A trip to Penang will be incomplete if one doesn’t try the street food that this island is world famous for. Each time I visit Penang, I will try to eat in eateries that I didn’t manage to visit in previous trips.
After checking in to the hotel, we walked to Seng Thor Coffee Shop (成都旅社). In one of my previous trips, we tried the loh mee. This time, it’s for the oh chean or oyster omelette.
But be prepared to wait at least half an hour though, the sifu took his time frying the omelette.
While waiting, one can enjoy watching the sifu in action. He was unfazed by the number of orders that he had to fulfil. Instead he was very focussed in his task to ensure every plate of oh chean was perfectly cooked.
After a 45-minute wait, we finally got our order. It was definitely worth the wait as the oysters were fresh with juice that popped in the mouth. The egg batter was crisp at the edges yet maintaining its softness. It was quite oily though.
For RM10, it was quite good value for the amount of big oysters that were in the oh chien.
For breakfast, head to the famous Kedai Kopi Seow Fong Lye (小逢莱茶室) for its Penang style chee cheong fun (steamed rice noodles roll).
The chee cheung fun stall has been around since 1955. The silky smooth chee cheung fun is doused with sweet sauce, chili sauce and thick gooey shrimp paste (har gou) topped with toasted sesame seeds. The sweet and savoury taste from the sauce complemented the bland chee cheung fun well.
The char koay kak (fried radish cake) is also worth trying. The stall is operated by 2 sisters from a pushcart outside the coffee shop.
The char koay kak was fried with enough ‘wok hei’ (heat from the frying wok) and was very fragrant. It was tasty albeit a little oily.
There are just too much good food in Penang that I will definitely go back for more!