bookmark_borderPenang Trip – Day 2 (Part 3)

Fresh from our nap, we dragged our lazy arses out the hotel in search for our dinner. It was close after 8PM when we walked out of our hotel. At first, we thought of having street / hawker food for dinner. And hence, we walked our way toward Kimberley Street as we knew it was the place known for good street food. Upon reaching there, the sight of the food stall did not catch our attention. There were a couple of stalls here and there selling noodles and rice. Not attracted by them, we made a decision not to dine there and walked a little further to Penang Road for the famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear.

Nasi Kandar Line Clear

It is said to be in the business for more than 45 years whereby tourists and the locals flocking at this place to taste its famed nasi kandar. A simple set up with chairs and tables located at the behind for customers’ usage while at the front, that’s where all the foods are.

Queue At Nasi Kandar Line Clear

At the entrance, on the right, pots of assorted curries, vegetables, fish, muttons, prawn and squids were placed on shelf readily for customer’s selection while on the left, we saw the staff was frying bucket full of marinated chickens.

Frying Chicken

Nasi Kandar Line Clear

We were lucky that there weren’t many customers when we arrived at the scene as there were empty tables and chairs and the queue wasn’t long. Maybe it was still early or the peak hour has passed. Nevertheless, it was a good sign for us as we didn’t have to queue for long. Hehe. We had seen the long queue before when we passed by there earlier in the day.

Nasi Kandar Line Clear

With the option of briyani or white rice, I took the latter as my carbs. Drenched with various types of curries, I opted for some greens, an egg and a huge piece of fried chicken. Although the fried chicken was lukewarm, the batter was still crunchy and the breast meat was moist. Each mouthful of the curry-drenched rice boasted an inviting appetizing flavour of various spices that were used in those rich curries. What’s more was that the curries were not fiery hot (for me at least) as it didn’t give me a tongue-numbing experience toward end of the meal. I tasted some of my friend’s mutton curry and it was pretty good. The meat didn’t have strong gamey taste and it did absorb the spices well. I paid RM5.90 (including drinks) for my share.

As we walked back to our hotel, my friend suggested that we should stop at Kimberley Street for some tong sui (desserts). I didn’t object as I could do some sweetness after the hefty meal. Besides, we were going to pass by there anyway.

Restoran Traditional Home of Dessert Kimberley Street

This was the shop my friend was talking about; Restoran Traditional Home of Dessert. It’s a simple shop with tables and chairs placed along the walls and a stall outside where we placed our orders before finding a place to sit inside. The good thing about this shop / stall was that we were able to order food from other stalls and bringing it inside the shop for consumption.

Char Koay Teow Stall Kimberley Street

And we did just that. We could not resist the temptation of ordering a plate of char koay teow as we sat near at the entrance of the shop watching the man busy frying in front of the wok under intense heat of charcoal. The flame itself was good enough to convince us to order a plate from the stall. Suckers we are. Haha. How could you resist a plate of CKT that is fried using charchoal as heat source? Tell me… tell me!

Red Bean Soup

Peanut Soup

We waited for about 10 minutes or so before our orders arrive. Sad to say, there was nothing to shout about the desserts. Simple to say the least, they were just mediocre at best. RM2.20 per bowl, I wouldn’t go back there again unless I have to.

Char Koay Teow Kimberley Street

Probably due to different frying technique as well as different heat source, the char koay teow was sloppy, oily and slightly on the wet side than usual. The usage of duck egg didn’t help much either as the taste was just alright. My friend didn’t like it due to the wetness but I didn’t mind about it. I couldn’t remember how much it costs, but I guess it is within RM4.50 to RM5.00 for a normal plate. There’s a famous stall selling duck koay chap (located just opposite of the dessert shop), but we didn’t manage to try it, although we should have, as we were really stuffed by then. After the meal, we took a long stroll back – we took it as an exercise and to digest our meal – to the hotel.

But we didn’t call it a day just yet. We refused to. Instead, we headed out again for supper after we had our bath, rest and flipping a couple of TV shows in the hotel room. We had something in mind for supper and with that, we drove out looking for it even though it was close to 12AM already. The journey was rather a pleasant one as there were few cars on the road (even for a Friday night).

Old Green House Burma Road

It took us about 10 minutes (from George Town) to arrive at this place; Restoran Old Green House. Pardon me for horrible photos as I only brought my compact camera out. This restaurant / coffee shop is located along Burma Road and it is said to be the hot spot for night owls for supper. Although it was packed with customers when we arrived, we were able to grab an empty table inside the shop.

Old Green House Burma Road Hokkien Mee

There were a couple of food stalls in there but we were there for only one purpose; that was to try out the Hokkien Mee (or a.k.a. Prawn Mee). The good thing about this stall is that you get to add extra ingredients apart from the usual prawns and sliced pork meat. A small bowl cost RM3.50 and additional RM1.00 for each topping. We ‘customised’ ours by adding pork balls and siew yoke (roasted pork).

Old Green House Burma Road Hokkien Mee

Safe to say, it was alright with the soup met its requirement; hearty, tasty with natural sweetness. The chilli paste adds extra kick to it but it wasn’t spicy enough. Siew yoke was good as the skin was crackling crispy while the pork balls were firm and bouncy.

