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Any of you love Penang food? I guess most of you do right and most of you would travel up North during long weekend for the awesome street food. Guess what! Now we have discover one new outlet that newly open in Kota Damansara recently that sell alot of best Penang street food under one roof, known as Penang One. Their first outlet is in Bandar Puteri, Puchong.

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Located in the heart of Kota Damansara where parking would be a big headache for you and this doesnt stop us from hunting it. Since our first visit, we have been going back as regular and I must say that the food is as good as where you can find in Penang. Definately not 100% but its at 80% similar which is good for us down in Klang Valley here.

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I am sure many of you still have yet discover fully where is the best food in Penang and the same goes to me. The owner have this big mission that wanted to provide folks in KL for good Penang food and therefore he himself as a Penangnite have work out a contract with all this famous hawker people to provide all the ingredients. All this being transport down to KL 2 days once. Therefore the taste is pretty much 80% the same as the famous hawker owner train all the staff themselves..

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The owner have marked down all the famous hawker stall location in the map and light history on the wall where he brought down here.

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Here you go on the list if you fancy any of the street food.

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Place here are pretty cozy and service here is pretty good~

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If you worry how they cook your meal and they have open concept kitchen for your viewing and those of you who loves the Tambun Biscuits & now they are available here too with the brand Him Heang which is one of my favourite brand. Now you need not queue that long as its while stock last daily.

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Lets see what we can have here and 8 of us are already very hungry.

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What is available in the menu is sufficient to stop our craving back in our hometown and we particularly ordered the whole menu, to try out on the taste.

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Homemade Otak Otak which is one of my favourite, no doubht that this taste exactly the same as one of my favourite stall. Steam to perfection that its soft on the outside and a huge slice of fish being inserted in the middle with fragrant leaves that absorb it very well. RM4.50 I have no complain in that.

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Those of you that miss Chee Cheong Fun, its all the way from Macalister Road. Prawn paste is good and just thick enough to coat around the chee cheong fun and although its not from my favourite Genting Kopitiam but this is as good as an alternative for me. @RM 3.90

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I certainly love Bak Chang – Special Dumpling @ RM 8.90 and alot people come here make a take away back to other country as they are being made fresh and air tight it in a pack of 8 if not mistaken. Then just put it into a boiling water for 5 minutes then you can eat it after that, with sticky rice and not too salty yet with generous amount of Ingredient.

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Another version of Bak Chang will be the white base and if not mistaken is the Teo Chew style as the filling is more towards peanuts. Not bad either as Ken loves this one and me prefer the traditional one.

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For Loh bak is hail all the way from Kheng Pin Kopitiam if not mistaken as I did saw a visual on that kopitiam on the wall. The Loh Sauce is as good as it is that is thicken, prawn crackers are fried to perfection. @RM 11.90

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The Asam Laksa is pretty well known in Lorong Selamat that I have not try before. When you talk about Lorong Selamat everyone’s thought would be Char Koey Teow! Nevertheless this is as good as it is, that cook with alot of mince fish meat and top with a few slices of fish as the top as we add on with additional RM1.50 . Soup is as good as the famous ones in Penang, sour enough and light spicy end with fish fragrant taste.. @ RM 8.50 

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This is another stall that I have not tried before in Penang which is Kampung Jawa Char Koey Teow and I ask my friend they say its very good and their business hours is only from 7am – 10am daily and have to wait at least 30 minutes – 45 minutes for your plate to be serve. Will go back and try the original one but before that, the Char Koey Teow in this outlet best most of the stalls in KL. Cook till with wok hei and the koey teow is slight dry to my linking and top with huge prawns @RM 9.50

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This is the Yam Cake @ RM 5.50

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Ahh, version of Curry Mee is hard to find in Klang Valley they need to be serve along with pork blood. Most of the curry mee here is in curry soup base. Penang version is, soup is fragrant with light pandan and mild santan taste the follow I add in one full scoop of curry to make it fiery red. Perfect as it is. @ RM 8.50

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I get to know that Klang Valley is not pretty well known for Duck Meat Koey Teow Soup but i have always love mine in this version. Sou is sweet and filled with duck meat, fish balls, pork balls and fish cake that all is home made except pork ball.

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If you love New World Park Ice Kacang then you gonna love this as it taste exactly the same. I prefer the Ice Kacang @ RM 6.50 more than the Cendul.

