Sunday, May 2, 2010

You Shall Eat Well in Penang

Who ever gets tired of Penang food porn? Not me!

So while I try to sift through the massive collection of random food photographs amassed in the camera and figure out what the hell to do with them (how do food bloggers do it? Do you guys make notes? Impose a post deadline?), here's another edition of more friendly food finds on sunny island.

Penang Curry Mee arrived at the perpetually packed New Cathay Coffee Shop, Pulau Tikus. I like this version because the curry is a notch thicker than average but not as loaded as the curry laksas down south. Cloud Nine mornings are made of this.


We also visited the poorly ventilated Sin Kim San Coffee Shop on Macalister Road. The Curry Chee Cheong Fun gets top marks with the olds because of the healthy chunks of chicken on smooth silken rice rolls. Didn't fancy the plasticware it came in, but I could definitely appreciate the robust gravy.



Also at Sin Kim San was Koay Chiap, a craft that is slowly but surely dying. The stall here serves up a perfectly worthy bowl of this herbal and somber delicacy, the handmade rice noodles springier to the spoon compared to the famed Kimberly Street's version.



To round off this day of eating well in Penang was a serving of Stewed Pork Leg, served with rice. The pork was fatty and invoked varying levels of lust. While not the best around, it was still very satisfying.


New Cathay
425E Jalan Burma
10350 Penang

Sin Kim San
Corner of Macalister Road & Rangoon Road
10400 Penang

20 comments:

Sean said...

Yikes, not only have I never eaten koay chiap, I've never even heard of it! Any idea if it's available in KL?
Are those evocative street names in Penang also expected to be an endangered breed? How long before macalister road is renamed jalan tun datuk something?

Life for Beginners said...

I dunno about the food bloggers, but I usually just post when I have the time and the inclination. Easiest not to give one too much pressure to post but do it when inspiration strikes. :)

P.S. I can't believe I haven't blogged about the Penang food scene yet despite countless trips there already... :P

BlancaMcleroy1230 said...

Well done!........................................

UnkaLeong said...

Aiiee! Should not have clicked so early in the morning. Now you've got me clamoring for Curry Mee! EVIL! Hehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

well if i dont remember the details like address n contacts, i google!

J said...

LOL - Well, food porn is always good, where ever the source (although Penang is always particularly lust inducing!)...
:)

iamthewitch said...

Ah I miss Penang food! No prizes guessing what's for lunch later :P

J2Kfm said...

Penang's hawker food is the best. Bar none. :)
I usually try to post the good ones asap, then the mediocre ones when there's nothing else to write.

minchow said...

Sean, I came to the knowledge of koay chiap pretty late in life too. I'd often assumed this was found only in Pg and a quick Google search pretty much reaffirmed that. As for the street names, they actually started doing that a while back, only to be overpowered by public outcry. If we continue to be loud enough, we may keep those intact for longer than the koay chiap legacy.

LFB, well right now I just want to see those Jap posts coming fast and furious! :-P Sometimes, I feel I need to have a more structured approach to blogging and archiving. But then again, this is a platform so unlike work that I have to remind myself that it IS okay to run it haphazardly! :-)

BlancaMcleroy1230, thanks!

Unkaleong, it's 1.30PM and I've not yet had my first meal of the day! Curry mee right now would hit the spot!

minchow said...

Joe, yes I do that too, but what about distinct impressions of the dining experience? I find that byt the time I actually sit down to attempt to blog, mine get watered down, both good and bad.

J, which brings me back to my dilemma for the week - do I make a trip back this weekend or not? Surprise Mom for Mother's Day and oh er... have some grub while I'm there, of course! :-P

iamthewitch, so what was lunch? Not one of those half hearted Penang wannabes??

J2Kfm, so there needs to be effort to post sooner rather than later. I suppose the good places deserve at least that.

HairyBerry said...

Agree! I don't get to go to Penang often but when I do, it's eating all day long! What's there not to like about Penang food!

I'm not sure if I consider myself a food blogger (really!) but I usually blog about what I remember. That usually indicates that it's worth blogging, I think. :D

gill gill said...

oh, never had this Curry Chee Cheong Fun in Sin Kim San before. But the one at cintra street selling by the old auntie was nice. standard dropped tremendously.

cariso said...

Sin Kim San is my favourite kopitiam too !

ck lam said...

I have yet to try out the Koay Chiap at Sin Kim San. Thanks for the intro.

Big Boys Oven said...

now you got me craving all those waesome lovely food from Penang! it's only 6am ! :(

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I probably have your disease when it comes to blogging and timing too. Nice food from my motherland. :-) An apt reminder that I have some outstanding PG posts too.

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thenomadGourmand said...

Ahh.. i love those pork leg with that chilli!
True this aint the best, but stil satisfactory whn the craving strikes!
I cant find this in KL though... hmmm..

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Kelvin Ooi said...

poorly ventilated ??? u r crazy!