It's no fun going on a road trip with a 5 year old! We have extra "shee shee" (pee) stops; one stop for sandwich and ice-cream from Dunkin Donut and Baskin Robbins, no less ok *roll eyes*; and lunch stop in Ipoh as we were held back in time due to all the stops! Constant badgering of "Are we in Penang yet?", "Have we reach Penang already?", "Why so long???", "I want to go Penang!!!"... arrghhhhh!!!! It drove us NUTS and reminded me of Donkey doing the same stunt to Orge and Princess Fiona in Shrek2.
Anyway, since this a trip to attend relative's wedding dinner, we hardly have much time to eat out. Most times we have to be at the groom's place for all that wedding jazz. Thank goodness we managed to get most of what Penang, the food haven, have to offer in a dark and dingy kopitiam named Joo Hooi Café at the tip of Penang Road opposite Komtar. Managed to satiate our quest for assam laksa, prawn mee, char koay teow and chendul - all in one place. Thank goodness!
Dad had this bowl of prawn mee, which looked good to be but he busy slurping them all up. Nothing left for us to try at the end! Must be good judging from the clear broth with hints of red prawn oil.
Mom and I have char koay teow (stir fried rice noodles). Mine had egg and so much ingredients in it... 2 huge fresh prawns, fish cakes and cockles. Not spicy enough though, well for me.
Since we were there a bit too early for breakie, the assam laksa stall was not ready yet. Kinda disappointed but luckily the man came and asked us if we would love to have one when they were ready!!! I quickly said yes for a small bowl to be shared. Not much rice noodles but its certainly not one of the best I've tasted in Penang. Must be too early as the soup will taste better as it simmers longer, over night even more oommmpphhh!!!
Found these packets of nasi lemak on the tables. Didn't try any since we're quite full. Someone recommended the Shrimp (Udang) version in this coffee shop but I only found Fish (Ikan) on most tables.
The only one thing I craved for this trip is the chendul. We were allowed to order the Famous Teo Chew Chendul from the lane beside Joo Hooi. I think need to pay extra though. Not sure how much since I didn't pay for it. It is utmost Heavenly to me since I loved red beans and kidney beans which they do not stinge at all unlike those places in Kuala Lumpur. The gula melaka amount used is just nice, not overly sweet.
Joo Hooi Café
475 Jalan Penang
Famous TeoChew Chendul
21, Keng Kwee Street (off Penang Road)
Tel : 604-2618002/012-4808135
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