Street Food

“Or Chien” oyster omellete

    A chopstick-full of or chien (literally means oyster fried in Hokkien) is a chopstick-full of delicious textures and flavours. Fried oyster omelette, also known as or chien by the local is a culinary among the list of popular street foods in Penang. The oyster omelette is no ordinary omelette and in Penang, it comes in many different styles; some starchy and some crispy. Believed to be originally from Taiwan, the oyster omelette is pretty common there and over here, it… Read More »“Or Chien” oyster omellete

    Penang Assam Laksa

      It has been described as being as pungent as a clogged drain or as fragrant as a bowl of hot spicy fish soup. Penang assam laksa has being listed the 7th best food in the world by CNN travel in 2011 out of 50 food trough voting. The Penang assam laksa is one hawker dish that you either love or hate from the first sip of its sourish, spicy broth. In 2012 the episode of travel show No Reservations, Anthony… Read More »Penang Assam Laksa

      Bak Chang

        In many traditional ethnic Chinese households, every year, during the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, bak chang would be eaten to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. Zhong is the Cantonese name for the rice dumplings while bak chang is the Hokkien equivalent. Each type of bak chang has different ingredients according to the different cultures of the different sub-ethnic groups. The most common bak chang is the Hokkien one where the glutinous rice is fried with dark soy… Read More »Bak Chang

        Toh Soon coffee

          Back in the fifties, Ooi Toh Soon set up the small humble coffee stall in this narrow alley sandwiched between some shophouses. He started out with just simple breakfast fare of coffee, toast and half-boiled eggs. Till today, the traditional Hainan-style coffee served at the coffee stall is a favourite among locals. Today the preparation of the coffee is also done the traditional way; it is filtered, or rather slowly dripped into a tin mug, and then it is again… Read More »Toh Soon coffee

          Mee Kuah Ketam

            A serving of lip-smacking Mee Kuah Ketam will be great for seafood lover. “Kuah” refers to “gravy” in Malay and “ketam” is Crab, the direct translation would be “Noodles with Crab gravy”.  Not to be mistaken for mee ketam or even mee udang, mee kuah ketam is a special variation of mee kuah and mee goreng except that it has more oomph in its gravy. The mee kuah ketam comes either with kuah (gravy) or fried and is usually served… Read More »Mee Kuah Ketam

            Sister Curry Mee

              A taste of the nostalgic and traditional Curry Mee in Penang is no other then the Sister Curry Mee. The octogenarians operate from a small shed in an alley in Ayer Itam, Penang, and serve customers with a smile. The sisters have continued with the business left to them by their mother and both show no signs of slowing down despite their age. More than 70 years ago, the Lim sisters came to Penang together with their mother Tan Ah… Read More »Sister Curry Mee

              Herbal duck soup noodle “Ark Thooi mee suah”

                Packed with the goodness of Chinese herbs, the soup is as warming as it is nutritious for those seeking something to strengthen their immune system. A bowl of herbal duck soup noodle is a satisfying meal on a cold rainy day when you are craving something warm, fragrant and flavourful. A bowl of this fragrant herbal soup usually consists of tender braised duck meat served with mee sua or noodles and garnished with spring onions. The soup is known as… Read More »Herbal duck soup noodle “Ark Thooi mee suah”

                Indian Apom

                  It is soft, sweet and fluffy, apom which is a common food in Penang that resembles pancake or crepes, Apom is a traditional Indian snack. It is popular for breakfast or just snacking. This apom is also known as Indian Apom or Apom Manis. To make the apom a ladles of the thick, creamy mixture of flour, coconut milk, sugar and eggs are poured into woks consecutively and then the batter is swirled around to form a thin layer with… Read More »Indian Apom