Friday, April 6, 2012

Gurney Drive - Penang (Malaysia)


To be in Penang means you must also give a go to hawker food in Gurney Drive (Kandar Line Clear). At least once in your life time and trust me, choices are really aplenty. Rows and rows of stalls offering our local delights (Spice Market Cafe Rasa Sayang), but the one thing which may not be favourable if you are driving is traffic jam and parking. Quite a madness actually. We somehow thank god. We did it at this hour (7.30pm) and then of course, walking through the long stretch of lane and looking at the what's been offered, prior to calling for the food we wanted and like immediately quickly grabbing the empty table. What is new in Gurney Drive compared to the last time, a few years ago I popped by? Self-service in not only to ordering, but you gotto to pay and bring back the food you have ordered to your table. 

What did we order and tuck into? For the four of us, we decided to order a variety of dishes and then, we can pinch in a bit of those. 
Asam Laksa. I particularly loved the broth. The thick spicy tangy and made with fish broth in the bowl of rice noodles, and onion, mint leave and chilies garnished. Broth being the power house for asam laksa.
Prawn Mee. Not my favourite but I still tucked in. Basically, prawn broth in yellow noodles and some prawns, and half a boiled egg, plus fried onion and spring onion atop. Honestly, I was not really impressed. Perhaps a pass should be awarded.
Fried Kuey Teow. My other half-half's favourite. Did this flat rice noodles fried alongside beansprouts, prawns, egg, chillli paste and soy sauce put a smile on his face? Close to 6.5/10.
Chee Cheong Fun. Steamed flat rice sheets totally soaking in chilli sauce and brown sweet sauce, and some sprinkling of roasted sesame seeds atop. Not really a winner. Just so-so.
These dishes, washed down by soy bean and plum juice.
Overall? Gurney Drive and the choices to hawker fare? Affordable, but portions are rather small. 




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15 comments:

  1. Been a long time since I ate a real Penang Asam Laksa!

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  2. That's a lot of food for two. But a stroll down Gurney Drive will do the job =)

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  3. Hi Nava, you can also try Song River coffee shop near Evergreen Laurel Hotel. If you want to eat chinese dishes, then you gotta be early around 6pm.
    Hawker stalls there will be operating till late.

    I eat the char koay teow pretty often, buyin back.:)

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  4. Your photos always make me want to travel to Malaysia--and I desperately want some of that plum juice!

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  5. Sounds like a fun experience...picking and choosing what looks best! I'm glad you found some winners. Have a wonderful weekend, Nava!

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  6. yup i agree .. PG is another food heaven....
    lots of good food over there..

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  7. Food trucks! That's what they remind me of and they are SO trendy here in the states! Plum juice sounds delicious, too! I hope you are well, my friend!

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  8. I have said this many times before, I would love to visit Malaysia . All these dishes are making my mouth water.

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  9. We normally park at the other end of Gurney Drive and walk. Less hassle with waiting for traffic to move outside McD and the roundabout.

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  10. All the dishes look so good. Hey Nava, will u be attending the blogger event in Malacca?

    Do chk out my new post Limpets, The Poor Man’s Abalone & at the same time, take a look at my newly revamped Cooking Page & let me know if u like the new change. Thks, dear!

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  11. Aw, I love Lok Lok and Asam Laksa,especially Penang asam laksa but, I can't really eat spicy though. yeah, just go, my mom hometown actually in Penang. I love the place. You must walk all go ^^ I support^^

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  12. Arghhhh am drooling to the max. Penang is indeed food heaven :)

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  13. Its been a while since I've been to gurney drive. My mom always points out the fact about the street foods in Malaysia has somehow lost a lot of quality and so expensive. Sigh. :(

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  14. Lovely pics and a perfect place for vacations. And true, its a food heaven. Yum Yum Yum :)

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