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Restoran Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant

Restoran Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant

Breakfast on the 2nd day was at Restoran Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant at Taman Pekaka. The place was packed to the brim. We had to wait for a good 30 minutes for a table. And during the 1 hour that we were there, there was a constant flow of customers. The entire place was bustling with life.

Piping hot non-fried dim sum selection

Piping hot non-fried dim sum selection

Fried dim sum

Fried dim sum

Every table was given an ordering list. All we had to do was to pick up a tray, head over to one of the dim sum counters and tell the servers which dish you would like to have. They would then place your selection on your tray and write down your order on that slip of paper. There are around 3 counters – the steamed non-fried dim sum, the fried dim sum and the buns/rice rolls (chee cheong fun) section.

Maxim dim sum

Maxim dim sum

The variety of dim sum seems rather wide, but on a closer look, you might find that certain items are more or less similar. Take the fishballs for example, there are at least 3 different kinds (steamed, deep-fried and deep-fried followed by steamed). But to us, the fishballs generally have the same taste. There were only slight differences between them despite the different preparation methods.  The same goes for the siew mais – you have the standard kinds, as well as those with mushrooms etc. It is pretty smart of Maxim to do that, as everyone just gets so impressed and carried away with the huge spread. Though generally made of the same ingredients, the dim sum come in different shapes, colours and sizes, a great way to whet everyone’s appetites.

There were a few dishes which were pretty impressive. One of them being the steamed buns. The char siew bun was pretty good; the char siew didn’t have a strong pork taste and did not come with too much fats as well. The red bean and lotus paste buns were equally commendable; they were generally much bigger than the ones you find in Singapore.

Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

Maxim's Egg Tart

Maxim's Egg Tart

The best dish from Maxim has got to be the egg tart, without a doubt. The crust of the egg tart was extremely flaky and crispy. The pastry crust had a mild toasted buttery taste and aroma. The egg custard itself was smooth and packing with the richness of eggs. It wasn’t too soft, and had a texture similar to agar. We totally love the egg tart, it is comparable and might even better than the ones in Hongkong.

Restoran Maxim is a good place for breakfast on a weekend morning. No doubt it’s a bit crowded, but the food is not too bad, the selection is huge and the egg tarts are simply to die for!

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Written by foodphd

March 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Chinese, Penang Food Trail

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