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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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On one side I am proud of being a Malaysian which is, Malaysia have a lot of local talents. In cooking shows or local famous celebrity chef Chef Wan is definitely a no stranger to all of us but one of the local chef that had makes it mark at the shores away from Malaysia by promoting hard on our local cuisine and culture at the European countries. Chef Norman Musa, A kampong boy from upbringing, that born from Butterworth, Penang had step its foot to UK on the year 1994 as Quantity Surveyor and since then by hosting alot of friends from Malaysia he had made himself a self thought cook, till date his restaurant was nominated Restaurant of the Year award in 2009, nominated for Manchester’s Chef of the Year Award and a Chef to the Lotus Racing Formula One Team.

Norman

Last weekend, I had a very short trip back to Penang to help my friend photo shoot on his new range of food that going to promote for the next 6 months which I have previously blog about it (click here to view) and while I was there, I manage to think back to find a place that it had been long time have never dine there. Kedai Kopi Chip Heng

When I was a kid, my dad used to bring me here, that I used to bugged him on weekends, as it was quite a distance from Penang to mainland to hunt for this meal and at that time I was addicted to their soup taste, sour veggie.

Yam Rice

When I reach there, I remember one of the shop used to be my favourite but I could not remember which is the one as there are 2 shops side by side selling the same thing but different taste, as I lost my memory, I just chin chai entered one of the shop which turns to be Kedai Kopi Chip Heng.

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What they sell is called, Yam Rice (one of their main selling item) to go along with soup that filled with mixture of pig’s spare part.

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You can choose the parts that want to be added in into your bowl or mix everything ( I love it to be mix of everything) in the small bowl boil it for a while till its cook, then they will add the soup after that.

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This is ‘Salted Vegetable Soup with Pork Innards’ with one of their special taste was the soup base, which is created much from salted veggie (Kiam Chai – in hokkien) and it had been quite some time since I last taste it and find it another feel like sour plum which happens to be quite strong which me and my friend find it quite weird but as I remember the when I was a kid it doesn’t taste like that (more on sour veggie).

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Then the auntie introduce us their ‘Tau Yew Bak’ that had been stew for quite some time till the pork intestine its very soft and a bit chewy and if the meat would have been softer a bit it would have been perfect. I just love the taste of the Tau Yew as it similar to my grandma’s cooking that I had long missed. We just finish this bowl within seconds.

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If you are in this coffee shop and ordered white rice it would be just very weird (would be more like ordering Wan Tan Mee without Wantan) as they are famous for their ‘Yam Rice’.

Love the Yam Rice that have diced yam cubes are deep – fried to a crisp, add in sauteed dried shrimps to cook with the rice till its not too dry is just delicious to go along with the soup.

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The best part is all the pig spare part must dip with their special ‘In house Chili’ to add in the kick of it.

After finishing the meal, I am still not satisfied that it doesn’t give me the umph of it then went to the next stall to tap au back their taste and while I was at home after reheat it again, I just found out that that’s the shop I wanted to go with its strong taste of sour veggie. Both shop also had their own customer with different taste wise, hence for me, I love the one next to this shop and as I remember, my cousin loves this shop compare to the one I like. (depends on your taste bud)

Total damage for 2 pax is RM15 including drinks which we find it very cheap.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, good ah~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Kedai Kopi Chip Heng
45, Lebuh Kurau Satu, Chai Leng Park,
Seberang Perai, Butterworth
(Opposite Chai Leng Park Wet Market)

Contact No : 012-429 3567

Business Hour : 12.00pm to 4pm. Off day unsure


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Although I am from Penang, but if you are asking me to tour you around the mainland, I am sure I will be lost or drive till another small town (of course do not mention the main area), but I have heard my friend mention a famous Thai – KhunThai Village food is nearby her area and also from my cousins. It was not until to plan out to meet up one of my best friend that had not keep in touch for quite some time and I had arrange dinner over there. Do not know where the place is and met up with a few of my Penang friend went over to my best friend which she is getting married few months time.

Khuntai

We reach there pretty early, about 7-ish and there is whole big parking located behind the restaurant and when we drive in, we was amaze how big the parking space is and the amount of car had nearly occupied the whole area.

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The restaurant is decorated in very kampung style, with dry leaves and hut in the middle.

