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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

Hokkien Mee

What it is: Also known as prawn mee, Hokkien mee is served with choice of either blanched yellow noodles or rice vermicelli, or a combination of both.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food: Hokkien Mee

 Hokkien mee with add-on pork ribs

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BY CK Lam

Penang is a hawker paradise with a huge variety of interesting street food stalls offering plenty of good and reasonably priced Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I revel in the delights of hawker food, sold throughout the market area, neighbourhood stalls and the narrow back alleys of Penang.

Some of the stalls offer sitting areas while others have none, so you may have to eat while standing up – a bit of a challenge. However, it’s an even bigger challenge to decipher what goes into each dish and just where those flavours dancing on your palate stem from. This is where I can help.

 Pan Mee

What it is: Pan Mee is also known as mee hoon kueh in Hokkien. You can have either the dry version or with soup. Pan mee is a type of noodle made of rice flour that is handmade manually on the spot. The prepared small lumps of dough are kept fresh in a tight container, and when the time comes, they’re flattened and cut into strips using a noodle-making machine.

 Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

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By CK Lam

Xiao Fei Yang Steamboat Restaurant (Little Fat Lamb) was buzzing with diners when we visited the place for dinner. The steamboat restaurant which has developed a reputation of offering nice cuts of meat is located along Jalan Tanjung Tokong Penang, a few houses away from Starbucks Drive-Thru.

Raw meats and veggies are cooked in a pot of hot soup.  At Xiao Fei Yang, there is the herbal soup (RM23) and hot & spicy Mala soup. You can also opt to have the combination of both, priced at RM25.

Ordering is made easy with the ticking ordering system. We tick our choices of ingredients and in a short while, the pot of soup is set up the table. The Mala broth is hearty and fiery, boiled with lots of herbs, peppercorns, ginger and chillies. The herbal soup flavored with a mixture of Chinese herbs, garlic, longan and kei chee (wolfberries) is especially welcoming.

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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

Among the many dim sum places in Penang, one old-time favorite is Yong Pin Restaurant. The place with its location in Sungai Ujong is full of memories for those who frequent this place for its range of dim sum and noodles.

Besides a breakfast fare, the dim sum is also available during dinner. Round bamboo steamer filled with small plates of dim sum is being carried around the tables by workers.

 Dim Sum @ Yong Pin Sungai Ujong, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Penang is home to a few German restaurants, including the hardly touristy Lecker Ecke. Located on Burma Road, the quaint restaurant welcomes diners with simple and pleasant decor.

The restaurant’s wall is dominated by a chalkboard with daily specials. Owner cum chef Nicholas Cheng mentioned that he is sticking closely to the recipes used during his culinary career in Hamburg, Germany.  While pork and beef are the standard meaty selections, the menu also features poultry and seafood.

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BY CK Lam

Nagore Square, a buzzy food scene in Penang is home to many food outlets. Conveniently sitting on the corner of the refurbished Chime Heritage building on nearby Jalan Bawasah is The Haven Harbour (HH). This double storey corner unit cafe with its white washed walls and spacious upstairs dining area is welcoming with modern day design and relaxing environment.

Andus Yeap takes care of the kitchen while Carine Lim is the lady behind the wide range of creative pastries and cakes. For freshness, only small patches of desserts are baked daily while the made to order signature desserts take 15 minutes of preparation.

Take your pick from the different types of chocolate desserts made with superior quality Callebaut chocolate products. Would it be the Poke Boule or the Chocolate Assiette? We had both choices.

The ball of Poke Boule with Frangelico infused lady finger coated with Belgian chocolate was served cold in a ramekin. Carine took it up a notch by adding nice sense of texture – fine lines of white chocolate and crisp peanuts. Recommended to go with a cup of Americano, the Poke Boule practically melts in the mouth. It brings back something memorable – roughly like eating rum ball.

The Haven Harbour – A cafe at Chime Heritage Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth is overloaded with many hawker food stalls and some has since become beloved local dining spots. One such spot is the tom yam noodle stall located in a shoplot beside the SRJK (C) Kwong Wah Primary School. Due to not having a signboard, most customers brand it as the Kwong Wah Tom Yam for its near distance to the Chinese school.

Here, you will find warm comfort noodles cooked in clear soup besides the renowned tom yam soup.

Tom Yam Noodles at Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth Penang 光华小学旁边 by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

DCOVA Cafe on Bishop Street in George Town Penang caters to a diverse downtown clientele of corporate types and town visitors. The cafe housed in the Logan Heritage Building takes over the space that was once Lighthouse Cafe. The all day dining cafe welcomes visitors with its food, cakes, tea and a vast selection of coffee.

We started exploring the several varieties of hot coffee drinks made using throwback coffee beans from Papa Pahleta. The throwback is a composition of Brazil Cerrado, Sumatra Ratawali Valley and Tobing Estate. I enjoyed the espresso solo, which gave satisfying flavors of dark chocolate.

Dcova Cafe at Logan Heritage Building Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

The secret is in the soup

The light and flavorful noodle dish of koay teow th’ng is a popular hawker food across Penang.  One place that many would head to for a bowl of koay teow th’ng (flat rice noodle) is the stall located on Clarke Street – a street between Argyll Road and Hutton Lane.

Hidden in a small alley, you will find the koay teow th’ng stall that has been running for more than 30 years.

Koay Teow Th’ng at Clarke Street, Penang by what2seeonline.com
A bowl of koay teow th’ng prepared with beehoon

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BY CK Lam

Doing my marketing in the Pulau Tikus wet market gives me the opportunity to try the many hawker food from the surrounding food stalls. One of the popular noodle stall is the wantan mee stall at Swee Kong coffee shop, located on Burma Road (opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station).

The neighbourhood wantan mee stall has been serving dry version wantan mee in soy sauce, pork lard and signature “lor” starchy gravy for the breakfast and lunch crowd.

Wantan Mee House, Pulau Tikus Penang by what2seeonline.com

Dry wantan mee with deep-fried wantan

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BY CK Lam

For those looking to share a steamboat meal in Butterworth, I would suggest you head to Zi Wei Yuan. Located on Jalan Raja Uda, the restaurant serves traditional charcoal heated steamboat.

The restaurant does not disappoint with its Grouper Steamboat and signature Fish Head Steamboat.

Steamboat Meal at Zi Wei Yuan by what2seeonline.com

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