A lot of coffee shops and restaurants in Penang are surprisingly owned by Hainanese. In fact, there are many nice Hainanese food served in Penang too.
One of the famous, authentic and traditional Hainanese restaurants in town is Hai Onn Restaurant.
It is not hard to locate this restaurant. If you are driving to Burma Road via Penang Road (one-way street), you will sure see Hong Leong Bank on your left. The road beside is called Burma Lane, Hai Onn Restaurant is just 2 doors away.
The coffee shop is a typical old coffee shop in Penang. It has a very classical and traditional feel. Although this place is not air-conditioned, the food is undoubtedly nice.
Hainanese Style Chicken Chop – RM3.80, the signature dish in this coffee shop and it is one of the cheapest chicken chop in town. The chicken chop was cooked with their signature Hainanese-style gravy and was accompanied by green peas, onions, potatoes and tomatoes.
The gravy was special and tasted very different from the commercial western food stalls. It did not have the sourly taste from tomato purees . It tasted more like brown sauce, but lighter in texture and taste. I personally love this sauce.
Hainanese Style Pork Chop – RM3.80. Instead of chicken, it was cooked with pork meat. Unlike chicken chop, the pork chop was not battered. The rest of the ingredients were the same.
The gravy was similar to chicken chop. This is catered for pork lovers.
Hainanese Style Fried Noodle – RM3.50/ pax, the noodle was pan fried with gravy and added with shrimps, pork meat, veggie and some fried onion on top.
The pan fried aroma of the noodle was very nice and the gravy was well-mixed with the noodle. It was a very nice dish.
Fried Rice – RM3.50/ pax. The rice was fried together with egg, prawn, pork slices and chinese sausage.
The taste of this fried rice was just the usual fried rice and nothing special about it. This fried rice is catered to those seeking for individual meal or as a supplement for heavy eaters.
Overall, the food here was very nice and the price was very reasonable and affordable as you can’t fine such pricing in Penang, especially the chicken chop. Ambiance should not be taken into consideration if you are solely looking for good food. Parking at this restaurant is still a big concern as there are not many lots available around this place.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm; Kitchen starts at 12:30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 04-227 4751
Address:53-55, Burma Road, 10050 Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5° 25′ 04.90″ N, 100° 19′ 73.70″ E