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Hong Ngek today no longer offers Xinghua Hokkien food, but one-plate "dai chow " dishes which KL's office workers in that area look for.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2013 on Eating History at EatingAsia
Wow, Penang Nyonya achar fish - one of my fave dishes!
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2013 on Nyonya Fireworks at EatingAsia
Utterly beautiful pics :-)
Toggle Commented May 10, 2013 on Home - My Penang at SkyBlueSky
Oh my, that bowl of curry mee looked INCREDIBLE! Don't think I'd ever had chicken curry noodles in Penang before!
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2010 on In George Town, Timing is Everything at EatingAsia
I don't know why this hawker called his ware "Char" (meaning fried) Hor Fun - usually, Penang hawkers for this dish called it Sar Hor Fun, "Sar Hor" being the region in Guangdong province where the wide rice noodles originate from. Anyway, the thin bee hoon noodles are usually mixed in for the blend of textures which I found absolutely addictive for this dish. One of the best purveyors of this dish in Georgetown is (surprisingly) a stall located in the New World Park food centre. Done well, Sar Hor Fun (and its accompanying Yee Fu Mee) are the best noodle dishes in the world :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2010 on New But Not-So-New in George Town at EatingAsia
That was ONE great looking plate of char koay teow. Yes, how I wished Malaysians will all learn to live & let live, stop politicizing religion, stop segregating & compartmentalizing their citizens into different race buckets.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2010 on 1 Coffee Shop in George Town at EatingAsia
Welcome back to this part of the world! Looking forward to your KL/Penang eating adventures :-D
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2010 on Well, Hello There! at EatingAsia
Oh my, this coconut tart from his bakery - I've been having them since the early-70s. In those days, we can still get them in the late-afternoons.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2010 on Walking and Eating George Town at EatingAsia
What a lovely dish! Love your photos & narratives as always. BTW, I'm currently in Kaohsiung on a 2-week assignment - my first trip here ever. Somehow, I found Kaohsiung's local foods a bit too bland for my taste! Kaohsiung cuisine tastes quite flat compared to Taipei's, don't you find that?
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on In Southern Taiwan, the Sea in a Bowl at EatingAsia
Robyn, I just wanted to let you know what an absolutely beautiful piece of essay you just wrote. Sitting here in Long Beach (where I'm going to be for the next month, and with PF Chang's, yech, providing the only "exotic" touch to my daily culinary experiences), your vivid description, and David's beautiful photos, of Sichuanese dumplings & noodles are bringing a tear to my eye!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2010 on In Praise of Unfamiliar Breakfasts at EatingAsia
I just voted for your blog in both categories - hope you win!!!
Oh my, oh my, oh my - how could I have missed this place. I've visited the Sat Farmer's Market at the Ferry Plaza countless times in the past 3 years, but never knew such deliciousness existed round the corner till you pointed this out!
You're right about how expensive living (and eating) in Singapore is. I live in Singapore, but am lucky to be able to make frequent business trips to San Francisco (10 times in the last 20 months) and indulge myself at the eating spots there. I'd save every cent I can just to eat well in SF, rather than suffer poor food & service in top-end places in Singapore (which very often happens!).
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on The Life at EatingAsia
I was in Penang over the weekend & finally got to try Teik Seng for the first time ever! We were there at 11.45am, and they kindly took our orders although the place opens at noon. Wow, by 12.15pm, ALL the tables were taken up! Like you, I loved the fried "sio bak". Also the fish assam pedas, which was very, very good!
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on Bacon Candy at EatingAsia
Looks absolutely yummy - I love assam fish! Okay, am jumping on the plane to Penang next weekend :-)
Lovely close-up photo of the wonton mee - it's making me hungry! But for me, the best wonton mee and char-siew are always those in KL!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2009 on Finally at EatingAsia
Love your photos - they are absolutely gorgeous!!! The street scenes are incredibly fleshed out!
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2009 on Cholon at EatingAsia
Ick, the goat heads!! Many years ago, I was walking down a street in Penang's Little India when I passed by a small Indian butcher's shop which was displaying a fresh goat head such as the ones in Dave's photo above (apparently, Hindu customers may purchase these as a temple offering) - had the biggest shock of my life!
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2009 on Postcards From Manali: Twos at EatingAsia
A Shanghainese university mate used to cook this tomato-egg soup during our college days. She used quite a bit of MSG for seasoning - said it's indispensable for the taste!
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2009 on About That Egg & Tomato Dish... at EatingAsia
Tai Tung's dim sum used to be one of the most famous in Penang - been around for ages! Speaking of Cintra St, there's also Foo Heong, which was so famous in the 1950s/60s & I think is still around. I really enjoyed their yee fu noodles & sar hor fun.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2009 on Kwongtuck Sundries at EatingAsia
This is the BEST food article I've read all year, Robyn. I loved Ayam Goreng - been to both Mbok Berek & Ny. Suharti, but never knew about their history nor preparation methods till you described them here. Thanks a million!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2009 on Ayam Goreng Jogja at EatingAsia
Robyn, the place which J2Kfm referred to must be Joo Leong Cafe in Sungei Tiram. It's a large wooden house along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, enroute to Bayan Lepas airport. In the evenings, it's famous for seafood porridge (Teochew-style, i.e. rice grains in clear broth). My Penang work colleagues brought me there for breakfasts almost daily (since it's just 2 km away from my company's Penang office). Honestly, I think Singapore (Killiney, Ya Kun, Chin Mee Chin) does kaya toasts better than any place in Malaysia. But there's no beating Malaysian spots like Joo Leong for sheer atmosphere!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2009 on Cafe Society at EatingAsia
Fab photos, Robyn! Have you thought of getting out of the old quarter of Georgetown & exploring the suburbs? There are fabulous coffeeshop eateries in Island Glades (Delima Selera's been around since 1972), Island Park (fab wanton mee & fried koay teow at Persiaran Besi), Jelutong market (great Chinese nasi lemak), Batu Lanchang market (Nyonya kueh), Ayer Itam Market (my fave koay chiap stall), etc.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2009 on Cafe Society at EatingAsia
Try the popiah (with crabmeat) at Padang Brown if you have the chance - it's fabulous! They've been there as long as I can remember: 40 years?
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on We're Taking a Brief Hiatus ... at EatingAsia
That koay chiap place in Kimberley St served the most perfect bowl of rice noodles & offal I've ever had in my life. I tried a bowl during a holiday in Penang more than 10 years ago, but the memory of that dish still stayed with me till now!