Every weekend or public holiday, Singaporean families would travel in hordes across the causeway in search for authentic, honest-to-goodness hawker food. Two of the undisputed popular foodies destinations are Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Well, if you want to satisfy your cravings for Malaysian street food but the thought of packing for the entire family, braving the traffic jams, the crowd and the newly ‘imposed’ toll charges puts you off, fret not. From now till 10 May 2015, the Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa has invited 3 guest-chefs to bring us more ‘legendary’ dishes to add to their already comprehensive, mouth-watering menu.
Here are the featured dishes and what this Penangite think about them:
- Penang Beef Hor Fun Soup – $8
I remember eating this as a child on those occasions when my parents had to run errands at the banks which are located at Weld Quay area where this hawker stall is found. One spoonful of this and it was as if I’m home in Penang. The soft, translucent, melt-in-your-mouth koay teow soaks up the clear, flavorful broth making each mouthful sublime. I forgot how it was like to savour a beef dish that is so light but yet so tasty. The beef slices are cooked to the right tenderness and infused perfectly with the herbs without any slightest hint of ‘beefy’ smell. Divine!
- Penang Mamak Mee Goreng – $6.50
The 4th generation chef himself hails from Pulau Tikus and learnt the ropes from his father to master this unassuming dish. However, this is no ordinary Mee Goreng. The burst of Malay and Indian spices can be tasted from the yellow noodles whose textures are enhanced by chunks of deep-friend bean curd. The Mee Goreng is not as dense and oily as the Singapore version.
- Penang Koay Teow Th’ng – $6
This used to be my comfort food growing up. As a child, whenever I was ill and unable to stomach any of the ‘heaty’, spicier food, I would order this dish without fail. Its name means ‘Koay Teow (Rice Stick) Soup’. This Koay Teow Th’ng looks deceptively humble but is one tough dish to master – the soup is clear but has depth. Worthy of mention also are the springy fishballs handmade fresh daily. One slup and the koay teow glides smoothly down. Heavenly! This dish is light on the palate and hence the best dish for very young kids and senior citizens.
Apart from these 3 new dishes above, there are these other ‘regular’ staples at the RWS Malaysian Food Street which you must not miss:
- Penang Char Koay Teow – $6 (with Egg)
The classic hawker dish that is synonymous with Penang. Short of taking a flight there yourself, this is where I come to get my Penang Char Koay Teow fix. For the promotion, RWS has flown in the actual ‘sifu’ (Master) from none other the coffee shop near my Penang home in Island Glades. Which means THIS is the actual dish I grew up eating, cooked by the same ‘Uncle’! What a bonus! Fresh Koay Teow wok-fried with prawns, lap cheong (chinese sausage), eggs, bean sprouts, chives and a drizzle of his secret sauces makes this Char Koay Teow a winner.
- Penang Prawn Mee – $6.50
This dish, to me, is the ultimate hawker fix. The prawn stock is simmered with herbs and spices over low fire for hours, distilling a rich, thick broth which is then served with thin bee hoon or yellow noodles of your choice, kangkong, prawns, cuttlefish, hard-boiled eggs and optional pork ribs. An absolutely satisfying dish which warrants slurping up the soup to its very last drop.
- Fried Lou See Fun (Mee-Tai-Mak) from Jalan Alor, KL – $6.50
An adaptation of the KL ‘Black’ Hokkien Mee served with fresh prawns, cabbage and cuttlefish, this is one dish where no Singapore hawker has managed to even come close to recreating locally. Specially for this promotion, RWS has flown in the original chef herself! The chilli padis give it just the right ‘kick’ to up the ‘shiok’ factor! Very appetizing.
- Penang Curry Mee – $5.50
This is another classic Penang dish, one which Angie would order when we are back in Penang. The curry laksa is cooked with the right proportion of coconut milk and aromatic curry spices, delivering a curry like no other – light, savoury, yet not overpoweringly spicy. This is very unlike the Singapore version of Laksa which is bathed in thick coconut milk. The Penang version is far more subtle but surprisingly delicious! We love the cuttlefish slices in it too.
- Braised Pork Knuckle with Vinegar – $20
Don’t judge – this dish tastes miles better than it looks. Fresh pork knuckle simmered for hours in herbs and black vinegar, a traditional confinement dish. Its distinctively sweet, savoury yet twangy taste goes outrageously well with rice. We don’t usually get to savour this dish (unless you have a darn good cook at home) so being able enjoy this right here at the RWS Malaysian Food Street is a rare, indulgent treat. The portion is big, easily satisfies 4 to 6 pax.
- Durian Puff Pastry – $2.80 per piece (minimum 2 pieces)
These addictive Durian Puff Pastries are made fresh daily using a technique taught by a Hong Kong Pastry Chef. Generously filled with Mao Shan Wang durian filling, this makes for an unforgettable dessert or tea time snack. Toast it lightly and the durian filling turns soft, tender and creamy – a must try for any durian lovers! Be warned though – one is not enough!
- Penang Swatow Lane Chendol – $2.80
The perfect end to a gastronomical Malaysian street food feast. The Penang Chendol is a crowd favourite. Its gula melaka (a local maltose) and coconut milk complement the red kidney beans and pandan chendol jelly strips, with just the right amount of sweetness. Simple, unpretentious but oh-so-good, just like all the other dishes we’ve savoured here at the Food Street.
With the upcoming Labor Day long weekend and Mother’s Day, it will be worthwhile to bring your family to savour these delectable dishes at the RWS Malaysian Food Street. It’s (almost) as close (and as good) as you can get to actually eating them in Malaysia, sans the hassles of road trips, flights and stamping of passports. The 3 Guest Chefs will only be here till 10 May 2015.
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20 April – 10 May 2015
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Disclaimer: We were invited to a food tasting session for the purposes of this review. All opinions and photos are, as usual, ours. Do hop over to read reviews by our dinner companions, A Pancake Princess and The Food Chapter.