Hubby and I came across this old eatery on Magazine Road which has been around for 60 over years. This place which serves porridge is operated by the elderly Mr Tan with the help of his son. This eatery has an amazing seating arrangement, with tiny wooden stools (bangku) on top of long benches.

Amazingly, this place is one of the handfuls of stalls left in Penang that does not even have a signboard!


The stools can be stacked upon another one to get the perfect height as the sitting position of each individual person is different…and here’s where the amazing art of balancing comes in…!


As lunch hour draws near, more customers came in and fill up the places surrounding the stall. They were perching high on the tiny stools enjoying their piping bowl of porridge.


The porridge was stored in earthen pots which help to keep the porridge warm. Very traditional and homely feeling, I would say. The home cooked style type of dishes, comprising meat and vegetable are cooked at the rear of the shop.


Earthen jars to keep the porridge warm

There are many different kind of meat and vegetables to go with the white porridge. With the limited space of the counter, even the dishes have to be stacked up! :D


Taukua with lots of spring onions

Ham Choy with stingray – slightly salty and very appetizing


Deep fried fish – the taukeh only covers the fish with soy sauce when served


Traditional Penang Bangku Porridge


Stingray in Tau Cheong sauce


Minced pork in appetizing sauce gets the appetite going!


Flavorful braised meat with egg & another dish of fried salted fish


Small lala fried with garlic & chili sauce


Side dish of nam yue, foo yue & salted egg…simple yet tasty compliments!

For the first time in our lives, we had the experience of sitting on stools perched on the bench in an eatery! It required a bit of balancing for me, but got the hang of it pretty quickly. There are also tables and chairs available. Do drop by this eatery as this is the only one left in the island since the one in McNair street has closed down. It is right beside Bank Rakyat, while Traders Hotel is diagonally opposite it!


Hubby perching high on the tiny stool

Business Hour : 11.30am till 4pm

Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

GPS Coordinates : N 5 24.817   E 100 19.794

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39 comments so far


Haha I haven’t been to the stall before. Always pass by but never attempt to eat there. Very the classic.

Jian´s last blog post..Penang Weld Quay – Invited Review at Siong Ho Fish Head Bee Hoon

May 15th, 2009 at 1:31 am

I heard from my local colleagues that the customers used to squat down by the roadside to eat the porridge??
I like the black and white pictures, got feel :)

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May 15th, 2009 at 1:44 am

Everytime we passed by this shop, hubby and I wanna try it out. The foods look delicious. But my gal don’t like having porridge. ^-^

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May 15th, 2009 at 8:09 am

i passed by this shop b4…..haha…nice place…for porridge…but have not try it …..seeing the dishes…i think it’s really aunthentic….

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May 15th, 2009 at 9:10 am

Wow , I don’t know that Penangites eating porridge with such varity choices !

When I read your title , I think the porridge must be only looked like eaten by the sick …….So , it is quite amazing to me that they look so delicious too!

I especially like the black and white photos ! They have the taste of retro !

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May 15th, 2009 at 9:43 am

dont tell me you actually sit on those stool? btw, do you have those side effect after eating? some of my friends having that problem…

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May 15th, 2009 at 9:57 am

Jian – I have always wanted to try it but only got to do it lately…

allie – It’s interesting to know that they squat by the roadside last time, but we can’t see it now.

Food Paradise – You can also take-away the dishes too.

SimpleGirl – Home cooked type of taste.

Bakeling – Thanks for your comment.

New Kid On The Blog – I really sat on the stool cos I wanted to get the feel of it.
The place looks a bit run down but the food is generally ok…no worries.

May 15th, 2009 at 10:41 am

I tried a similar one in Lebuh MC Nair. It is selling yam rice. But I did not have chance to take the squad seat. :(

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May 15th, 2009 at 11:48 am

ha! i just love it.

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May 15th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

One of the best post. Amazing.

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May 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I like the photos u took especially the first one. Never been to there also, should try out one day.

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May 15th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

The pictures looks pretty ancient. Great shots! but the foods look like normal chap fan shop. Lol>>

May 15th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

soo sean – From what I know, that stall has already closed down.

foodbin – Drop by and have a look at this place when you are in town.

Chin – Glad you like it…thank you.

MnYfoodtalk – I like that too, its quite natural. Thank you for your comment.

