Stepping into this little restaurant on a busy Saturday afternoon is like role-playing your favorite western cowboy movie hero stepping into a bar. All eyes are on you as you enter the eatery.
Located in Coronation Arcade, Singapore, this little eatery offers the hungry diner a taste of Penang food. Well-known for its spicy Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice cake strips), the kitchen also offers other Penang favorites like Penang Asam Laksa (a variant of the spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture) and its Lor Bak (deep fried marinated minced pork rolled in thin soybean sheets).
To make the ordering process simple, you can just point at the photos of their more popular dishes on their walls that you would like to try.
My wife and I decided to order the Penang Char Kway Teow and its Prawn Noodles. We had Ice Kachang (shaved ice with palm seeds, red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, and cubes of agar agar) as our dessert.
This is a place that is great for a quick bite after school or work. But the eatery is small. It has about 10 tables. Yet you don’t have to wait long for a table as service is generally fast and its patrons tend to have simple dishes.
Also, this is not a place to sit and chat after your meal. The restaurant decor is simple and functional. It’s crammed with as many tables as the little place can hold. As a result, you do not want to linger too long after your meal. In fact, the restaurant encourages you to ‘take-away’ your food. And many patrons do that. They’ll order their dishes and then swing by at the appointed time to pick up their meals.
While this is no replacement for the real thing in Penang, Malaysia, this is the next best thing if you are craving for some Penang food in Singapore. Or if you are a visitor to this little island in the sun and want to sample the regional delights without leaving the shores.