bookmark_borderIn Penang – Day 3 (Part 1)

We woke up late because we forgot to set our alarm clock. And another reason why we didn’t wake up early was because we didn’t pay for breakfast meal at the hotel (for the entire stay in the hotel). We found that there’s no reason to do so since there’re abundance of delicious food available in Penang at any time of the day. And hence, we slept till late morning.

We left the hotel at about 1130AM to begin our day. There was no plan whatsoever and there was nothing we wanted to do. And hence, we considered it as free and easy day. Besides, it was gloomy day and that pretty much made us lazy.

Genting Cafe

We drove out in search of this place for our breakfast. It is a corner lot shop with lots of stalls in it selling a variety of hawker food. It is approximately 20 minutes drive from George Town to get to this place as it is located around housing area.

Genting Cafe Chee Cheong Fun

And the reason why we took the trouble to travel out far was because of this; chee cheong fun. It was really good. Silky smooth yet springy texture of rice rolls complemented really well with their brown sauce. Best of all, it’s not just any generic brown sauce you normally get from your chee cheong fun stall. It’s their special brown sauce which was not overly sweet yet it left a slight salty aftertaste.

Genting Cafe Chee Cheong Fun

We couldn’t stop eating it as it was addictive (in a good way). The chilli sauce beside it wasn’t spicy but it was sufficient to give a kick. A small plate would cost RM 2.70.

Genting Cafe Hokkien Char

Apart from that, my friend ordered a plate of Hokkien Char. Up till now, it beats me why my friend did so. It wasn’t good at all. Although there were plenty of ingredients in it, it was just edible at best. There was no required wok hei in it. And it costs us RM 3.30 for this dish. It was forgettable and far cry from what we have in Klang Valley. We should have gone for Hokkien Mee instead.

Kuih Bakul

There were small stalls outside of the coffee shop too. That was where my friend bought some snacks like kuih bakul (RM 2.20 for 3 pieces), mua chi (RM 1.50), and apoms (RM 2.00). For the uninitiated, kuih bakul is essentially a type of dessert consists of yam and sweet potato sandwiched with sweet sticky nin ko.

Kuih Bakul

The ones we had that day were alright. The batter was thin and crisp while the thickness of the yam and sweet potato were thinner compared to the thickness of the nin ko.


There’s nothing to shout about for the soft fluffy apoms although I prefer it to be filled with more fillings in it.

Mua Chi

The sight of fried shallots on top of the crushed peanut was rather unusual (for me at least) but somehow, it bonded pretty well with the mua chi which was soft yet chewy. It was yet another addictive stuff.

While leaving the coffee shop, we were asking each other what’s the next thing. Questions were thrown around with places to visit were put to the table for consideration. We were either not interested or too far to travel to. And that was when we decided to visit another food joint for our lunch. Did I mention we are gluttons?

That brought us to a place whereby a stall serves its famed Lorong Seratus Tahun curry mee. The location as mentioned is along Lorong Seratus Tahun (next to McAllister Road) where there is a corner lot coffee shop. The parking was yet another challenging part as there were not many lots around it.

It was close to lunch time but there weren’t many customers when we arrived. We were able to get our orders within 5 minutes of waiting time. There was another stall in the same coffee shop selling chicken rice but we didn’t manage to try it.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Laksa

Topped with decent amount of prawns, squids, cockles and tau pok (beancurd), the broth wasn’t thick as there was little coconut milk in it. Besides, if it’s by any indication of the colour, it wasn’t spicy at all.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Chilli Paste

That’s because we were given the option to control the level of spiciness we could handle by adding chilli paste (photo above) into our individual bowl. It may look darkish red but it wasn’t spicy as you would think it is. Overall, the curry mee was alright. Maybe I’m used to thicker spicier broth. Somehow, this one was lack of punch / flavour as I would like it to be. A small portion would set you back RM3.50.

Really stuffed after the meal, we were really tempted to just head back to the hotel and sleep. But that’s was just a thought as we remembered that we needed to get some tau sar peah from Him Heang. After all, it was Saturday and they are not open for business on Sunday. Hence, we had to get it on that day itself. We arrived there about 130PM and there were streams of crowd (mostly tourists) lining up to buy something. Unfortunately, we were told that they were out of stock and we had to go back at about 230PM if we are still interested. Not wanting to wait there for 1 hour, off we went to George Town for some dessert at Kek Seng Coffee Shop.

Kek Seng Homemade Durian Ice Cream Ice Kacang

Located along Penang Road, Kek Seng is well known amongst the locals and tourists for its vast variety of hawker food such as char koay teow, lobak, rice and etc. When we arrived at the scene, we weren’t surprised by the sheer amount of crowd in the coffee shop dining while the rest were waiting for empty tables. After all, it was lunch time and hence, explains the crowd. Although there are two shop lots, the space is limited with wooden tables and chairs are placed close to each other.

Apart from the food, Kek Seng is also known for their homemade durian ice cream. Smooth and fragrant, the two scoops of durian ice cream were good that it put those ready-made ones to shame. What’s more is that it came with generous amount of toppings such as sweet corns, red beans and jelly. A plate like this will set you back about RM3.50. It is prefect dessert for a hot weather. Do insist of durian ice cream when you order ice kacang or else you will probably be given other type of ice cream flavours.

Him Heang Tau Sar Peah

We went back to Burma Road again to get our stuff done. This time, the crowd grew bigger and we had to wait for another 45 minutes before we could get our stuff. The traffic was crazy / clogged up as tourists tend to park their cars irresponsibly beside the road making the 3-lane road to become 1 lane only. After all that’s done, we wanted to drive to Batu Ferringhi to visit the beach. But sadly, on halfway through, we were caught in a bad jam. Unknowingly, there was a carnival going on at Batu Ferringhi. And hence, we made a U turn and headed back to our hotel. We wanted to stop by at Toy Museum but didn’t do so as the parking was very limited.

The following hours were rather torturing as I was having mild diarrhoea. Not sure which was the culprit, but I suspect it was the curry mee – more specifically, the oily chilli paste. I could be wrong though but all I can is that it wasn’t fun to visit the toilet every 15 minutes or so. Not a single bit but the toilet bowl and I were good friends by the end of the day. Heh!

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.

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