Ah Pek: Bak Pau
Pau is a type of steamed bun with fillings inside. The dough are made with flour, yeast, shortening, sugar and water. It can be filled with meat or vegetarian fillings. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have pau recipe, if you are interested to try making your own paus, just email me..
I shall described the name of pau here.
Big Pau - very large bun filled with pork, eggs, mushroom and other ingredients
Bak Pau - filled with pork
Char Siew Pau - filled with bbq pork.
Kaya Pau - filled with Kaya, a popular nyonya jam made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar and steamed for at least 4 hours.
Tausah Pau - filled with sweet bean paste
Chai Pau - filled with cooked yambean.
Favorite Dish: I like the Big Pau, Bak Pau, Char Siew Pau, Kaya Pau, Tausah Pau, Chai Pau - so much of chinese pau i like to buy from this Ah Pek (Uncle)
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Cheok Sah Food Court: Cendul - another popular dessert
A cousin of the "Ice Kacang", the "Chendul" is similar in concept "sweet" and "cool".
The types of ingredients are fewer and mainly just green "chendul" which are fragrant "pandan" leaves flavored noodle-like and boiled cooked red beans.
Similary ice is shaved on the spot using a rotating blade machine. Then the heavy white coconut milk is poured over the ice. The taste is heavenly. Try it.
Cheok Sah Foodcourt: Ice kacang - cool dessert
When eating the hot and spicy laksa noodles, the ice kacang is an excellent dessert companion.
"Kacang" in Malay means "bean" So for ingredients, the boiled cooked red kidney bean, black seaweed "leong fan", green pandan leave flavored "chendul", yellow corn, jello, even nutmeg or other additions are placed at the bottom of the bowl. Then used a rotating blade, the ice block is shaved onto the ingredients and make into a cone shape. Then sweet syrup of different colored flavors are added on the ice with a dash of condensed milk.
Best eaten before the ice all melt. Cool and refreshing.
Cheok Sah Foodcourt: BM Laksa one of the best
Laksa is local favorite for Penang, Kedah and Perlis region. It's origin is a combination of Malay, Thai and Chinese.
A bowl of rice white noodles in a fish meat based soup that is spicy, sourish and hot. Additional chilly and the hea-koh (black shrimp paste sauce) are optional. Garnished with chopped onions, cucumber, vegetable, pineapple, ginger flower (laksa flower), fragrant leaves.
Found the laksa noodle here extra thick and yummy. Each laksa outlet have their peculiar laksa soup which is definitive. Best taken when served hot. The stall is minimal but the laksa great.
Cheok Sah Food Court: Near the railway station
Near the BM railway station and next to the old cinema is the Cheok Sah food court which is popular with the locals for assam laksa, ice kacang, curry mee and mee jawa.
It is popular with the locals and best time to go in the afternoon. One of my favorite places to have a quick afternoon meal whenever I visit Bukit Mertajam. So look out for me if you are there.
If driving, you can park at the railway station car park, turn left and keep walking for 5 minutes until you see the food court on your left. There are other roadside parking but it can be difficult to find an empty lot.
Yong Kei: Restaurant for the average Joe
This is the restaurant that I always go to whenever I am in BM. Typical open air, chinese "chu char" restaurant commonly found in any town. The ambience is not really suitable to treat VIP guests, but I will go with mom and friends anytime.
Favorite Dish: Tau Kua Suan Na (stir fried Teow Chew Beancurd and Chinese Leak)
Teow Chew style Steam Junior Sting Ray (Phiak Kia)
Kong Pau Mantis Prawn (seasonal)
"Black Man" Rojak: Famous Rojak
This is a stall located in a corner coffee shop, selling notably the best rojak in BM ( I would shameless say in best in Penang).
Below is my comparison of BM and Penang Rojak.
Common item: cut mixed fruit
Special in BM Rojak: yew char kuey, ngiau chu chi, Rojak sauce
Special in Penang Rojak: Jiu hu (soaked squid, brownish color, as in jiu hu eng chai), Rojak sauce
BM Rojak -> Black Man Rojak
Penang Rojak -> Tai Hwa Rojak (in Swatow Lane coffee shop)
Favorite Dish: Rojak
Kuih Stalls around Pek Kong Cheng: Best Chai Kueh in Penang
When I think of BM, Chai Kueh comes to mind. And the best Chai Kueh are sold at kuih stalls in front of the Pek Kong Temple (locally called Pek Kong Cheng).
Found Chai Kueh in the morning and evening , but I find those sold in the evenings are much better.
The BM Chai Kueh is typically Pinkish in color, with few types of fillings, namely:-
a) Ku Chai (chive)
b) Bang Kuang (turnips)
c) Thor Tau (peanuts)
Favorite Dish: Chai Kueh
Alma Mei Shi Jie Kopitiam: Thai Style Steam Boat Dinner
At Mei Shi Jie Kopitiam, the Thai Style Steam Boat is served in open air area or in the hut.
Small pot RM for 2-3 persons
Big pot RM for 4-5 persons
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Manhattan Fish Market: Fish and Chips
We are here for the special promotion of Fish and Chips.
Had twice of fish and chips here and the Pasta Crab o-olio, emmm..very good, I like it.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips and Pasta.
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