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Hey, guys! Another Friday, another food flashback here. I hope your week has been going very well, and that you're going to be getting some much needed rest for the weekend (or some much needed excitement?) When I was going through pictures for this week's FF, I came across some really delicious rice dishes that I haven't had in a while. I'm putting them up so you can go find them if you're in Penang for the weekend. But I'm also putting them up as a reminder for me to go eat them again soon :P
Penang Nasi Campur
In Penang, we're big on rice especially during lunch time. The nasi campur or "mixed rice" concept is flexible, affordable and nutritious. It's like a buffet of dishes and you can choose the ones you fancy to go with your serving of white rice (sometimes cooked with ginger, or with butterfly pea flower.)
One of my favourite nasi campur places in the afternoon is Pak Yusof Nasi Melayu at the Traders Cafe on Jalan Macalister. The picture below is from 2017, and you could say this was a pretty light meal compared to my usual visits. I took some fried fish with sambal (chili paste and lime) sauce, tauhu sumbat (stuffed fragrant tofu), bean sprouts and egg. But they have easily 20-30 different dishes out for the weekday work crowd.
Penang Pork Rice
Nestles in one unassuming corner of Lebuh Chulia is probably one of the most popular pork rice shops on the island. Wai Kee Char Siew sells pork rice every afternoon and the place is filled to the brim with hungry, expectant fans. You'll have to come early, around 11.30am, just to get a spot. Once the crowd starts going, there's an average 15 minute wait before you get a table.
Just a note about this (very overexposed) picture. I was still fiddling around with camera settings and trying to figure out how to take semi-decent food pics at the time. So, it's not really my best work. But I figured it was... informative?
Kailan Pork Rice
Ok, stay with me here. I know it looks err humble. But this here is one of my all time comfort foods. It's made in a little stall at the KOMTAR building on Jalan Magazine, by a husband and wife couple. Chopped and steamed kailan, with salted fish and roasted pork belly, served with piping hot white rice and a sour-spicy Thai chili sauce on the side. It's crunchy, salty, so pork-fatty good. When I'm having a bad day, this and a cup of iced Kopi makes it all better.
Ok, that's it for this week! I'll be back again next week with some more food pics rummaged from the depths of my memory as well as my SD card. Eat well!
There's a lot of good food in Penang. The Friday Flashback series will help recap some of our recommendations and help you decide which delicious dishes to have on your trip to Penang. For more food favourites, read Part 2 of our Friday Flashback series.
Hey, guys! I'm back with a FF post for you. Back in 2016, we used to do breakfast food tours as well as the current lunch and dinner hops. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed doing it. But we've had to put it on hold so we can concentrate on making the lunch and dinner hops the best they can possibly be. I'm really looking forward to doing it again soon, though!
Breakfast in George Town: Chowrasta Market
I took these pictures sometime in 2016, I think? They've been sitting on my hard drive since and I thought this is a good time to put them up! The Chowrasta Market in George Town is a historic site and the original site was founded in 1890. It was named for the South Indian Tamil community that made up most of the vendors at the time.
These days, it's represented mostly by the Chinese small vendor community. The structure itself has been renovated, but is a press of stalls crowding the surrounding streets in the morning. You'll find everything from produce to plastic pails to underwear here! I'm mostly here for the food though.
Penang Curry Noodles
Penang Chee Cheong Fun
I'm going to have to visit the Chowrasta Market again sometime soon. It's best to drop by early-ish in the morning, and I feel like a good time is around 8.00 a.m. By then, the usual crowd is mostly done with their grocery shopping, but the stalls are still open and ready for the breakfast crowd. Go take a look when you can!
There's a lot of good food in Penang. The Friday Flashback series will help recap some of our recommendations and help you decide which delicious dishes to have on your trip to Penang. For more breakfast favourites, read Part 1 of our Friday Flashback series.