* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 31st May 2011.

The Kota Selera Food Court adjoining Padang Kota Lama (Fort Cornwallis) is a favorite eating place for both locals and visitors to Penang. This spacious food court has several outstanding stalls doing brisk business with the lunch crowd looking for a quick bite.

One stall that stands out among the crowd is Makanan Hainan, serving local and Western fare, Hainanese style. Its small menu of 12 items includes the all-time favorites – chicken chop, fish and chips, prawn fritters, lamp chop and beef steak. Its popular all-day breakfast set is sausage and eggs.

The lamb chop (RM15) comes with two pieces of meaty lamb, pan-fried in a delicious flavour. The addition of fried onions gives a nice contrast of texture and sweetness, wonderfully complementing the tender meat, vegetables, french fries and baked beans.

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The chicken chop has a thick, crispy batter. As the meat is not soaked in gravy, you get a good crispy bite. The sauce is a nice balance of sweet, salty and tangy. Refreshing vegetables, french fries and baked beans are served on the side.

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There is also the fish and prawn fritter set. The prawn fritters, coated with golden brown batter, are crispy on the outside and slightly moist inside. The fish fillet, topped with light and crispy breadcrumbs could have been a bit thicker, though.

This set is served with a wedge of lime, cucumber, tomato, lettuce and sides of baked beans and french fries. Additional flavour is courtesy of a separately served creamy tartar sauce, with a light and tangy taste. If you need extra, just ask for it and the workers will gladly oblige. The portions are generous and value for money. The chicken chop is just RM7, fish and chips, RM7.50, and the fish and prawn fritter set, RM8.50.

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For local fare, there are fried noodles, fried vermicelli and fried rice. Be sure to order fried yellow noodles. It has a riot of flavours from the prawn, squid, chicken and vegetables. Let the noodles sit for a few seconds to absorb the rich stock, making the whole dish more wholesome. A side plate of sambal is perfect with the noodles.

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The owner has been dishing up these few Hainanese-style western items since he started business. And he has a strong clientele, including Muslim diners, as the outlet is pork-free.

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Besides Makanan Hainan, Hameed Pata never fails to please diners with its mee goreng and mee rebus, with squid in delicious spicy sauce. The mee rebus with sweet potato and spicy tomato sauce topped with pieces of prawn fritter is also a favorite for many.

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Busy time for the workers

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Non-spicy mee with add-on squid

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Then head for Jalil Special Ice Kacang, which has been around since 1974. It offers coconut water, milkshake, cendol, ice kacang and coconut-shake with slices of coconut flesh and ice- cream.

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The food court is naturally cool as its corrugated metal roofing is shielded from the sun by tall shading trees. There are ample parking spaces next to the food court. Click here for the Map Location.

Kota Selera Food Court
Padang Kota Lama
10200 Penang

Business Hour : Late morning till early evening

Closed on Sunday

Pork Free

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9 comments so far

 1 

this place is one of the best food court..especially the mee goreng . .

nasi lemak, and western food in the afternoon . .Yumssssss

CK Lam Reply:

Nasi Lemak is the next dish that I would go for…thanks for reminding.

June 8th, 2011 at 10:39 am
 2 

How did I forget this place? Thanks much for the reminder – loved the Western food AND the mee mamak both in what seems like a past life!

CK Lam Reply:

You are most welcome Min!

June 8th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Kasih
 3 

like to eat at this stall, especially the mee, yum yum.. big portion but yet cheap and delicious.. should go and eat there ;)

CK Lam Reply:

I totally agree with you :)

June 8th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Shu Ming
 4 

like the mee sotong so much der. and yes, sister if you dont mind could you please go and experience your self at this satay international in gurney drive malay section. their satay is so delicious, holiaooo hahah. even my god father from japan and and china like their satay so much and the owner also so friendly. may be u can call the owner, alyza 012-424 4554 for the info. thanks ya sister.

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing!

June 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Jessie Lim
 5 

One of my family favorite food outlet.We always order non spicy mee goreng but still spicy with the add on squid gravy.Yummy yummy

CK Lam Reply:

Both versions are just as tempting.

June 9th, 2011 at 11:03 am
 6 

From your article and the comments above, this seems to be a firm favourite of many Penangites! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Will bring you to this place on your next visit.

June 11th, 2011 at 4:08 pm
 7 

The mee goreng sotong plus the lemon shake ice! Spicy and cold …. perfect combination!

Hailam mee and no frill western foods …. bring back the reminisce of the olden days when I was still study at KDU across the field.

CK Lam Reply:

Still bring back yummy memories, ya!

June 14th, 2011 at 4:51 pm
MRahumankhan
 8 

Very very nice icekacang coconet shake very nice

June 13th, 2012 at 10:51 pm
riffa
 9 

The Hainanese food stall was the only stall dat ive been to since i was small. Luvvvv the beehoon hainan and esp the chicken chop and tartar sauce!!!! should hv tried the famous mi sotong tho

November 19th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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