New World Park located in the heart of Georgetown has been billed as a everything-under-one-roof project. It currently houses a number of restaurants, a couple of franchise eateries, a performance pavilion, boutiques and last but not least, the Hawker Center! Food crawling is a good idea as there are plenty of dining options and you can move from one outlet to the other sampling the food Penang has to offer. With the Chinese New Year around the corner, this entertainment outlet, decorated in red has a number of exciting events all lined-up.
The events to usher in the Year of the Ox :
1) Lion Dance – 17th, 31st January & 3rd February (2pm, 8.30pm & 2pm)
2) China Acrobatic Troupe Show – 23rd, 24th, 29th January & 6th February (9pm)
3) Traditional Chinese Orchestra Performances – 21st & 23rd January (8.30pm)
Here is the review of some of the food I had in NWP!
The first food outlet to start off with is the legendary Chinese restaurant, Starview. A great place to have the CNY dinners and also entertaining friends. Every dining trip here brings out some of the best Chinese dishes, and I personally find it worth the price.
Tel : 04 2266544 & 2265213
Next, to savour Nyonya food, drop in to Nyonya Cafe (located just beside Starview). I love the Nasi Ulam which has a lot of spices and herbs. Another item worth trying is the Too Kua Kean (deep-fried pork liver rolls). I did visit their other outlet next to Naza Hotel in Tanjung Tokong.
Website : www.nyonyacafe.oomph.com.my
Tel : 04 2288919
One gets to have a complete meal at Rou Gu Cha King which specializes in Bak Kut Teh. The specialty from this place is the Gan Rou Gu Cha (dry meat version). Its items are reasonably priced, very pleasant dining area as well. A particular dish that caught my attention was the Combo Deep Fried Dim Sum.
Preference for western cusine can be found at Mizi Bistro, which is just beside the Hawker Center. It serves Western and Oriental cuisines plus lunch sets too, like the Teriyaki Chicken and Gordon Bleu sets which comes with free flow of ice cream. This place is usually crowded on weekends.
A favourite place for the young and old alike will be the Old Town White Coffee outlet. They serve the best White Coffee in Penang with a combination of great toasts (at least that is Hubby’s opinion). We occasionally have our nice cuppa at Old Town. Other popular dishes would be the Nasi Lemak and Ipoh Hor Fun.
Starbucks, I believe, needs no introduction. Lovely and great hangout place to relax before or after a meal. They have plenty to offer to diners, a good cup of coffee with many choices of pies, sandwiches and cakes. Still recalled, the few of us bloggers had a great night chit-chatting pass midnight at this outlet.
Last but not least, not forgetting the hawker stalls here that has a wide range of Malaysian street food such as the Swatow Lane Ice Kacang, Cendol, Yam Cake, Chai Kueh, Char Koay Teow/Mee and the Tee Nya Kuih. I particularly enjoy this dining place as it is much cleaner, and plenty of seats available.
Besides all the eateries, NWP houses several retail outlets. Watch out for the Maxis Lounge, retail shops selling fashion accessories, gifts, clothing as well as a hair salon and even a fish spa. Presently there are some on-going renovations as some new tenants will be moving. Sad to see some empty outlets as the previous eateries have closed down and shifted out.
Other food outlets that have closed down and shifted out (as of 20th January 2009) :
Shanghai Ding House of Dumplings
With all the restaurant and hawker food plus the shopping and entertainment, it is no wonder that New World Park is the place to be, and remains a main tourist attraction for the Pearl of the Orient. This place is open daily, from morning till late in the night. This huge place is conveniently located in Burma Road and parking entrance can be access from Burma Road (front entrance) as well as Hutton Lane (back entrance). Be prepared to bring along your parking ticket as it uses the auto pay system. Feel free to check out the history of this place too.
New World Park
102 Burmah Road
GPS Coordinate: N05°25.222′ E100°19.622′