Assam Laksa @ Fruit n Spice @ Balik Pulau, Penang

There is something about this place. Although tucked in the middle of no where in Balik Pulau, this place somehow managed to attract my attention. My wife and I were driving around the trunk roads of Balik Pulau when we saw a bungalow with a sign “Home Cooked Assam Laksa”.

Without hesitation, we turned into the bungalow and found that the owner had turned his home into an open-air restaurant.

Some parts of the house reminds me so much about my childhood in the Chinese village at Balakong and also Tanah Merah.

Tables were placed on his porch and one can even choose to sit in his garden – with his dog too!

Assam laksa was okay. My wife thinks it’s not hot enough for her but it was just nice for me. It’s also not very sour. But for the ambiance, I don’t mind coming back here just to enjoy the view and atmosphere.

I managed to speak to the owner of the place, Eric Kee. He is also an avid antique collector like me. During our conversation, he told me of a series of antique Chinese classics translated into Malay. Classic Chinese novels such Romance of Three Kingdoms and Water Margin were translated by one Chan Kim Boon, a Baba, in the 1890s. I was told that his books were popular back then that it was impossible to collect a whole series (each series have numerous volumes). Back then, it was popular with children and children used to exchange volumes with one another because it was expensive to own a whole series. Eric told me that some antique collector found a mint series and was selling it for a high price. Interesting..

Anyway, back to Fruit N Spice. You can read more of Fruit N Spice below:-

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202B, Jalan Sungai Pinang,
11010 Balik Pulau, Penang
Tel: 04- 866 1807 /
Eric Kee 012-401 0101

Business Hours: Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
From 10.00 am

Penang: 1 Night Trip: Mama One Ton Mee

I found this place while roaming randomly around Penang. The first thing that caught my attention was their signboard stating, “Mama One Ton Mee – since 1960”. The words “Since 1960” caught my attention. If they’ve been around so long, they must be good!

Mama One Ton Mee is located at Lorong Susu. It’s a small shop that serves solely wan tan mee but with a few variety. It seems that they specialize in wan tan mee.

I decided to depart from the usual Penang hawker food i.e char kuey teow and prawn mee and choose wan tan mee instead. I’ve never seen anyone raving about Penang wan tan mee.

I ordered roasted pork wan tan mee.

It was not bad! The noodles very springy and the dumplings were tasty!

I did a search on the internet and I was surprised that I couldn’t find any local blogs talking about this place. The only website that I found was actually Japanese blog. Check it out here

It is just a street away from Lorong Selamat. If you’re tired of the usual fried kuey teow and cendol, do head to Lorong Susu for awesome Wan Tan Mee!


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Penang: 1 Night Trip

My colleague had to travel overseas hence she sought my help in a case she has in Penang.

We usually fly a day earlier before our case. Court starts at 830am nowadays and it makes no sense to wake up extremely early to travel. Also, if the flight is delayed, we’ll be screwed big time as our case may be struck off for non attendance.

When I arrived in Penang, one of my clients picked me up from the airport with his Mercedes Benz CLK and then bought me dinner. Most awesome client evaaaaa!

I stayed in Traders Hotel in the city. Although Traders Hotel is not known to be a haunted the hotel like the one nearby, the thought of it gave me the creeps. Having something whispering to my ears or sitting on me or flying around in the room is not something I want to see before I go to Court :s

Penang Supreme Court Building looks bloody awesome. It was built in 1903 and refurbished recently.

Dome at the High Court building. Apparently this dome was hidden for many years until they found it recently.

The Bar room. Place for lawyers to hang out.

It took me a while to find my Court room as it was my first time there. When I found it, I loudly greeted the staff there, “GOOD MORNING!!!”.

The staff’s eyes were wide open. I was puzzled for a few seconds and then I realised that Court was in session! The Judge was sitting there already! FML!

