Air Itam – Restoran Ee Tong (Thai/Chinese)

Restoran Ee Tong is yet another old but going strong eating place. Like Hokkien say, “Lau Chiau Pai’. It has been around for many more than a decade already. Previously, it was just a humble corner lot restaurant housed in the midst of residential homes. So, parking is easy as there are plenty of car parks around. Restoran Ee Tong is accessible through Jalan Zoo which is off Jalan Air Itam.


I haven’t been there for at least 6-8 years already. There is a huge Chinese columbarium which houses deceased people ashes and urns. It wasn’t there the last time I visited. Now, it is this huge facade with the Penang Hill at the back.


Restoran Ee Tong is famous for its’ Thai and Chinese foods. They started selling tom yam long before tomyam is easily available like right now. Their tomyam is very much ‘tailored’ for local tastes because it is intense, sweet, sour, spicy and smells strongly of belacan smell. Belacan is not part of the original tomyam recipe, ok? We ‘tapau’ the tomyam home as well because the taste is too intense for my children so there was leftovers. I can put bee hoon inside to make really great tomyam bee hoon tomorrow. 😛

deep fried pig trotter

One of Ee Tong’s famous dish is the deep fried pig’s trotter. Not many restaurants can get this dish right. Ee Tong’s deep fried pig’s trotter is crispy on the outside and the meat inside is tender. The fats from the pig’s leg is not ‘jelak’ as the leg has been seasoned with some spices and the crispy, fatty pork is served with Thai Cili Sauce. The portion is huge so we ‘tapau’ home with the leftover belacan chicken.


My younger boys wanted belacan chicken and we have a huge plate of fried belacan chicken which we cannot manage to finish.


We ordered a dish for the younger kids call ‘ang siew tau hoo’. Nothing fantastic, just plenty of gravy to flavour the rice. Another dish not in the photo is the ‘too tor thng’.

salted fish taugeh

No green veggies for the time being because of the news on melamine and pesticides in imported Chinese vegetables. So, stick to local taugeh. Heh. The salted fish pieces are so hard.

Ee Tong also has the curry chicken in a bun but none of us like curry chicken so we didn’t order that. Ee Tong has two shopfront, one is airconditioned and the other is not. There are no peanuts and pop pop wet hankies so we do not need to pay for all those stuffs.

The total price of the meal is only RM78 which is rather cheap as the foods are enough for six persons. But then, we did not order any seafood dishes like fish or prawn so it is cheaper. The tomyam is tomyam sotong.

I didn’t pick up the bill so I have no address, contact or the day the restaurant is closed. But I do know Ee Tong is opened for lunch and dinner.

Updated : I did a bit of Googling and cannot seem to find any other Penang food bloggers blog about this place. Anyway, here’s the contact I found online but I am not sure if the number is working.
52A, Lorong Zoo 6, Ayer Itam
Malaysia 11500
Tel/Hp : 048286832

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7 thoughts on “Air Itam – Restoran Ee Tong (Thai/Chinese)


    (October 27, 2008 - 3:15 pm)

    Aiyah! Take a photo of the frontage of the shop lah. Next time I know where to cari mah.


    (October 27, 2008 - 6:58 pm)

    Yalor, take the photo of the shop i/o the photo of the Chinese columbarium mah! Aiyoyo………….


    (October 27, 2008 - 10:32 pm)

    domino – The distance between the two place too far, so cannot squeeze them together. I lazy walk far far mah.

    terence – Tiu, you want to know the columbarium issit? You want to book or not ah? RM30K for the good fengshui wan. Chisin hor?


    (October 28, 2008 - 5:27 pm)

    Ya the tel. number is correct. Direction – take the road beside Esso petrol station b4 penang hill roundabout – Chor Sin Kheng Road – first turning on left (temple on right), u can see the shop liao.

    M. P. Ung

    (December 3, 2008 - 1:34 pm)

    Ee Tong is opened every day 11.30 am -2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The claypot curry fish is a cracker and best value for money. The Thai stoved steamed fish with talapia (red bream) is fantastic. The tastebuds couldnt seem to get enough of the soup. The writer certainly missed 2 great number – I’ve been frequently there since its opening in 1990.


    (December 15, 2008 - 2:28 am)

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    (December 31, 2008 - 11:44 pm)

    i love the hong kong tau fu! it’s so delicious! xD xD

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