Usually, the area that are most popular for dim sum is located either at town area or Bayan Baru. Therefore, there are not many places in Gelugor or Jelutong which serve dim sum. This is one of the places that my friend brought me for dim sum at Jelutong. Although I have been using this road many times, I didn’t realize that there is a shop by the road side that sells dim sum. The name of this shop is “Kafe Star Garden”.
If you are driving from Jalan Jelutong and pass by the bomba (fire rescue department) on your right, you will soon arrive at a traffic junction. Keep driving for another 5 meters and you will get to turn right, just after the turn you will get to see Complex Sri Wonder on your left. With a walking distance of 5 meters from the complex, Kafe Star Garden is just at the road side of Lorong Perak.
Star Garden is just newly launched and they are opening for business every day.
Upon entering the restaurant, it gives an impression as Old Town and Max Restaurant.
An antique door inside the restaurant for display only.
The environment here was still very cozy, in terms of not crowded and not many people know about this place yet.
Variety of Dim Sums available for eat in or take away.
There are also plentiful of outdoor seating for smokers.
The choices of Chinese tea served here were the regular ones that we had at other restaurants. One thing good about this place is the Pu Er Tea (普饵茶) is only RM0.70 per pax with unlimited refill.
Prawn and Pork Dumpling (虾卖). The ingredients include the mixture of prawn and pork, the taste was great.
Shark’s Fin Prawn Dumpling (鱼翅虾餃), the taste of the prawn was still fresh while there were some “shark’s fins” placed on top of the dumpling. Dipping it with the chili sauce was a great combination.
Pork Dumpling (烧卖), the taste was acceptable. The freshness of the pork was still on par while there was no heavy pork smell on the dumpling.
Xiu Long Bao (小笼包) were also available at this place. However, the soup of the bao had dried out and it was not as juicy and tasty. Not sure if this was done on purpose. But from my understanding, in order to make a good xiu long bao, the owner should freeze the meat together with the soup and only wrap it with the skin to be steamed.
Chicken Porridge with Century Egg (皮蛋粥) , same goes to the improvement of this porridge. The taste of this porridge was a bit out and there was no taste of chicken at all although it was a chicken porridge. The owner should have tried to cook the porridge with chicken stock to make the dish more delicious.
Ketchup Prawn Dumpling (茄汁虾饺), this one still has room for improvement. The taste of the ketchup was tasteless, while the dumpling was just a normal dumpling apart from the ketchup taste.
Overall, this place was a very cozy to be and it is still very new as there are not many places in Jelutong that offer dim sum in the morning. The price for all the items above for 3 pax was RM27.70 which is considered as reasonable. Some of the dishes here were very good while some still has room for improvement. The plus point for this place is the tea here is very cheap and smooth, and not to mention that they have free WIFI in the restaurant. However, the drawback is limited parking space from patrons.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 6:00am – 2:00pm; 1:45pm lass call (7 days a week)
Address:54, Lorong Perak 11600 Georgetown, Penang.