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Icon City is another new upcoming joint that is well known for many F&B operators ranging from Japanese, cafe, bar, steamboat and many others. One of the cafe is Hideout Cafe that offer simple food and decent coffee.

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All day english Breakfast @ RM 11.90

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Spaghetti Carbonara @ RM 16.90

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Not a bad place to hang out as their coffee suits to my liking. 

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6.5/10 , awesome! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Hideout Cafe
60, Jalan Icon City,
14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Opens Daily:
Business Hours: 9 am to 11 pm on Sundays to Thursdays; 9 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact Number: 604- 502 6611

[Updated] 22/5/2016 after a reader inform me, this stall is called Wong Ji Bak Kut Teh and have moved with updated address as below.

Quite sometime ago, my best friend brought me to try out a bak kut teh stall that she find very good. Its quite a hidden one as travel all the way to mainland to try it out. One of the reason that she always told me that, have to be there early, cuz its often sold out if we arrive late. So this round we arrive at 6pm. I called it BM Pasar Bak Kut Teh.

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To locate this stall, its not hard nor easy, as its located along Bukit Mertajam wet market, nearby Pos Office. What you can do is either double park if you have the chance or park further behind or front and walk there. I was lucky that day to park by the road side next to the stall. One of the problem is that, the coffee shop doesnt have a name and you just have to drive pass slowly to locate it.

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Mostly they are doing neighborhood business which they do not cook it alot ..

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They have a few pots for you to choose if you do not know what you want, best of all is always go for a mixture of everything.

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One of the trick that make it so good is because they using charcoal to heat up the claypot that makes the taste extra umph. . not like those normal ones using gas stove to make it warm. . .

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Here is my pot of Bak Kut Teh Mixture. .  everything also masuk of all the pig spare part. .

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Quite like the taste of it, which is a bit strong on the herbs taste, yet not too thick and well prepared. Taste of the soup is much better I think its because using Charcoal to boil on it or its just my mind always have the impression using charcoal to cook stuff is always better. Price is pretty decent as for 2 pax is around RM18 with such generous amount of ingredient.

Well, I have visited this place a few times yet often forgot to ask the auntie what is their name of the stall. . .:d

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, pretty good~ Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Jalan Pasar
(next to the Pasar itself)
14000 Bukit Mertajam
Penang

New Address: Taman Betik Manis, Jalan Betik Bukit Mertajam

For larger map and directions, Click HERE

Well, how often do you find nice food all under one roof? One of the place that I frequently visit is this new Eat Food Village at Publika that host many of the famous hakwer food from all around Klang Valley to be under one roof.

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The whole concept of the food court had turn into very old Shanghainese concept like back to the 1920’s. With classic wooden entrance, huge wall chinese classic painting on the wall will greet you.

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The food court offer cosy and huge dining area . . .

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Cha Time is available here too, less queue . .:D

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What I mean is with all the famous hawker stall  . .

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Famous Chicken Rice from Segambut if I am not mistaken.

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Famous Hokkien Fried Noodle ..

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Kin Kin Pan Mee that need to put alot of chili to make it umph

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My favourite Bukit Mertajam Yam Rice. .

Price in here are pretty reasonable that starting from RM 7.90 – RM 13.90 and it turns out to be one of my favourite food court. Most of their food usually sold out around 8pm as they have less night crowd. So do not be there late. .

*NON-HALAL Food Court

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, one of my Fav Food court ~ Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
E.A.T. Food Village,
Publika Shopping Gallery,
Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
(same level as Ben’s Supermarket)

Opens daily from 10am to 9pm

Laksa Beras? or translate it into Rice Laksa? Doesnt sound right . .:D Anyway, as my understanding is that Laksa Beras is made of rice flour in a certain mold and comes out with this silky smooth laksa noodle. Every chef have their own secret recepi to make it better when the noodle boil in the hot water it doesnt break.

So my friend decided to bring me to one of her favourite malay laksa stall over the past weekend that its called Laksa Beras. They have been a regular customer since when she was a kid. This hidden  stall started off with family business and as it gains its popularity around the area, many stalls had open up as most of the stalls along the road or around the area are related to them as in either relatives or cousins. I think there would be handfull more than 5-8 stalls along the road.

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To reach here, along the road heading off from Bukit Mertajam, Penang to this road, spot for a Police station on your right and head straight then next is to spot on this few buildings that I have taken with blue roof top which is very obvious that is hard to be miss.

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The stall is located next to the blue roof top building . . . I would say the stall is pretty hidden and you can drive pass by without realizing it as right infront it would be a small curving road.

