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Penang Kitchen

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

Thu - Tue: 11:00 - 15:00

Thu - Tue: 16:00 - 21:00

Closed: Wed

+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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  • Prawn Noodle3 votes
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08 Oct 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

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.
12 Jun 2013 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Cheap and good

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.
06 Apr 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Used to be better...

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.
02 Feb 2012 • 3 reviews • 1 follower

Charming place nestled in D10 with good Penang food!

After coming across a blog recommendation on this place (http://sharefaveatsalways.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-no1-fav-penang-eats-penang-kitchen.html), we headed there today to try it out.

We reached there nearly 7pm; it was almost packed. We managed to get a corner table next to the glass panel. There were many recommendations (newspapers' cuttings, screenshots from famous TV shows, etc.). There were even some photos of TV stars/artistes on their walls.

Taking the recommendations from the blogger, we selected the Penang assam laksa, lor bah, & Penang char kway teow. We were asked whether we wanted our CKT spicy or not. Of course, spicy! Then we saw that they have Penang kueh pie tee and decided to order a serving to try too. We saw that the menu has drinks which we think are probably peculiar to Penang; iced nutmeg lime and Penang coffee.

We were served cups of plain water together with our drinks order and the Kueh Pie Tee. The server hinted that the Kueh Pie Tee is a new snack being offered. We tried it; it has a nice minced garlic & chilli sauce for it...tasted awesome! Our serving of 6 were finished in no time!

The lor bah and assam laksa came next. Lor bah was nice and crisp with a good balance of lean/fatty pork in it...it goes well with the sweet sauce and chilli! Would be nice if they served beer... The bowl of assam laksa seemed small in size but its filled to the brim with chunks of fish, noodles, pineapples....the soup tasted great; not too sour nor too fishy. It also tasted like it has been boiled for a long time... Before long, our CKT arrived...it smelled aromatic and it tasted really good! After the meal, we thought it was indeed a good recommendation from the blog.

Considering that it is nestled among the prestigious D10 landed houses, there seemed to be no shortage of well-dressed customers coming in to collect their takeaways. We even overheard that there were 2 drivers who came to pick up the food for their bosses.

Service was prompt. Overall, a good find!

26 Jan 2012 • 1 review • 12 followers

Slight Overhype of food

I visited this place under the recommendation of my friends who raved about their laksa. I tried it, it was good, although a little too sour for my liking. My partner tried the noodle soup, but it was only so-so. We also ordered a plate of no hiang to share, but it wasn't the best we have eaten.

I would visit again, but don't get too excited by reviews of the place.