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The main area when the restaurant was first started, after 3 years in business they had expended tremendously that makes them one of a famous thai restuarant in the neighbourhood that had attracted quite alot of people to dine there.

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First order of the night comes out with ‘Lumpanan Chicken’ RM18 (L). The chicken meat is soft yet the outer layer was cook till abit crust as it is suppose to be that soak the aroma of pandan.

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‘Otak-Otak’ @RM20 (L) is one of my favorite of the night, with its santan mild curry flavor yet filled with fresh seafood and mix it with rice, is something that I cannot stop eating while talking. It looks big but nits not a big portion as in the middle of the plate there are a wood place below it to make it looks like big portion. Recommended~

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‘Deep Fried Prawns with Starch’ @RM12 (S) was recommended by my friend, deep fried to golden brown, crispy on the oustide yet dip it with the sauce given, taste much better by pulling the aroma out.

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‘Seafood’ @RM30 The soup base is quite lime sour, spicy and with fresh squid and clamps I would say not bad as I still feel the one in KL Ah Roy Thai taste much better.

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When ‘Seafood Tom Yam’ @RM 32 (L), the soup base is quite lime sour, spicy and with fresh squid and clamps I would say not bad as I still feel the one in KL Ah Roy Thai taste much better.

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‘Mee Hoon’ @RM2 that to accompany on the tomyam soup, is something not to be miss.

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‘Fried Kang Kung’ @RM 6 nothing much to brag on it.

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‘Fish with Spicy Sauce’ @RM34 is the spiciest among all the dishes we had. A few sips had made my lips look like sausage and tears also about to burst. The fish had been deep fried well, and the spicy soup base that accompany with it, makes it a challenge. Very spicy yet I still want to eat it. Then my best friend’s eat like, ha, spicy meh? No ah..she finish the whole thing like there is no chili in it.. -_-“ , then only get to know that the spiciness level she can withstand is seriously high!

Overall, I find the place is not bad and the price of the total bills comes to around RM200 which is reasonable. One advice, to avoid frustration is reach there before 7pm to avoid the crazy crowd.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, not bad lah~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Khunthai Village
MK-9-914,
Jalan Permatang Tengah
13000, Butterworth, Penang
Coordinates: 5°26?41?N 100°23?14?E

Operating Hours: 11:00am – 12:00midnight (7 days a week)

Tel: 04-332 7523 / 012 – 431 3537

It has been a while that I last meet my buddy Andy, one of my crazy buddies when we were studying in Australia back in those days. Have not heard from this siau kia for quite a while till 2 weeks ago, got a sms from him saying that he is opening a new restaurant. I was like wow..he is progressing liau..

How I get to know this siau kia..? Get to know this crazy guy through my housemate. One thing that I really respect him was how he supported himself all the way from paying his own tuition fees, living expenses till he bought his own car. He studies engineering back in those days but work as a assistant chef as part time. When we on form, we would ask him cook for us and we assist as he really do cook good food. Our quote on that time was play hard never study hard! Lol~

We came back to Malaysia for good 3 years ago, and he decided to open a small restaurant shop when he came back. I still remember what he told me about his plan when he ventures into this industry and now he is slowly growing his empire and walking towards his dreams. His very first shop is still located at Megamall, Butterworth, this is the second branch and the 3rd branch is opening soon at middle of this month at Kulim industrial park same row as Secret Recepi there.

Now, his 2nd new restaurant is located strategically in Sunway Carnival that I would say one of a inn mall at Butterworth. In Penang, people are always hunting for something cheap and nice and being a lot of franchises available out in the market like O-Town, Kopitiam, Papa Rich yet I must say that, the food quality not only match the competitor but taste much better compare to what available in those shops. With the price tag charge on his food, what could you ask for more but only to enjoy.



With his own idea and design interior had created a great combination of ambiance and the food style which he is serving in the shop.

A wide range of selection available. If you find that Locals doesnt suit your taste bud then you can go for Western.If you too feel that is not good enough, Japanese choices are available too.

In this menu, the siau kia mention that its only 40% of the range that what he had in mind and we got a bit shock after hearing it but yet excited with the wide variety going to be available. Siau..its already so many choice available its like will take you half a month to try every food individually.His food range in this shop are the favourites based on customers favourite and feedback with improvise of taste that what he had done on his old shop.

