Well over a month ago, just before the Chinese New Year, a friend from Kuala Lumpur called upon me and said I am in Penang and lets go do some food hunting … ok mai?
So how can I say no .. so I said OK, lets do it and this is what we ate that one fine day ~ I think it was three days before the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019 so some of the shops we wanted to go was closed.
I wanted to start the day off with Ali Nasi Lemak in Sri Weld Food Court, but alas, it was not opened, so we went for #2 on the list which was Hameed Pata Special Mee Sotong at Esplanade Food Court.
The queue was not too long – about 10 persons ahead and my friend went and got us the Coconut Shake and I was in line for the famous Hameed Pata Special Mee Sotong. The line went rather quickly – I guess because they fry the noodles in a big batches.
We truly enjoyed this RM 5.00 mee sotong – indeed it was very fragrant, and the added sotong is lovely. Definitely recommended for anyone to give this a try.
From Hameed Pata Special Mee Sotong, we proceeded for my favorite teatime snacks in town – Uncle Lau Penang Lobak at Kheng Pin Cafe at the junction of Sri Bahari Road and Penang Road. This kopitiam serves quite a number of delicious items – chicken rice (usually long), char koay teow, hokkien mee, wan than mee (used to be very good but now errr, just ok), porridge and above average Chinese nasi lemak.
However our target for the day was just Uncle Lau’s Lobak and Prawn Fritters and we definitely had a good hearty serving of the delicious lobak and prawn fritters.
From Kheng Pin Cafe, our initial target was the famous Free School Road Goreng Tnee Kueh and Goreng Pisang but it was not opened so we drove further down South to Batu Lanchang Market for some good Chinese Pasembur (Cher Hu).
I have no idea why its called “Green Fish – direct translation” but Batu Lanchang Market is where you can find of most delicious Chinese Pasembur in town. If you have not tried the Chinese Pasembur before, it contains taukuah, cucur udang and crispy crackers with shredded cucumbers and turnips topped by some thick sweet potato based gravy with sesame seed.
We wanted to also get the famous Kheng Nyonya Kuih at the market too but they only opened at 3pm and we couldn’t wait as we wanted to head out to our next destination ~ Air Itam Penang Assam Laksa.
We were pretty lucky to able to get a parking lot nearby and we were very much looking forward to a great bowl of the Penang Assam Laksa which was ranked #7 in CNN’s World’s Best Street Food.
The Assam Laksa was good ~ but I would say I like the Angcle Peoh Laksa in Bukit Tinggi in Klang better (although this one at Air Itam is much cheaper – only RM 3.80 per bowl).
From Air Itam Penang Assam Laksa we came back down to Georgetown – Siam Road Char Koay Teow ~ the original Siam Road Char Koay Teow was not opened so we just swing by the original shop “110 Siam Road Char Koay Teow” which I think it is also very nice and delicious and not much of a wait time, unlike the famous shop where you can expect to wait for maybe a good hour or two.
The last item on our agenda was the 888 Presgrave Road Penang Hokkien Mee. I would say this is my favorite Penang Hokkien Mee stall and we each had a bowl of the original Penang Hokkien Mee (you can add extra ribs, eggs or roast pork).
I would say we had a great day eating down some of the best food in town and you’re free to follow our itinerary ~ we started about 11am and ate till about 630pm.
What do you think of this one-day food agenda in Penang?