Penang Nyonya @ AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre

Penang Nyonya as the name says serves Penang Nyonya food. Located on the first floor in AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, Penang Nyonya is yet another restaurants serving Penang food ala Nyonya style. There is another Nyonya restaurant called “Nyonya Colors” on the same row.

Penang Nyonya's Spring Rolls
Penang Nyonya’s Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls or “Popiah” in Malay, is usually fried to perfection and is a great delicacy. Spring Rolls at Penang Nyonya is no difference — it is crispy, delicious and served hot albeit a little oily.

Penang Nyonya's Nyonya Nasi Lemak
Penang Nyonya’s Nyonya Nasi Lemak

Chicken Beef Set consists of a plate of rice (selection of either Briyani or Lemak), chicken or beef dishes, appetizer, dessert and a drink. Surprisingly, my selection of Lemak rice ends up the same as what my partner ordered — Nyonya Nasi Lemak and Penang Chicken Curry. I have to say the Nyonya Nasi Lemak is a disappointment. There is really nothing to shout about.

Penang Nyonya's Penang Curry Chicken
Penang Nyonya’s Penang Curry Chicken

Penang Curry Chicken is quite mediocre. It’s oily, the curry does not have enough santan and flavor and doesn’t seem to look appetizing.

Penang Nyonya's Cendol
Penang Nyonya’s Cendol

Cendol is perhaps the worst of the worst item on the menu. First off, the cendol does not come with red beans. This is the first time I eat cendol without red beans and I must say it is not very pleasing at all. There are tonnes of places that serve better cendol than here. In fact, all of them have better cendol and it is quite a disappointment to know Klang has a place which serves Penang Nyonya food has one of the worst cendol in the country, knowing that Klang also has one of the best cendols in Malaysia.

Overall, Penang Nyonya would be the last place on earth we would go to, ever. There are plenty of other restaurants in AEON Bukit Tinggi which serve better food at a better fare, why bother coming here?

Price

  • Chicken Beef Set (Penang Chicken Curry, Lemak Rice, Cendol, Iced Lemon Tea, Spring Rolls) – RM 15.90
  • Nyonya Nasi Lemak – RM 7.90
  • Iced Kopi Susu – RM 2.80

Address

Penang Nyonya,
Lot F18, 1st Floor, AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre,
1, Persiaran Batu Nilam 1/KS 6,
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,
41200 Klang, Selangor D.E., MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

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

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

Penang Cuisine – Mee Jawa, Food Republic @ Pavilion KL

Mee Jawa stall in Pavilion’s Food Republic is often neglected by customers as it is located far at the back behind John King and besides Pan Mee stall.

Mee Jawa's Mee Jawa
Mee Jawa’s Mee Jawa

Mee Jawa as its name suggested, is famous with its Javanese noodles, or Mee Jawa in Bahasa Malaysia. The plate of Mee Jawa is huge as you can see from the picture comparative with the sppon and chopstick. Its taste is somehow rather mediocre and besides its humongous plate, there’s nothing really to shout about. Still, it’s better than Mee Jawa at Oldtown.

Mee Jawa's Curry Laksa
Mee Jawa’s Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa, on the other hand, is pleasant to eat, although I have to say its incredible hard to find one that’s as good as you can get from Penang.

Maybe Mee Jawa should be neglected, not just because of its location but of its food.

Price

  • Mee Jawa – RM 8.50
  • Curry Laksa – RM 7.20

Address

Mee Jawa,
Food Republic Apex Excellent,
Lot 1.41.00, Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

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

Penang Food – Little Penang Kafe @ The Curve

Little Penang Kafe in The Curve may sound familiar, this is because it has long established itself in Suria KLCC.

Little Penang Kafe's Chicken Nasi Lemak
Little Penang Kafe’s Chicken Nasi Lemak

Just like the restaurant’s name, little can be said of the Nasi Lemak. Sri Nirwana in Bangsar still serves the best nasi lemak so far.

Little Penang Kafe's Assam Laksa
Little Penang Kafe’s Assam Laksa

The Assam Laksa, however, is full of flavor — it’s sour and has a generous amount of fish meat.

Little Penang Kafe's Sugar Cane and Cincau
Little Penang Kafe’s Sugar Cane and Cincau

The Sugar Cane drink barely tastes like those Sugar Cane drinks from the hawkers stalls. While the Cincau drink is ordinary, nothing too special about it.

Price

  • Chicken Nasi Lemak – RM 9.80
  • Assam Laksa – RM 9.80
  • Sugar Cane – RM 3.30
  • Cincau – RM 3.30

Address

Little Penang Kafe,
G43, Ground Floor, Asian Courtyard, The Curve,
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D.E., MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

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

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

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

Penang Food – Gurney Drive @ The Gardens Mid Valley

Gurney Drive is a restaurant in The Gardens, Mid Valley that serves local delicacies from Penang. Don’t be fooled by the descriptions of Gurney Drive, they are food stalls, but it’s a restaurant actually. The gimmick is to trick people into believing the food are cheap since most restaurants in The Gardens serve expensive food.

The entrance of Gurney Drive
The entrance of Gurney Drive

Chee Cheong Fun
Chee Cheong Fun

This is the worst Chee Cheong Fun I ever had — plain and blatant, it doesn’t even has any Yong Tao Foo and it’s priced at RM 8.00.

Duck Drumstick Noodle
Duck Drumstick Noodle

Meanwhile, the Duck Drumstick Noodle (??) is up to par with price like RM 15.00, it is at least worth the money.

Mango Milk Shake
Mango Milk Shake

Ice Kacang
Ice Kacang

Price

  • Duck Drumstick Noodle – RM 15.00
  • Chee Cheong Fun – RM 8.00
  • Milk Shake – RM 9.00
  • Ice Kacang – RM 6.00

Address

Gurney Drive,
Lot T-201, The Gardens,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

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