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This make no exception as well Tee Nya Kuih from there as well @ RM 3.50. Have to be serve chill then add in gula melaka to eat along. Soft as it is and gula melaka is not too sweet.

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Muar Chee @ RM 3.90, as the difference is the peanut base as its slightly more fine.

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Rojak @ RM 7.50 is not the best one from Penang to my own preference but some they love it as well.

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This is my very own special request on my chilhood snacks. A huge slice of Seng Kuang then top the rojak sauce on the top add on with peanuts after that.

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This is what happen to us when we found something good and hail all the way back from our hometown. We order so much that we inteded to give it a sharing at first and end up most of us having each plate each.

If you are craving for Penang food and lazy to drive all the way up north, here is one of the best place you can find in Klang Valley and no complain at all. It beats alot of stall out there, and had become our weekly affair,  some is daily. 😀

Price is pretty reasonable with the concept that the owner is trying to do and portion is average. Not too big nor too small or if you compare to KL serving portion its definitely slightly smaller. A highly Recommended place by me for Penang food.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10,  good stuff, highly Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location;
Penang One
16-1, Jalan PJU5/7,
Dataran Sunway,
47810 Kota Damansara,
Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-6151 1083

GPS Coordinates: N03 09.071 E101 3.396

Famous Night Market is one of the main attractions for people who are bargain hunters and street food lover. Country like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand are pretty well known for their signature area. Well, in Kuala Lumpur we do have one of a signature that many locals that know about it. Famous Taman Connaught Night Market.

Pasar Malam Taman Connaught or Night Market in Cheras is already created its signature by being longest night market in KL. This had been a hit since long time ago, even when I studied in KL 12 years ago. For tourist, this is definately one of a place for you to visit and walk around besides China Town if you come at the right time, which is only on every Wednesday night.

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Night market is always a variety of mixture from fashion, handcraft and food especially. Since its near Chinese New YEar, this place will be like a warzone and its super pack with people.

For this blog post will be pretty much filled with lots of pictures to give you glimpse of what’s offering in this market.

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Lets take a stroll, whereby you usually would spend easily an hour here and if you walk,shop and eat will easily cost you about 2 hours.

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Cheap hair accesories

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Trendy bag for you to bargain. .

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Original DVD that is slightly cheaper than shop operator. .

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Sunglasses that is not original . .

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Doggie food and snacks. . . that is kinda cheap, I bought a few packs for my dog.

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Creative handcraft greeting cards. . .

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Books . .

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And of course food is a must, that’s most of my content is ..

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Local Snacks with Yam Cake

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Hong Kong Famous curry fish ball but had localise, taste is not that spicy, tomyam flavour available and of course fish ball texture is different.

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Other fried fast food snacks from mixture of fresh and frozen food.  . .

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In Penang this is know as Leng lui Tong sui, that is also in this pasar malam.

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Its a local dessert where you can have all the mixture of ingredient with different soup base or selection of your choice. If you do not know what to have you can pick from their picture menu.

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Seaweed Jelly Honey is a thirst quencher or I rate it like Taiwan Ai yi Ping. . Similiar.

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Our very first version of Bubble Milk tea before Taiwan milk tea hit our shores. Used to be power base and of course its still very popular among bubble milk tea lovers.

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Local drink with ‘Mata Kuching’ that known as a element to cool down your heaty body.

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This is something new to me. Passion Fruit Drink consist with fresh passion fruit and sour jelly.

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I love this so much that I ended up having 2 cups. Its not cheap tho, is RM4 per glass if I am not mistaken.

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Those of you who went to Thailand I am sure you would not have miss this kind of drink.

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Fresh young coconut juice and signature of this stall is coconut jelly with slices of coconut being frozen in it. Love the taste as there is strong taste of coconut juice showing its made from fresh.

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Taiwanese Pizza. .

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Japanese Snacks as I always prefer the wasabi version. This is a cold platter.

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Local famous XL fried Chicken, Uncle Bob.

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Other fried item also available, from sausages, hash brown and  .. . .

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Takoyaki, as some stalls are pretty nice, and this stall that I bought so so only.

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Our very local mobile steamboat car or what we call it, Lok Lok.

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 as KL version comes with a bbq grill pit that you can choose some for them to grill and add on spiciness if you want. . .

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Taiwanese Sasuage. . .

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This special burger is pretty fattening if you stand there and see them cook . .

