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Penang Food – Gurney Drive Hawker Stalls @ Persiaran Gurney, Penang

Gurney Drive is popular with its hawkers affair and have recently become a phenomenon in Penang where visitors from KL and as far as Singapore flock down to Gurney Drive just to sample its delicate array of food. The number of people frequenting Gurney Drive hawker stalls on weekends is quite high compare to many years ago and it can be a daunting experience to visit the ever so famous Gurney Drive just to sample Penang’s delicacy as finding a place to sit can be as difficult as finding a parking space in Kuala Lumpur shopping malls during the weekend. Furthermore, the quality of the food has drastically deteriorate over the years.

Gurney Drive's Chee Cheong Fun
Gurney Drive’s Chee Cheong Fun

Gurney’s Drive Chee Cheong Fun fairs so much better than the flamboyant restaurant in The Gardens with the same name. From RM 2 for a small plate to RM 4 for large, you can eat until you vomit but you don’t have to pay RM 8 for a plate. What’s more important is a hawker food should be eaten in a hawker centre, if the patrons want to eat in an air-conditioned place, there is something called "take-away".

Gurney Drive's Muar Chee
Gurney Drive’s Muar Chee

Muar Chee (Stall #55) serves Muar Chee and they are just so tasty. Just like many other stalls, there are a few options to choose from — small and large with the difference at only 50 cents.

Gurney Drive's Fried Chicken
Gurney Drive’s Fried Chicken

M Tucky Fried Chicken (Stall #100) serves delicious Fried Chicken, Fried Sotong, Fried Chicken Skin, Fried Sausage and more. They are incredibly crispy and the stall usually has really long queues. Even though the food tastes quite good, they are also incredibly unhealthy.

Gurney Drive's Ais Kacang
Gurney Drive’s Ais Kacang

There is however, nothing to shout about for the Ais Kacang (Stall #78). It is quite bland and the ingredients is quite minimal and even though there are usually a long queue at this stall, don’t be fooled and intimidated by the queue.

Gurney Drive's Cendol
Gurney Drive’s Cendol

The Cendol is quite mediocre but it is definitely better than the Ais Kacang. Nevertheless, nothing beats the cendol in Cendol Klang. That’s for sure.

Gurney Drive's Longan Tau Fa
Gurney Drive’s Longan Tau Fa

Longan Tau Fa (Stall #76) is quite refreshing and unique as it is a cup of jelly and longan and is a better choice as dessert after a hearty meal at Gurney Drive.

Overall, Gurney Drive hawker stalls have changed so much over the decade. While the place is always filled with patrons, the number of eaters has gone up while the quality of the food has gone down. There are always other hawker stalls in Penang.

Price

  • Stall #108
  • Chee Cheong Fun – RM 2 (Small), RM 3 (Medium), RM 4 (Large)
  • Stall #55
  • Muar Chee – RM 1.50 (Small), RM 2 (Large)
  • Stall #87
  • Sotong Bakar – RM 8
  • Stall #100
  • Fried Chicken, Fried Sotong, Fried Chicken Skin, etc. – price varies
  • Stall #78
  • Cendol – RM 2
  • Ais Kacang – RM 2
  • Stall #76
  • Longan Tau Fa – RM 1.2

Address

Persiaran Gurney,
10250 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 2.0

Char Kuey Teow (Fried Kuey Teow) @ Lorong Selamat, Penang

Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow or Fried Kuey Teow has been famous since early 2000. Now, it is sheltered inside a restaurant named Kafe Heng Huat and not the one outside a few shops away in the street. However, many bloggers and food lovers alike have commented that the owners are not very friendly. It is indeed the truth — the owner told us to wait at least two hours when we were ordering, it’s like they are now so rich, they don’t need our business anymore. We ended up waiting for nearly one hour instead of the two hours she earlier mentioned. Rude and arrogant is not the way to service the customers. Furthermore, since their debut on 8TV’s Ho Chak, the price is now ridiculously high, starting from RM 6.50 to RM 9.00 for a bigger plate.

