Although there are plenty of places that serve Penang food in KL, only a handful of them are worth your time. Among them, Simply Penang would be one of the very few that I would actually recommend.
But just to set the expectation straight, the food is halal so don’t expect anything that’s traditionally prepared with pork to taste exactly the same.
Personally, I was impressed by their Penang Famous Prawn Mee @ RM13.90 because the soup had a fresh and deep prawn flavor. This is by far the best tasting Penang style prawn noodle I have had in any cafe/restaurant in KL, moreover a halal one.
The price might feel a little steep, but worth it since a standard serving comes with generous serving of prawns, like five to six times what you normally get at the hawker stall.
The Penang Famous Curry Mee @ RM13.90 is another dish I thoroughly enjoyed. It excelled in having an authentic tasting soup and a truly spicy and aromatic chili paste. If you are wondering, it does come with cockles and quite a lot too – they are just submerged in the noodle.
I can say with confidence that Simply Penang’s Fried Oyster Omelette @ RM17.90 is some of the best you can have in a shopping mall. As you can see, the oysters are reasonably plump, not overcooked and the omelette closely resembles the real thing.
Assam Laksa lovers should be more than satisfied with Simply Penang’s respectful rendition of this classic @ RM13.90.
The rich broth is filled with sardine flesh and provides sufficient spiciness and tang which delivered the intended flavors effectively.
Blink and you may miss it, as the Penang Chee Cheong Fun @ RM5.90 is hidden in one corner at the end of the menu.
The shrimp paste, sweet and chili sauces are sourced directly from Penang so you can be assured of their taste and quality. Not too pricey and the portion is just nice as a snack.
And of course, Lor Bak is also available. It’s available in a platter @ RM17.90 which is great for sharing among three to four people. Not bad at all (even more so considering it’s chicken based), but could have been better if the dipping sauce had a richer consistency.
Among all the hawker food dishes we tried, the Penang Char Koay Teow @ RM13.90 was the most underwhelming and understandably so.
It’s always a challenge to recreate the ‘wok hei’ flavor unless it’s fried by an experienced chef. But it’s not all bad, at least they are not stingy with the toppings. The prawns and cockles were fresh.
For those who prefer a more substantial meal that won’t break the bank, Simply Penang offers a whole range of nasi lemak and Nyonya rice combos with dozens of combinations of tantalizing side dishes.
The choices available include fried chicken, sambal petai prawn, assam prawn, chicken curry, spicy sotong, fried kunyit fish and chicken lor bak. The prices range between RM18.50 and RM24.90 for every serving.
B1-025, MyTOWN Shopping Centre
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Tel: 03-2710 8891