The famous Uncle Jang restaurant is now here in Penang. The Uncle Jang franchise is located at Vantage Desiran Tanjung, the row of shophouses situated along the main road of Tanjung Tokong on your way to Tanjung Bungah. Their main menu is their dak galbi with a choice of Original Spicy or Super Spicy. The traditional dak galbi is one of the most popular Koreans dish. Dak galbi consist of diced chicken marinated in gochujang paste (Chilli pepper paste) stir fried together with slice cabbages and noodles on a hot plate.
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
Okonomi means ‘what you want’ or ‘what toy like’ while Yaki means grilled or cooked. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake. Okonomiyaki is widely available throughout Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan savour it differently. It was first invented in WW2. Okonomiyaki is prepared much like a pancake. The batter made from flour, grated nagaimo, eggs, shredded cabbages, slices of onions and pork mixed alll together and fried on both sides on a hot plate/pan using a metal spatula. The spatula is later used to slice the dish when it has finished cooking. Usually savour together with the okonomiyaki sauce and dashi/aonori/katsuobushi flakes.
Okomen Japanese Restaurant, is the new restaurant in Queensbay Mall. Unlike other Japanese restaurants, they specialize in okonomiyaki and ramen instead of sushi and sashimi. It has been a long wait for Penang folks for the opening of both Okomen and Sushi Tei situated at the north zone inside the mall.
HotStar Fried Chicken is new addition to the chain of restaurants at Queen Street, North Zone in Queensbay Mall. Similar to Shihlin Taiwanese Snacks, they sell humongous fried chicken breast meat sprinkled with some chilli powder on top, depending on your preference for its spiciness.
They do not offer cutting of the whole chicken breast meat into several pieces, so we ended up chewing the entire piece of chicken from the paper bag given. Reason being, the juiciness of the chicken will no longer be there if we intend to cut the chicken into pieces. They have different level of spiciness. ( Low – Medium – Hot – Extra Hot ).
Paragon Mall, which is probably the most happening mall in Penang currently, was newly opened last weekend. We foresaw that most Penangites would be heading there to check out the new mall so we detoured to Gurney Plaza instead.
Along the Gurney alfresco dining area, there were some new restaurants which caught our eye and one of which was Black Canyon Coffee. For those of you unfamiliar with this restaurant, it is a Thai chain restaurant which has branches in various parts of Malaysia. They serve Thai cuisine and a relatively large selection of coffee for you coffee lovers.
They offer a few set meals according to the number of diners you have, as well as other a la carte options. Since there were 4 of us, we ordered Set E (RM49.90) for 4 pax. The price is affordable and portions were just nice.
First on the menu,