Penang Street Food – Can We Ever Had Enough?April 12, 2011 | 5,366 views
#1 – The almost legendary (nomadic?) Beach Street’s aunty selling banana pancakes with raisin and lots of toasted sesame seeds. One of a kind, no doubt.
#2 – The Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee to you and me) with mantis prawns. Just like how Ah Leng Char Kuey Teow upped the ante with the addition of the ‘premium’ crustaceans.
#3 – A springy egg noodles served with prawn dumplings and slices of BBQ pork (in Penang, it’s almost too common to get fried dumplings and wantan mee with sambal belacan … but not here)
#4 – A yam cake (Wu Tau Gou) that was not worth the hassle. Save the space for something else. Seriously. Come to think of it, been some time since I had a REALLY good one.
#5 – A surprisingly pale ‘white’ curry mee, sans the scoop of chili paste provided on the side in a spoon. So you can tweak the spiciness to your preference. And don’t forget the blocks of jelly-like coagulated pig’s blood. Can’t be Penang curry mee without these delectable cubes.
#6 – And Yam Rice with a side portion of beef balls and offal in a peppery soup. Wait, the meat and offal could have been PORK after all. Since there was a cube or two of pig’s blood in the soup too. If I remember correctly. Hmm… amnesiac old me …
Since pictures speak louder than words, allow me to getaway with murder just this once okay? Some already heaving a sigh of relief seeing pictures and minimal words/rants/ramblings. Hmm.
Love Penang food to the core. Being a true blue Ipohan, with a penchant for street food (beats pretentious fine dining establishments anyday!) a round island-whirlwind-emergency trip in Penang almost always equals to a STREET FOOD MARATHON. No joke. I can think of places from the top of my head, thanks to the influences of Penang food blogs, and personal experience back in my younger days.
Okay, that’s the end of it. Wanna know more about the places above?
#1 – #3 were from the same place; Sin Kim San Coffee Shop on Macalister Road. Where is Macalister Road you ask? It’s parallel to Burma Road, running from Komtar passing by New Lane hawker centre, towards Pulau Tikus direction. You will pass by the prominent UMNO building too.
#4 – #6 were from a coffee shop in Chai Leng Park (read about the evening-late night hawker stalls at Chai Leng Park), a corner lot with various stalls that open in the afternoon. Beats me the name of the shop, but I think Soon Hing might have been the name.