Mua Chee @ Northam Beach Cafe


Northam Beach Cafe is a nicer type of hawker center in Penang along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. It is located right next to a beach hence the name. Northam Beach Cafe utilizes the open air concept so you could enjoy the wind coming from the sea. And because of the nice location, decoration and ample free parking space it is popular with the locals and tourists alike. The food, however is pretty much the same with the other hawker centers. But the mua chee here is quite special so it deserves a mention.

mua chee

Mua chee is my favorite snack when I was small. Who wouldn’t love that chewy and nutty texture! The traditional mua chee is made from glutinous rice flour, sliced into small pieces then mixed with castor sugar and roasted peanuts. Simple as that.

mua chee stall

Then someone break out of the traditional recipe and creating something different. The couple above introduced four new flavors of mua chee, claimed as the first in Penang. So, in total there are five flavors available which are original, sweetcorn, pandan, green tea and black sesame.

mua chee sign

For your information this is not taken off their menu, it’s shown on the stall itself haha. I just cropped that out from a photo I took. To try all the flavors, you can actually mix all five flavors in one serving to create what they call “Colorful Mua Chee”. I always do that to taste all the available flavors. The strongest one would be black sesame flavor, it really stands out from the rest.

mua chee dough

These are the colorful dough used to make the mua chee. Green tea and black sesame are on the left while sweetcorn is the one in front. I took this when he was preparing my order hehe. And another thing he did differently is adding peanut butter sauce on top of the mua chee. Look at the first photo again in case you didn’t notice. This idea is great because it really enhanced the peanutty taste! Sometimes, even though already had a heavy dinner, we would still purposely stop at Northam Beach Cafe for the mua chee. Yeah, it’s that good for us lol.

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  1. Wow i cant believe i missed so much…assignment la wat samo…hehe I like that stall’s mua chee. Got hook into mua chees like this since I saw black sesame mua chee in Genting.

  2. Mua Chee @ Northam Beach Cafe…

    This post about Penang Mua Chee makes my mouth waters.

    “Sometimes, even though already had a heavy dinner, we would still purposely stop at Northam Beach Cafe for the mua chee.”…

  3. In various pasar malam in KL also got various flavor muachee, saw one stall in Pandan Indah (fri nite) sells pandan, lychee etc. NORTHAM BEACH! loved that place. though cater more to tourists, but the or chien(fried oyster pancake) and FRESH oysters are lovely! last time they sell them at only RM2.50 each, imagine that!

    OMG? RM2.50 for or chien? That’s really a steal in KL!!

    J2Kfm’s last blog post..Kizuna Japanese Restaurant, Ipoh

  4. Mmmm. My gramma’s from Penang, and our mua chee always treasured to the very last bite =D Nice post there!

    Thanks!! Mua chee is my childhood fav snack, also very treasured :)

  5. I wonder if there are any good ones here in Klang Valley??? Cannot fight the ones in Penang, eh?

    I saw a few mua chee stalls around Klang Valley. Not to say cannot fight, I am sure all mua chee taste the same, just that this particular stall has more flavors to choose :)

    wmw’s last blog post..Pick n’ Brew, Glenmarie Shah Alam

  6. Fuah…Thot u won’t be back to PG that fast now that u just started working in KL. Guess PG food still pulling u back, eh ! ;)

    Heh, you guessed it wrong. It was about a month ago when I had this mua chee. That time, I was still working in Penang ;) I don’t post my foods according to the day I went, I post according to my mood ;)

  7. Northam Beach Cafe… Hmmmm… nice place to hang out. try the german sausage they serve over there. Marvelous. Served with mashed potato, corn on cob and gravy. The uncle told me they do their own sausage. And also don’t forget to try the chicken wing.

    Happy eating……

  8. I always like the mua chee at this stall….with a few flavours to choose from… and can be mix on request…….

    Another stall worth trying is the pasta stall with a set meal of either yr favourite spaghetti or chicken pie or piping hot mushroom soup with crispy ovenbake pastry that come with a lovely chocolate cake of yr choice…..

    sweet jasmine’s last blog post..Chee See Fun…..Hong Kong Style……..

  9. too bad I can’t find it at Northam beach cafe anymore. last week I was there & ask the person around, they say not selling anymore at there. haih!


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