During this visit to Penang, time was very limited and food hunting wasn’t our main focus. Our schedule was so jam packed that I didn’t make a makan wish list. All I had in mind was minimizing any possible hassle of traveling from one place to another, having to queue and trouble finding parking. But I was lucky enough to have a friend invited me over to Old Georgetown Cafe, a few weeks old eatery, to sample some famous street food. That saved me from all headaches having to think of where to go eat all my favourite Penang food given that limited time.
Old Georgetown Cafe is right in the heart of the city, close vicinity to Komtar and many tourist attractions. In fact, it’s only a minute walk to Loke Thye Kee Residences and the famous Penang Road Teochew Chendul. It is spread across two floors of a century old building, so you might want to be a little “gentle” to it. I personally don’t mind a bit of a walk to sit upstairs as it’s more comfortable, but careful those stairs are a bit steep. For those who are driving, there’s absolutely no worries about finding car park since there’s a big parking lot right next to it.
We were able to sample so much food, thanks to owner, Mun Heng who hosted us. He briefly introduced the various stalls in Old Georgetown Cafe, and turns out that majority of them were already made famous from their main branch/stall in other food centres such as Eaton Satay, Balik Pulau Chicken Rice and Asam Laksa.
To sum up, my most favourite was the Nasi Lemak. To me, sambal is a make or break of a good nasi lemak. The rice can be fluffy and the fried chicken can be crispy, but this dish is almost nothing without this important condiment. Their sambal was on asam sourish, which was my preference against the sweet ones. Rice was not too “lemak” either. However, their fried chicken was pretty average.
I also really liked the dish from Nyonya Lobak Prawn Cutlet. Yes, those prawn cutlets were really crispy and it’s a must order. The lobak (five-spiced pork roll) were also very tasty.
Another dish from the same stall was the famous Balik Pulau Coconut Asam Laksa. My first time having laksa in a coconut, which was quite special.
The char siew and Chinese sausages from the Balik Pulau Chicken Rice stall were also pretty good. This is already their 5th stall in Penang.
What makes Eaton Satay special is their chicken satays are barbecued together with the sauce. Unlike the traditional ones where the peanut sauce is served separately.
Nibong Tebal Pork Noodles weren’t too shabby either. Although I thought the broth was a bit sweet, it was still okay. Uncle insisted that I must eat them with his special home made spicy sauce, his very own secret recipe.
Other dishes we sampled were Nyonya Curry Laksa, Oyster Omelette, Char Koay Teow, and Penang Rojak. And then, we washed it all down with an ice cold “Cham Peng” (iced mixed coffee and tea) or a Nutmeg drink. Too bad, I’ve missed the opportunity to try the award winning Hokkien Mee (what we refer to as Prawn Mee in KL, not the “black worm” noodles) since it wasn’t open on that day (Monday), which happens to be customers’ favourite.
What was good about Old Georgetown Cafe:
- Ample amount of parking next door (chargeable)
- Great location – city centre
- Clean and spacious – seating is spread across 2 floors
- Good variety of stalls
- Nasi Lemak’s sambal and Nyonya Lobak Prawn Cutlet was delicious
What was bad about Old Georgetown Cafe
- Got stung by mosquitoes upstairs
- Nyonya Curry Laksa was a bit bland and Char Koay Teow lacks of “wok hei“
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 7/10
Old Georgetown Cafe Details:
Address: 268 Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, George Town, 10100 Pulau Pinang.
Tel: +6011 3946 5237
Facebook: Old Georgetown Cafe