Lebuh Cecil Market Hawker Centre is probably one of the biggest hawker centres in Penang. Known as Pusat Penjaja Lebuh Cecil in Malay or Chit Tiao Lor Ban San (七条路巴刹) in Hokkien, it is located next to the Lebuh Cecil wet market.
It’s very popular with the locals as it offers an astonishing array of local hawker fare, all under one roof.
A must try here is the duck meat koay teow t’ng (duck meat soup noodles) from Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th’ng (南来鸭肉粿條汤).
The noodles are served in a clear, light yet flavourful soup with slices of hand-torn duck meat, slivers of coagulated duck-blood and fish balls. The portion is quite small though as it only cost RM3.70.
We also ordered 2 small pieces of popiah or fresh spring roll (each piece cost RM1.70). The popiah were packed with shredded jicama (sengkuang or mangkuang), lettuce and egg bits. Though nice, I find it came with too much sauce.
When I asked the drink stall lady which char keow teow (stir-fried rice noodles) is good, she recommended stall 850 Char Koay Teow (槟城七条路850炒粿條).
And the plate of char keow teow didn’t disappoint with enough ‘wok hei’, good aroma and taste with just the right amount of oiliness.
Finally as we were about to leave, we stumbled upon the pasembur stall. Typically, pasembur is sold by Indians but this stall is operated by Chinese.
Maybe I am not a fan of pasembur or it could be I was already full by then, I didn’t find the pasembur anything special though the gravy was nice. Having said that, while enjoying my plate of this Indian salad, I noticed the stall was dishing out plates pasembur non-stop.
All the food I managed to try was pretty good and there are more locals than tourists here. I will probably visit again to try the other food on offer in this hawker centre.