The Malaysian Chinese believe that herbal drinks is cooling and help to cool the heaty body to maintain the ying and yang for optimum health. This will avoid getting sore throat and overcome body fatigue.
"Kek Hwa" (Chrysanthenum flower tea) and "Tek Cheah" (Cane sugar) are easy to drink.
There are medicated slightly bitter tea that promotes health and usually you are given a small glass of "sweet" tea to drink right after to chase away the bitterness.
Usually you just drink on the spot - either cold, warm or hot versions available.
Wanton Mee is a popular standard street vendor for Malaysian Chinese. It is not halal for Muslims.
It is buckwheat yellow thin noodles cooked like sphagetti in hot water, cold water and hot water again.
Then added special soya based sauce with barbecue pork, banched green vegetables with cut green chilly to taste and a bowl of soup with "wanton" dumplings.
There are many street vendors selling "Leng Chee Kang" an iced dessert of different ingredients like beans, fruits added.
One of my favorite stall is called "Hello Kitty". It is priced at RM2.50, higher than most of the other stalls which are usually at RM2 or less.
Well, you get the quality you pay for. Also you can buy back but usually it does not taste as nice if all the ice has melted.
There are two stalls that sell clay pot chicken. I have tried both - no particular preference.
The clay pot rice is cooked over a quick fire when ordered with ample pieces of soya based seasoned chicken. You have an option of adding a chicken egg which I recommend.
There can be a waiting time as each clay pot is cooked individually. So allow 10-20 minutes waiting time or longer. Caution - do not touch the claypot when scopping into your plate, it can be burning hot.
Hainanese Chicken rice is a popular standard dish in Seberang Jaya and all over Malaysia.
You can request the steamed or roast chicken. If you are particular of choice meat, request for drum stick, otherwise you will be served the least popular part of the chicken.
Usually served with a dish of red chilly sauce to flavor. Amply soya sauce and oil is added over the chicken meat.
Other parts of chicken cooked inner parts are also available if requested - an acquired taste.
Duck meat is an less popular altenative to chicken and pork for most Malaysian Chinese.
The duck broth is served hot with thick soya sauce based gravy and hard boiled eggs.
There are different part of duck innards as well as duck blood (coagulated). You can opt for only duck meat. Duck drumstick is charged more.
Duck meat with rice as well as duck meat with dry buckwheat noodles (yellow thin noodles) or in soup of koay teow (white rice flat noodles).
Bang Chang Kueh is a popular street food dessert which is best eaten hot.
It is batter cooked inside a hot plate with margarine and sugar added as well as grounded peanut. Very often corn is added. It is round and folded into half.
When eating, be careful it can be temperature hot in the middle. You can request for it to be cut into half to share.
Some stalls have included banana, eggs and more creative additions like pizzas options.
I still prefer the standard version of just grounded peanut.
Medan Selera means food court in Malay.
If you require halal food or going out with Muslim friends, there are several foodcourts in Seberang Jaya where all the street food served by Muslim food handlers.
There is satay, nasi lemak, different fried, gravy or soup noodles, tomyam noodles, economy rice with different curry and vegetable dishes and many halal version of the famous Penang street food.
Also note that alcoholic drinks are not served in Malay or halal food court centers.
"Wai Sek Kai" is a popular street in Chai Leng Park for dinner and supper or buy back home.
It is a one way street where many cars just stop for a quick purchase. If you want to eat there, there are ample parking at the adjacent streets and just walk there.
All kinds of food from clay pot chicken, koay teow th'ng, char koay teow, economy rice (rice with different dishes that you can scoop into your plate), lok lok and desserts like "leng chee kang".
Highly recommended if you are into street food.
Previously there was a cinema next door which attracted movie goers to this restaurant before or after the shows.
Today, it is a popular eating place in the evening for the various Penang hawker food like Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Lobak, Duck Meat Broth, etc.
There is ample road side parking and a private open air car park next door.
Apom is originally Indian and usually the street food prepared by Malaysian Indian. In this case, it was a Malaysian Chinese seller.
It is light flour batter cooked usually in a clay pot but in this case in a small wok. It is coconut milk based which gives its unique taste.
It is thick and soft in the middle and light and crispy in the outer circle edge.
Eat when hot. One person can easily eat two or three at one go. Light fun dessert to enjoy.