Bi Ah Dong (Mabrown) Restaurant @ Sungai Petani

Bi Ah Dong? Mabrown? I always find that this restaurant name is very funny. In Chinese the restaurant was read as “We Ye Tong”, or “Bi Ah Dong” in Hokkien, but in English it was known as Mabrown, and which I always read as “Mabolo” when I was still small, err….what? Well, in any case, this restaurant had started their business for a long time already, as long as Restaurant Sai Gao, and if not mistaken, they are 1 of the 1st restaurant in Sungai Petani that provide air-corn room for their customers.

However, in terms of customers, Sai Gao always had the upper hand. I had also notice most of the time Sai Gao is the first choice of most customers, and only if they can’t find a place there then they will only opt for Restaurant Bi Ah Dong. Besides, whenever Sai Gao is off, the business here will be tremendously good.

However, I still love both restaurant, and I find that both of them got their specialties that make me always come back to them.

They had a few ready cooked dishes, such as those you found in economy rice stall, and the beancurd below is 1 of them. Although it’s cold already (duh obviously) but it still taste nice. Even though the skin is not crispy, but the gravy is good. I take it as an appetizer before my meal. 7.5/10

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The eggplant is another ready made dish. However, I find that it’s so-so only as it’s a bit tasteless. But still, ok la. 6.2/10

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Although Char Siew and Roasted Pork are their specialty, but it’s not good. Well, it’s not that bad, but when you claim it’s you specialty and always promote to your customer, your customer will except something really good, which is not the case here. The roasted pork is just plain normal, but the Char Siew is lacking of taste, not sweet enough. 5.5/10

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Ahh, my favorite dish, also 1 of their specialty, steamed fish with dao cheong. It’s a lovely dish, and the gravy goes really well with rice. The fish is fresh too, besides, you can also opt for extra beancurd on it. If you are a spicy food lover, you can ask them to put extra chili to make it even more appetizing! 8.4/10

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The interior of here is definitely better than Sai Gao, with same great food (well, to be honest, Sai Gao better la) and a cheaper price. Besides, they do have a room with air-corn, and although its a small room which can only accommodate 5 tables or so, but most people tend to sit outside so finding a place inside ain’t really that hard.

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Sigh at the name….really tak faham why la some restaurant, the Chinese name and English name totally different one. Sigh…..

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Total Damage: RM30 for 2 person

Operating Hours: 11 AM to 3 PM

Location: Jalan Petri, Sungai Petani, Kedah

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7 thoughts on “Bi Ah Dong (Mabrown) Restaurant @ Sungai Petani

  1. The name MaBrown was derived from a nickname affectionately given to the original owner’s wife by British servicemen who were stationed in the Sungei Petani military camp in the ealrly 60’s.
    These servicemen frequented the restaurant as it served good food and they called her Ma Brown (Mother Brown). Hence the unique name.

  2. Try also YIK WAH, an eatery located at a corner shop in the junction between Jln Pengkalan and Jln Dewa.
    Entrance is by the side of the building instead from the front.

  3. YIK WAH, now renamed SIN YIK WAH sells good and delicious food for lunch. Always packed with hungry patrons as tables are limited since they only occupy slightly more than half the shop space, even though they own the whole premise.

    One popular item is “Chicken Rice”. This is not the usual type which we identify with, but is rice steamed in small metal containers, served with pieces of chicken cooked in a tasty light sauce,and topped up with char siew, siew yoke and siew cheong…all for a princely sum of RM3/= per portion.
    Many other dishes are available at very reasonably prices…nothing that will burn a hole in your pocket.

    Go try the food before they decide to close shop as the guys and girls running the place are getting on with age!

  4. I am so glad that you also blogged about this place. It was once considered the unofficial “landmark” of Sungei Petani due to it unparalleled fame it once enjoyed at this little town. Actually in Mandarin, it is pronounced as “Wei Ye Tong” rather than “We Ye Tong”. At its peak (in the 60s – mid 70s), this is the go-to place for all Chinese Sungei Petanians when celebrating special events – wedding, birthday or just pure entertaining visiting guests. Too bad the original owners passed away early (he was my grandfather generation), the business had passed hands several times among his different kids after that. It continued to do ok until the 80s, when the daughter and son who were running the business and kitchen respectively at that time went their separate ways to pursue their individual career and marriage somewhere in another countries. That was when everything started going downhill.

    The foods they served in their glorious days are definitely worth mentioning – Golden Coin Chicken “金钱鸡”,Stuffed Sausage with Pork Liver “灌肠”,Pipa Duck “琵琶鸭”, Suckling Pig“乳猪”and a version of Chinese Sausage similar to those at Yik Wah. If my memory serves me correctly, they were also the first restaurant in SP to serve Yu-Shang “鱼生”during Chinese New Year. While some of the dishes I mentioned above were found elsewhere in SP, some of the dishes, such as Golden Coin Chicken and Stuffed Sausage with Pork Liver, can only be found at Bi Ah Dong. Especially the Stuffed Sausage, I have never eaten it anywhere during my food quest over the years except back home in SP at Bi Ah Dong. Even the Golden Coin Chicken, was a really rare find at any Cantonese restaurant in the big cities. Only a few places in Hong Kong who insisted to bring back the traditional Cantonese dishes have it. My dad had told me that the original owner (I had never met him. He passed away when I was very young or before I was born) was a well-known Cantonese chef will great culinary discipline. His eldest son (the one who ran the kitchen before he left for oversea), had acquainted both the father’s skill and recipes. Those great dishes I had eaten at Bi Ah Dong were the entire signature cooking of this son.

    Too bad the food was not the same anymore after the 80s. I had went back to try out the food several times whenever I go home to SP between 2000 and 2010. I have to say I was disappointed. No one even knows how to make those legendary signature dishes anymore that they once used to have. I believe they have closed down for good during my last visit home in 2014, after more than half a century in business.

    Nevertheless, Bi Ah Dong will always have a special place in my heart for all the comfort foods I had eaten there growing up in SP.

    • Never knew they got such dishes!! I ever remember last time they got great steam tilapia, which they don’t serve anymore now too 😦

      However, they are still open for business till today. 🙂

      The nearby ship, 细九 had however move to another location. Another nearby old restaurant “aik wah” are still open for business but seeing almpst every worker there had pass their 60s…. I doubt they will be there for long 😦

  5. Sin Yik Wah as it is called now has quite a long history too…must have started in the early fifties. The owners that I can recall and remember were my late dad’s best friends. The place is currently run by two brothers who are sons of one of the late partners. I believe some third generation have started to help out and hopefully continue the business.

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