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Last round when I back to Penang for Chinese New Year, a few days before the festive season, woke up early and went to one of the busiest market at housing area which is the Ayer Itam Market. The market had been here from many decades ago that start to originate people that stay up in the hill brings down fresh vegetable to sell. From time to time the market had develop till as what it is today.

During festive season, this market is super packed with people to do their last minute shopping and it is advisable to park your car a bit far as very limited parking space available, with its narrow street just enough for 2 cars to passby.

Ti Kuih is one of the item that must buy during Chinese New Year. After a short stroll, we head to a nearby kopitiam for breakfast.

Kedai Kopi Kapin is one a famous kopitiam around the neighbourhood  . . . One of the hawker stalls to look after is the Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee) which have people lining up for it.

As we order too many food for 3 of us then we just order only just Wan Tan to try out and the skin is very soft just that the sesame oil is abit strong.

 Penang Curry mee is always one of my favourite, cuz they have ‘Pig Blood’ and the chili is their own homemade style that makes every one is different in taste.  RM3

 ‘Pork Noodle’ as I always prefer my version in Koey Teow with Mee and this are cook instant. The soup taste is okay only, as I prefer my soup base to be a bit thick in flavour and a bit more of pork lard. RM3

This is the signature of the shop ‘Prawn Mee’ with some of us like to add a bit of ‘Loh’ which is the soup base for ‘Loh Mee’ that makes it a kind of Prawn Mee (ying yong style) which is most of the people are ordering. The loh is a bit thick and the prawn mee soup base is sweet, that ‘pai kuat’ taste is in there, shows that used alot of pork bone. RM 2.80 


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Then we walk to a street next to it and I found something more interesting which is this whole street sell Curry Mee with at least around 3-4 stalls selling the same thing. Ken told me that every stall have their own style of chili and soup base which makes them have their very own customer base.

 We sit to this stall and I was very curious, this ‘Chee Cheong Fun’ stall is very busy and non stop customer coming in and I decided to give it a try. The chee cheong fun is very good, very soft ‘fun’ that mix with thick texture of shirmp paste ‘Heh Kor’ and their very own homemade chili and fried onions. RM1.50 

 Then I stroll around among other stalls and this stall which is family operated and this 2 ah ma working so hard preparing in a very traditional by using charcoal, and people keep pouring in to buy. I also give it a try.

 As what I said, every stall is packed and have their own style, and this ah ma different is the squid and the sauce of it.

 Mild sweet soup base add with their own homemade chili with squid makes this bowl of curry mee quite unique in taste. A bit spicy yet sweet and I quite like the soup base. Bought a packet for my parents and they don like it. I guess it depends on individual taste. A good try . . . 

This is located along the entrace of a Chinese School.


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-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10  not bad ahh -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-



Penang is always consider a food heaven which is very hard to deny. When my friends travel to penang the first thing they will do is calling me, Oi..Penang got what nice food to eat? Tee Chang You Tiau Wang Then my answer is check my blog. . .Lol, this round is pretty different that I ask my Penang friend what is  nice and unique place worth to pay a visit and remembering CKlam did blog about this giant 14inch You Tiau or known as Chinese Crullers at Paya Terubong.

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The place when you pass by will see this big banner but it gives you the feeling like the place is not open.

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He did feature in newspaper for his gigantic you tiau.

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His You Tiau are made fresh daily and a lot of orders from restaurants and hawkers for the crisp of it.

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Boss, Mr.Tan busy at work.

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Customise the size through handmade process then into a sea of oil for deep frying.

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This frying machine was purposely customise to cater the 14inch cruller.

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Normally, for you tiau we have the normal one but with the creativity they have add on some extra flavour on each of the yau char guai.

During my trip to Taiwan, I met a lovely pair of couple, Nono and Jennifer that I find out they loves food too which is good, then only towards end of the trip realize that his mom actually sell Curry Fish Head nearby my house at Penang, happens to be I was at Penang for a day and drop by at the coffee shop Restaurant Satu Dua Lapan Lapan which is situated at Paya Terubong nearby Permata Sports Complex. Besides the Curry Fish head, there are many other food which is available at the coffeeshop that worth to try and do not put high expecation.

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By the name of the stall itself ‘Curry Fish Head’ is a must order which is their signature. According to Nono, the fish were bought daily and choose by his mom to bring back therefore, freshness is ensure.

When the curry fish head is served, I just cant wait to taste it, with the look itself already temp most of us, flaming red color curry, fresh big fish head cook along with it. I love the curry taste, a bit spicy, sour at the end of the tongue and a bit thick in curry with the fish head steam perfectly and cook along, just as I prefer it to be. Definitely this is recommended!

Besides the main dish, his mom is equip with some excellent Nyonya cooking skills too, that cook some side dishes for the day differently to go along with the curry fish head, what we have today, you might not get it the same menu tomorrow, might be repeating the following week or other combination as that is not her main focus.

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A simple ‘Fried Vegetable’ that been cook to aromatic and preserving freshness of the vegetable. I finish half of the plate.

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‘Fried Chicken’ fried to crisps on the edge and soft on the inside. Dip it with chili sauce is good.

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‘Tau Yew Bak (hokkien)- Braised Pork in Soy Sauce’ consider one of the best dish you would not want to miss if you find the right stall. Pork leg and meat had been steam quite some time and I just prefer it to be longer a bit so the skin and meat is softer, after all, curry mix with tau yew, and taste good!

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If you have strong taste bud, then you would not want to miss this, ‘Asam Prawn’ fried in a hot wok, with a few asam cook along that makes it very a bit strong in taste but after you peel off the skin of it and eat along with rice, its flavorful~ Recommended

With a stall like that, to cook a nice food is something that I look forward and it was a great dinner organize by Nono and with total damage of RM47 for 4 pax, its definitely a great value. Definitely I will be going back for more especially the curry fish head and only at that time I realize that KL have not much nice Curry fish head compare to Penang.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Very Good ah~ Recommended~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:


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If you are always in a hurry or need to take away something simple and nice yet cheap, Chicken Rice is always top in the list but with Sum Lam Fatt Chicken and Duck Rice had made its name around the neighbourhood is one of the popular place to hunt for when think of Chicken Rice.

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If you were to go during lunch hours, you are expecting a que in this shop.

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and guess what, its only 1pm and all the chickens are gone while we are waiting for the guy to replanish it.

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I just love the ‘Chap Chai Soup’ which is spicy with dry chili yet sour with the sour vegetable and cook it hours with duck meat and bone. I just finish this bowl of soup. RM4

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The chicken taste good, juicy that had been soak with the soy and a bit of sesame sauce, and the ‘Siew Yuk’ nothing to boost about~ RM6 for 2 person.

Surely, I have no complain about this place as it is cheap yet the service is fast.

My dad like to ta pau from this shop if he did not go down town.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, not bad lah~ ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Kedai Kopi Lamm Fatt Chicken Rice

Jalan Paya Terubong, Penang
(nearby Toto/4D/ pedestrian traffic light)

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