Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Penang

BY CK Lam

Fettes Park in Tanjung Tokong, Penang is not only a residential neighbourhood with shops and restaurants, but also with many hawker food lover’s list of musts. Infront of Prima Tanjung in Jalan Fettes, are several street peddlers offering a variety of finger foods, deep-fried snacks, local kuih-muih, and Assam Laksa.

One particular stall that strikes a chord with the nostalgic senses of many will be the bak kua roti motorcycle stall. The bak kua roti (pork slice with bun) is a heavenly indulgent for the senses. It has warm grilled pork slice sandwiched between steamed soft rectangular bun spread with sweet savory sauce.

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Bak kua (also known as Chinese pork jerky) grilled over charcoal fire

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang  Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Clouds of smoke waft above the stall offering charcoal grilled items such as bak kua roti, bak hu roti (pork meat floss with bun), along with chicken gizzards, chicken wings, Taiwan sausages, and chicken tails.

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
A stick of grilled chicken gizzard
Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang  Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
(L) A two wheeler with a steamer and charcoal stove. (R) Sticks of chicken wings and tails

 

 

Stepping away leads me towards a wafting aroma of assam laksa. An Indian chap on a motorcycle has been manning the stall for years now, and offerings of assam laksa, deep-fried popiah, cucur udang, and colorful sweet kuih muih are just some of the items available.

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

 

Served piping hot, the assam laksa is a crowd favourite especially for customers who like something spicy yet sourish to tickle the tastebuds. This local Penang favorite hawker dish with sour fish-based soup comes with noodles and plenty of vegetables. While the assam laksa is good on its own, it is equally well with crunchy deep-fried popiah (spring roll) filled with shredded yambean.

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, PenangHawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

For something light, grab some deep-fried popiahs and dunk them in the assam laksa soup. If sweet’s is on your mind, you probably should try the assorted colourful kuih-muih.

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
A simple snack – deep-fried popiahs dunk in assam laksa soup

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, PenangHawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Assorted colourful sweet kuih-muih

 

To quench the thirst, look no further than the soya bean milk truck located just right beside the assam laksa stall. One can find soya bean milk products such as bean curd (taufufah), cold and hot soya bean milk with traditional selection of black or white sugar. Apart from that, there is the grass black jelly drink (leong fun) and packets of nasi lemak as well.

 Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

 

At night, do not miss Bala cafe, down the road leading to the Mount Erskine traffic light. The mamak stall parked by the right side of the road serves up a handful of curry dishes along with deep-fried fish and chicken. Many are seen stopping by for the dishes which can be paired with rice or Bengali bread.

The food is delightful to the tastebuds, especially so with a piping hot cup of teh tarik.

 

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang  Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Deep-fried fish and chicken with Bengali roti

Hawker Food @Fettes Park, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

So next time when you are around Fettes Park area, you may want to consider stopping by the food stalls which operates from lunch till teatime except for Bala Cafe which is only open during dinner hours.

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