Moh Teng Pheow @Jalan Mesjid Off Lebuh Chulia, Penang
Before checking in to our hotel, we had our first meal at Moh Teng Pheow for some freshly made Nyonya kuih.
Armed with navigation application in the smartphone, we reached Moh Teng Pheoh (MTP) which located inside an unlikely place of a small alley at Lebuh Chulia. The facade is easily identified with its red painted wall and faded signboard.
Stepped into MTP, the front part of the restaurant is dedicated to the kuih making kitchen with assorted equipments and appliances.
Walk further in is a small dining area with a few long tables and a display cabinet filled with enticing array of colourful Nyonya kuih. Not much fancy decoration but there are some knick knack scattering around and the pattern tiles flooring that evoke a warm sense of nostalgia.
Second section of dining area is a courtyard blessed with ample of natural sunlight. Tables made from window panel, antiques and eclectic mix of vintage kitchenware adorning the place. Brimming with rustic and unpolished character to be explored.
There is even a trishaw as part of the decor.
The menu is pretty simple with variety of Nyonya kuih dominate the menu as well as small selection of savory mains such as Asam Laksa, Nasi Ulam, Nasi Lemak, pizzas and some beverages.
Gu Leng Peng (RM 2.50)
It’s actually concoction of rose syrup and milk, aka ‘Sirap Bandung’ 😛
Keat Po (RM 2.00)
If my memory serves me right, this is a salted plum drink.
Kuih Bengka Purple, Kuih Talam & Kuih Banting (RM 0.50/ pcs)
Rempah Udang (RM 1.50)
Kuih Lapis (3 for RM 1.50)
The Nyonya kuih were decent, taste wise, not too overly sweet with a nice texture which was slight firm. The rempah udang was my top pick, pungent sambal udang hiding within the soft glutinous rice, so yum~
Asam Laksa (RM 5.00)
My bowl of Asam Laksa was not appealing to me because it looked quite watery and the amount fish flesh was miserably too little to satisfy my craving. Luckily the great broth and the noodle appeared to be the saving grace. The broth had a good balance of sourness and spiciness with discernible shrimp paste (har gou) aroma. The noodles were silky smooth in texture.
Popiah Chee (RM 1.50)
When in Penang, eat like a local! A unique way of savoring the fried popiah copied from Ken :p Dipped into the laksa broth and let the whole spring roll absorb all the flavors, I like it and definitely a YES combination!
Nasi Lemak (RM 8.00)
The nasi lemak appeared to be out of our expectation! The typical condiments such as peanuts, hard boiled egg and fried anchovies were missing and we got a few asam prawns and a fried fish instead. I took a spoon of the rice, it was fragrant and paired well with the fiery sambal chili. The asam prawns and fried fish was just ok, the combination was too dry for our liking though.
Verdict: The Nyonya kuih definitely a highlight here, together with the vintage vibe make it good place for a localize afternoon tea combination.
Moh Teng Pheow
Jalan Mesjid (Off Chulia Street), 10200 Georgetwon, Penang.
Tel: +604-2615832, +6012-415 2677
Business Hour: Tues to Sunday: 10.30am ~ 5.00pm