If you are looking for varieties of Nasi Lemak, Nyonya cuisines and home cooked food, you might want to drop by Ivy’s Kitchen located on Chow Thye Road, Penang.  This pork free restaurant with very basic deco is just beside Isaribi Japanese Restaurant and Jemputree.

A group of Penang Food Bloggers gathered there recently for a food tasting session.


Ivy’s Kitchen served to us many varieties combo meals and most of them comes with a fresh juice and Soya Jelly with Longan. Customers having the combo sets can also add-on a plate of Rojak @RM2 (normal price RM3) and a bowl of Red Bean Soup @RM1 (normal price RM1.60).

The following combo sets comes with plain white rice along with all the side ingredients of crispy papadam, half a hardboiled egg, fried ikan bilis, peanuts and pickles. We had three mouth watering side dishes of Curry Prawn, Curry Assam Fish and Curry Lemak Fish. A set of rice with a curry side dish cost RM9.


Combo E – Curry Prawn


Combo G – Curry Assam Fish – sourish and tasty


Combo F – Curry Lemak Fish

This Nasi Lemak combo set comes with fragrant coconut rice with half a hardboiled egg, fried ikan bilis, peanuts, sambal, fried sardine fish, deep fried chicken wing, slices of cucumber and a piece of crispy fish cracker. This is the only combo meal that comes with Watermelon juice and Soya Jelly with Longan.


Combo C @RM7.50 comes with fragrant coconut rice & Watermelon juice

Both the following Curry Rendang and Beef Rendang set shared the same side ingredients of two pieces of crispy papadam, half a hardboiled egg, fried ikan bilis, peanuts and pickles. Both the rendangs were equally tasty but my favorite was the Beef Rendang.


Combo A – Flavorful Chicken Rendang set @ RM9


Combo B – Tender pieces of beef rendang in this set @ RM8.50

Customers who want other variety instead of the above dishes could opt for a piece of fried Cincaru (hard tail mackerel). The set would cost RM9. The fried mackerel is very fragrant with sambal filling which is spicy and sourish with hint of refreshing kaffir leaves. Recommended to have this dish.


As a side dish, a fish would cost RM3.80

Ivy’s Kitchen has a wide choice of beverages, homemade drinks and fruit juices. Most of us opted for the fruit juices with prices from RM2.20 to RM2.80. It will cost an additional RM0.80 for a combination of two fruits and RM1 for three types of fruits. I had the fresh pineapple juice which was very refreshing.


Fresh & colorful fruit juices

After tasting all the spicy dishes, it was time to try out the Nyonya specialty, Joo Hoo Char. The sweet taste of the shredded turnip combined well with the cuttlefish. The accompanying sambal belacan gives the extra kick to this lettuce wrap.


Joo Hoo Char @ RM8


Ken’s version of Joo Hoo Char wrap with a piece of Chicken Lobak

There were two different deep fried rolls, Chicken Lobak and Poh Piah Chee (spring roll). I like Pork Lobak but this Chicken Lobak version was tastefully done too. It is served with chili sauce. The Poh Piah Chee on the other hand has very thin and crispy skin with tasty filling of Fench beans, carrot, mushroom and turnip. Try this and you will be surprised to find black fungus in it too.


Chicken Lobak @ RM6


Each roll of Poh Piah Chee cost RM2 & at RM3.80 for a pair

Besides the grouper fish fillet porridge, Ivy’s Kitchen also served us with noodle offering of Fish Beehoon and Penang Assam Laksa. The fish porridge @ RM9 is of the watery rice type and comes with generous amount of fish cutlets. It has a stronger taste of the preserved ‘tong choy’ which gives the soup a flavorful taste. This is an ala carte item.

The fried Fish Beehoon comes with many pieces of deep fried dory fish fillet and chicken meat ball in clear soup. Customers can have choices of cintan mee, tang hoon and beehoon for this dish. The portion was quite big  but I find the soup rather bland. This would be suitable for those who have a lighter ‘ching’ taste bud.