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I don really like it but it seems like a big hit in the night market

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HOng Kong hand made candy . .

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This is one of a stall that operate by family and brisk business. Decided to give it a try, its a local type of Okoyaki . .

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Taste is pretty decent only . .

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For local snacks, Steam Nasi Lemak and of course you need to have the special spice chicken along, not the best but still okayla. .

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Fried ‘Cempedak’ known as smaller version of Jack Fruit.

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This cempedak is very fresh, juicy and sweet. . .

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And its one hell of a expensive cempedak. 3 for Rm4 if I am not mistaken.

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local dessert tarts. . .

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Otak Otak . .

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Not so nice ..

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SOmething that similiar to Taiwan thatI have eaten is the duck parts.

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Local Chinese Pancake ..

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There are 2 version with the picture above is thick . . .

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The thinnest is know as Apam, and in the tray is the crispy version of Chinese Pancake.

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Among so many stalls I walk around, this is the stall that super pack with customers.

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Its a homemade cake that is RM6-RM8 per piece and so many of them buy at least 3-5 different flavour. Decided to join the crowd and gotten Cheeze cake which is their signature. Not bad for RM6

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An old uncle sell this, and decidied to buy from him.

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Love this stall as its used to be in front of Tesco on the Thai food fair and its one of the best street Thai food available. Price slightly cheaper that what I usually have or in Mall food court. Located at the end the road – the other end from McD

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another stall that sell Spicy Noodle. .

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Not so spicy and add the chili oil, its too oily and not spicy also . .

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Another signature stall of the night market is Stinky taufu. .

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Deep fried to perfection, stink enough that every one say its like toilet never wash for 4 days or drain got clock with stinky stuff. Well, not as bad as it is and its  love hate relationship. Still find Hong Kong & Taiwan taste so  much nicer although its much different.

Nowdays to eat snacks in Night Market is no longer cheap as I remember 10 years ago, RM20 enough to eat the whole street and for this round, after 10 years on my last visit, I spend about RM70 for the street snack. This is how much different compare to last time and of course choices of offering had change 50%. One of the best night market in KL.

Food snacks in here rangers from RM3-RM15, drinks from RM0.80 to RM10 and fashion shopping from RM1 – RM100 (depends on your bargaining skills)

Parking at the area will be horrible .. .

Its a great place to hunt for especially travelers, by Taxi it will cost about RM15-RM25 outright from KL, Bukit Bintang or by train , Star LRT to Tasik Selatan station then taxi..

Another of my favourite Pasar Malam is Pasar Malam OUG.

Locations:
Pasar Malam Taman Connaught,
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
56000 Wilayah Persekutuan
(Opens on Wednesday nights weekly from 6pm till late)
– Look for USCI college or McD drive Thru)

Penang, my small little hometown, that it will be super pack when comes to short or long holiday. An island filled with amazing food including mainland with different taste and types of food available. Not only street food are famous, now I am happy that better eatery are mushrooming out at the moment in this small island with a discovery of my favourite authentic Italian Food Via Pre located at Weld Quay. El Faro is one of the latest edition.

Now the latest outlet that pop out into Penang shore are this little Spanish dining located at Jalan Burma. If you drive pass this road daily, you would not notice this little place as I think the signage of Tong Pak Fu overshadow them. Nevertheless it was an introduction of my friend that insist want me to dine there of their superb taste and unique range of food that he came across with his friends a week ago. The outlet is in operation less than 7 weeks to date.

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As we place our order, the owner is quite suprise to see us order so many food and came over to our table to introduce more. Manage to found out that she is from Penang locally. I was very curious why so many types of food and why Spanish, as Penang not many people enjoy it, in terms of taste. She said that there was a boom while she was working in Singapore 2-3 years ago as its popping out like crazy. Therefore she saw a huge potential in Penang and came back here to operate it here whereby also her hometown, also know that the chef is from Penang with international exposure.

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A small restaurant with about 40 seatings, design in a way to provide comfort dining to customers .

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There are 2 sections available with indoor and outdoor.

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Open kitchen concept is one of the trend now to allow customer to see the cleanliness of kitchen and how chef work around.

