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Thursday, 15 March 2007

Joo Hooi Café & TeoChew Chendul, Penang Road

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.

JH - prawn mee

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.

JH - ckt wo egg RM2.50 JH - ckt RM3

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!!!

JH - assam laksa

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.

JH - nasi lemak

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.

JH - cendol

Joo Hooi Café
475 Jalan Penang
Opens 10-7.30pm

Famous TeoChew Chendul
21, Keng Kwee Street (off Penang Road)
Tel : 604-2618002/012-4808135

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Unknown said...

nothing a shot of vodka cant fix

Tummythoz said...

Err.. maybe it was me? I did recommend the shrimp nasi lemak.

TriStupe said...


Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Char Koay Teow and Prawn mee and my family's recipe for spiced white chicken stew must be ultimate comfort food. It's amazing how you can take the boy out of Malaysia but not Malaysia out of the boy. Lived overseas for 15 years, yet I go back to my roots for heartwarming dishes.


Flower said...

My friend's mom was here from Penang. She cooked for us Penang Asam laksa. I tell you lah, I eat two bowl of it. Didnt look left or right, just eat my laksa. Just like the Malay saying, makan sampai tak nampak mak mertua lalu. I miss laksa so much and its hard to get the real thing so it was a treat to have the authentic one. Yummilicious......

boo_licious said...

LOL on the vodka suggestion! Am glad you managed to catch some food action in Penang - everything will be 10x better than KL.

Babe_KL said...

lanatir, tried before but fler dunch like the bitterness after his tongue touches the liquid hahaha. woiitt dun report me for child abuse ok hahaha... he asked to try first but thank goodness he never like it.

thanks tummythoz, i saw that and another person also recommended the same thing to me.

tahan stupe!! can eat after the marathon or not?? haha

am sure there are a lot of Malaysians will agree with you, Nigel!

bunga, cepat balik sini cutilah!!!

this lanatir forever asked me to feed him vodka and cili padi! not everything is 10x better, boo_licious. the sun is extra shiny and it's so hot!!! i literally melted even though doing nothing.

Rasa Malaysia said...

You didn't try the Lo Bak Prawn Fritters at Joo Hooi? Not yet open?

fatboybakes said...

babe, one child and complaining? tsk tsk....;)

here's a tip. faiti faiti go and have more. that way, at least they can entertain themselves, if they have siblings. we can virtually go on a long journey and not have to talk to the kids at all, as they usually play/fight amongst themselves. any talking is usually barking of orders..."QUIET, OR WE'LL LEAVE YOU AT THE NEXT REST STOP".

heh heh, but yalar, same thing, "when are we reaching?", are we there yet, etc etc...thankfully yesterday, journey back from pangkor, all four kids slept most of the way.

wmw said...

Penang, Penang, Penang....have to go there soon!

Babe_KL said...

beeyinn, still too early!!! *sobs*

fbb, i know leh, since my miscarriage last March until now habuk pun tarak sighhhh... anyone got any tips or petua??? if still nothing happens by middle of this year i think i wanna wong fei hung sau tong :( age is catching up!

btw did you have the pangkor laksa??

wmw, tunggu apa???

Precious Pea said...

The cendol so nice.....nasi lemak ikan? Might be ikan masin.

fatboybakes said...

oops, sorry to hear about miscarriage. (slowly taking foot out of mouth).

age is catching up you say? my dear, you sound like you are in your early 30s or late 20s...

petua ah? hmmm, mustn't get stressed ler... like NIKE...just do it. corny as that may sound.

Flower said...

Balik cuti, not yet lah. Baru 1 year here. Hubby has to make more money than only boleh balik kampung. But the good news is, my friend's mother is coming back again around September, so I'm looking forward for some more authentic Penang food. On that Laksa day, she also make some pulut with udang kering. So yummy but tak tau apa namanye.

backStreetGluttons said...

thoz Pg oni got food but more food ! but since u r at it( V think maybe u shud try at da beach u know...those soothing waves and ...twinkling stars...then...aha...who knows...)
sorry back to da food, shud have called da gluttons to come too !

FooDcrazEE said...

be glad boi boi is healthy.....

Babe_KL said...

no idea lah precious pea but i ate nasi lemak wid a piece of deep fried fish before.

fbb, i wont stop if i'm still within the age range you mentioned hehe... haiisshhh... been following Nike diligently leh :p

flower, baru 1 year, macam dah lama aje kekeke

no time for beach this round team BSG. maybe next time.

yeah mike, hmmm yr message sounded like have hidden meaning. is your baby ok??

KittyCat said...

You were in Penang? Wow...the char koay teow sure looks good, esp the fat, juicy prawns! Not sure if I've been to this place - I usually eat w/o taking note of names =)

Anyway, dunno if I remembered to tell you about this tag but hope you'll do it. It's here

Babe_KL said...

yes i'm aware kittycat. actually i'm not very fond of meme :p in fact i din do the one you tagged me previously, paiseh paiseh. not much time to blog let alone do homework hahaha but i'll try ok