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BY CK Lam

We could not resist the offer from our friends to track down the crab clay pot rice at Kedai Makanan Jia Hian. We travel over to Simpang Ampat Penang to enjoy the simple pleasure of this fabulous rice dish.

Kedai Makanan Jia Hian is another neighbourhood cze char place. Previously located in the corner house on Taman Merak Jaya, it has since shifted to a shop house in nearby Taman Idaman.

The signature dish is obviously the crab clay pot rice. We could see that most tables have at least a pot or two of this dish.

Crab claypot rice at Jia Hian by what2seeonline.com

Jia Hian signature crab clay pot rice

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BY CK Lam
Occupying a site in inner George Town, the Moey She Temple is a Cantonese-style clan temple for the Chinese with the surname of “Moey”. Located on Penang Street, the temple is also where you can dine in – how about that?

Taste of Cantonese style economy rice at Moey She Temple, Penang at what2seeonline.com

Table in front of the main altar

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BY CK Lam

A food trip over to Ipoh, Perak had us visiting Mun Choong Restaurant. This restaurant commonly known as Pusing Public Restaurant is a favorite of both tourists and locals.

This restaurant situated in Pasir Puteh offers variety of delicacies and one personal favorite is the udang galah (Har Lok in Cantonese). These freshwater prawns are cooked in many forms.

Freshwater Prawns @ Mun Choong, Ipoh by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Poon choi or Big Bowl Feast is an indulgent affair with layers of ingredients in fragrant gravy. It is believed that this traditional dish originated in China, and the name of the dish came from the distinctive basin-like pot in which it was cooked and served.

There are only a handful of places serving this dish in Penang and one of them is Zi Zai Restaurant. Our group of 13 made our way to the restaurant  in Paya Terubong to try its traditional poon choi.

Treasure pot of Poon Choi goodness at Zi Zai by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

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Located at Cintra Street in downtown Penang is De Tai Tong Cafe. This corner coffeeshop is a favorite food venue for it offers an extensive variety of dim sum and dozens of rice and noodle dishes.

Dim Sum at De Tai Tong on Cintra Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 23rd August 2011

Beach Street remains as one of the longest, busiest streets in Penang. Many heritage buildings along the road have been restored and converted into upmarket eateries and franchise restaurants that offer a wide variety of multicultural cuisine.

Located at the intersection of Beach and Chulia Street is Lam Ah, a small coffee shop with a zinc roof that sells the popular local delicacy – fish head curry. The Liberty Claypot Fish Head Curry is an excellent place to visit, especially for the adventurous gourmand.

Liberty Claypot Fish Head Curry at Lam Ah Kopitiam (opposite Beach Street Bomba)

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 9th May 2011.

Penang is dotted with many restaurants, with some hidden unnoticed even though we often pass by it. One such place is Chin Bee Tea Restaurant. Located on Noordin Street, or commonly known as ‘Ji Tiau Lor’ among the Hokkiens here, this tea house is unique in its own way. This place is not all only about serving Chinese tea, but also serves appealing Chinese dishes.

One of their best dishes offered here is the Hainan Kampung Chicken. Dosed in the chef’s concoction of light soy sauce and oil, the chicken is tender and juicy. The condiment of fresh and fragrant chilli sauce blend with garlic and ginger is a must-have. I highly enjoyed the chicken with its natural sweetness flavor.

Chin Bee Tea Restaurant – Good Food and Chinese Tea by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 4th April 2011.

DeHappy Seafood Restaurant is a convenient dining place located right on busy Macalister Road. This restaurant which is just a stone’s throw away from the hawker stalls at New Lane, specializes in seafood.

DeHappy offers an abundance of choices, with Geoduck, Alaska Spider Crab, Lobster, Tiger Grouper, Mantis Prawns, Tiger Prawns, clams and mussels. Diners may select the fresh seafood from the displayed trays and tanks, and DeHappy will prepare them in a wide variety of taste.

Seafood at DeHappy Seafood Restaurant, Macalister Road Penang by what2seeonline.com Seafood at DeHappy Seafood Restaurant, Macalister Road Penang by what2seeonline.com

A wide range of seafood at DeHappy

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 22nd November 2010.

Fish head curry is an all time favorite delicacy for many. The fish head curry is categorized into many different styles of cooking with their respective combination of spices: Indian style, Nyonya, Chinese and Malay! There are those which are spicy and sourish while others laden with thick coconut milk. All in all, there is plenty of variety when it comes to Fish Head Curry.

Chee Wah Curry Fish Head Restaurant, Lebuh Melayu Penang

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*This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 27th September 2010.

Teluk Bahang, in the northwestern tip of Penang Island, is a perfect paradise for relaxation. Free of the bustling hotels that encroach the beachfront, it gives an open sight of the roaring sea and a stretch of beach that seems to run endlessly.

Seafood at Fishing Village Restaurant, Teluk Bahang by what2seeonline.com

The makeshift and uneven wooden jetties that extend from the shore outwards into the sea exemplify the beauty of this village. Not to be missed is the sunset. As the sun draw to a close and hide behind the hills each day, it performs its final act by bathing the sky in amber for few minutes.

Seafood at Fishing Village Restaurant, Teluk Bahang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Yee Heong Restaurant is a great place for a Chinese meal. It is one of the Chinese restaurants in Campbell Street, Georgetown that not only serves dim sum for breakfast but also Chu Char for lunch and dinner.

Over a period of time, we have been having our lunch and dinner at this Chinese restaurant which is located right opposite the morning wet market. The menu is expansive, with plenty of Chinese dishes!

Yee Heong Restaurant, Campbell Street Penang

One of their signature dishes, Braised Lamb!

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A visit to Sunshine Bay for dinner had the few of us indulging in several types of seafood dishes. This eatery, located in Kedai Kopi Sin Eng Huat at Tanjung Bungah is just right beside the traffic light junction, directly opposite  the famous Penang Tanjung Bunga Goreng Pisang stall. The place looks quite a bit run down with the fluorescent lightnings going on and off during our visit on a rainy day. Anyway, the food was awesome!

I am sharing the scrumptious noodle dishes first. The Kappa Mee Suah and the Stir Fried Noodles with Crab are two lovely choices. The meesuah was smooth and extremely flavorful with the egg and fresh kappa.

Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant in Tanjung Bungah by what2seeonline.com

 

On the other hand, the yellow noodles stir-fried with crab, is robust with the crustacean juices. The noodles are best left absorbing the gravy as it tends to get slightly moist and more flavorful. I could not resist a second helping of the noodles! The crab flesh was juicy, and with the gravy coating it, the dish was heavenly!

Sunshine Bay Seafood Restaurant in Tanjung Bungah by what2seeonline.com

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