One of the famous Hong Kong Wanton Mee restaurant has set foot in Penang. Opening their first Malaysia branch in Gurney Paragon, 5th floor. Tasty restaurant mainly served an a la carte menu of their chef specialities, wanton noodles, congee and a wide variety of dim sum selection. Bagging the title of being a One Star Michelin restaurant for their wanton noodles and delectable soup rich with the sweetness of prawns and pork taste. The quality of the wanton is similar to the one we tasted in Hong Kong airport. Most of their wanton are freshly made with their fresh ingredients directly flown in from Hong Kong.
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
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 : -
Chok Dee Thai located along the hussle and bussle of Burma road, a few shops away Green House Hokkien Mee and the famous Him Heang biscuit shop. Don’t be skeptical on the ordinary exterior and limited parking spots in front of their shop, the rectangular shape restaurant may look small but the place is decorated with beautiful painting and a touch of the Thai decorations. The place sets a very homey and relax feeling for their fellow customers. Chok Dee’s customers can opt to park by the road side on the inner lanes.
Coffee Smith is the new talk of the town located at Maritime Piazza along Karpal Singh Drive/ Jelutong Promenade. Coffee Smith is a franchise restaurant from Taiwan, serving their famous Artisan coffee and western-italian food. The industrial themed interior design is definitely on of the star factors. I love the concrete finishings and the “tong” converted arm chairs. My fellow Instagrammers out there, here is a place with much photo ops! Be it the vintage telephones, the 3D painted clock tower or the assorted old school light bulbs. The press ad styled menu is a nice finishing touch. Two thumbs up for the food plating as well
Coffee Smith’s MUST TRY would be the Artisan coffee (picture below). I confess that I have this habit of ordering coffee black and then shyly going back to request for a cup of milk. Just because they can never get the RIGHT combination! With Artisan coffee, I now have the luxury of my own version of the perfect coffee. The first small yellow cup is the espresso, the larger cup in the middle would be the center of attention black coffee. Finally you get a mini jug of milk. Be it a latte, cappuccino or an espresso, mix and taste away!
Siam Road Char Koay Teow stall already has its name on its own. It was our first attempt eventhough i’m a Penangite. For those not familiar to Penang, is near Anson Road and located next to Stacks Burger previously (they too have moved, click to find out their latest location). It is really hard to find a parking spot, and Siam Road Char Koay Teow lies at the corner of the junction on Siam Road. Thankfully despite rain or shine, the shop opposite the stall is open for dine-in, those are where all the hidden queue is located. I was conned thinking after the 4 people in front of me, it would be my turn!. Another reason to stop by, they don’t crazily hike up the price for a plate of Char Koay Teow. For small size, they charge RM4 and big size, RM5.50. Good things don’t come by easy, so sit back, relax and wait patiently for your koay teow to come!