80) was not here yet, after some follow ups, finally it was served:-
The bowl of Wan Than noodle was the smallest I have ever seen - even smaller than of hawker stall's. It looked just plain to me - oh wait, where are my Wan Thun's? After searching within the small bowl - finally I found all 4 of my Wan Thuns underneath the noodles (I was told by a friend later on that this was the way Hong Kong Wan Thun noodles are being served).
How does a One Star Michelin Wan Thun noodle taste like? Chewy and normal if you ask me. A sip of the soup didn't manage to woo me either. There must've been something good here, right? Finally I found it - its Wan Thun! The Wan Thun's were springy, the fillings flavorful and you can really taste the prawns and meat within. Anyhow, it does not live up to the standards of Hong Kong Wan Thun noodle or One Star Michelin, given the hefty price tag too!
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗粥麵專家
Level 5 Gurney Paragon Mall, Persiaran Gurney 10250 Penang
Business Hours: 11am – 9.30pm daily