Penang Top Five: Saw Teong Hin

Updated: 24 Jan 2014
Photo by Stacy Liu

Saw Teong Hin, who directed the musical 'Hoore! Hoore!' and who was responsible for the spectacular Silat performance that opened George Town Festival 2012, was born and bred in Penang. For a long time now he calls KL home and here he shares his top five places to eat on the island.

1. Kuay Teow T’ng at Pitt Street
Previously at Pitt Street opposite Yap Kongsi, they are now at 183 Lebuh Carnarvon. The coffee shop only carries a yellow sign that says 'Pitt Street Famous Kuay Teow T'ng'. The best by far with its homemade fishballs and possessing the smoothest texture ever.

2. Assam Laksa at Taman Emas coffee shop
Taman Emas coffee shop is located on Gottlieb Road just across from Peng Hwa Chinese Girls School. Its assam laksa is so good and their lemak laksa shouldn't be missed either. And if you still have room after those two, try the kuih talam and the chai kuih also offered there.

3. Mee Goreng at Fort Cornwallis food court
Fort Cornwallis food court - and I meant the one located next to the fort and not the one behind Dewan Sri Pinang - opens from late morning to late afternoon. What's really good there is not only their mee goreng but also the ice kacang.

4. Char Koay Teow at Kheng Huat Cafe
Kheng Huat Café on Lorong Selamat serves the best char kuay teow by the now reformed cranky lady. The char kuay teow may well be one of the more expensive ones on the island and be prepared for a long wait too.

5. Hokkien Mee at Burmah Road
Housed in 133A Burmah Road, the shop only has a Chinese sign that confusingly reads 'Green House'. The funny thing is they’re planning on an English sign that will read 'Green House Prawn Mee Corner' and no, it’s not on a corner. It is actually a few shops up from Telekom. And yes there’s another place called Green House up the road that sells Hokkien Mee. Confused? Worth your trouble if you can find it. Many different varieties – with bak kut teh, siau bak and more. It's open at night only but till late.

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