This is a rather ‘short’ post. But short doesn’t mean it’ll be less interesting.
Fellow Central Crowd, ever crave for some Northern Delights? I.e. Your Hawker Favorites from Penang, perhaps? But traveling 3 to 4 hours is just too much for your weekend routine?
Well crave no more, as Penang Hawkers was recently brought to Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam in form of Gurney Delight Cafe.
Located along Jalan Anggerik Vanilla U/31U, the Gurney Delight Cafe is of a single simple shop front with a huge Penang Flag colored theme signboard that clearly states the name of the place.
Interior’s pretty simple, with a tiled cashier and drink counter on the fair left, while all while plastic tables and chairs are neatly arranged. There isn’t really much to give it away as a Penang Hawker joint, except that it has old and rather new black-and-white pictures of Penang and it’s culture and etc, over the bright brown walls.
When we talk about Penang, what hawker favorites would you crave for?
For starters, their menu doesn’t really offer a wide range of options, however, whatever they have are definitely the usual favorites. We didn’t manage to snap the photo of the menu though.
So what did we ordered?
For starters, there’s the Penang Assam Laksa. Written to be available only for Fridays, we were surprised that the Hokkien spoken (a common dialect spoken by Northern Chinese community in Malaysia) boy-waiter that they have that. Hence, we picked that.
Ahh, the usual clear noodle with some bits of assam, ripe pineapple, lemon grass, mint leaves, some hint of fish covered with an assam broth/soup and a spoonful of har ko (shrimp paste, which is thick, sweet and aromatic) complimented each other well. The first sip of the soup proves the authenticity of it’s origins. However, we must note that the hint of fish could do better with actually strips of fish visible in it.
Next, we had the controversial Penang Hokkien Mee. For most Malaysians, or at least the central fellas would refer the term Hokkien Mee, to the thick, dark soy sauce noodle fried perfectly with sliced pork and lad, however, this is not it. As northern, especially Penangites refers to their Prawn Noodle as Penang Hokkien Mee. Not sure if the ancestry of the famous hawker food but well, as long as it taste good.
Similar to the Assam Laksa, the Penang Hokkien Mee also tasted authentic. Reminiscing our previous trips to Penang and the hawker flavour they offer. Not forgetting the generous amount of sliced pork and mini shrimps they included. One can choose to have it as pure Mee Hoon (vermicelli) or a mixed of Yellow Noodle with Meehoon (c0mmonly referred to as Mee Hoon Mee).
And to quench the thirst from the tasty hawker favorites, they also offer home-boiled herbal and chrysanthemum tea as beverages. Best part is, they are sugar free.
Are you drooling already?
Wait, we will be trying their sumptuous ‘Char Koay Teow’ and Penang Curry Mee…Next Round.
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