We start off with a wide range of drinks with his recommendation that would be peoples favorite. ‘Fresh Carrot-Orange’ (RM3.50), ‘Mango Smoothies’ (RM5.50), ‘Wheatgrass Smoothies’ (RM5.50), ‘Peppermint Mocha’ (RM7.80), ‘Blueberry Chocolate’ (RM7.80), ‘Hazelnut Latte’ (RM7.80), ‘Almond Latte’ (RM7.80), and ‘Tiramisu’ (RM7.80). My personal favorite are Wheatgrass Smoothies, Blueberry Chocolate and Hazelnut Latte.

‘Honey Lime Ice’ RM3.80 looks like a hit drink in the shop. I ask him why use lime because lemon finish he replace that with Lime. Something new to us.

When this place was serve all eyes was on this plate and it was past to Ck that side and the aroma of the fried travels. Look so delicious whereby if you did not eat this its a sin. ‘Honey Pepper Roast Chicken Drumlet’ The request were, fast fast take picture we cannot tahan and want to eat this. RM6.90 yet I was thinking it sure would be nice to be accompany by a bottle of beer.

‘Spaghetti Chicken Bolognese’ is something that is very simple yet I enjoy it very much. RM6.90

It has beena while since I last ate this, but yet, this is good with strong taste of cheeze which doesnt over power the taste of tomato and chicken. ‘C’heesy Chicken Lasagna’ RM9.90.

Not only available at Murni but has Penang version too. ‘Mushroom Chicken Chop with Garlic Butter Rice’ RM9.90
I have never thought that ‘Sweet & Spicy Fish Bento’ with a bit of Asian taste could taste so nice. Well fried on the outer layer with the fish meat is soft in the inside just goes amazingly well with the sauce. RM8.50
I love this very much, with the taste of japanese soy sauce yet with the taste of onion and the egg was not cook too dry is just too good to resist. ‘Unagi Fried Egg Rice’ RM12.90,
Fragrance rice filled with some ‘santan’ flavor is something you are looking for ”Nasi Lemak Curry Chicken’ (RM7-90)

If you dislike santan then something with home made chili and well fried anchovis with onion and peanuts comes with the gravy that is ‘Nasi Lemak Rendang Chicken’ is something you are looking for. RM7.90

Fresh big prawns cook with aromatic homemade sambal just makes your taste bud dance and ask for more. ‘Udang Sambal Rice’ RM7.90

 

If you are craving for ‘Ipoh Chicken Slice Noodle’ it is quite okay, no complain but still Ipoh is the best. RM6.90

If you are a big fan of tomyam, this is one of the dish ‘Seafood Tomyam Soup’ that you must not miss. Taste to perfection that well balance sour and spiness at the right level is something you could not ask for more. RM8.50.

It might look normal for ‘Capsicum Prawn Fried Rice’ filled with wok hei yet home made sambal is add in the extra kick in it. We did ask for more of it. RM7.90

Besides of soup version they definately do have ‘Tomyam Seafood Fried Noodle’ RM8.50 its a similiar version to the soup taste, yet of course I prefer very much on the soup version.
‘Dry Curry Stir Fried Chicken Rice aka Kam Hiong Chicken’ Very fragrance and filled stir fried to the right condition, yet we felt that it would taste even better with seafood like sotongz or ikan pari. RM6.90
When you are sick, something mild in taste yet smooth for your taste bud, ‘Seafood Mushroom Porridge’ is the right choice. Filled with the sweetness of the seafood taste yet its like ‘chuk’ I could not resist it but its a bit salty in the end of your first few mouth. RM7.90
Many thanks to CK for helping me to arrange Penang Blogger’s to attend on this event and of course thanks to my buddy Andy for hosting us. Indeed it I was happy that manage to know some of the food bloggers from Penang that are Lingzie, Chris Lai, Mary Teo, Alan and Amanda, NKOTB
With most of the food are up on the stardard with the cheap pricing, a shop that I would highly recommend. One of the latest news I got from him was yesterday he told me that, there is one Malaysia artist had dine at his place which I have no idea also. I ask my friend and they said its quite a local celebrity from a radio station.
= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Hoh chiak!!~ Recommended -Stamped-

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

Location:

Kim Tavern
LG 04, Sunway Carnival Mall,
Jalan Todak, 13700
Seberang Jaya, Penang.
Tel: 604-399 9879, 012-428 8066 – Andy Liew
Business Hours: 11.30am-9.30pm daily

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