Category: Bukit Mertajam

Penang Auntie (Big Prawn) Char Koay Teow @ Restoran Lok Chee Keong, Bukit Mertajam

It is quite rare to find decent Penang Island style Char Koay Teow in Bukit Mertajam. If you are wondering what is the Penang Island style, there are two main characteristics that define it – fiery red and topped with large prawns. In my humble hometown, CKT is usually fried with more dark soya sauce and normal sized seafood, hence darker in color and cheaper in price too.

Char-Koay-Teow

Last weekend I spotted a stall that bears an interesting sign “Penang Auntie (Big Prawn) Char Koay Teow” It got me curious and I returned the next morning to give it a try. Besides chicken egg, you could opt for the duck egg version if you want for an extra 50 cents. If you ask me, that little extra is kind of justified since duck egg is larger in size and imparts additional fragrance to the dish as well.

It is quite rare to find decent Penang Island style Char Koay Teow in Bukit Mertajam. If you are wondering what is the P...

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Asami – BM Prawn Noodle Specialist @ Bukit Tengah, Penang

The notion that they are the ‘Prawn Noodle Specialist’ was enough for me to try Asami – a newly opened restaurant in Bukit Tengah. What makes it different from the normal hawker style prawn noodle would be the better dining environment and the option to add various additional toppings. But I should note that this concept is not new, as the prawn noodle stall of Old Green House at Burma Road has been doing this for years.

prawn-noodle

Both dry and soup version of prawn noodles are available here. The dry version seems to be more popular in BM compared to the rest of Penang and you could probably find it at other coffee shops in BM. I won’t say the prawn noodle here is bad because I did finish everything. But the truth is, I expected better from the specialists.

The notion that they are the 'Prawn Noodle Specialist' was enough for me to try Asami - a newly opened restaurant in Buk...

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Seng Jawa Mee @ Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam

I am not a huge fan of Jawa Mee but I do have a stall that I will never hesitate to go back to. It only opens in the evening around 7.30pm and operates past midnight after 2am, perfect for those looking for supper. The stall is called Seng Jawa Mee and like many other good food in Bukit Mertajam, it is also located just next to the Pek Kong Cheng temple. If you happen to drop by my lovely home town, this is actually something worth trying.

jawa-mee

This is also one of the very few remaining Jawa Mee stalls that stay authentic to the noodle’s original recipe. Each plate comes with yellow noodle only, topped with slices of half boiled eggs, tau kua, lettuce, sambal, crushed peanuts, prawn crackers and cucur (prawn fritters). The delicious gravy has the perfect consistency too, not too watery nor too thick and I never had any problem finishing it everytime.

I am not a huge fan of Jawa Mee but I do have a stall that I will never hesitate to go back to. It only opens in the eve...

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Tong Pak Fu HK Dessert Restaurant @ Bukit Mertajam

Firstly, do not confuse this Tong Pak Fu with the HK one that recently launched at KLCC and Sunway Giza. In fact this is a Penang based dessert chain that has branches at Pulau Tikus, Raja Uda and Bukit Mertajam. Although their names share the same pronunciation in Cantonese, one word used is different. The HK one from HK uses 百 (hundred) while this one uses 伯 (uncle) for the ‘Pak’. I think anyone who does not pay enough attention to details might think they are the same.

tong-pak-fu-menu

The menu selection is quite limited and consists of the usual stuff you would find at any dessert shop, so no surprises here.

mango-dessert

Some mango dessert which I can’t recall its name. Couldn’t be bothered anyway because it is artificial as hell.

Firstly, do not confuse this Tong Pak Fu with the HK one that recently launched at KLCC and Sunway Giza. In fact this is...

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