Lorong Selamat's Char Kuey Teow
Lorong Selamat’s Char Kuey Teow

Lorong Selamat's Char Kuey Teow Stall is in Kafe Heng Huat
Lorong Selamat’s Char Kuey Teow Stall is in Kafe Heng Huat

Lorong Selamat's Infamous Char Kuey Teow
Lorong Selamat’s Infamous Char Kuey Teow

Even though, the plate of Char Kuey Teow has three big prawns, the eggs seems to be a little bit soggy. The plate of Fried Kuey Teow is quite small, where the bigger plate will cost RM 9.00 instead of RM 7.00.

Lorong Selamat's Ais Kacang
Lorong Selamat’s Ais Kacang

Kafe Heng Huat also has Ice Kacang. The famous Ice Kacang is the one a few shop lots away on the street. The owner of Kafe Heng Huat allows you to take away food from outside except Char Kuey Teow and Ice Kacang, because if you want these, you need to buy from them.

My verdict? These are not the best Char Kuey Teow in town. I have tried many better ones and the big prawns are not worth it. Moreover, the attitude of the business owners are way too unfriendly they should consider closing down their business and eat wind instead.

Price

  • Char Kuey Teow (Without eggs) – RM 6.50
  • Char Kuey Teow (Regular) – RM 7.00
  • Char Kuey Teow (Big) – RM 9.00

Address

Kafe Heng Huat,
Lorong Selamat,
10400 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 1.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Dim Sum – Restoran Chao Zhou @ Prai, Penang

Restoran Chao Zhou (Teochew Restaurant) is quite popular with its dim sum and is usually crowded on a Sunday morning with many families filling up the tables longing for its fresh, hot and delicious dim sum.

Restoran Chao Zhou's range of Dim Sum
Restoran Chao Zhou’s range of Dim Sum

Restoran Chao Zhou does not have a really wide range of dim sum but it is sufficient enough. The dim sum here are fresh and hot but gets cold quickly inside the air-conditioned restaurant as the place is quite small. Instead, one should have the dim sum in the outdoor area of the restaurant.

Restoran Chao Zhou's Deep Fried Stuffed Yam
Restoran Chao Zhou’s Deep Fried Stuffed Yam

After looking at these two pictures, are you already carving for dim sum?

Price

  • Dim Sum, serving for 6 persons – RM 52++ (RM 2 – RM 6 per plates)

Address

Restoran Chao Zhou (Teochew Restaurant),
107, 109, 111, Jalan Gan Chai Leng,
Taman Chai Leng,
13700 Perai, Penang, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 2.0
  • Ambiance – 2.0

Special Coffee – Sin Min Hong Coffee Shop @ Butterworth

When it comes to good coffee, Northern Malaysia never lacks it. Sin Min Hong Coffee Shop in Butterworth is famous for its special coffee.

Sin Ming Hong's Special Coffee (Hot)
Sin Ming Hong’s Special Coffee (Hot)

Sin Ming Hong's Special Coffee (Cold)
Sin Ming Hong’s Special Coffee (Cold)

Special Coffee looks special and different from the ordinary coffee in kopitiam. However, I feel it tastes almost the same like the ordinary coffee and fail to taste any difference in it.

Sin Ming Hong's Babyshake
Sin Ming Hong’s Babyshake

Babyshake is nevertheless a special drink which consists of milk tea and a small amount of coffee powder. There is a strong flowery taste in it as well.

Sin Ming Hong's Egg on Toast
Sin Ming Hong’s Egg on Toast

Egg on Toast consists of half-boiled eggs and toasts except the eggs are on the toast as the name has suggested. Special but I still prefer to eat them separately. What about you?

Price

  • Egg on Toast – RM 2.60
  • Special Coffee (Cold) – RM 1.60
  • Special Coffee (Hot) – RM 1.30
  • Babyshake – RM 2.80

Address

Sin Min Hong Coffee Shop,
Jalan Heng Choon Thian,
12000 Butterworth, Penang, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 2.0
  • Ambiance – 2.0

Toilet Bowl Concept Restaurant – T-Bowl @ QueensBay Mall, Penang

T-Bowl Concept Restaurant which is located on the third floor of QueensBay Mall, Penang is a restaurant based on Taiwan’s Modern Toilet Restaurant concept.

