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Penang is a food haven and the variety ranges from appetizing hawker food, contemporary cuisine and of course, seafood. For those craving seafood meals, you’re spoilt for choice with the many seafood restaurants on both the mainland and the island.

Just ask around and the locals will proudly recommend their seafood places. There are some right on the beach with views of fishing boats and fishermen hauling in the day’s catch. However, if you prefer dining indoors with air-conditioning, there are many restaurants conveniently located within Penang towns.

There is a comprehensive selection of seafood to choose from in the display counter of seafood restaurants such as crabs, mussels, prawns, clams, fish, oysters and many more. Whether you want them grilled, steamed, chilled, deep-fried or baked, choosing fresh seafood can take some time. Fear not, here are a few tips that will help you order the best seafood meal you’ve ever had.

Penang Seafood Guide by

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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

Jia Hian signature crab clay pot rice

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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

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BY CK Lam.

2014 is here and it is time to plan ahead for the coming Chinese New Year festive season

To usher in the Year of the Horse, Ixora Hotel in Prai, Penang is offering several promotions for the upcoming Chinese New Year Festivity! Celebrate the auspicious festival with the Chinese New Year Prosperous Reunion eight-course dinner at The Straits Cafe and Lounge from January 30 until February 1, 2014.

There are two packages, priced at RM698++ and RM888++ for a table for 10 people. Executive Chef Aikaun Beh presents the Chinese cuisine artistically on varied white ceramic.

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Operating since 1974 and managed now by the third generation, the fruit stall sited under a big tree in front of Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Seberang Perai Utara offers fresh cut fruits and vegetables on sticks. These refreshing fruit sticks are more commonly known as ‘batang rojak’ or ‘chiam-chiam’.

Just pick and choose from the 15 to 16 varieties of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The selection includes young mangoes, jambu air,  pineapples, guavas, star fruits, umbras, cuttle fish, hard boiled quail eggs and deep-fried fish balls. Vegetable lovers will appreciate the fresh choices of cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots and turnips. Pineapple and guava are the crowd pleasers and one particular favorite bite is the cuttle fish.

Batang Rojak Cucuk – Fruit On Sticks by

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By CK Lam

Spending your weekend in Penang? Do check out this 24-hour guide to eating on the island non-stop, written by me for TimeOut Penang 2012. Hope everyone have a great time indulging  in all the flavourful food, rich in spices and herbs from the many restaurants and hawker stalls in Penang.

6am – 7am: Special Famous Roti Canai
56 Jalan Transfer
Open daily, 6.30am-1pm, 3.30pm-7pm

Soak in the slow pace of life in Penang with breakfast at this road side stall, which is famous for its crispy roti canai. There are several varieties of curries to complement the roti canai – mutton, beef, chicken, fish and dhall. The place is usually packed with customers waiting for a table.

Roti Canai by CK Lam for TimeOut Penang 2012

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Premiering on May 7, 2012, 10.30pm every Monday on TLC (Astro Channel 707), The Food Surprise sees food guru KF Seetoh armed with a camera crew goes into an eatery without permission, chows down and pays for the food.

His journey in this 13-part series with Makansutra, takes him to hawker stalls, restaurants and street food carts in several locations in Malaysia – from Penang, through Ipoh, her capital Kuala Lumpur, a tiny seaside town Sekinchan, Johor Baru and Singapore.

KF Seetoh in The Food Surprise by

The Food Surprise shows the moments when he gets thrown out, wakes up a restaurant manager from her late noon siesta, and gets in line, like everyone else, for a 20 minute wait for his food.

I had the opportunity to be his dining guide during the filming in Penang. It was a great time, seeing the happenings behind-the-scene.

The Food Surprise will also makes its debut on TLC (Starhub Channel 427) every Monday in Singapore at 10.30pm.



* Many thanks to Makansutra for laying on this invitation.


* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th October 2011


Located in the Sunway township of Seberang Jaya, Abbey Road is a trendsetting Beatles-inspired bistro and restaurant. The restaurant concept of this family-owned outlet is derived from the restaurant’s owner Cheong Chee Seng love for The Beatles. The walls are adorned with posters of the group, and diners get to enjoy their music too.

Opened in April 2011, this restaurant which occupies the ground floor of a shop house, offers dining in a casual mode. The kitchen is managed by chef Samuel Cheong, who has worked in many overseas establishments and fine dining restaurants. The simple menu focuses on Western cuisine with modern plating.

Casual Dining at Abbey Road Bistro Restaurant by CK Lam at

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 1st February 2011.

Bukit Mertajam houses plenty of eateries, and Ah Meng Coffee Shop is one ideal eatery where one can find cheap and good teatime snacks. Located along Jalan Pasar, this coffee shop is famous for its Rojak Orang Hitam Putih and the Li Guang Popiah.

The ingredients of the popiah include fried bean curd, fried egg, prawn, bean sprout, crunchy lettuce and turnip. The popiah is dressed with chili and hoisin sweet sauce and topped with fried garlic oil, chili sauce and turnip-based gravy.

Bukit Mertajam Popular Teatime Snacks by

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 23rd June 2010.

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya outlet in Autocity Penang has a unique 2-in-1 dining concept under one roof. Its menu has a wide selection of sushi, teppanyaki and fusion specialties; not many Japanese restaurants has the variety of fusion specialties as found in Sakae!

During this visit, I opted to try out the latest items in the menu rather than having the usual Japanese fare of sushi and sashimi.

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya in Autocity Penang

The Sakae Izakaya Special

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Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya, a stand-alone teppanyaki and sushi dining place has been in business for a number of years in Auto-City, Seberang Prai. They have recently launched a NEW 2-in-1 Dining Concept. Teppanyaki lovers can now enjoy Teppanyaki in the Teppanyaki Dining Place downstairs while sushi lovers can enjoy delectable variety of sushi and cocktail in the Sushi & Cocktail Bar @ Mezzanine.

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya at Autocity Penang by

Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya at Autocity Penang by

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This time around our Penang food outing in the Mainland continues with Teochew cuisine at the popular Restaurant Chao Zhou. This Teochew restaurant also serves a wide selection of dim sum for breakfast and numerous dishes for lunch and dinner.

I chanced upon it through its restaurant website. Together with my In-laws, we made the trip to this restaurant located in Chai Leng Park. The restaurant has a large air-conditioned dining hall and a pleasant outdoor sitting area.


Straight to the dishes we indulged that evening!

We started with the superb deep-fried items. There is a good variety to choose from and varies based on the customer choices. We had three different types, with deep-fried cho, ku chye kueh and prawns wrap with crisp vermicelli. All the deep fried items were served hot and crispy…very fragrant. Excellent appetizer to kick off the meal.


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