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When I was seated down, I am surprise to see their small little menu that its only 2 pages available. Easy flipping. kekek

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For first time customer, I would say go for their set meal as they are pretty much covered their signature item

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They have wine promo on the list and we decided to go for it as it was as cheap from RM75 per bottle with Chilean, South Africa and a few other wine selection which is pretty reasonable and good. This is the first bottle we kick start off with, Chilean wine, smooth, slightly dry and easy to drink for a start. Then the lady boss came by and introduce us Spanish wine. After drinking that, this is no longer in the league.

Worth to try out Spanish wine in this outlet.

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Been quite a while since many of us get together for a nice dinner like that. 😀 Cheers!~!~!~

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Haaha, something went wrong with my best childhood friend that day as its very rare to see him in action like that. I guess his gf posion him alot of K-Pop.

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Here comes the Cold Tapas range. Looks simple and some of them find it weird in its look as they see it for the first time but well presented. Boquerones @ RM 18 is a cold Tapas that you must not miss. Top with a slice of spanish white anchovies on top of watermelon top with a mint leaves with olive oil shower at the bottom along with sea salt. Its love at first bite, that one piece you would not have enough. Burstling in flavor that watermelon juice burst out the sweetness follow by light saltiness of anchovies and hard sea salt taste kicks it. Great mix of flavour and we order another plate of this. – Highly recommended!

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Ham platter  comes with 4 different types – Bellota Ham, Serrano Ham, Lomo Iberico & Salsichon

Comes with a plate of bread for you to go along.

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El Faro Smoked Salmon @ RM 18

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Ensalada Tomate its a saled in El Faro style. Unique in taste with rocket, fresh tomato and a bit of chili oat flakes top along.

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Tender Pork Belly @ RM 18.90, cook to perfection with the fats that near melt on your  mouth, meat is soft and well marinated. Slightly salty and a bit after taste of lime and pair with red wine is one of a great combo to go along.

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Bikini @ RM 18

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Another dish that you must not miss, looks simple but the cheeze and ham is the star attraction of it. Soft inside out and the bread is toast both side to fragrant. It was gone within seconds, top on another order after that. – Highly Recommended!

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Chipiron @ RM 17 – crispy baby octopus with tartar sauce & Lemon

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Mushroom

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Rocket Salmon – Rocket & basil crust, Frisda Salad, spinach, mash potato  & olive oil @ RM 28

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first look of this, it doesnt look tempting but the small of it, is awesome. Gambas al Ajilo is fresh prawns sauteed with garlic, white wine and herbs. Juicy and big, with the sauce slightly sourish yet fragrant with herbs that sprinkle on top.

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When comes to pig, there are a few sucker on the table including me. Crispy Pig Ear is well fried and season well. Perfect for bites. @ RM 14

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What do you have in mind when comes to Pork Knuckle? its a huge ass fried meat with huge bone that would be German Style. When we were told this is El Faro Tender Pork Knuckle, we were dumb-fold for a while as those were always our thought and never knew it be flat and well cut out. I guess this is Spanish style. @ RM 32

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pork cubes are really tender, juicy and fats are even. HOw to eat it is rather simple, take the wraps and put everything 2 piece, wrap then put in the whole piece into your mouth. – highly recommended~

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Squid Ink Rice – with seafood, tomato, olive oil & herbs @ RM 32.  A dish that is well presented that its balance out on the top with 1 piece clam, squid and prawns. Simple combination in taste with tomato sourish and light seafood sweet end.

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In Spanish restaurant how can we miss out their paella. El Faro Paella is something similiar to quid ink rice just that this version is being pan fried. Taste also slightly different as this is more fragrant with light pan wok hei, sprinkle with some chili powder to get the light spiciness and seafood were friend along to enhance the sweetness of the rice. Both dish have its unique taste as one is light in taste.

In the end of the meal, we are all very satisfied and what do you say when comes to pricing. I find it reasonably price as total meals comes out RM700 with 2 bottles of wine and there are 8 of us. I find the food is rather authentic and its very unique, even those outlet in KL are on different types of offering.

This is sure one  of a restaurant to go after if you are bored with street food, and any special occasions like Valentines Day coming up, this is surely one of a recommended restaurant by me. Great wine, great food, great service and nicely price.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, pretty good~ Recommended~-Stamped-

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

Location:
El Faro
231 Jalan Burmah,
10050 Penang, Malaysia

Tel: 04-227 2310
email: [email protected]

Mon – Tue: 15:00 – 23:30
Thu: 15:00 – 23:30
Fri – Sat: 15:00 – 00:30
Sun: 15:00 – 23:30

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