When someone announces that s/he is going to Penang, those two lines seem to pop up like no one’s business; And with good reason. Since we arrived in Penang, the common question during meal times or before we headed out for the day was…
“Where do you what to go and eat later?”
And thus, the food trail around Penang began…
(Note: For this post, I will be focussing on the food we were eating, instead of the places we went to and the food they served there. Also, it’s a long list, so this is just Part 1 of the eating adventure!)
Mee Goreng (Indian Style)
The first meal we ate upon arriving at Penang was Indian Style Mee Goreng along Lorong Bangkok. As we sat at a corner of the eating house, we tucked into a good serving of fried, succulent noodles, soft, scrambled eggs, crunchy beansprouts, and incredibly generous bites of roasted squid. Bursting with flavour and texture, it was a great first meal to start the trip.
With Indian Style Mee Goreng starting the trip, it’s almost apt that it was our last meal before the Tiger and I flew back to Singapore. This time, it was along Gurney Drive, and an old favourite of the Tiger and his family. Like the place in Lorong Bangkok, this meal was full of flavour and different textures. Unlike the place in Lorong Bangkok, however, this place has something the Tiger calls the “Pillow” – cruller-like flour strips double fried such that the outer coating is crispy and the insides are chewy, even after getting doused in the delicious gravy.
For those who have no idea what Loh Bak is, it’s something similar to our Ngor Hiang (five spice), but instead of minced meat and chestnut, it’s just a row of meat wrapped in beancurd skin and deep fried. Accompanied with prawn cakes, fried yam, dried tofu, and many other things to your choosing, each dish came with a sweet sauce and chilli for dipping.
We had this for breakfast twice at Kafe Kheng Pin, which was down the road from our hotel, Cititel. What I liked about this was how light it actually turned out to be, despite the entire thing being deep fried. The fried yam was my favourite – especially tasty and nutty, without the heaviness of the grease.
Char Kway Teow (Penang Style)
A food trail in Penang will never be complete without Penang-style Char Kway Teow, which we enjoyed just outside Gurney Plaza. Much lighter than the Char Kway Teow we’re used to, this version packs more savour than sweetness, with fresher ingredients. As much as I like this version though, I still prefer our fatter kway teow noodles. Haha.
(Note: I have no idea how I had no picture of this awesome dish.)
Like Char Kway Teow, another must-eat for most visitors of Penang is the Penang Laksa as well. While I’m not a big fan of Laksa, the Tiger went to have some around Air Itam, near Penang Hill. This version contains assam instead of coconut milk and chilli, and has a more sour flavour instead. According to the Tiger, the sourness, despite its strength in his bowl of laksa, left a good amount of depth in the flavour, though it may come off a little too strong for people who are not used to it. Regardless, still something tasty for the foodies.
And that will be Part 1 done for you! Stay tuned for more Penang food adventures when we come back for Part 2 =).