Hainanese Delights Restaurant (GPS: 5.423904, 100.320775) is a restaurant in George Town, Penang. It is one of the two dining outlets at 1926 Heritage Hotel facing Burmah Road. The restaurant was established by a group of Hainanese siblings who were passionate to preserve and celebrate authentic Penang Hainanese cuisine.
The Penang Hainanese has their own cuisine. When the Hainanese arrived in Penang, many of them ended up in the culinary trade. Over a period between the 1880's to the 1960s, they have created a homegrown version of Hainanese dishes as well as their own interpretaton of local and Colonial Western fare. Among the most popular Hainanese contributions to Penang cuisine include the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Inchee Kabin, the Hainanese Chicken Chop and the Hainanese Worcestershire Sauce. Of course, Nyonya restaurants may claim some of the dishes as their own, which lines are blur between what should be strictly "Penang Hainanese" and what is "Penang Nyonya".
The intermingling of the various Penang Chinese communities have largely blurred the ethnic lines separating each community, resulting in the inter-adaptation of one another's cuisine, so that it is nowadays difficult to find an authentic Hainanese restaurant. I am happy to say that Hainanese Delights is one of them still standing today.
My wife and I have the privilege of having a meal with Mr JP Wong and his family. Mr Wong is the Managing Director of 1926 Heritage Hotel, and one of the sibling partners of Hainanese Delights. It was an unforgettable dinner of dishes that are authentically Penang Hainanese, as well as some that are the Penang Hainanese interpretation of Penang cuisine.
What a feast we had. There were Spring Rolls, Chicken Satay, Lamb Satay, Hainanese Assam Fish, Assam Prawns, Jiu Hu Char, Ak Kor and Chicken Pie. Just take a look below.
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Spring Roll at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Chicken Satay at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Lamb Satay at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Hainanese Assam Fish at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Jiu Hu Char (Stir-Fried Cuttlefish Floss) at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Ak Or (Duck with Taro) at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Assam Prawn at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
Chicken Pie at Hainanese Delights Restaurant (11 August, 2018)
A feast of authentic Penang Hainanese dishes. (11 August, 2018)
A wonderful lunch with wonderful people - here we were with Mr JP Wong and his family. (11 August, 2018)
I enjoyed the food very much, and felt it was such a big privilege to be introduced to these dishes. Let me also show you the menu.
Click thumbnail below to view the menu.
Hainanese Delights Restaurant is at 1926 Heritage Hotel, which is on the map of Burmah Road, Penang
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