Friday, April 3, 2015

The Hawker Street @ Taman Desa & Penang Koay Teow Kitchen @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

The Hawker Street strives to be a credit to Penang; it received a reasonable measure of endorsement from our companions who were born on or studied on the island, making it a serviceable stop for customers who crave northern comfort cooking.

The menu remains limited; assam laksa (RM6.90) tops the list, hitting the right notes for harmonious proportions of tangy, sweet & savoury nuances. It does kinda take us back to 1999, to the backstreets of Georgetown on a Sunday afternoon.

Curry Mee comes topped with cockles & prawns for RM6.90 too; if you feel like a splurge, the Premium Hokkien Mee is loaded with prawns, pork spare ribs & boiled egg slices for RM17.90. There may be a nagging sense that the food could stand to still be more robust; the broths tend to be light. Snacks include lor bak (RM4.90) while pat poh herbal tea is the beverage highlight.

Not far from The Hawker Street, another Penang-inspired stop opened recently, vowing to also dish out authentic street eats.

 Penang Koay Teow Kitchen's assam laksa clocks in at RM4.50 & is a fair purchase for the price, thanks to its thick fish base.

Our other orders missed the mark however; the duck koay teow soup left scant impression (though for just RM7.50, it wasn't a rip-off), while the duck egg fried koay teow (RM8.50) was a wan shadow of the best renditions. We'd probably pass on the D24 Durian Popiah too - reheated to order & artificial-tasting at best - & search somewhere for the real fruit.

 The Hawker Street
33 Jalan 109F, Plaza Danau 2, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-10pm

Penang Koay Teow Kitchen
19-G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

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20 comments:

  1. Nice! People say hawker food, have to go to the hawker stalls. I don't quite agree. Even with the stalls, one would need to know where to go - not all are good. Have had some nice hawker stuff at such places but of course, they are not as cheap.

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    1. Suituapui: true, i've had a fair share of misses among the hawker stalls in penang throughout my three years there too, heh :)

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  2. Hmm... i am not excited for these, not sure why :P

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    1. Ken: i know the reason ... you live in penang and have access to all this any time! :D

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  3. Simple yet attractive decor, Sean, and I like the dishes they use to serve the food.

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    1. Linda: you're right, the dishes are quite pretty :)

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  4. Rather cute serving plate for the lor bak....it fits in snugly! ;D The food in he first one looks a bit more promising though.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's an interesting shape, that plate! lor bak in a banana-shaped vessel :D

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  5. Assam Laksa - I'd like a big hearty bowl of that please.

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    1. The Yum List: assam laksa is one of the great pleasures of penang :D

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  6. We were unlucky, a lot of things ran out when we visited The Hawker Street.... :(

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    1. CK: aiks ... but can revisit maybe, since it's located in your taman! :)

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  7. Premium price and not robust tasting.. like that's my biggest nightmare. Might as well eat hawker la.. non premium AND yet robust! Makes more sense don't it? LOL

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    1. Ciki: time to go hawker hunting outdoors for me! :)

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  8. Hmm.. the hokkien mee - i miss those that i can add pork ribs!!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, yeah, i didn't actually eat much hokkien mee when i was in penang, but nowadays i sometimes crave it, especially on rainy evenings :)

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  9. Assam laksa Now only 7.50. But still yummy.

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    1. Ivan: heh, i guess a 60 sen increase was inevitable this month, yeah :)

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    2. Ah Sean, need your help. Downloaded the app but can't log in with facebook. can't even send enquiry via the app to solve this problem. is it me or something with the app?

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    3. Ivan: can you give me your email address, and i'll communicate with you? (i'll delete your address here after you type it in). thanks!

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