We checked in to our hotel on Lebuh Chulia in the late afternoon, and after a good rest in the hotel, we went to check out the night market scene at Kimberley Street.
This street (Lebuh Kimberley) is a major street food venue in George Town and there were many stalls and kopitiams or coffee gardens along both sides of the street at the junction of Lebuh Cintra and Lebuh Kimberley. This street is also just a short walk from our hotel on Lebuh Chulia (part of the reason to stay at Lebuh Chulia!).
Penang street food or hawker food are very affordable food options in Penang. Prices are usually around RM5 to RM6 (~S$2) for a plate of Lor Mee, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Char Koay Teow, Koay Teow Thng, Assam Laksa etc. I am salivating just typing out this list.
汕頭街釀豆腐 @Bee Hooi Coffee Garden
Located in a cafe, or more like a coffee shop with quite a few stalls, this Yong Tau Foo stall caught our attention because of the floating pig’s blood cubes… Ha ha ha. And so, we picked about 6 to 7 items for RM7, with each item ranging from RM0.30 to RM2. They also sell braised beancurd and braised chicken wings at RM1 per piece. The soup was not the usual yellow bean soup, and overall the food was not bad.
We also ordered a Nutmeg Drink for RM1.50, or else we had to pay RM0.50 for sitting at a table 😮 The drink was quite diluted, but still quite refreshing.
汕頭街權記鴨粥粿汁專賣店 @Restoran Kimberly
- Duck Kway Chup 鴨肉粿汁 (RM8): This drew the longest queue among all the stalls on this food street. Each bowl was filled to the brim with noodles (kway chup), duck meat and came with a whole braised egg. We were not too big a fan of the rather thick noodles with texture that reminded us of pig’s skin that we find in kway chup back in Singapore. Quite different from the soft ones that we have back home, and certainly had lots and lots of ingredients.
- A1 Lor Bak 鹵肉 (RM8): It seemed rather pricey compared to the kway chup, for we only ordered 1 piece of lor bak, sausage, and fried beancurd skin. The lor bak was really fragrant though! The sausage had a good amount of meat and was delicious too. The only letdown was the fried beancurd skin which was not really crispy.
- Shi Gua Thng 四菓湯 (RM3): It seemed to be a norm that you have to order at least a drink or dessert, or the staff will never leave you alone. Most of the desserts were not available, so we picked this one simply because it had the most variety. It was alright, and not overly sweet.
By now, we were too full and had to call it a night, but we had a rather satisfying dinner 🙂
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