Food Hunting @ Chulia Street, Penang
Ever since our gracious PM lifted the interstate travel restriction, I think now it’s the best time to continue to share about my Penang trip on early this year (just before MCO). Let’s Cuti-Cuti Malaysia!
Other than trying out the new F&B outlets in the hotel, we surely didn’t miss the chance to do the obligatory food hunting around the town. Our first dinner after checked in and freshen up ourselves in the hotel was Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia), one of the famous food streets in George Town which is lined with plenty of hawker stalls and restaurants. One can expect local favourites such as Char Kway Teow, Asam Laksa, Wanton Mee, and Satay and many more.
The first choices was none other than the popular mother-and-son Wontan Mee, which is almost perpetually packed with waiting queue (for food and table). Tables were scattered around the stall as well as on the walkway of the shoplot.
How to order: Self-service ~ place your order with the person in charge, wait for your food to be prepared, bring back to your table and enjoy!
Dry Wonton Mee (RM4.50)
Portion wise, I was happy with this portion for RM4.50 only. Served with soy sauce and pork lard oil concoction with Char Siew, Wonton, blanched vegetables and pickled green chilies. The presentation might look dull but the flavour was totally the opposite. The sauce concoction was toothsome and the fragrant pork lard oil took it to a whole other level. However the Wontons were rather bland and I didn’t really care about the Char Siew.
Char Kway Teow with Duck Egg (RM6.00)
We also ordered this from the stall right in front of where we sat. The Char Kway Teow was good with good smoky flavour imparted from frying process as well as the enticing flavour of the soy sauce, chili, egg and all the ingredients.
From the stall behind our table, the popiah was just mediocre.
We strolled along the streets after our dinner and stumbled upon this Satay stall located in Xi Nan Cafe. It has good variety of Satay included the usual chicken, beef and mutton, as well as the uncommon pork, wild boar and fish.
Pork Satay (RM13.00/10 skewers)
We had the Satay takeaway and enjoyed it at our comfortable hotel room. The pork Satay with mostly lean meat and a small piece of fat in the middle on the skewer, the texture was inevitable on the hard side but still acceptable. The flavour was good nonetheless and I like the peanut sauce was thick and nutty with adequate spiciness.
We also bought Apom from this push cart stall located opposite of the mother-and-son Wontan Mee. Thin and crispy on the edges and soft on the middle, the crepe came with a pleasant coconut and smoky aroma.
Chulia Street, George Town, Penang.
Operation hours: 6.00pm till late.