Archive for the ‘Time Out Penang’ Category

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

 

How it’s cooked: A lot of anchovies are used in boiling the stock, which makes the soup very flavourful and sweet. The main ingredients for the dish are deep-fried anchovies, black fungus, minced meat, Chinese mushroom and the leafy, aromatic kowkay or sayur manis.

Flavor Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

 

The dry version comes with a small serving of soup and spicy chilli sambal while the soup version comes with cut chillies on soy sauce. This dish is a healthy choice as it is prepared without preservatives or artificial flavouring.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

Condiments of chilli flakes and lime to add zest to a bowl of pan mee

 

Where To Try:

Kedai Kopi Gou Lou
55 Jalan Kampung Malabar
Business Hour: 6pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sunday
Tip: A good option if you are looking for a dining place in George Town. Be sure to check out the pan mee with venison meat and also the pan mee with clams.

 Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

 

IU Win Pan Mee Cabin
74 Jalan Aziz Ibrahim
Sungai Nibong
11900 Penang
Business Hours: 7am to 10pm (daily)

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Pan Mee

 

I Mum Mum Restaurant
294 PDC Flats
Pengkalan Weld
10300 Penang
Business Hours: 7am – 3pm
Closed Every Alternate Monday

 

* This is a reproduction of a part of my article published in TimeOut Penang guide 2014/15. The guide can be purchased at their website.

 

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.

CHAPATI
What it is: Chapati is an Indian flatbread made of wheat flour. It’s a staple in the Indian community’s diet. There is a very light flavour stemming from the wheat dough to this flatbread and it is simply delicious when dipped in curry.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food: Chapati

  The best way to enjoy chapati is to dip pieces of it into curry

  Read the rest of this entry »

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.

 

SAMOSA

What it is: Savoury samosa & curry puffs are popular deep-fried snacks sold mainly at Indian and Malay street food stalls. They’re made out of dough cut into small pieces and stuffed with a savoury spicy filling. Fillings might vary slightly but most vendors have the vegetarian version filled with essentially spicy curry paste, potatoes and onions. The meaty version with chicken meat is also available. Samosas are normally triangular-shaped while curry puffs are crescent-shaped and tapered at the ends to keep the filling intact.

Flavour Guide on Penang Hawker Food - Samosa

Deep-fried samosas make the perfect snack

  Read the rest of this entry »

BY CK Lam

Besides dubbed as the top state for hawker food, Penang also offers places to indulge for high-end flavors. Follow me as I uncover the luxurious flavors in the island.

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Restaurant

A flamboyant restaurant at the end of Church Street Pier, Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine serves cuisine leaning towards the Hunan and Szechuan style. The restaurant is run by Dave Chin, a long time entrepreneur in restaurant business and has earned several prestigious awards in his London restaurant during the 8o’s and 90’s.

High-End Flavours of Penang at Chin's Stylish Chinese Cuisine, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Four Happiness

  Read the rest of this entry »

BY CK Lam

Among the many desserts in Penang, the cendol really stands out with its flavor and texture. This sweet Indian dessert is about having the right combination of ingredients and it is served ice cold.

BM Best Cendol with Pulut by what2seeonline.com

Cendol with Pulut

Read the rest of this entry »

BY CK Lam

On the busy Jalan Danby in Bukit Mertajam is a stall that has been attracting customers with its serving of “cup rice” for lunch. This simple, wholesome and tasty dish is childhood food for many Penangites.

BM Steamed Cup Rice by what2seeonline.com

  Read the rest of this entry »

BY CK Lam

There are many new cafes with interesting ambience and unique features to explore in Penang, especially with the cafe culture gaining much popularity over the last few years. Most of these quaint cafes managed by both locals and expatriates are located in the heritage enclave of George Town and it is definitely worth exploring on foot.

Old charming new cafes around the heritage enclave of George Town

 

Read the rest of this entry »

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

  Read the rest of this entry »

BY CK Lam

Discover and experience Penang with the newly released Time Out Penang magazine!

The team behind Time Out Kuala Lumpur had launched the Time Out Penang 2011/12, a guidebook providing information about everything Penang: the people, lifestyle, fashion, art, culture and of course, the food!

Time Out Penang Magazine Official Launch Party at Aseana in Straits Quay, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Time Out Penang – The Insiders Guide to Penang 2011/2012

Read the rest of this entry »

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin