Viva Local Food Haven @ Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Exterior

Strategically located along Tanjung Tokong’s main road and right in front of Hotel Sentral Seaview, Viva Local Food Haven (GPS: 5.46270,100.30512) is always crowded with both local and foreign customers. Thanks to our friends who stayed in Hotel Sentral Seaview recently, we had a chance to revisit the food court after our initial visit 8 years ago.

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PUTIEN 莆田 @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

PUTIEN Style Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar)

Wonton is also known as Bian Rou in the mainland of China and is Fujianese’s hundreds year specialty. Do you know that the skin is actually made of meat? Yes, the fresh minced pork is pounded for 3 hours before forming into paper-like springy wrapper. PUTIEN Style Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar) 傳統扁肉湯 (加醋) (RM9.90/pax) is a must-try in the new PUTIEN, Gurney Paragon Mall (GPS: 5.43585,100.31112).

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Harmonious Prosperity Dinner Menu @ Hotel Jen Penang

Lobby

With new designer furniture and refurbished interior, one hardly notices that the famous hotel next to Komtar was once known as a business hotel called Traders Hotel. Welcome to the new Hotel Jen Penang (GPS: 5.41361,100.33028) with younger and more elegant look. We recently revisited it for one-of-its-kind Chinese New Year dinner course meal.

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Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet Dinner @ Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Steamboat

Reunion dinner is a traditional Chinese culture in which all family members gather together one day before Chinese New Year. Other than returning to hometown, in modern society, an alternate option is to have reunion dinner outside, such as Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s Chinese New Year Steamboat Buffet Dinner (GPS: 5.42333,100.33583)

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Oriental Red Seafood Market 東方紅海鮮

Exterior

Oriental Red Seafood Market (GPS: 5.39569,100.32404) is not the usual Seafood restaurant in the neighborhood. With no prix fixe menu, diners are given the flexibility to handpick their own desired Seafood from the Seafood counter. The Seafood comes in a wide variety, with some fresh and some frozen. Selected Seafood will then be cooked by the dedicated team and served in way of Nabe (Japanese Hot Pot). It is noteworthy that the special broth for the Nabe is authentically prepared in Japan and air-flown to the restaurant.

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O&N Kopitiam @ Near Gembira Parade, Penang

Exterior

Previously operating in Island Glade, O&N Kopitiam (GPS: 5.38591,100.30409) is now re-located to few metres away near Gembira Parade, same row with US Pizza. It is definitely no stranger to residents nearby but just to be fair, let’s re-introduce this well-known coffee shop.

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好味茶餐廳 Old Moments Cha Chaan Teng @ Sungai Petani

Exterior

How to be successful in Sungai Petani? The simplest way is to keep your business running long enough. Even better, pass your business to younger generation and re-package it to catch up the trend. Old Moments Cha Chaan Teng 好味茶餐廳  (GPS: 5.64025,100.48053), for instance, is an eminent example of latter approach.

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20 Chulia Lane Cafe

Exterior

It was one evening when we had an appointment at food truck corner of Chulia Lane (Lorong Chulia). As usual, we departed early to avoid traffic,jam, so early that we had enough time to visit both Kuan Yin Temple and 20 Chulia Lane Cafe (GPS: 5.41901,100.33768) before our appointment. The cafe occupies ground floor of Penang Hainan Tan Clan Association. Parking-wise, not sure about you but we were grateful that we usually found a slot along the narrow Chulia Lane.

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Selasih Hakka Cafe @ Kulim

Yong Tau Fu (Clear Soup)

A bowl of crystal clear Yong Tau Fu 酿豆腐 soup on a rainy day? Selasih Hakka Cafe 喜拉熙客家人美食堂 (GPS: 5.37506,100.53625) is your best choice.  A cookie for you if you are able to find this restaurant hidden in Kulim.

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Tasty Moment Cafe @ Sungai Petani

Laksa

We hate Tasty Moment Cafe (GPS: 5.65454,100.51513) as they offer one of the best Assam Laksa, “hybrid” Baba Nyonya Laksa and homemade ice cream in Sungai Petani yet they just recently opened. Where have they been all these years?

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