Apple Foodees – It is just another chap fan stall but the uniqueness lies in the seating arrangement which you can’t find in other places around town.

May 15th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

this one…ahh..old memories…

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May 16th, 2009 at 7:29 am

It’s fortunate for this stall to stay, unlike the sia bui ban san one all gone…my good memory there. :)

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May 16th, 2009 at 10:09 am

wah, this is really old style, but need a good balancing huh… :P

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May 16th, 2009 at 10:51 am

This post makes me sooo homesick!! I love how you can choose how high you want to be perched up against the meal. Love your photographs, really do!

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May 16th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Yes, always see the scenario every time passing by the shop.

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May 16th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Always passby this stall but never have the courage to squat there to eat :)

May 16th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Always passby this stall but never have the courage to squat there to eat :)

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May 16th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Love the B&W, suits the mood.

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May 16th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Wow! Old habits die hard! I think this can bring the community closer.

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May 17th, 2009 at 1:55 am

The feeling must be great squating there and slurping your hot porridge; really old school and same for the dish too, lala, salted egg, huju and stuff. Best article on down memory lane.

May 17th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Will definitely pay a visit when next back in Penang. The last time I had rice porridge was in 1982 at the Sia Boey market where they sell the Huan Choo Moey.

May 18th, 2009 at 12:34 am

Wow! I luv your B&W photos! Remember to share your tips with me when we meet up this coming June! ;)

May 18th, 2009 at 10:54 am

This is a heritage treasure. I will play my part to eat there and introduce more people to eat there before places like this disappears one by one. Thanks CK for doing this review and promoting Penang’s heritage.

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May 18th, 2009 at 11:05 am

thenomadGourmand – It sure is…

cariso – Wasted I did not get the chance to try the sia bui ban san.

mimid3vils – Good experience!

550ml jar of faith – Do try it out yourself.

Little Inbox – Very easily seen on the main road.

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May 18th, 2009 at 11:49 am

My Taste Heaven – Go there when you feel like doing it…at least you get to keep those memories.

pigpigscorner – I too find that it looks good in B&W :)

YuNiq – Really hope so.

jencooks – Thank you very much for your comment. Glad you like it.

Choi – I miss out the one in Sia Boey market.

food-4tots – Can’t wait to meet up with you.

Alan – Penang is having less of this type of places around and it’s good that we do our part to promote it.

ck lam´s last blog post..Penang Food – Traditional Penang Porridge

May 18th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Ooh, that la la looks good. I’m heading to Penang this Sunday evening for a work-related event on Monday…. Can’t wait to sample these delicious fare! :D

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May 18th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

for some strange reason i always thought this stall sold yam rice! lol
passed by this stall many times…but the thought of doing a balancing act….me being very clumsy one sure fall down one! lol

May 19th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Life for Beginners – Nice to know about your coming trip. Would be lovely to meet up for a meal.

lingzie – I was expecting to see yam rice too but turns out to be porridge but anyway it was overall a nice experience for me.

May 21st, 2009 at 12:12 am

i used to be there once about 5 years ago. i walked there from the old guang ming office with my supervisor. we ate like “lang chia pek”, quite an unforgettable memory.

i pass by there everyday. i miss it so much.

May 27th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Yes, this is indeed the one and only “living” heritage of the past era. Love your black and white snap shots. The stall owner looks ancient and so are the stools, earthern jars and food containers.
If I have not mistaken the place was frequented during the colonial times by the “kuli” or labourers and trisha peddlers who had a hearty and economy meals there.
Just a gentle reminder to our female food lovers who want to have a feel of the past era eating style, do remember to wear your long pants for the meal…hahaha

June 6th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

interesting to see people perched on stools, precariously, to savour their bowls of porridge.
CK i’m desperately seeking for Penang hawker food here ……. ;)

September 14th, 2009 at 8:50 am
Peter Hou

In fact I used to take porridge at that place. It was almost 20 years I guess.Do you know most of the trishaw man like to take porridge here. They must squat and enjoy the porridge. If not they don’t feel delicious…

September 4th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

i like the black n white photo too it let me feel tradition..i haven been there before, that i need find a day be there..

June 13th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
vwen ng

can give me address?

CK Lam Reply:

It is on Magazine Road, diagonally opposite Traders Hotel.

October 6th, 2011 at 8:48 pm


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