*Previous reviews on table course dinners here and here.
*Click here to read about Food Paradise's visit to Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant at Sungai Petani, Kedah.

It was suppose to be a normal lunch (self paid) with my family (5 person including me) until the restaurant decided to foot the bill :P So I had to label the post as invited review instead. Hahaha many thanks to Jade Palace Restaurant.

My family and relatives relatives had been patronizing this restaurant since the restaurant started more than 30 years ago. First they were named Ming Palace Restaurant but at the 90's they moved to City Bayview and changed their name to Jade Palace. Only in 1997, they moved to Choo Plaza in Lorong Abu Siti, Georgetown.

The restaurant is located on 3rd floor of this building (Choo Plaza) so one would have to park in front of the building or go for the underground carpark beside it. Quite hidden and not many would have know there is a restaurant in that building.

Like I said Choo Plaza is located along Lorong Abu Siti (Georgetown) and the building is in between PPisland Hotel and Red Rock Hotel.

After going into the building's lift, it would get you straight to the restaurant's main entrance :)

One thing I like about Jade Palace is their big hall with less pillars. Some of you who do know Jade Palace, would have already dine here a couple of times for wedding dinners.

However, the restaurant also serves reasonably priced rice based lunch and dinner (ala carte). Now this is something not many would have know about. Haha

Its a bit difficult to order here as they do not have a menu for you to see and they depend mostly on the waitresses to recommend. So what we were about to have are dishes that is commonly ordered by customers and their signature dishes.

Hahaha chinese cuisine with knife and fork! You would see why XD

First up, Double Boiled Superior Soup with Apple, Chinese Herb and Deep Sea Garoupa Head (沙露鱼头汤) - RM8 per pax.

The soup was sweet and no fishy smell! Although no distinctive apple taste, the soup was still refreshing. Absolutely not oily. Good ah!

Another soup we ordered was Double Boiled Superior Soup with Fish Maw, Chicken and Chinese Herbs (鱼肚炖鸡汤) - RM8 per pax.

Not oily right? And I think RM8 is value for money. Equally tasty and sweet. Both double boiled soups had depth. They used superior broth (上汤) for the soup base instead of normal water. Therefore the soups are much more flavourful :D

After clearing every drop of the soups, we had some Deep Fried Crispy Money Bag (金钱满满袋, small, 6 pieces) - RM8 . My favourite item since I was a kid :D

The Money Bag consists of chicken bits, choped celeries and carrots. A dish created 30 years ago and still selling up to today. Perfectly fried as it did not absorbed oil during deep frying process. Yumz.

Next, Chinese Spinach Soup with Salted Egg and Preserved Egg (咸蛋皮蛋上汤苋菜, small) - RM10. In canto we call it Yuen Choy?

Although it has salted egg, only the egg yolks were added. Thus not salty at all. The preserved eggs were fried and added into the soup. The egg whites were perfectly done as they are smooth. Again, superior broth were used as the dish's soup base. Cheng cheng dei, good :)

Another signature dish of the restaurant is Fried Boneless Chicken with Mango Sauce (香芒鸡, small) - RM10 This dish is my relative's favourite.

Crispy fried chicken thigh with shredded mangoes, herbs and onions were just nice. Although similar to kerabu style, the taste was slightly subtle compare to kerabu as this mango chicken is not too sour or too sweet. Just nice. Pretty appetizing and you won't feel jelak after eating.

And they do not put in too much sauce, so the chicken stays crispy for much longer time and the taste won't be too empowering.

Later, this vege dish below was served. Stir Fry Four Types of Vegetable with Crispy Sliced Almond (杏香四宝菜,RM8, small).

I quite like this dish. Something I haven't see at other places. The vegetables are stir fried quickly to preserve the crispyness and I get to enjoy the original vegetable flavour. Celery's fibrous skin was peeled, asparagus (as well as baby corn) was tender and the best part was the fresh lily bulbs. It's naturally sweet and soft. Paired with crispy almond flakes, a multi textured dish indeed :)

Then came Grilled Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce (密椒煎羊扒) - RM5.50 per piece, also a signature dish of the restaurant which was served since their Ming Court days (30 years ago) and the demand for it last till today.

There were 5 of us so 5 pieces of lamb was served, so it costs about RM28 for our plate. The lamb was tender and nicely marinated.

A very flavourful dish and the black pepper sauce is more to the sweet side (due to addition of honey) while there was a subtle heat from the coarsely grinded black pepper.

To give contrast to the dish, it was lined with edible garnish, crispy fried yuen choy (lightly salted). Pretty and interesting at the same time. Not all vege can be fried though.

So now you know why we needed the knives and forks? Delicious :D

To balance out, we also ordered Special Homemade Beancurd with Steamed Egg White & Mince Seafood (玉带豆腐, small)- RM10.

All I could describe was, smooth, smooth and smooth. Hahaha. Although the colour is red, it is not a spicy dish and the sauce is more to the lighter side so you can taste the tofu. The seafood bits consists of scallops, prawns and squids.

The beancurds are self made by the restaurant. The cubed beancurds are made with egg yolks while the steamed layer below is made with egg white. They just glided down my throat...hahaha!

Another recommended dish would be Stewed Pork-rib ala Jade Palace served with Buns (红烤招排骨, small) - RM16

Even though its named pork rib, I didn't see any bones at all...lol

The pork was flavourful and soft. The fried mantou buns were provided for us to dip into the sauce and eat them.


The meat was tender and soft while the five spices was not too overwhelming because I believe they also used other ingredients to create the depth of taste.

