Looking for some delicious Penang goodies here in KL? I'm an ardent fan of Penang food, not just because everyone talks about how good the food is, but rather, I enjoy the taste and I especially find myself craving for Penang food every once in a while. But, living here in KL, to be honest, it's rather difficult to find authentic Penang delicacies.
Recently, I stumbled across Hawker Street @ Taman Desa which appears unassuming as your common, regular fancy cafe. It's located right beside my favourite fish head noodles shop in Taman Desa, and I regretted why I hadn't discovered Hawker Street earlier. The food served at Hawker Street are genuinely authentic Penang food because the boss, Matthew who runs this place is a true Penangite. He comes from a family of cooks so, you can expect that his cooking skills is on par as well.
Simple decorations at Hawker Street :)
They have a board in which they usually write down some new dishes of the day.
Pretty flowers to greet you at the entrance for that perfect OOTD shot.
Signature Loh Bak (RM 4.90)
This famous Penang snack served as a great appetizer before the heavier dishes. It was very meaty with a balanced amount of minced pork & turnip, wrapped in a layer of beancurd.
Rojak (RM 8.90)
This plate of fruity goodness; pineapples, mangoes, papayas and many more mixed in rojak sauce, topped with some coarse crushed peanuts. It was much more sweeter than spicy for this one, and its worth a thumbs up.
Asam Laksa (RM 8.50)
I'm a fan of asam laksa and I think this one has a generous amount of fish, cucumbers, pineapples, pork slices, chillies, lettuce and onions. The broth was bursting with flavours, and what I like about it is, it isn't too spicy or too sour either. Just the right tone and definitely worth every single cent spent on it.
For the big eaters, you may choose to add some toppings from a selection of vegetables, pork slices, cuttlefish and fish.
Hokkien Prawn Mee (RM 9.50)
This version of prawn mee is a tad bit different from the ones we have here in KL. Instead, this one had less chillies and the aroma is extremely fragrant. This bowl of goodness comes with pork slices, eggs, fried prawns with chillies and some fried shallots for garnishing.
For this, you may add some toppings such as pork slices, eggs, prawns, cuttle fish, big prawn and spare ribs for that additional 'kick' in your regular prawn mee.
White Curry Mee (RM 8.50)
This bowl of curry mee seems rather unassuming in terms of flavour, in comparison to our regular red hot flaming curry noodles. All you have to do is mix in the provided curry sambal paste, but be sure to only add in how much you require. There were generous amounts of cockles, prawns, cuttlefish and tofu pok in this.
You may add in some spare ribs, pork slices, egg, prawns, tofu pok, cuttlefish and cockles for more enjoyment!
Pork Minced Kuey Teow Soup (RM 8.50)
For those who prefer a non spicy option, you may try this out. Loaded with minced pork, sliced fish cake, pork slices and topped with some spring onions and fried garlic, the kuey teow is served in pork broth. There was a strong garlic aftertaste to this, so garlic lovers, here's what you need to have. The noodles were just right, not too hard or too soft either.
Add in some pork slices, egg, sliced fish cake, minced pork or spare ribs in this bowl of yummy noodles.
Signature Nasi Lemak (RM 9.50)
I would say that this nasi lemak which is served with a piece of 'nyonya' chicken rendang, some anchovies, nuts, sliced cucumbers, eggs and sambal is rather value for money. The sambal, however, was a little unusual but not in a funny way. It was more on the sourish side instead of spicy and sweet, just like how we usually have it here in KL. I find that the sour sambal actually bring out the fragrance of the rice which was cooked using coconut milk.
For this, you may choose to add in rice, big prawns, fried egg or chicken as well.
Char kuey teow is a Malaysian all time favourite and this one comes served with cockles, prawns, chives and bean sprouts. The noodles were not soggy and had that chewy texture to it. Lots of 'wok hei' in this one!
Corn Flake Sago Melaka (RM 4.90)
The combination was a little weird for this, honestly. However, the sago which was chewy and the cornflakes which was crunchy goes really well together. The gula melaka wasn't too sweet as well, and was to my liking.
Cendol (RM 4.90)
Cendol is a favourite Malaysian dessert, and its perfect in this hot weather to cool down. What's better than to enjoy a bowl of dessert filled with cendol, red beans, shaved ice, santan and gula melaka to beat the heat?
Three Flavour Coffee (RM 3.90)
Pat Poh Milk (RM 3.90)
This was rather surprising because I didn't expect that herbal tea with some milk would taste so good.
I will definitely be returning to Hawker Street soon to savour their yummy dishes. Since I'm constantly craving for Penang food, this place would be a good idea as it isn't too far away either.
33, Jalan 109F, Plaza Danau 2,
Taman Danau Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hours: Tuesday - Sunday (10 AM -10 PM)
Contact: 03-7971 4355
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