Being born in the land of hawker’s paradise definitely sets my expectation higher. Hopping from one corner of the island to the other to seek for the best hokkien mee. Some may argue, there are better Hokkien Mee in KL or Ipoh has the best Chee Cheung Fun. But you can never go wrong when it comes to the authentic taste and originality of the hawker’s food, it would be Penang Hokkien Mee and Laksa. Wu Jia Zhuang at Jalan Siam outshine the others by serving the hokkien noodles in the claypot. This way, the soup will be preserved warm until one finishes the entire bowl of noodles and wiping it up to the last drop. Also in the list of their menu, Wu Jia Zhuang also serves some local favourites chu char catering for those who prefer to have fried vegetables or steam fish with rice. It definitely gave me the impression of healthy and light meal. Good news is, they served their chu char and hokkien noodles all day from 10am – 9:30pm. Their chu char will be next on our list
Hinode Seimen Udon known as a fast food japanese style restaurant serving udon/ramen soup and a variety of tempura. Situated at the new stretch of shop houses along the Automall Karpal Singh Drive and one shop away from Coffee Smith. The interior was coated with a japan street painting on their walls with bamboo sticks and mask hanging down from the ceiling. With the limited space, they were only able to set in small rectangular wooden tables and chairs. To ease the customers as they are operating in a self-service mode, a free flow of tea is place in the central spot of the shop.
Their menu is simple to read. First, you choose the noodle of your choice (Udon / Ramen / Pumpkin Ramen and Green Tea Ramen). Step 2, select the soup base of our choice. If you are adventurous, probably opt for their kelp bonita or the spicy soup. A safer choice would be to have the miso base. One selling point about the Hinode is that, we are given a wide variety of tempura to choose from. Which leads us to Step 3, select the side dishes and sauces of your choice. Lastly, pay at the counter and grab your tea
Finding good food to eat around Gurney is increasingly difficult, especially so when we have spent the past two weeks loitering around the area hunting for new places for lunches and dinner. On top of that, having to eat something decent on a tight student budget with a place that has plenty parking space and air conditioning under this crazy weather just makes things that much more difficult.
We are mall rats for all the above reasons, and we aren’t proud of it. However, we have slowly run out of affordable places (that we aren’t sick of) to eat in Gurney Plaza/Paragon, until we found our life savior right in this restaurant. Relish is recently opened in Paragon just right above Starbucks, sandwiched between Lunarich and Savaro. Their specialties are centered on Malaysian dishes, so expect lots of santan in some creamy curry goodness.
Sadly, we visited on a weekend and missed all the awesome weekday lunch deals that they offer. Do read on and rest assured that you’ll be paying for just a fraction of the price we mentioned below if you happen to visit on weekdays! Don’t say we NO JIO!
Located along the busy Macalister Road, lies the beautiful modern grey color building with striking yellow strips on their window. A unique choice of artistic paintings and a selection of vibrant colours pillows to match their furnitures. Interesting choice of hotel setup to capture the hearts of young couples, budget travellers and food hunters. Glow Penang was newly built in late 2013. Being part of the Zinc, a hospitality management company built to provide comfortable bedding, basic gym access, free WIFI access, self served breakfast to go and great showers and amenities. Strategically being at the heart of the Pearl Orient, win the heart of tourists visiting Penang. On top of that, a fair price for such convenience is definitely something worth bragging about. So, what’s around. One road away from Burma Road, drop by New World Park for their hawker delicacies (Char Koay Teow / Asam Laksa / Curry Mee and etc …), or drop by the famous Abu Siti Lane coconut drink to quench your thirst or the famous Chee Cheung Chuk ( in New Lane which is 200 metres down away). If you are less adventures, Zest Bar & Cafe, take the elevator down to Level 1, to try their thai and western selection in their lunch menu.
Check out what we think about their western food here : -
Penang’s night scene is saturated with night clubs and pubs which largely includes binge drinking and vomiting your guts out the day after, at least for teens and young adults these days. We do not endorse such lifestyle and much prefer to just lounge somewhere without feeling the vibrations of loud music on our skin. Tree Bar is one of G Hotel’s baby which was launched not too long ago. It is in close proximity to the backdoor of G hotel, right next to Chilli’s.
Tree Bar is named so because the bar is designed to encircle this big rain tree with the species name “Albizia Saman”. It was intentionally built around it because good environmentalists from G hotel decided that it is a pity to cut off this beautiful 80 year old tree. We sure glad that they kept they tree because it adds so much character and uniqueness to the place. It looks absolutely chill and serene with its dimmed lights and hanging decor at night, simply gorgeous!
We love Tree Bar for many reasons. Apart from its tasteful lounge music, the food was what stood out for us. Most food from bars and pubs leave a bad if not horrible impression I believe, and Tree Bar completely elevates the idea of bar food to something that is not just edible, but sophisticated and good. They offer a myriad of bites and fillers which are priced from RM16++ onwards, which we thought was very reasonable for the quality of food they serve.
Of all our cafe expeditions and travels for food, Penang still firmly holds the #1 spot for us. Certain local fares like Asam Laksa may take an acquired taste to appreciate them, but out of all our efforts to bring our foreign friends for Cuti-cuti Penang, most of them enjoyed food here. With all the RM3 hokkien mee and wanton mee around, it is crucial to stay competitive in terms of pricing.
Yella Fork Cafe recently opened at Jalan Chow Thye, along with some new eateries which we featured previously (Basement Six). Don’t worry we will not bore you with yet another cafe that serves regular eggs ben or breakfast platters. It is a cafe that serves fusion-Australian dishes to offer you a little something that is slightly different from the usual brunches which most cafes are already serving anyway. Another catch which appeals to our thrifty Penangite side being the pricing of the dishes set on the lower end, which is bound to attract a good number of patrons looking for affordable good food.