|UMNO HQ - while waiting for cha kuih tiau - I coloured in with soy sauce|
Architects are not to be trusted (totally) when it comes to food reviews and recommendation - because more likely than not we are influenced by many factors other than the food. Just as pleasant company adds to the dining experience, I feel that the right architectural environment does the same. It is the notion of eating lunch in a decades old shop house that someone has breathed new life into - as in SOUL CAFE ( I had pasta here)on Lebuh Muntri off Penang Road. It appears that the young cook and his wife live on the cafe premises as well - I spied childrens' toys on the timber staircase leading up to the first floor. Or eating lunch at someone's sea front verandah at the Clan Jetties - the "LAN SEI LEE" (Thai Laksa) at the TAN KEO (bridge). Take note of how the piers of the houses are ingeniously built with paint-containers.
To rub shoulders with the locals, the CHULIA STREET Cantonese Tim Sum (a bit of the heart - my translation) is good for ambience. Cool down with KENG KWEE LANE Teochew Chendol off Penang Road opposite the Police Station. For attitude, the lady who cooks the CHA KUIH TIAU at LORONG SELAMAT has plenty - go before twelve to beat long queues and while waiting have the oyster omelette.
On my next trip, I plan to try The NYONYA BREEZE at Abu Siti Lane and the BEACH CORNER (Hainanese cooking) at Batu Ferringi.