I always look forward to a food adventure whenever I visit Penang. For my recent trip, the food adventure started in Restoran A. Dawood. Located across the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Little India, the restaurant has been in business since 1940s. The premise has definitely seen its better days with its fading signboard and an interior that probably has not been updated since the restaurant opened for business.
It could be due to weekday when we visited as the restaurant was relatively empty. Food selection was also limited. So we decided to try one of their specialties, fried chicken. The chicken was well marinated with a mixture of spices including turmeric. The meat was tender, juicy and fell off the bone easily. A plate of fragrant, fluffy briyani rice and two side dishes of mixed vegetables and dhal completed a simple dinner.
Next on my list was Sister Curry Mee in Air Itam (姐妹咖喱面). Started in 1946, this legendary curry mee stall is run by two elderly sisters. Setting up stall on the ground, they have been serving bowls of piping hot curry mee to fans from near and far, come rain or shine for 70 years!
Apart from curry mee, they also sell economy fried noodles. However, we purposely came to try out the curry mee. Each bowl of curry mee came with blanched noodles submerged in boiling curry with pieces of fried beancurd puffs, then topped with beansprouts, cuttlefish and a dollop of sambal chilli paste. We opted not to have the coagulated pig blood (猪红).
The light curry broth was sweet with coconut milk fragrance yet not overly rich. The sambal chili paste gave the curry the extra oomph of spiciness and rich colour.
Though not the best curry mee that I have eaten but what made this a memorable experience is the attitude of the two friendly ladies. Despite their age, the Lim sisters are still so dedicated, committed and have so much pride in their craft.
After slurping down a bowl of delicious curry mee, why not work off the calories by visiting the famous Kek Lok Si Temple. Once you worked out an appetite after a round of sightseeing, do go and check out the famous Air Itam Market assam laksa.
Stay tuned for more tastylicious Penang food.