You Tiao or Yoo Tiao is also known as Chinese Donut or Chinese Cruller. Yoo Tiao is a very traditional Penang Food. Although Yoo Tiao is not originated from Penang, this food is so commonly available in any corner of Penang.
Yoo Tiao is made of a pair of long fried bread stick which is golden-brown in color. It is a deep fried strip of dough and is commonly found in Chinese cuisine and other East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Yoo Tiau is usually eaten for breakfast. Conventionally, Yoo Tiao is slightly salted and so that they can be torn lengthwise in two. Yoo tiao is normally eaten together with rice porridge or soy milk.
One of the convenient places that you can find the great taste of yesteryears is inside of Gurney Plaza itself. The name of the stall is called I Love Yoo, or 老油鬼鬼 in Chinese. It is not hard to locate this stall. If you are going to lower ground from the main entrance of Gurney Plaza, you will surely see this stall at the right hand side.
The main attraction here is the Yoo Tiao’s are served fresh every time. They only start to prepare them once they are about to run out of stock in the counter. This is to ensure the quality and the taste of the food.
The price list of the menu as below:
- Set A – Yoo tiau and porridge, RM4
- Set B – Yoo tiau and soy a drink, RM4
- Set C – Hot or cold soy drink, Yoo tiau and seafood porridge, RM6.60
- Dried oyster/dried scallop porridge, RM2.90
- Yoo tiau, RM1.50 each
- Lotus seed/red bean/peanut sesame ball, RM1.50/ball
- Mix bun, RM1.50
- Tow Foo Fa, RM3.20
- Soya drink hot/cold, RM2.90
- Sweet potato balls – RM3.00
- Butterfly bun, RM1.50
- Ham Chin Peng, RM1.50
Set C – Hot or cold soy drink, Yoo tiau and seafood porridge RM6.60
Set C – Hot or cold soy drink, Yoo tiau and seafood porridge RM6.6
Set A – Yoo tiau and porridge, RM4
Set B – Yoo tiau and soy a drink, RM4
Lotus seed/red bean/peanut sesame ball, RM1.50/ball
Ham Chin Peng (red bean), RM1.50
Ham Chin Peng (glutinous rice), RM1.50
Tow Foo Fa, RM3.20
Butterfly bun, RM1.50
Overall the porridge texture was fine and contained tiny slices of scallops, spring onions, pepper and sesame oil. The taste was not too salty and the scent of dried scallops made the porridge delicious. The Tow Foo Fa texture was also very smooth and it was not too sweet even after added with brown sugar syrup. As for the other delicacies, the sesame ball was warm and crispy but the peanut sesame ball was a bit dry. On the other hand, the homemade soy milk was thick and smooth with no preservatives.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 11:00am – 10:30pm (7 days a week)
Address: Lower Ground Floor, Gurney Plaza, Penang.
GPS: 5° 43′ 78.50″ N, 100° 30′ 97.89″ E