Good food in Penang? That’s a very, very long list. Here’s some of our favourites around the Sungai Dua area:
Delicious steamed rice, fried chicken with a secret combination of spices, savoury curry and spicy sambal. Zuki’s Nasi Kukus food cart is well known in the area. There’s usually a line of people waiting to be served so drop by early [around 6:30 – 7:00pm].
2. Subaidah Dum Briyani at Wisma Pekaka [Halal]
Intense, aromatic and delicious. Subaidah’s Dum Briyani is a favourite for the local ‘mamak’ enthusiasts. Located only a hundred metres or so from where we are, Subaidah is easy to find. They have a large banner draped over the shop.
3. Dry Spicy Bak Kut Teh Sungai Dua [Non-Halal]
Slow cooked pork in thick soy and herb sauce, garnished with okra, lots of chilli and served with fragrant white rice or yam rice. Located just opposite us down Lintang Merak, at Kedai Makanan Seong Huat.
4. Maxim Dim Sum at Wisma Pekaka [Non-Halal]
Our favourite morning meal, dim sum are small steamed or fried Chinese dumplings with a variety of fillings. Maxim has a large variety to choose from, and attracts a sizeable breakfast crowd every morning. They’re almost all delicious, but drop by early [8:00 – 9:00am] for the popular treats.
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Here’s some around town area:
1. Tiger Char Koay Teow at Kafe Ping Hooi [Non-Halal]
A familiar dish for Singaporeans. Char Koay Teow is a national favourite in Malaysia and Singapore. Of Course, Penang has their fair share of famous char koay teow stalls with their own signature taste. What I appreciated most from Penang-style Char Koay Teow is the flavor of ‘wok hei’, and the freshness of the ingredients. Also, going for the duck eggs option did give a richer taste to each mouthful of noodles.
2. Laksalicious [Halal]
A proud signature dish of Penang, Assam laksa is a rich and spicy, fish-based soup noodle broth of tamarind juice, chilli paste, lemongrass, topped with prawn paste and mackerel/sardine flakes. It has a tangy, wholesome flavor from the tamarind which some may find it too overpowering.
3.Loh Bak at Kheng Pin Cafe [Non-Halal]
A variety of deep-fried seasoned strips of pork loin meat wrapped in beancurd skin, dipped in bowl of starchy braised sauce (Lor 卤)- the penang version tends to be on the sweeter side. Other Lor bak ingredients like fishcake, egg, sausage and tofu are also available in the mix.
These meat rolls are similar to the Hokkien ngoh hiang using the unique aroma of “five-spice powder.” A whole plate of fried goodies may be overwhelming but it is still a pretty good choice for a mid-day snack or late night supper sharing dish.
4. Tan Swee Hoe Rojak at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre [Halal]
Rojak is considered a colloquial representation of variety and mixture. Commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore, it is a salad of bean curds, fritters (you tiao), bean sprouts, cuttlefish and assortment of fruits covered in a thick syrupy peanut sauce. Freshly tossed with pineapple slices so sweet you would widen your eyes in surprise.
5. Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng [Halal]
Mee Goreng is an Indian Muslim dish. The famed Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng presents a substantial plate of noodles with generous portions of cuttlefish, potatoes and beansprouts. It is stir-fried with a tangy concoction of tomato, chilli and soy sauce. This would be a pleasure for those who favor quantity over quality. Nonetheless, a plus point for fancy display of wok skills and rhythmic tossing of noodles.
6. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol [Halal]
It is easy to spot the famous store for there is a never-ending queue outside Joo Hooi Cafe. Also, it is rather fascinating looking at the speed of preparation by the vendor. The quality however may not be as consistent – during the second trip there, the coconut milk tasted diluted and there was not enough gula melaka. This ice cold dessert is nonetheless a wonderful respite from the blistering tropical heat.