Saturday, February 10, 2007

Penang Good Food Guide (Part 3)

Penang has always been famous for its good food. It's no exaggeration when we Penangites say we have the best food here. We're not being arrogant, we're just stating the facts and we will always defend the food here. So, you should know what you're up against when you openly challenge Penang's status as the food capital of Malaysia (if not the world). You just don't poke a lion with a stick, do you? You know you'll face certain death and it's the same when you challenge Penangites about their food. If you've not read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you may want to read them first.

Apart from Chinese cuisine, Penang also has a myriad of other cuisines to offer. The most famous of all being Nasi Kandar. Our former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's favourite is rumoured to be the Nasi Kandar served at Craven (near Komtar and Gama Supermarket). Nasi Kandar stalls are popping up everywhere on the island. From the large franchises of Pelita, Subaidah and Craven to the smaller traditional shops like Line Clear, Ali and Raffe, there's plenty of Mamak food to go around.

I find this Kayu outlet at Bukit Jambul (near Vistana Hotel) to serve very good Nasi Kandar.

Original Kayu Nasi Kandar

If it tells you it is the ORIGINAL Kayu Nasi Kandar, you better believe it is. Original or not, the food here is wonderful but you may want to make a visit to the ATM first before coming here. It'll cost you an arm and a leg to dine at this place! Opt for the Nasi Briyani and you may want to try their cuttlefish, prawns, crabs and cuttlefish eggs. I'm salivating as I type! ~slurp~ Not a place to frequent everyday if you know what's good for your wallet and health but I just don't understand how the staff at USM can afford coming here practically everyday!

I used to frequent Line Clear during my teens but it has somehow lost it's sparkle through the years. If Subaidah and their gory pink outfit doesn't scare me away, the incredibly sweet drinks (even when you emphasise on kurang manis) will. Pelita is not bad but Kayu still comes out tops. I've heard and experienced being cheated at Raffe so many times, I've been avoiding it like the plague.

If you want to taste good Roti Canai, you should go to this stall by the roadside at Transfer Road.

Transfer Road Roti Canai

Good roti canai is very much dependent not only on the curry it is served with but how well the dough has been flipped to give you that chewy, fluffy taste. You get them all here at this stall. It may not be the most hygienic (or safe) place to have breakfast since this road is quite busy but very much worth the risk. If you prefer some meat with your roti canai, you can order various curried meat for RM2.50. They only serve roti kosong and roti telur but you'll know why this is the place to have roti canai once you put some in your mouth.

Your trip to Penang is never complete if you've not tasted the famous Sup Hameed along Penang Road (not too far from Cititel Penang).

Sup Hameed

It may state on the signboard that they are open 24 hours but you may want to try going in the evening instead, maybe for supper before you hit the bed. The soup ain't cheap but you'll definitely crave for more. Best taken with Benggali bread.

More mouthwatering dishes in Part 4 of Penang Good Food Guide.


  1. A Penang Bloggers Meet will be held on the 25th of Feb 2007 at E-Gate Starbucks!

  2. Hallo kshern. Did you have a good new year celebration?

    What would I have to do to persuade you to stop writing these wonderful posts on food information? I can just taste the food and smell the aroma, sitting here so far away in London.

    Ringit 2.40 for Roti Canai! You are so lucky... here at Oriental City Food Court, Oriental City, Colindale, London, (soon to be closed for development aghhh) it's £3.50 sterling for Roti Canai, and it's good.

    I'm only joking, please keep up the food info, by the way you wouldn't happen to have bumped into two friends of mine Pat & Olivia Murphy, who I believe are in Penang with their boat the Aldebran currently?

  3. RM20 for a thin piece of dough is seriously expensive considering it was just 20-30sen not so long ago!!!

    Nope, I didn't go anywhere near the Marina lately so I wouldn't be able to bump into any sailors.