T-Bowl's Toilet Bowl Seating
T-Bowl’s Toilet Bowl Seating

T-Bowl's Toilet Bowl Seating looks exactly like the one in my house's toilet
T-Bowl’s Toilet Bowl Seating looks exactly like the one in my house’s toilet

Someone even mentioned "Shouldn’t we put the toilet seat up?" Hilarious, but I have never thought of it.

Some of the T-Bowl's Toilet Bowl Seating is pretty
Some of the T-Bowl’s Toilet Bowl Seating is pretty

T-Bowl is decorated to look like a toilet, it even has showerheads
T-Bowl is decorated to look like a toilet, it even has showerheads

Beneath the tables are the sinks
Beneath the tables are the sinks

Basically, the restaurant is like a gigantic toilet where people eat instead of shit. Most of the seating is based on toilet bowl while they do have non-toilet bowl seat as well. If you fancy eating in the toilet, then this is the right place.

T-Bowl's Toilet Bowl Chicken Baked Rice
T-Bowl’s Toilet Bowl Chicken Baked Rice

T-Bowl's Cheesed Baked Rice with Curry Chicken
T-Bowl’s Cheesed Baked Rice with Curry Chicken

The baked rice – Toilet Bowl Chicken Baked Rice and Cheesed Baked Rice with Curry Chicken taste almost like those in Wong Kok and Kim Gary. Of course with the concept of having your food in a toilet bowl instead of the normal bowl makes it extra special.

T-Bowl's Tom Yam Seafood Flaming Pot
T-Bowl’s Tom Yam Seafood Flaming Pot

Tom Yam Seafood Flaming Pot tastes better than it looks. The tom yam is really flaming hot and has generous amount of seafood including prawns and fish. You can order bowl of rice to go with the tom yam.

T-Bowl's French Toast
T-Bowl’s French Toast

T-Bowl also serves toasted breads like French Toast besides noodles and rice.

Blue Curacao Bubble + Vanilla ice cream mocktail
Blue Curacao Bubble + Vanilla ice cream mocktail

Blue Curacao Bubble + Vanilla ice cream mocktail is just alright, Blue Curacao Soda in Food Republic, Pavilion tastes a lot better minus the ice cream.

Oreo Blended
Oreo Blended

Oreo Blended is somewhat new and different although McDonald’s serves it as ice-cream, Oreo Blended is an blended drink with Oreo bits and pieces in it. It tastes exceptional smooth and refreshing.

Soursop Blended
Soursop Blended

Soursop Blended tastes below par and perhaps slightly too sweet.

Honey Fruit Sponge Mellow
Honey Fruit Sponge Mellow

Honey Fruit Sponge Mellow is a dessert consists of Strawberry, Mango and Vanilla ice creams. Nothing really special about it. As long as they are not Chocolate, then it should taste fine. Haha.

Price

  • Toilet Bowl Chicken Baked Rice – RM 13.90
  • Cheesed Baked Rice with Curry Chicken – RM 13.90
  • Tomyam Seafood Flaming Pot – RM 12.90
  • French Toast – RM 3.50
  • Blue Curacao Bubble + Vanilla ice cream mocktail – RM 5.50
  • Oreo Blended – RM 6.50
  • Soursop Blended – RM 5.90
  • Honey Fruit Sponge Mellow – RM 7.90

Address

T-Bowl Concept Restaurant,
3F-43, 43A & 45,
QueensBay Mall
100, Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 1.0

Rojak Cucuk Penang @ Jalan Bagan Luar, Penang

Have you ever heard of "Rojak Cucuk"? Unlike those rojak in Kuala Lumpur, Rojak Cucuk is somehow different — it is like a skewed kebab except mostly are fruits. Rojak Cucuk is unique and probably weird for KL people.

Rojak Cucuk Penang
Rojak Cucuk Penang

Overall, the rojak is cheap and delicious. What’s more, you don’t get these anywhere else.

