Jin Hoe Cafe

Restaurants, Peranakan Pulau Tikus
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Jin Hoe Cafe

Located along Jalan Cantonment, don’t belittle the size of this cafe and what it brings. The place is famed for two things, Nyonya cooking and Johnny’s nasi lemak. The queue can go for miles for the packs of nasi lemak. Each packet consists the usual serving of fragrant coconut flavoured rice, crunchy anchovies and roasted peanuts. However, what sets Johnny’s nasi lemak from the rest is the generous dollop of homemade sambal belacan which is the dish’s highlight. If its piquant meter is beyond your limits, order from a waiter for a glass of teh tarik for a soothing accompaniment.


Venue name: Jin Hoe Cafe
Address: 46, Jalan Cantonment
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 8.30am-9.30pm; closed on Sun
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Exaggeration to say the queue goes on for miles! At the very most you have less than 20 people in the queue at any one time and not all are eating-in, most are opting for takeaways. What was omitted in the Timeout description are the prawns cooked in assam (tamarind) which, together with the sambal belacan and pulut (glutinous) rice, are the main highlights, not the ikan bilis (anchovies) and peanuts. In Penang, most non-Malays do not like peanuts with Nonya nasi lemak - that is a very Klang Valley taste. Sure, peanuts are offered to cater to the taste of tourists. Jin Hoe is also very famous for its black coffee and good quality Cameron Highlands tea. They do not offer teh tarik! In fact, teh tarik is not a popular drink with many Penang Islanders. I am a Penagite and never had teh tarik until I moved to Kuala Lumpur and was put off for good by the revolting taste of KL's teh tarik made with cheap, low quality tea leaves and dust (!) processed in Selangor and ersatz creamer, actually overly sweetened milk-flavoured palm oil!