The Wai Sek Kai (food street) at Chai Leng Park should not be a stranger to the people residing on Seberang Perai area. No doubt you can find many different foods here when the place comes alive starting from 6pm onwards. But to most of the visitors it doesn’t matter what they eat, a bowl of refreshingly cool Leng Chee Kang 清补凉 is usually a must for dessert.
Among the many stalls, Hello Kitty Leng Chee Kang that has been around for 10 years should be the most popular one. A small bowl costs RM2.50 while RM4 for the big one and they all contain 12 toppings (from top to bottom, left to right) of sea coconut, ginkgo seed, longan, lychee, rambutan, red bean, agar agar (jelly), sago pearls, white fungus, sweet potato cubes, sliced dried persimmons and dried longans. The massive selection of toppings alone should be enough bring a smile to any dessert lover lol.
Key’s Char Koay Teow located not far from Sunway Carnival Mall at Seberang Jaya has been on my to try list for a long time because I have always noticed a buzz of customer activity there. It is also a favorite among the Malay community, with many claiming it as one of the best Char Koay Teow in the northern region of Malaysia.
Char Koay Teow is known for its minimal amount but at Key’s the portion was surprisingly satisfying even at the smallest order at RM3 only. Seasoning and ingredients aside, like any noodles the ‘wok hei’ is one of the most important aspects especially in Chinese style Char Koay Teow and Malay style Char Koay Teow is no exception either.
Pelita Nasi Kandar is the largest chain nasi kandar restaurant in Malaysia that came a long way from a small stall in a coffee shop at Chai Leng Park, Perai. It is amazing how fast and furious a business can grow. In less than 20 years Pelita Nasi Kandar has 26 branches spanning over 5 states, plus an international one at Chennai, India too.
You would think that Pelita serves the same curry dishes throughout their chain of restaurants but that is not true. Just curry mutton alone I have tasted a few styles and the best one so far for me can be found at Pelita Giant Hypermarket at Bayan Baru.
The mutton is cut into smaller pieces instead of being served in one large chunk hence able to absorb more flavor from the spices and gravy when cooked. Simply delicious and addictive with ‘kuah campur’. It was my favorite Pelita restaurant when I was still in Penang.
If you happen to chance upon Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee at Chai Leng Park, all I can say is avoid it. Years ago when I was doing my industrial training at Perai, I went there once or twice before and decided that their Hokkien Mee was above average at best, didn’t really like it at all.
One of the reasons Lean Gaik is popular is because they let you add additional stuff into your usual Hokkien Mee like roast pork, mantis prawn (now no more) and Teochew fish balls. This proved to be an effective crowd puller back then.
Yesterday, I was at Chai Leng Park and decided to give them another try given that one’s taste bud could change over time. Turned out that I still didn’t like it and worse still, I hated it even more simply for two reasons: Hiring of Indonesian maids to prepare the food and excessive use of MSG.