Monday 30 July 2012

Hawker Food at New Lane, Penang

Besides Gurney Hawker, New Lane is probably one of the most popular hawker street in Penang. This hawker street is less touristy, and the food stalls operate along the two sides of the street. Apart from the coffeeshop, tables are set up along the walkway and part of the the open space carpark

It's not too difficult to find New Lane (Lorong Baru). It's just next to Sunway Hotel, off two popular streets - Macalister Road and Dato Kramat Road. 

Over here, it's food lovers galore. There are so many different types of food to choose from.

Poh Peah - spelled as Popiah in Singapore, selling at RM2.60 for 2 pieces is really a steal, if you compared to Singapore pricing. 

The Penang style Chee Cheong Fun is slightly different from the Singapore style. The difference lies in the sauce. The Penang style has a thick taste of Hae Go - Shrimp Paste Sauce. To me, this has an acquired taste, but there again, I'm not a fan of Chee Cheong Fun with any type of sweet sauce. I prefer those serve in dim sum, wrapped with prawns or cha siew. 

 The good thing about having Chee Cheong Fun in Penang is that you can ask them to open up the Chee Cheong Fun layers for you, easier for you to dip it with the sauce. 

Koay Teow Soup, probably the most overlooked dish in Singapore, takes a different standing in Penang. You can either choose it with Yong Tau Foo ingredients, or just eaten as standalone. 

Unlike Singapore style which only has fishballs, beansprouts, probably few slices of fishcake, the Koay Teow soup here has pork slices, and pig's blood - something that is ban in Singapore. The soup base is heavy with pork lard. I love pig's blood! Ok, I know you find me a weirdo, who doesn't like cuttlefish and hae go (shrimp paste), but like pig's blood.  This is the standard Kuay Teow Teng. If you want it to be the Yong Tau Foo type, you just pick and choose your ingredients. 

Here's another dish, with pig's blood. It's Penang Curry Mee, something similar to the Penang Hokkien Mee. 

Char Koay Kak - a dish you probably only find it in Malaysia. It's similar to fried carrot cake, but the ingredients and method is slightly different.
First, the "Koay" - carrot cake are cut in mid-sized cubes. Black sauce is heavily used. Bean sprouts and prawns are added. Look at the prawns, it's so fresh and good size.

I don't particularly like the Char Koay Kak from this stall, I have tasted better ones. But, if you are in Penang, do give this dish a try. It's definitely something different from the Carrot Cake in Singapore.

Loh Bak - similar to the Ngon Hiang in Singapore. One of my favourites.

Chicken Wings - one of the popular stall here. It's a bit too sweet for me. I still prefer the Chicken Wings at Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur. Even after all these years, Wong Ah Wah chicken wings are "never-to-be-miss" for me if I am at KL.

In Singapore, Blk 85 Bedok, Fengshan Food centre chicken wings satisfies my crave. All my pals knows I LOOOOVE Chicken Wings!

My last stop is my favourite Apom. As with my previous post, I love Apom (spelled as Apong in this stall) and will never miss to try it at any stall that I come across. Yes, it's the thin pancake originating from the Indian community. Except for the fact that this is sold by Chinese (instead of Indian), the Apom sold here is similar to the original Indian pancake. The original Apom does not have any filling, but just a thin slice of crispy crepe-like pancake. 

Snew's Rating: 4 / 5

New Lane is definitely a good place to sample different local Penang hawker food. Although my aunt, being a local in Penang has commented that the food quality has slided, but, me, as a tourist, I still feel it's worth a try. The food here is definitely better than the touristy Gurney Drive hawker.

New Lane Hawker Street

Lorong Baru (New Lane),
Off Macalister Road, Georgetown
10040 Penang

Besides Sunway Hotel, Penang
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Opens: 5pm - 11pm

Related Posts:

Gurney Drive Hawker

G Hotel, Penang

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