To wash everything down, we had hot Sweetened Water Chestnut Cream with Silver Fungus (雪洱马蹄露, RM8, small)

The desert consists of white fungus, loads of chestnut bits and egg whites. Hot dessert and its very comforting while not being too sweet. Another favourite dessert of mine.

The picture below was taken just to give you an idea on how much we had order for 5 person :)

Not expensive actually. I shall check again with my parents and confirm.

Definitely an extra option for those who are scratching their heads on where to have lunch or dinner around the area :D Not bad right?

I hope the subtotal is correct :P They didn't give me the receipt. The menu list they handed to me did not include price for rice, tea, peanuts and wet towel. My maths are getting worse these days. Sorry for the price difference mentioned earlier :P


UPDATE:

We ordered:

  1. Double Boiled Superior Soup with Apple, Chinese Herb and Deep Sea Garoupa Head (沙露鱼头汤) - RM8 per pax
  2. Double Boiled Superior Soup with Fish Maw, Chicken and Chinese Herbs (鱼肚炖鸡汤) - RM8 per pax
  3. Deep Fried Crispy Money Bag (金钱满满袋, small, 6 pieces) - RM8
  4. Chinese Spinach Soup with Salted Egg and Preserved Egg (咸蛋皮蛋上汤苋菜, small) - RM10
  5. Fried Boneless Chicken with Mango Sauce (香芒鸡, small) - RM10
  6. Stir Fry Four Types of Vegetable with Crispy Sliced Almond (杏香四宝菜,RM8, small)
  7. Grilled Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce (密椒煎羊扒) - RM5.50 per piece (5 piece - RM27.50)
  8. Special Homemade Beancurd with Steamed Egg White & Mince Seafood (玉带豆腐, small)- RM10
  9. Stewed Pork-rib ala Jade Palace served with Buns (红烤招排骨, small) - RM16
  10. Sweetened Water Chestnut Cream with Silver Fungus (雪洱马蹄露, RM8, small)
  11. White rice (RM1 per pax - refillable)
  12. Tea + wet towel (RM.150 per pax - 5 person, RM7.50)
  13. Peanuts - RM1.50 per plate
  14. 5% service charge + 5% government tax
Subtotal: RM140.60 including tax (for 5 big eaters)

*Reminder: All the dishes ordered were small and each double boiled soups was meant for 1 person. Japanese food as mentioned on the sign board is no longer available.

Business hours:
12.00 noon - 3pm
6pm - 10.30pm

Address:
Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant
Choo Plaza (Formerly known as Wisma Chocolate)
3rd Floor, 41, Lorong Abu Siti, 10400 Penang.

Contact:
(Please call for reservation... just in case)
Tel: 04-2275758 / 2275759
Fax: 2275755


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15 comments

  1. gill gill // May 21, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

    wah, 8 dishes 2 soup and 1 dessert at only RM125?

    They would be our next stop! :)

  2. Cokeworld Citizen // May 22, 2009 at 12:20 AM  
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  3. Cokeworld Citizen // May 22, 2009 at 1:15 AM  

    gill gill:
    The price has been recalculated :P paiseh. It should be RM140.60 if not mistaken. Hahaha aboh, you can calculate again based on the price list i provided :P

  4. ck lam // May 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

    Went to this restaurant several times, food is good. Will try out the grilled lamb chop. They look like the ones I had in Zhonghua.

  5. Cokeworld Citizen // May 22, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

    ck lam:
    Oh...ya they are okay. Guess many chinese restaurants in Penang still serve classic dishes.

  6. vincent // May 24, 2009 at 5:10 AM  

    Yummy,yummy ...I can't wait till Father's day to give a treat to my dear dad.

  7. Cokeworld Citizen // May 24, 2009 at 5:25 AM  

    vincent:
    Oooo hope you guys enjoy the meal there :)

  8. cariso // May 24, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

    The soup impressed me the most! I am "soup-aholic"! Until now I still couldn't get it why they foot the bill. You ppl are VIP hor?! :)

  9. Cokeworld Citizen // May 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

    cariso:
    Hayo i no VIP la...dine there so many years d. They saw I take picture. Then I ma tell them I going to put in blog lo. Manatau, pay bill time they say on the house :P

    Soup sure ngam you d ler..."Cheng cheng tei" kaki ma...

  10. Cheryl Wee // May 24, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

    Drooling d just by looking at the pics!!! All are my favourites urghhhh~ gotta get my hands on them soon

    I only tried the dishes there once.. during an ex-customer's thank you dinner.. and I had good reviews too back then... I have to pay a visit again with my family :D

    thanks for the yummy pics!

  11. Cokeworld Citizen // May 25, 2009 at 12:32 AM  

    Cheryl Wee:
    Hehe no problem...glad you like them ;)

    A nice place for family dinner as they serve a wide range of dishes that cater to elders and young people like us.

  12. jason // May 25, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

    So nice of them to foot the bill eh?

  13. Cokeworld Citizen // May 25, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

    jason:
    Hahaha yalo. Was a bit "ehm hou yi si"

  14. New Kid on the Blog // May 26, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

    yes, you're right! they were in City Bayview before they moved to Abu Sitee Lane. my family & I used to visit this place when they were in City Bayview, one of my dad's favourite restaurant but not ours. :)

    i also dunno why?! hahahaha...

    their money bag has been their signature dish for a long long long time already!

  15. Cokeworld Citizen // May 26, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

    NKOTB:
    Ya money bag has been selling for 30 years lol. Probably your dad likes the old school style taste...ko cha bee? Hahaha