Steamed Chicken

Apart from that, my friend ordered a plate of steamed chicken (a thigh and a breast meat) from the porridge stall (I think). For RM8.00, it may look pale and unappetizing but don’t let that fool you. They were good; smooth, moist and tender even for the breast meat. The soy sauce was kept to a minimal in order to not let it affect the natural taste of the chicken.

Satisfied with our meal, we adjourned back to our hotel and called it a day.

Address :

Nasi Kandar Line Clear
177 Jalan Penang (Penang Road)
10000 Georgetown,

Old Green House Restaurant
223 Burma Road
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.421 E100 19.261
Business hours: 8pm to 4am (Closed on Sundays)

Kimberley Street Hawker Stalls
Lebuh Kimberley,
10100 Penang.

bookmark_borderPenang Trip – Day 2 (Part 2)

Satisfied with what we had, we left the place to do a little bit of sightseeing. The destination; Kek Lok Si Temple. It was yet another 20 minutes drive from the place where we left. Situated at the hills of Air Itam, this iconic temple (also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss) is one of the tourist hot spots in Penang.

Kek Lok Si Temple

The weather wasn’t kind to us as it was overcast as though it was about to rain. There were crowds around the main area but it was not to the point of congested human traffic. Lazy as we were, we didn’t manage to go to the hilltop but we did manage to climb up the pagoda to have an overview of Air Itam area.


We spent about 45 minutes walking around, taking photos that interest us whilst trying to digest our sinful meal earlier. It was close to 1PM when we realised that we had enough of walking sightseeing and we decided to head back to George Town to do our check-in into our hotel.

But before that, off we went to hunt for our lunch although we barely had our meal 2 hours ago. Yes, we are gluttons. Hehe. Initially, since it was just 5 minutes drive away from Kek Lok Si Temple, we wanted to try out Penang Assam Laksa at Ayer Itam. However, due to lack of parking spaces as well as massive crowd, we decided to discard the plan and head back to George Town instead.

This decision brought us to a place called Lam Ah Coffee Shop. It is located at the intersection of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) and opposite of the ‘balai bomba’ (fire station). We reached about noon time, the traffic was a mess and to find a parking spot was a nightmare. If possible, park whenever you found one regardless of the distance to the coffee shop as it is really limited and the streets are busy (with cars and lorries and motorcycles). Opens from 11AM to 4PM daily (except for Sundays and public holidays), it is said that the stall in it serves one of the best koay teow soup in Penang.

Beef Noodles

This bowl of beefy noodles set us back about RM8.00. Pricey I would say but it was worth it. Bouncy beef balls, thinly sliced beef, tendons, tripe and what it seemed to be tenderloins were given.

Beef Noodles

The soup was not murky / brownish as it was slightly clearer than usual. Nevertheless, it was hearty and nice, packed with beefy goodness. With the presence of fried garlic-onion oil, it enhanced the already flavourful broth further. Each slurps warrants for another till the bowl is empty.

Fried Oysters (Or Chien)

Other than that, we ordered Or Chien (Fried Oysters). The frying / cooking method was unlike any other. Instead of mixing / frying the ingredients together, the cook did them separately. First, he fries the starch with mixture of eggs on one side of the pan till it is crispy golden brown. After that is done, then only he does a quick fry for the fresh oysters with his special mixed of sauce and spices.

Or Chien (Fried Oysters)

Such cooking method results in dry crispy crackling batter with juicy flavourful oysters on top of it. Although the oysters looked small in size, they were certainly tasty. Overall, the combination was top notch and it has won our votes to be the best Or Chien we had in Penang. This small portion costs us RM5.00 and after having it, we regretted that we didn’t order a bigger portion.

We arrived at the hotel around 230PM. But unfortunately, we were told that our room was not ready and that we had to wait for an hour or so. Not wanting to sit in the lobby for that long, we left our bags at the counter and headed out to have some dessert / snack.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol

Little did we know that this place; Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul was pretty close to the hotel where we stayed. It is situated at Lebuh Keng Kwee (off Penang Road). Hence, we didn’t drive. Instead, we walked there and it took us about less than 10 minutes to arrive at the scene.


Although it was packed with customers standing around the stall ordering their share, the staffs were efficient and quick. We had our orders done within minutes. You have the option to stand at the roadside or to dine at the coffee shop beside the stall. We opted for the former since we were there for the chendol only.


Priced at RM1.80 per bowl, it has all the necessary ingredients in it; ice shavings, red beans, coconut milk, palm sugar and green noodle-like jelly. It was not overly sweet yet the richness of the palm sugar was subtle enough that it did not overpower the overall flavour of the chendol. It was good that we finished ours in a jiff. Besides, we were in hurry because the clouds were about to burst into a heavy downpour.

Although they said we had to wait for an hour, luck was on our side as the room was ready when we were back in the hotel. God knows what I’ll do if the room wasn’t ready by then. We rested and rested well till at night before we hit the streets again. Afterall, it was raining heavily and there was nothing much we can do except for lazing on the bed watching the idiot box and take a nap.

Address :

Lam Ah Coffee Shop
Lebuh Chulia
GPS Coordinates: N5 24.925 E100 20.365

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
21, Keng Kwee Street,
Off Penang Road,
10000 Penang.

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