Somewhere along Lebuh Pantai (Beach Road), there is a food court named Sri Weld Food Court which houses various hawker food stalls. It is pretty tidy and surprisingly airy, cooling even when the weather is scorching. I couldn’t exactly remember how I found this food court but I’m glad that I did.

Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang, Sri Weld Food Court Lebuh Pantai

In the food court, there are plenty of stalls selling typical local delicacies such as beef noodles, char kuey teow, wantan mee, hokkien mee, fried rice and etc. But there is this one particular stall which I’m so fond of that I made a point to visit them whenever it’s possible.

Nasi lemak bungkus by Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang, Sri Weld Food Court Lebuh Pantai

Parked at the main entrance of the food court, this particular stall named Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang sells nasi lemak bungkus. The best part or maybe visually appealing part of it is that it is wrapped in banana leaf. The amount of banana leaves they use pretty much put other nasi lemak bungkus stalls to shame. It is as though they own a banana plantation solely for this purpose only.

Nasi lemak bungkus by Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang, Sri Weld Food Court Lebuh Pantai

They “assemble and wrap” regularly to ensure the food stays fresh and warm. There are four types; fried chicken, fried fish, sotong and ikan bilis (anchovies). They all priced the same; RM1.70 per packet. You are free to pick as many as you want as long as you pay them after that.

Nasi lemak bungkus by Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang, Sri Weld Food Court Lebuh Pantai

Wrapped in thick leaf, it has all the basic necessities of a nasi lemak; rice, sambal, quartered egg and your choice of meat. However, don’t be surprised to find none of ikan bilis and peanuts if you bought the chicken, fish or sotong because that’s how they #roll. The rice is fragrant and fluffy but the sambal takes the front seat of the packet. Fiery red in colour, it is really spicy and it gives you the much needed kick after the second scoop. I tried the fried chicken and sotong. Both of them were pretty tasty especially for the fried chicken.

Oh… the drink stall sells pretty mean cup of kopi peng (ice coffee) too.

Address :
Lebuh Pantai,
Georgetown,
10300 Georgetown,
Pulau Pinang,
Malaysia.




Restoran Xin Quan Fang was my first stop of the day for breakfast during my recent trip to Penang. I wrote a couple posts back that I did not manage to try this out because it was sold out when I arrived at the scene at around 1245PM.

Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

However for this visit, my friend and I were there at around 1030AM to make sure we get our curry mee fix. The coffee shop was already packed at that time but thankfully, there was an empty table left which we swiftly occupied without hesitation even though it could fit a party of 6.

Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

We were told to get a table first and the staff will drop by to take our orders when they are ready/free. It took a while though but it was bearable as we were happily sipping our iced white coffee and poking our smartphones. Moreover, it was simple enough to know what to order since they only serve curry noodles. It took less than 1 minute to finalise our dishes.

Curry Mee by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

I opted for curry mee while my fried went for dry curry mee. The portion of the noodles was just nice. Unlike the one I frequent to in Kuala Lumpur, this stall’s curry broth was light yet packed with aroma and taste. It was not spicy but it did tickle the tastebuds a little.

Meat Platter by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

A separate serving of ‘meat platter’ (poached chicken, BBQ pork, roast pork, and prawns) was ordered for sharing. Beneath the meats were juicy, plump beansprouts.

Chili Dip by Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

Their special chili dip was somewhat amazing. The tangy-ness of homemade chili paste (akin to chicken rice’s chili sauce) soaked in aromatic curry broth may sound odd but it was executed brilliantly and went really well with the meat.

Meal at Restoran Xin Quan Fang 新泉芳咖哩面, Jalan Sultan Iskandar

The final bill came to about RM22 for two bowl of noodles and the meat platter. With this visit, now I know why some called them the best curry noodles in Ipoh. The best? Maybe not to me but they sure are amongst the good ones that I’ve tried.

Address :
174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar
30000 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan,
Malaysia.

GPS Coordinates : 4.593135, 101.08422