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A business operated from their parents and now taking over by their kids is one of the popular stalls among the neighborhood in the area.

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What is the difference between Laksa Beras and Penang Asam Laksa as the ingredient cook in it is similiar but taste came out is quite different.

Penang Asam Laksa you can taste sourness and especially there are people who love to put alot of shrimp paste (heh koh) in it, spicy at the end and turns out to be many people’s Favourite.

Laksa Beras or I called it Malay Laksa is another version of laksa I love to eat especially during Pasar Ramadan month. The soup base is a bit clear, sour bitter at the end, and the fish they had it slice or mince it and cook.

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Price is pretty cheap as SPecial for RM 3 and Normal for RM1.80. Its hard to find a portion like that in that kind of pricing.

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As mention by my friend, she help me order Special which is their signature.

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This is the plate of Laksa Beras Special @ RM 3

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One thing I agree with my friend is the texture of the Laksa Beras noodle is super smooth and hardly come across this kind of texture and according to her it is made fresh by the family itself. In the special it comes with cucur udang and dip for a while and eat it is pretty good.

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Soup base is a bit clear or mild in taste as this is what the family recepi is, a bit sour bitter at the end, and the soup can just drink a lot. I did not finish my noodle as this is the 3rd stop for the morning itself. So its pretty much and one thing I did is I finish the soup. which is something different.

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This place if you ask me to go again, I will be a bit lost and they do not have the exact location as they told me to watch out for landmark only as insert in my post. Happy hunting to this Laksa Beras Place as I would rate it nice malay Laksa. It is advise to go early as at times the finish out early.

Its one of the road heading off from Bukit Mertajam to lead here.

*Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, pretty good, worth a try ~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Laksa Beras
Jalan Kumbang Semang,
Kubang Semang,
Penang.

Tel: 019-521 3452

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Closed on Friday

This round, lets head to the local favourites that was told this stall operate in an ally back in those days, as their business boom up, then now they have gotten a shop right at the corner busy junction. A local favourite that miss by many locals around the area is this little Halal Abang Is Char Koey Teow, which is more towards malay version which is located in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

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It might look very empty, as I was their during dinner hours, which they just started operation, as it heads towards woo hours, the crowd will start pouring in.

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In their menu, they have limited choice of food to chose from as this is what they are good at according to my friend, also very reasonably price.

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This is what they are famous for, wet version of Char Koey Teow or what I called it Koey Teow Basah as I order a small one, because I just had dinner at another place before heading here. One reason that attracted many people to drop by is their soup base koey teow, taste a bit sweet, salty and a bit thick in flavour, every spoonfull you get to drink with soup that is just perfect. Portion is just right at RM3 for small. You can try their special as filled with  more seafood that price at RM5. Pretty good deal.

I have tried before a few Malay version Abang IS Char Koey Teow and definately this stall hit the top at the moment. Its a crowd favourite around the neighborhood, if you do drop by, you can give it a try. . .

*HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, pretty good~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Abang Is Char Keoy Teow Lorong Alka Ria,
Jalan Bunga Raya,
14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang
(at the corner junction next to Pos Office)

Operating hours:
7.30pm – 2am (i think)

GPS Coordinates: N5.36485,E100.45956

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I guess recently I really eat a lot when I am not in KL, went back to Penang for a short trip to cover one event, then meet a few of my friends that I didn’t manage to meet during Chinese New Year and one of my best friend brought me to this place which I do love Yam Rice at Bukit Mertajam and which is one of her favorite stalls. I never came this far for this only in Chai Leng Park, Butterworth (click here on previous post).

This place is not that hard to find as you need to be very aware which turning to turn in, as the alley to tunr in here is very small . . .

All pork spare parts are available and see which part you like and ask them to boil for you into this ‘kiam chai’ soup.

More like a kopitiam style and its not very hot as they have  a few big fan on the wall to keep us cool . . .

To come till so far, yam rice is a must order as they rice is a bit dry as it needs to be and a few chunks of yam are in the rice, flavorful with a bit of dry shrimp taste too. The best is the soup, quite sour with the ‘kiam chai’ as it needs to be and the soup is not that clear and with sweet taste of all my favorite pork spare parts.

There are a few other mini side dish to order, my friend ask me to try on their ‘Tu Kar Chor’ which I find it nothing to shout about.

A must order is only the Yam Rice and mixture of pork spare parts into the soup.

If I do go back to Bukit Mertajam, it will be one of the stop I will be stopping by. Recommended

Location:
Yam Rice,
Jalan Murthy
GPS Coordiates: N5 21.690 E100 27.767


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