Saturday, 29 December 2012

Food: Penang, the food haven

Penang is famous for it's hawker food. I make it a point to stuff as much of these scrumptious food as my stomach can fit every time I am there. True story... :p

Penang Laksa is my personal favorite. A bowl of this tangy sourish, spicy soup thick with fish meat in combination with vermicelli, vegetables, mint leaves, lemongrass is never enough for me... I will usually go for second serving.

Fried "pok piah" dipped in laksa soup is apparently a Penang thing. This was introduced to me by my husband and I think it is not bad...

Fried pok piah and fried dumplings, has crunchy skins and juicy filling.

Looking at this picture of Bak Kua Roti with Chicken Floss brings back a lot of childhood memories as this is the usual pasar malam "night market" food most enjoyed by us kids :)

Chu Cheong Fun, the Penang version is nothing more than rice noodle roll topped with dark and sweet shrimp paste sauce, chili sauce and sesame seed. The famous one found in Genting Cafe is said to have an additional ingredient, peanut butter, that gives it the extra smooth texture...

Muar Chee is sticky glutinous rice coated with sugar, ground roasted peanuts and sesame seed. This particular stall outside Genting Cafe is my favorite. I love to stand next to the stall as the uncle prepares my order... watching him scoop the warm and gooey glutinous rice out of the bucket into the tray of ground peanuts mixed with sugar, and then skillfully chopping the glutinous rice into bite size.

Char Koay Teow is a must eat. This dish need no more introduction as it is famous in Malaysia, especially in Penang. Some prefer it with chicken egg...

while others like it with duck egg.

Cendol is a dessert made from crushed ice, cendol jelly, santan (coconut milk), red bean, and a generous amount of gula melaka (brown sugar). My favorite thirst quencher after spending some time under the hot sun.

'Loh Bak' is a local deep fried pork roll. 'Loh Bak' stalls usually sells it with other snacks like fish balls, prawn fritters, fish fritters, sausages, beancurbs and etc. served with starchy sweet sauce and chili sauce.

Duck Kueh Chap, a dish of flat, broad rice sheets in a mild herbal broth served with pig offal, beancurd, duck meat, herbal egg... the ingredients that made up this dish might sound a little gross :p but it really tastes good.

Curry Mee's soup is a coconut based stock. Usually served with pig's blood, cockles, taupok, and cuttlefish, this dish is very fragrant.

Nasi Kandar which originates from Penang is a meal of steamed rice served with a variety of curries and sides. The sides I ordered were curry squids, boiled egg, and ladies' fingers.

Roti Canai is a type of Indian flat-bread, a famous Malaysian breakfast. It's usually served with curry but one can eat it with sugar or condensed milk!

Teh Tarik (pulled milk tea) is a famous local drink served in mamaks. It is the usual drink to go along with Roti Canai or Nasi Kandar.

The best popiah can be found in Penang. Popiah are usually made to order.

If you're a fan of burger, like my husband who loves this particular burger stall at Hillside, Tanjung Bungah, then you should also give this a try. The burgers here have something different to others which are the onions. Usually, burgers are served with raw onion rings but this stall served them sauteed, well camarelised.

There's this Indonesian layer cake in Penang which deserves a shout too. It has two branches and apparently it's opened by one former nurse who made a living from her layer cakes! It's really moist and yummy. Makes a good souvenir too.

Where to find these awesome food:

Location: Joo Hooi Cafe, 475, Penang Road
Food: Laksa, Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol (side lane of the cafe)

Location: 1-G-01, Medan Angsana 4, Ayer Itam (previously beside Farlim Shell station)
Food: Laksa, Bak Kua Roti with Chicken Floss

Location: Genting Cafe, Lorong Delima 3, Island Glades
Food: Chu Cheong Fun, Muar Chee, Popiah

Location: Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, 329, Jalan Burmah (opposite Pulau Tikus police station)
Food: Char Koay Teow

Location: Kimberly Street, stall opposite Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong
Food: Char Koay Teow, Duck Kueh Chap

Location:Kwai Lock Coffee Shop, Pulau Tikus along Burma Road
Food: Curry Mee

Location: Along Transfer Road
Food: Nasi Kandar, Roti Canai

Location: Sunflower Cake House, 546-C, Jalan Tanjong Bungah, Tanjung Bungah
Food: Layer Cake

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