Leong Kee is one of those old-fashioned dim sum restaurants which proliferate in Georgetown's historic commercial/retail centre which stretched from Chulia Street in the north to Prangin Road in the south, with bustling Campbell Street and Kimberly Street in-between. Penang Road and Carnavon Street formed the western & eastern boundaries of this area.
Early morning dim sum is a fave amongst Penang's largely Chinese populace, and Leong Kee is one of the more popular ones.
I had a light meal at Leong Kee and simply loved the steamed glutinous rice or "loh mai kai" (糯米雞). In fact, I preferred Malaysian-style "loh mai kai" over Singaporean ones (blander) or Hongkong ones (with the infused lotus leaves scent). "Loh mai kai" in Penang is flavored with soysauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, ginger juice, Chinese mushrooms, pork, chicken, and waxed Chinese sausage, and has robust, sharp flavors. I loved it with sweet chilli sauce (either Lingham or Tupai brands).
Leong Kee's "siu mai" (燒賣) were tasty - its pork-prawn filling very, very fresh.
The "fung chau" (鳳爪) seemed anaemic and oversteamed, but was quite spicy and had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Delish!
Matronly-looking middle-aged waitresses pushed carts of hot, steaming dim sum around, so one can pick one's choice table-side. Wonderful system :-)
I'll certainly need to come back again to try other items. This was a rather late breakfast before my lunch appointment, so I didn't want to over-eat.
Leong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant 龙记港式点心
61 Kimberley Street (junction with Rope Walk)
George Town, Penang 10100