Fortunately, the Judge ignored me. *phew*

Although my matter was a chamber matter (that means its a case to be heard in the Judge’s room/chamber), my matter was heard in open court. I had to sit through loads of boring cases..zzz

After Court, I had 5 hours to kill before my flight. I was alone but nevertheless wanted to roam around to eat Penang food.

When I asked what is there to eat in Penang on Twitter and Facebook, I was bombarded with answers!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the places they recommended and ended up roaming aimlessly around Penang.

After roaming around for 20 minutes, I spotted a signboard stating, “Mama One Ton Mee – since 1960”. Will blog about this place later.

After having a bowl of Wan Tan Mee, I tried walking back to my hotel and got a little bit lost. Somehow I ended up in Lorong Selamat and end up having…

a bowl of Cendol

a bowl of ABC

and a plate of fried char kuay teow. Prawns on steroids. Damn big.

After that, I wanted to have a bowl of prawn noodles but I had to catch my flight back to KL. :s

Trip back to KL was uneventful. As usual, upon touchdown, I headed straight to the office to work. Aahh.. lifee as a lawyeer..

Restoran Sai Toh Lim @ Butterworth

After our trip to Penang, we dropped by Butterworth for lunch. I didn’t know what is good there hence I googled “Butterworth Food” and I got Restoran Sai Toh Lim as my first result.

Without hesitation, we made our way to Restoran Sai Toh Lim for its kuay teow soup.

The restaurant is made out of 2 shoplots. Business must be good for them to sustain 2 shoplots.

We first ordered the kuay teow soup.

A friend, who is a Butterworth native, dropped by and said that we should have eaten the dry version of the kuay teow as it taste better. Without hesitation, I ordered the dried version of kuay teow!

It was indeed better!

There is another version of kuay teow soup which has prawn noodles soup base. Unfortunately, they ran out of it that day. Damn, I would have ate 3 bowls if they have it!

Restoran Sai Toh Lim,
Lorong Ceri 7,
Off Jalan Raja Uda,
12300 Butterworth, Penang, MALAYSIA


Trip to Penang – Heng Huat Cafe @ Lorong Selamat

A trip to Penang wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Lorong Selamat to have char kuew teoy made by a grumpy old lady with ultra cool glasses.

It is well known that the lady boss is not a friendly person but yet customers still flock to eat her char kuey teow.

When I first ordered my char kuey teow, the lady boss screamed, ‘ you have to wait very long!!!’.

They no speaking England so I is has to speak in Cantonese mix with some Mandarin and the lau aunty can listen.

While waiting, I ordered a nice bowl of ais kacang. Tasted moderately ok.

A on the other hand ordered almond tea. Its made of almond and white in colour. If you like almond, you’ll probably enjoy it. But if you don’t, the drink taste like crap.

After waiting half an hour, my char kuew teo came. I’m not a big fan of char kuew teo but I must say the char kuew teow is not bad. I would probably give it an A- for taste.

Hugeeeeee fan

If the grumpy old lady or his minions pissed you big time and you don’t want to eat her char kuew teow anymore, you can walk to another shop which also serves char kuew teow with the same type of setup.

Does the glasses look familiar?


Trip to Penang – Restaurant Kapitan’s

And after Peter and Wuan’s wedding dinner, we headed to a restaurant by the name Restaurant Kapitan’s for supper.

According to Suanie, the tandoori chicken is good.

Making tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken!

Tandoori chickens!

Although full from the wedding dinner, we shared plates of tandoori chicken, nasi beryani and naan.

The tandoor chicken was juicy. The nasi beryani came with really nice grilled chicken and lamb. Apparently, the tandoori chicken is the best in Penang!

I was sooooo fuuullllll after eating all those stuff! I would need 10 Pushmore session to lose all the fat I’ve gained from this trip! arrggggh!!

Drinks however were crap. Although they have my favourite Teh Madras, it was so sweet until I could get diabetes for it!

Restoran Kapitan’s
93, Lebuh Chulia, Penang