12 November 2010

Lebuh Cecil Food Court

After the last 2 reviews of middle-range establishments (Daorae and Azuma), it's time to go back to Penang's roots: cheap and good hawker food!

This food court is a favourite place for Dad and I to go on Sunday mornings. (In fact, the food shown here was taken over 2 visits on 2 separate weekends) They are next to a wet market (which is currently being rebuilt) and we find that food courts attached to wet markets have cheaper prices. I'm not sure if this is true for everywhere, but it definitely is for Anson Road Market, Terrenganu Road Market, and today's spotlight: Lebuh Cecil Food Court.

Front facade

This food court is open throughout the day, with different shops open at different times. All the food shown here are available for breakfast, and I have not verified with shop owners if they are open till lunch or dinner. Basically, your mileage may vary.

One unique thing is that you will see many repeat stalls. For the morning session I counted at least 3 Loh Mee/Hokkien Mee stalls, 3 Koay Teow Th'ng stalls, at least 2 Char Koay Teow stalls, and so on. I've taken photos of the stalls so that you will order from the right one, but I see no harm trying out the other stalls. I believe each have their own clientele that keeps them operating for so long!

I had this excellent duck meat koay teow th'ng that comes with slices of lean duck, meat balls, and fish balls. It was good value for something under RM 3 (I forgot the actual price, sorry!). It seems to have a brand name, and I can see the whole family helping out on Sunday. Though they seem eternally busy, my bowl of noodles arrived less than a minute after I sat down. Amazing speed!

Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng

Lum Lai Duck Meat Koay Teow Th'ng

This is an excellent Char Koay Teow to try! I've tried 2 stalls and this is by far superior with more flavor and less oil.

Char Koay Teow (RM 3)

She sells other food besides Char Koay Teow

Not featured here is a plate of Jawa Mee (RM 2.80) just opposite the CKT stall. Though the tomato gravy had a good sourish kick, the cook skimped on the ingredients and it came out pretty bland and forgetful.

On our second visit there, we started off with what must be one of the cheapest chinese pancakes (commonly called Ban Chang Kuih/Ban Chean Kueh/曼煎糕) at only 50 cents for the basic version (crushed peanuts). You can have it with extra fillings but even this basic version is crispy and delicious, getting your appetite ready for the other foods on their way.

Ban Chang Kuih (50 cents for plain crushed peanuts)

Another great value find at this food court is Char Hor Fun for RM 2.80! Check out the substantial portion given. There's a perception that dishes like Char Hor Fun, Hokkien Char, and Ee Foo Mee are premium hawker and they are commonly charged higher, something like RM 3.50 to RM 4.00. But this stall just proves it otherwise. And of course, the taste delivers too.

Char Hor Fun (RM 2.80)

Char Hor Fun/Yee Foo Mee/Hokkien Char

Parking will be tough during peak hours as it's located in the heart of the old town, but come on a Sunday morning and you can literally park on its door step. The chicken rice here is also good but only opens late morning. There's a lot of variety on offer here, and I look forward to showcasing some other good picks from this place soon.

1 comment:

Princess Cheryl said...

That's definitely my fav place for hawker food. Maybe that's what we refer as 家乡味 (hometown). =)

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