Sungai Petani Hawker Centre

20 12 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Langkawi for a vacation. On the return trip to Penang, we stopped by Sungai Petani for a late lunch, shopped at two new malls in the vicinity, then proceeded to dinner. We found this hawker’s centre which is bursting with lights amongst the dark and quiet rows of shophouses at Jalan Pengkalan. It’s sandwiched between Kuan Ah coffeeshop and Chong Eng coffeeshop, with a Roman inspired arch and it’s open air.

SP Wai Sek Kai

Char koay teow

A plate of char koay teow that’s full of wok hei and as delicious as what you can find in Penang. The rice noodle is soft, the prawns are of adequate size and not overcooked.

Porridge #1

This is the congee with assortment of side dishes you can add to. I think their most popular dish is the braised dark soy sauce pork.

Porridge #2

Can you guess how much is two bowls of porridge and 3 side dishes? RM 5! Okie, now I’m super impressed with the super cheap prices of food here.

Curry wantan noodle

Curry wantan mee I ordered. Three pieces of moderate size chicken, delicious Chinese style curry and springy wantan noodle cost RM2.50 :)

Fritters

Then we tried the char tan (translate to deep fried egg, or bomb? Hehe, it’s up to your interpretation) which is famous here. It’s actually loh bak with egg yolk in the middle, coated with batter and deep fried. Yum!

Leng chee kang

This generous bowl of leng chee kang cost RM2. I was speechless when it was brought to our table! Okie, there are quail egg, sago, white wood ear fungus, grass jelly, jelly cubes, sweet potato, lychee, longan, atap chee, pak ko (lotus seeds), nata de coco and even kei chi (wolfberries) that are embedded in jelly! *slurp* It was not too sweet, very refreshing and a variety of textures in there that made it so good to have as dessert.

Fried buns

This stall just under the arch is selling another version of my favourite bak kwa roti (barbeque meat bun). The bun is deep fried until golden brown, but still so soft to the bite. Very sinfully delicious.

I have enjoyed the food here so much I think I must come back again.

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13 responses

21 12 2007
Cynthia

So can I tag along the next time so that I can enjoy some of this delicious food?

21 12 2007
jason

OMG… totally speechless with the leng chee kang!
Brimming with goodies.

23 12 2007
Jian

teeehehehehe…I just posted up about bakwa roti…yours seems special…I no see here sell.

24 12 2007
Honey Star

Bak Kwa Roti looks so sinfully delicious. YUM YUM

Wishing you & your family a xmas filled with a Ho-Ho-Whole lotta happiness, cheer,love and good food :)

Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year

25 12 2007
tonixe

These items are quite typical of small town specialities where the recipes are
homely modified and the sizes & prices even more modified ( how big & how low can they go ? ) so you shud promote more such “asli” things !

Even a local food appreciation tour ( as homely arranged by Dberry ) shud be eatingly considered + some local cultural icons (eg temples , artifacts , pretty girls etc etc ) too ! That would be Truly really Malaysia ( unlike some megabucks culinary marketing in far away London,New York, Dubai OMG ! )

The ball ( errr flavors ) is now at your feet…

25 12 2007
durianberry

Cynthia – No problem Cynthia! I’m pleased to introduce local foods to you :D

Jason – Yup, same reaction as I was. Haha

Jian – I very long didn’t eat bak kwa roti d lor.. I :P~~ just thinking about bak kwa. But no worries rite? Coz CNY coming! n.n

Honey – Thank you! Definitely a lot of foods await the end of this year, and proper diet after the New Year :P

toxine – Wow thank you so much! Your words are impressive and inspiring :)

25 12 2007
Big Boys Oven

oh gosh…………….. such a spectacular hawker food and so homy and delicious also so cheap! That’s what I like about food outside KL city!

16 01 2008
Hailey

Ohmigod, you bring back the homesickness! It’s made me more appreciative of my own home town food as well. Insider secret from a “home visitor”, we got more stuff in all those “taman taman” that’s all over the place in SP (as it’s affectionately called)

24 04 2009
ABC

I was in Penang for many years, I have tried out many famous food in Penang that recommended by Penangite. But, I still prefer the laksa, chee cheong fan, wan tan mee and etc in sungai petani. Like what Hailey said, there are more good foods in the “taman”. I find that the food in small town will maintain its quality, originality and traditionality and most important is homemade.

27 06 2009
lisa

Sungai Petani NOW one coffce shop grand openning at 2/07/2009.

near central squea
some friends get some imformation to me said that will have a very very “ho chaik” keoy teow t’hng there at dinner time.

wow~!!!
i will not miss the change to eat it !!!!!!haha

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