New Lane (Lorong Baru) is a street off McAllister Road in Penang that transforms into a food heaven when night falls. By 5-6pm, both sides of the street will be lined up with hawker stalls, leaving the patrons spoilt with choices.
Although the stalls are many, some of them are redundant. Char koay teow, satay, popiah, bbq chicken wings, fried oysters.. there’s more than 1 stall selling them. And there is some rules while ordering too. Take satay and popiah for example, you must order at least 10 sticks, and 2 pieces of popiah. Anything less than the minimum quantity, they don’t prepare it. In my opinion this rule kinda sucks, simply because sometimes we just want to try before ordering more. Hmm.. didn’t know such rule could exist in Penang..
Barbecued chicken wings and drumstick – Not very nice and a bit uncooked (notice the blood near the bones)
Chicken satay – So so only, and the gravy has a hint of rendang taste. They were prepared by the same stall where we ordered the bbq chicken, which cost RM6 for 10 sticks. If you ever come to New Lane, I’d advice to avoid this stall. There’s only 1 stall that sells satay and bbq chicken together and run by a Chinese family, so you know which. Try the others if possible, and let me know if they are good lol :P
Fried oyster – Tastes great, smallest portion goes for RM6. Besides fried oyster they also have char koay kak, which seems really tasty too. Must try it one day.
Beef koay teow (gu bak koay teow) – This is the nicest. Only RM4.50 per bowl and comes with lots of tender, juicy beef chunks. Initially it tasted normal but the chilli sauce makes all the difference. Gotta love the beef maw too!