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The Penang Assam Laksa comes with generous amount of fish pieces plus onions, cucumber and vegetable. The spiciness and sourish of the soup was well balanced but it was just slightly too salty for me.


Penang Assam Laksa @ RM5

The Red Bean tong sui comes in three different versions that are really tasty. We had all three with lily bud, longan and sago white fungus. The beans were boiled till soft and have the right sweetness. Indeed a satisfying dessert for me.


Per bowl of Red Bean soup cost RM1.60

This restaurant is run by the husband and wife team, Mr Tan and Ms Ivy who was very kind to invite all of us to this food tasting session which was arranged by Criz.

Drop by this place to try out their home cooked dishes and their steamboat (which I have yet to try). Click here for the Map Location. There are limited parking spaces in front of the restaurant especially during office hour but more spaces can be found in the spacious car park lot at 127 Food Court.

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Ivy’s Kitchen
58 Jalan Chow Thye
10250 Penang

Tel : 013 4337878 (Mr. Tan) & 016 4337130 (Ms. Ivy)

Business Hours: 9am – 9pm (except Saturday) & 6pm – 9pm (Saturday)

GPS Coordinates : N05 2529.0   E100 1914.6

* More of its Chinese New Year menu can be view here.

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37 comments so far


I agree Ivy’s Kitchen is offering affordable good meal set. Curry prawn, curry assam fish and curry lemak fish are new dishes introduced. I will go and try it out one day!

cariso´s last blog post..Momiji-tei Japanese Garden Restaurant

June 17th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

yum! yu,! but too bad did not managed to attend but will try out soon. Nice shots! ^-^

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June 17th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

my goodness, my goodness!! the nasi lemak looks … looks… (oh, i dont know, i kept swallowing saliva seeing that…) i better make a fast trip to penang, one day trip also nv mind, as long as can get to taste those esp the tong sui too…i love drinking the ang tau…

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June 17th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

The Popiah Chee really looks good. And the assam laksa served in the Chinese white/blue coloured bowl is nice, reminded me of home cooked food.

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June 17th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

The set meal cost reasonable with average amount of ingredients.

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June 17th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

the chicken rendang looks good! and i love assam fishhead! the more sour the better!

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June 17th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

cariso – I like their Curry Assam Fish, sourish & tasty.

Food Paradise – Was surprised that you did not attend the session. Do bring your family to try out the food.

claire – Wow…your description makes me hungry too…haha

Sugar Bean – The Poh Piah Chee has a very thin and crispy skin and the filling is flavorful too.

Little Inbox – The best thing is you get to add-on other items at a cheaper price for the set meal.

ladyironchef – Looks like Penang would be a nice makan place for you as there are plenty of spicy and sourish food. Do hop over for a visit.

June 17th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Tong Sui, Tong Sui! Yes! Adoi, Penang is quite lacking of Tong Sui. Must go satisfy my craving. Thanks for sharing.

YuNiq´s last blog post..Buffet Dinner at Tower Regency

June 17th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

i love the pohpiah..ate them a lot always :D

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June 18th, 2009 at 1:42 am

I was looking forward to read your post… nice shots!!! I have a lot to learn from you. :)

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June 18th, 2009 at 8:05 am

wow, home-cooked food….lovely….the nasi lemak n laksa look good!

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June 18th, 2009 at 9:20 am

I like the way you snap the colorful juices :)

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June 18th, 2009 at 9:38 am

Oh I love tongsui! I’ve been trying to find a good place for tongsui all week this week for some weird craving… belum dapat yet. :(

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June 18th, 2009 at 9:54 am

I luv the chicken rendang in the set meal. The price for the set meal is also very affordable. ;)

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June 18th, 2009 at 9:55 am

The nasi lemak is simple and nice yet affordable at a bad economy time like this. :D

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June 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am

food looks delicious and reasonably priced and the Chillies Hardtail Scad (like home cooked ones) was outstanding!

