I blogged about this place…

101 Food Court Penang char kway teow

…before, way back in 2017. I would not say it is the best in town but yes, it is good enough – my brother-in-law and my missus love his Penang char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) but to me, there are a few other places that may be just as nice and perhaps even nicer.

I asked if they had cockles in their Penang char kway teow but they said no. In the end, I decided to go for the kway teow/mee kahwin (RM5.00)…

Kway teow mee kahwin

a combination of the flat rice noodles and the yellow noodles or as its name says, the marriage of the two.

No, there were no cockles, just a whole lot of those tiny prawns and some lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and no, they were not the pek hay (white seawater prawns) that I bought the other day. These hard-shell ones are much cheaper but they are all right, nice too and anytime nicer than those farmed ones that some people around here use for their Sarawak laksa or whatever. I can’t say I was thrilled by the combination though – perhaps, I should have stuck to just kway teow but with the lovely chili dip that came with it, I would say that I quite enjoyed it.

I saw the popiah stall by the side but it was closed. I loved it…

Jiali Cafe popiah

…a lot but it used to open only on Saturdays and Sundays only. I quickly asked the nice lady at the kway teow stall if they are still running their business and she said yes, except that they only open on Sundays now, not twice a week like before. Hmmmm…I certainly would make my way back here one Sunday just for this!

101 FOOD COURT (2.291330, 111.841751) is located in the vicinity of the shops around Medan Mall, Jalan Wong King Huo, back to back with Jiali Cafe along Lorong Tong Sang 4, two or three doors to the left of Wan Li Sheng Rou Mee.

Author: suituapui

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14 thoughts on “Combine…”

  1. You mean wild sea prawns are tastier than farmed prawns bred in ponds? But there are so many things in the sea such as fallen air planes with passengers strapped inside. Could that be the reason for the extra tastiness, lolx!

    You do not know what they throw into those ponds, one would be antibiotics to make sure the prawns do not fall sick. Been cases where exports to countries like Japan have been rejected as they do not pass the test. Same thing with farmed fish, the latest being Norwegian salmon and the ones from Chile before.

    Farmed prawns have a very peculiar rubbery texture, not succulent and nice…and the taste is different too. Once you bite into it, you know already. Sad that many places are serving them, passing them off as fresh prawns. If they are just as nice, I wouldn’t mind eating…like farmed Tilapia from the lakes of the Batang Ai dam here. Those are nice, no farmed fish mud smell – you get them at Sugar Bun, for one.

    1. Maybe it is how the farmed prawns are processed and stored after being killed. I wonder if farmed prawns are eaten immediately after being lifted out swimming from their tanks, will they still taste rubbery?

      I think it depends on the variety. I used to buy one type – very slimy and slippery to hold and I actually liked the taste but my missus hated those and insisted that I never bought them again. I never bought the rubbery, tasteless (bland) ones but I’ve encountered them at one Sarawak laksa place and also at one expensive Chinese restaurant here – my missus took one and that was it.

      1. I have eaten rubbery and off-taste cooked prawns and I believe it is the way the prawns are processed before storing. Not so much on it being a farmed prawns vs wild prawns because there should be ethical farming prawns practices which do not use unhealthy substances but of course the price will be higher too.

        Don’t ask me, I wouldn’t know. I only know the ones I bought were slimy and slippery, like they are coated with some mucus. I thought after cooking, they were all right but my missus did not like at all and told me in no uncertain terms never to buy those again. As for the rubbery, tasteless ones outside – I don’t know what made them that way. Can tell the instant you bite into one, not nice at all. Thankfully, I’ve never bought those. These days, they have farmed crabs, farmed cockles, farmed everything!

      2. Definitely need to farm them because it is not sustainable to keep catching the wild ones. All the poultry, pork, beef, mutton – they are all farmed. As long as they do it ethically, farmed should be ok.

        Yup, all those stories about hormone shots and a KL text driver developing boobs from eating chicken neck or whatever can be quite worrying. LOL!!!

  2. A plate of CKT without cockles is actually not a big issue to me. With wok hei fragrance and lots of taugeh is my main priority in a nice plate of CKT and I would jolly enjoy it to the max. Same goes to laksa with cockles, I never like it. Prefer prawns anytime.

    Same here, best not to eat too many cockles, actually…all that talk about it being toxic, lead poisoning and what not. No big deal, those cockles and definitely not with my laksa, thank you very much!!!

  3. The popiah did looked good. I like it!! I prefer cockles and prawns in my ckt than lap cheong.

    Popiah’s different from the ones I make at home, not quite like the ones in Kuching either even though the lady calls it Kuching popiah…but very nice. I love it! You’re like my missus – she will leave all the lap cheong by the side.

  4. I like the popiah, toppings with nuts is kind of special! In Ipoh, I only like one stall selling popiah and it opens only at night. Nowadays we don’t have to wait half and hour unlike those days.

    That’s the main draw, so much crushed peanut. Makes it all the nicer! Luckily, this is not just available at night – I hardly go out at night for a long long time now.

  5. Yes, cockles is a must in penang ckt and sometimes I even asked extra for it… haha

    I guess if it’s not all the time, it is all right. I love cockles and balitongs too…but balitongs especially – after I saw on TV, so many of them eating the rotting carcass of a dead animal, I would not touch it anymore. What we don’t see wouldn’t hurt us, how very true!

  6. Got one night went with mom go newton food centre to eat sambal stingray, she asks want to order a plate of cockles to eat or not, i say no, very scare of food poisoning.

    Ah popiah, miss it!

    Newton!!! Last went there for dinner with my parents 1980 enroute to Australia and New Zealand. My mum was ok but my dad and I came down with food poisoning…and took turns going to the toilet all night long. Never again!!!

  7. I would love to get back up to Penang for more local food but it seems that won’t be for a while now.

    Things don’t look good over at your side, eh? I was thinking of hopping over already…and now, we’re back to Square One. Dunno when all this madness will end!

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