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Penang Kitchen

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Located in Coronation Arcade, this cafe serves local dishes, specialising in the Penang version of laksa - Assam laksa.

Daily: 10:30 - 21:30

+65 64666193
$17 based on 54 submissions
Lunch (16 votes), Dinner (13 votes), After Work (5 votes)
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Deliciously authentic Penang home-cooking

Delectable no frills Penang fare in a cosy environment. Super quiet on a Tues evening - we were the only 2 diners at 7:30pm but were grateful for the peace & quiet. Indian Rojak & Penang Char Kway Teow were delicious, but Lor Bak is a must-have as an appetiser. Service was friendly and attentive but might differ on busier nights.

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• 08 Oct 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Deliciously authentic Penang home-cooking

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Delectable no frills Penang fare in a cosy environment. Super quiet on a Tues evening - we were the only 2 diners at 7:30pm but were grateful for the peace & quiet. Indian Rojak & Penang Char Kway Teow were delicious, but Lor Bak is a must-have as an appetiser. Service was friendly and attentive but might differ on busier nights.
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• 12 Jun 2013 • 579 reviews • 20 followers

Cheap and good

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Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com

Penang Kitchen, together with Thai Noodle House and Curry Wok, round off the trio of eateries along Coronation Arcade that have fast become our go-to for cheap and good food. We takeaway our dinners from the restaurants here at least twice a week. While parking may be virtually non-existent, surprisingly, it doesn't quite deter us from the fabulous food here. You can count on eating like a king for under $15 per person.
 
 Penang Kitchen is a no-frills, no-fuss eatery. Although most Penangites would dispute the authenticity of the Penang cuisine served here, it is admittedly more-than-decent. The fare here is generally hearty and comforting. Especially in light of the fact that the food here is so affordable.
 
 We had:

1) Penang Sampler ($13): a duo of Penang Lor Bak and Belachan Chicken Wings. The fried beancurd skin rolls stuffed with sinfully fatty pork belly was flavoursome without being oily. The fried chicken wings, thoroughly marinated with shrimp paste and tumeric and cumin and other aromatics for full-on flavour, was no less addictive.

2) Stir Fried Baby Kailan with Garlic ($8.30): simple and tasty with a garlicky accent, topped with fried shallots for a roasted sweetness.

3) Penang Assam Laksa ($8.30): a little unexpected. The heavy use of belachan made for a pungent finish, and it was enlivened with tangy pineapples, spicy cut chilli padi and peppery basil.

4) Penang Char Kway Teow ($8.30): deceptively spicy. Good wok hei, with plentiful eggs and beansprouts for a refreshing crunch. A must-try here.

5) Nasi Goreng Kampong Penang ($8.90): equally spicy, but its robust peppery heat is more of a slow burning one that hits you in the gut. The rice was well fried, with a rounded, full-bodied flavour. The piquant achar was a nice counter-balance.
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• 06 Apr 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Used to be better...

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Been here about 4 times a year, for the past 3-5 years (memory fails me) Personally their Penang laksa and Char kway teow used to be the highlights of my visit. My recent visit was plagued with disappointment. The Penang laksa isn't as thick and flavorful as it used to be. It has more of a tomato paste to it. There wasn't the deep, rich fish flavors. It has lost it's kick and I was left quite disappointed. Their Char Kway Teow though didn't fair too badly, but again fell slightly short of my expectations. I always boasted about their CKT but this time it wasn't hot, and the noodles were less springy. Flavor was alright, but it felt like it didn't justify, an already hard to accept, $8.50 for CKT. The prawn noodles however was not too bad, still upholding it's name. It did justice as one of the favorites. Tasty and rich in flavor and matched with a good chunk of spice. Still prefer beehoon mee to just mee alone. Balachan wings was well done, could have been served hotter (and possibly spicier)? but I am satisfied. no complaints. Nutmeg line was overly sweet, perhaps should have opted for the typical nutmeg drink to judge. Usually a good quencher I'm just hoping it was probably just an off day. Will pop by again months down the road, with fingers crossed.
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