December 28, 2008

[Part II] My Affairs... with Penang Hawker Food

The time has come when KW begins to complain about how he couldn't start eating any food until I am totally satisfied taking pictures of them - no matter where we go! :P Sorry dear! And thanks for always being such a good assistant helping me with the food posing hehe....

Nevertheless..... I'm still determined to continue on with my fave hawker food galore!

Lebuh Presgrave Hokkien Mee

This is the famous 'Sa Tiao Lor' (Hokkien : the 3rd street) Hokkien Mee (or Har Mee as KL folks call it)

When we reached the place it was already past 10pm and there were heappssss of people queueing up with either take away or dine in orders!

One thing both KW and I are always impressed is the efficiency and the powerful memory of this hawker - they can literally remember each and every single order no matter how complicated they are, regardless how large or small the orders are.

There are just so many things that can go wrong with the orders 'round here - e.g. one can order Hokkien Mee with either the standard mee, bihun, mix or maggi; and one can also choose to order normal Hokkien Mee or normal Lor Mee, or 'cham' - mixed with half Hokkien Mee soup and half 'Lor'.

Apart from that, there are many extras that one can opt for as well - like Seo Bak (BBQ Pork), Pai Kut (Pork Ribs), fish balls (square ones), Hun Cheang (Pork intestines) and Pork Skin.

Here are our orders:-

KW's small Hokkien Mee (maggi) - RM 2.60

My small Hokkien Mee (bihun mee) with added fish balls - RM 3.20

While waiting for our Hokkien Mee, we ordered Or Chien (Fried Oyster) from a neighbouring coffee shop with lotsa varieties of hawker affairs as well:-

Or Chien (RM 5)

We had cooling Chrysanthemum teas after our late dinner

And the crowd just kept going and going and going even after we left!

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Gurney Drive Hawker Center

Went this place for Tau Hua (soya bean curd) at Gurney Drive Hawker Center and it was pretty packed even when it was already 11pm - prolly due to the long holidays, school holidays and also being a Saturday night

Rows and rows of hawker stalls in between crowds and crowds of people seated, eating, walking, chatting, standing.....

We ordered our Tau Hua from this stall (coz we were seated at their table) - do note that all the tables here are 'territorial' - meaning where you sit determines which stall you MUST order drinks from

Tau Hua

The Lok Lok stall

We didn't take any Lok Loks since we were pretty full from the Hokkien Mees

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Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice

There are a few places we frequent for chicken rice but this is the one we always go for - it used to operate from one pretty run-down and tiny shop lot and now it has expanded into 2 adjoining shoplots with ample seating spaces along Chulia Street, with 2 'stalls' that just churns out non-stop of chopped chickens!

We were there for brunch pretty early at about 1130am and the place is already relatively full - with just a few empty tables left - we sat right behind the 'stall':-

KW ordered a chicken thigh and the portion right behind the thigh..

He also ordered some chicken intestines (according to him these normally run out very quickly!)

The complimentary soup

Hainanese chilli sauce to go with the chicken

The rice - they do it right everytime - fragrant, flavourful, soft and always warm

Cost of the whole meal for 2 : RM 11.20

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New World Park (yes! again!)

My parents and my grandma have just came back from visiting my newly-born nephew so after picking them up at 3pm, I drove them to New World Park (yeah, again!) for some makan...

This time, they are free to order whatever they wanted to eat, and my dad usually likes to order lotsa food (like father like daughter)

We had...

Cucur Udang

That's right! Finally I took a pic of it - but my dad doesn't really know which ones to order hence this plate wasn't as nice compared to the one KW ordered - always go for the cucur udang and tau kua

Char Kuey Teow - with egg (there ya go Huai Bin - hope this is authentic 'nuff for ya)

Char Kuey Teow - without egg

My mom was commenting how silly I was taking pics of everything we ordered so she couldn't be bothered to wait til I'm done :P

Ice Kacang - with ice cream

Ice Kacang - without ice cream

My grandma had Curry Mee and I thought I took a pic of it! Grrrr happens that I didn't :( The Curry Mee is a damn good one as well - my ah ma also liked it despite her being very particular when it comes to Curry Mee

Very happy to have 90% of hawker's food with KW this long weekend - thanks dear! (^ v ^)

NB : Read Part I here for more good makan!


  1. watlao..i really cant read this blog lar..makes me gien everything..Although there's or chien and hokkien mee here but it's never the same...

  2. Yatz : whenever I read my own posts, I get extremely hungry as well ;)

    sllee : all the more reasons for you to read, so you can come back soon! I definitely agree with you that whatever versions of the same local food at 'amoh' countries are definitely not the same as the locals

  3. I take your blog as a verrry good guide for my next trip back home, since me so out-dated liao...where is new world?

  4. SMM : glad to hear that! and will definitely write more ;) when're u coming back?? :D :D

    New World Park is at Swatow Lane... errr... along Hutton Lane, ring any bells? All the hawker stalls have been relo-ed there, u mean u haven't been there the last trip u were back? :S

  5. been to Gurney Drive once. The best place for penang hawker food. But i think i still love Wai Sek Kai at SS2 and Jalan Alor. Hehe :)

  6. ekeng : well, Penangites rarely go Gurney Drive hawker center, frankly ;)

    If you plan to visit Penang, I'll definitely be able to point you to nice hawker centers, depending what kinda food you're really after :)

  7. Interesting series of food hunting :-) Keep up the good work and post more :-)

  8. Thanks CN! I always feel happy and motivated to keep blogging knowing that there are people out there appreciating!