Our first visit with great anticipation.
We have got a $30 worth of voucher to spend and after glance through the menu, we decided to skip the side dishes as well as the desserts and to order Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee ($6.20)
, Penang Fried Kway Teow ($6.20)
, Assam Laksa ($5.90) and Penang Curry Mee ($8.90)
together with a regular Iced Coffee ($2.80).
The Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee came first. It served with a spoonful of chilli sauce aside. I poured it in then mixed it well with the bee hoon and yellow noodle. It is the authentic Penang style of serving a mixture of bee hoon and yellow noodle in prawn broth. It came together with sliced lean meat, sliced fish cake, a piece of pork rib, 2 pieces of medium sized prawns and a handful of bean sprouts. Though the prawn broth might not be as concentrated as expected but it tasted pretty close to the real thing that i had at Gurney Drive in Penang.
The Penang Fried Kway Teow served soon after. It might not be able to compete with Ah Leng Char Kwoy Teow over at Penang but it tasted rather nice as compared to others that i tried in Singapore. The slices of lup cheong were sliced in thin slices and nicely fried to release its fragrance. It was fried with egg, bean sprouts, chinese chives, cockles and slices of fish cake. It got a hint of slight wok hei and it might be even nicer if it is a little spicier. I do not remember finding cockles in those fried kway teow eaten over at Penang so i guess cockles were added to better suit the taste of the locals. This was one of the better version i have tried in Singapore.
Next, came the Assam Laksa. The noodle resembled those that i had in Penang hence it gotten me all excited. The first mouthful was a disappointment. It did not have the pungent taste of sourness and spiciness as compared to those that i had in Penang. It would be nicer if the portion of shredded fish meat was a little generous too. The dish was garnished with mint leaves that complimented the slices of red onions, cucumber and pineapple rather well. It served with a spoonful of a prawn paste aside, a typical Penang style. The prawn paste is not as thick and concentrated as compared to those in Penang.
Lastly, the Penang Curry Mee came. A reasonable portion of bee hoon and yellow noodle served in curry sauce. The curry sauce is different from what we have in Singapore. The taste of coconut is in a greater proportion then the curry paste. The spiciness was rather mild. Ingredients like pieces of cuttlefish, tau pok, chicken can be found in it. The dish was garnished with mint leaves as well.
Amongst all, the Iced Coffee reminded me the most of Penang. It was the typical white coffee commonly available there.
It was still a satisfying lunch somewhat.
Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee ($6.20)
Penang Fried Kway Teow ($6.20)
Assam Laksa ($5.90)
Penang Curry Mee ($8.90)
Iced Coffee ($2.80)
Gurney Drive @ Ang Mo Kio
Date of Visit: 2012-03-27