Monday, August 4, 2014

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre (Pusat Penjaja Anjung Gurney) @ Gurney Drive Penang

Visited Penang island recently, and stayed at Evergreen Laurel Hotel at Gurney Drive. Did what most tourist would do, which was to explore the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre. It was a 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

evening walk towards Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Along the way, one would pass by coffeeshops, restaurants, cafes, malls, condominiums and finally, the hawker centre.

seafood restaurant where mostly tourist buses will unload
teochew food
Gurney Plaza shopping mall
Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

One thing that I've learnt while in Penang, was on how to cross busy roads.

lots of choices
what to eat?
kangkung sotong

One local taxi driver divulged that locals won't be flocking to Lorong Selamat, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Line Clear etc if they want good food. They would hunt down different stalls that sells tasty individual items. For example, a Malay stall along Jalan Macalister that sells very good stuffed fried fish or, a stall in Air Itam that sells assam laksa etc.

For myself, hawker centres plays the role of conveniently bringing lots of different types of food under one roof. Though, sometimes one need abit of luck (or do some research first) to get tasty good food.

Throwing caution to the wind, I didn't do any research on this one and just went around looking for things to eat.

what's a prawn lam mee?
Decided to try Prawn Lam Mee as I have not heard of this before.

just a small one and add a side of intestine
prawn lam mee

Soup tasted like regular Penang prawn noodle (or here they called it Hokkien mee) but not as robust. Ingredients were few and little. Almost meatless and with a thin slice of egg. Total cost was RM6.50 due to the added intestine (生肠). Would not recommend.

Feeling unsatisfied, walked around the hawker centre and spotted a stall selling apom.


Observed it a while, and looks quite good so bought some. Regretted not buying more!

sweet apom
small modern mini woks for the crispy ones
pancake making in progress

Two versions of the pancake, crispy or with banana version. Tried the banana pancake and it was good. Sweet, light and has abit of banana slice and some coconut shreds. RM3 for 6 pieces or RM2 for 4. One pax can eat 6 even right after dinner. It's really tiny, probably just 2 bites.

banan apom
with coconut


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