Penang, Malaysia - "Nam Yue Bao" at Aik Hoe Restaurant
Aik Hoe dim sum restaurant is one of the most popular in Penang - currently run by the owner-proprietor who's the son of the woman who founded the restaurant more than 6 decades ago. He's very hands-on - making the "baos" himself each morning.
Aik Hoe's dim sum seemed tastier than those served elsewhere in Georgetown's old quarter, but its claim-to-fame are its steamed pork-ribs, and the rich, tasty "nam yue bao": a steamed bread roll encasing a piece of fatty pork belly marinated in "nam yue" (Chinese fermented beancurd), dark soysauce, Shaoxing wine and other aromatics.
The "nam yue bao" at Aik Hoe are smaller than those elsewhere, and they are only ready to be served around 9am onwards. Other dim sum items are available from 8am.
Aik Hoe Restaurant
6 & 8, Lebuh Carnavon