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June 18th, 2009 at 10:39 am

Looks good and the prices are reasonably cheap. Their dessert is cheap too. Thanks for sharing such a nice place with us :)

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June 18th, 2009 at 10:42 am

I like the red bean soup dessert the most… =)

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June 18th, 2009 at 11:56 am

YuNiq – The tongsui is good…most of us gave the thumbs-up for it.

Hong – This is one place that has the thinnest poh piah skin, and it was crispy.

New Kid On The Blog – Waiting to see your post too…we have so much to learn from each other :)

SimpleGirl – It’s the place where one can find simple home cooked food.

Selba – Glad you like it….everyone of the bloggers had this shot too.

June 18th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Life for Beginners – These few tongsui has the right texture & sweetness. Not many will add in lily bud.

food-4tots – Both of us had a favorite rendang…haha. Waiting to see your review too.

email2me – Indeed tasty but you have to wait for your next trip before you can taste it again. I will eat on your behalf…haha

foodbin – It was well done…with the right spiciness and not too dry.

Elin – You are most welcome.

Christy – We can’t stop savoring all of them :)

June 18th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

the nasi lemak is very fragrant and tasty!
yes we sweet tooth loved the tong sui so much! hehe

buzzingbee´s last blog post..Dim Sum Galore

June 18th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

How I wish I can wallop all the food now!!!

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June 19th, 2009 at 10:21 am

Wow this looks so so so so good!! And very reasonably priced too. Looks like a must-try when in Penang!

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June 19th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

the prices look quite reasonable…i love those juices the most!!

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June 19th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

this is totally awesome, attractive, vintage, just full of pleasure! a great spot for pure indulgence!

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June 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

yum…yum…looks delicious…but is it halal for muslim??

June 21st, 2009 at 12:53 am

buzzingbee – It was a great afternoon for all of us…tasting the yummy food and tong sui :)

FoodnTravella – Hold on and wait for your Penang trip to try out the food.

Camemberu – Indeed one restaurant with many choices of nasi lemak and curries.

My Taste Heaven – Many combination to choose from too.

Big Boys Oven – A simple quiet place for some delicious home cooked dishes.

raeqish – It is ‘pork free’.

ck lam´s last blog post..Food Trail in Muar, Johor

June 21st, 2009 at 1:24 am

I just dropped by on Sunday and I’m pretty impressed with the varieties of food that Mr. Tan and Ivy could dish up! Will blog about it soon ;)

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June 23rd, 2009 at 12:16 am

Cheryl – It’s nice of you to share with me your outing at Ivy’s. Will be hopping over to see your review.

June 23rd, 2009 at 12:35 am

I LOVE the food there.. went there last night for 2nd time.. the best fried cincaru I ever tried…

June 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Daniel Ong

It sure looks delicious! Must go there when I visit Penang next time…Can’t wait too long cos’ I’m salivating now! Yummy, yummy!

July 2nd, 2009 at 2:24 am

the food looks nice … :)

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July 2nd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Very Bey-Tahan already!! Must go back to Penang! Thanks for the review and fantastic pics!

July 5th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

KTing – Haha…you must introduce yourself to Mr Tan.

Daniel Ong – Glad you find the food to your liking.

+1 – Do pay this place a visit.

noyawns – Haha…sure sounds hungry.

July 5th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Penang is sure small…I must try at the place after my return from Belgium. I knew them very well actually since 1998! Yep :-D Thanks for sharing their hard work CK… and as usual great photos and hard work from you. Catch up with you laters :-)

December 3rd, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Sorry for blunder..I knew the husband and wife team since 1988 actually :-)

December 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Well.. to be frank, the owner’s service attitude need to be improved. a nice restaurant is not only about the taste of their food but also the feeling that can bring everyone into their cuisine.

October 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

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