Price

  • Rojak Cucuk – RM 0.40 a stick

Address

Opposite Pejabat Kesihatan Seberang Perai Utara,
Jalan Bagan Luar,
12000 Butterworth, Penang, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – N/A
  • Ambiance – 2.0

Soup Kuey Teow – Restoran Sai Toh Lim @ Butterworth

Soup kuey teow is quite popular in Penang. In Butterworth, Restoran Sai Toh Lim is quite famous with its soup kuey teow. It is located on Lorong Ceri 7 off Jalan Uda.

Fish ball is the highlight of the restaurant as the name (????) speaks for itself.

Sai Toh Lim's Soup Kuey Teow
Sai Toh Lim’s Soup Kuey Teow

Soup Kuey Teow is no doubt savory and good to every bit.

Sai Toh Lim's Dry Kuey Teow
Sai Toh Lim’s Dry Kuey Teow

Dry Kuey Teow is slightly less appetizing even though the chili is quite good.

Sai Toh Lim's Hokkien Prawn Noodles
Sai Toh Lim’s Hokkien Prawn Noodles

Hokkien Prawn Noodles is pretty tasty with Penang flavors. You don’t get these too often in Kuala Lumpur these days. So, it’s good and spicy!

Overall, the food in Restoran Sai Toh Lim is quite good and dirt cheap with RM 2.50 for small bowl and RM 3.00 for big bowl, you won’t find these price in KL.

Price

  • Soup Kuey Teow – RM 2.50
  • Dry Kuey Teow – RM 2.50
  • Hokkien Prawn Noodles – RM 2.50

Address

Restoran Sai Toh Lim,
Lorong Ceri 7,
Off Jalan Raja Uda,
12300 Butterworth, Penang, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Szechuan Food – Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant @ Auto City, Penang

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant, as the name says serves Szechuan food and is located in Auto City, the infamous landmark in Prai, Penang for good selections of auto brands and of course, great food.

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant
Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant is located just above Seoul Garden, a Korean BBQ/Steamboat restaurant.

The interior of Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant
The interior of Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant

The interior of Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant looks stunning and the ambiance is just great.

Szechuan 'Dan Dan' Noodles
Szechuan ‘Dan Dan’ Noodles

Szechuan ‘Dan Dan’ Noodles or ‘Dan Dan’ Mee is spicy and sour like most Szechuan food but somewhat it lacks the authentic Szechuan flavor.

Special Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles
Special Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles

Special Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles is the one and only item on the item that is not spicy. After all, it stated ‘Beijing’ and not ‘Szechuan’. Somehow, Special Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles is quite sour and tastes awful.

Ants Climbing a Tree
Ants Climbing a Tree

Ants Climbing a Tree is a unique name for a bowl of glass noodles. Despite the weird name, this dish tastes so much better than the other two. It is spicy, yet delectable and at the same time, very filling.

Shredded Pork with Chili Bean & Garlic Noodles
Shredded Pork with Chili Bean & Garlic Noodles

Shredded Pork with Chili Bean & Garlic Noodles is not that bad with pieces of shredded pork mixed with chili bean. It is quite spicy though. If you don’t like spicy food, this is not for you. In fact, Szechuan food is totally not for you, if you can’t take spicy food.

White Coffee (Cold)
White Coffee (Cold)

White Coffee (Cold) is somewhat lacking something. Perhaps, not the best to go with the spicy Szechuan food.

Iced Peach Tea
Iced Peach Tea

Iced Peach Tea is refreshing as it quenches the thirst for eating Szechuan food.

Overall, Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant is not too bad for serving authentic Szechuan food despite the lack of authentic Szechuan flavor in some of the dishes. After all, Szechuan cuisine has four different styles separated by locations. The service is quite good, maybe because it was mid-afternoon on a relaxing Sunday, which otherwise could be different during the night.

Price

  • Szechuan ‘Dan Dan’ Noodles – RM 9.80
  • Special Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles – RM 12.80
  • Ants Climbing a Tree – RM 8.50
  • Shredded Pork with Chili Bean & Garlic Noodles – RM 14.60
  • White Coffee (Cold) – RM 3.20
  • Iced Peach Tea – RM 3.90

Address

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant,
1831-F1, Jalan Perusahaan,
Auto-City North-South Highway Juru Interchange,
13600 Prai, Penang, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 4.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0