East Xiamen Delicacies
With tables made from antique sewing-machine stands, ageing
tile floors, overhead fans and scrolls for menus, this quaint little café is one of
Penang's most atmospheric. The food is equally interesting with tasty homestyle
recipes such as teochew lor ark (stewed duck)
eaten with rice or congee, mangkuang (vegetarian
dumplings stuffed with shredded yam-bean and chives, also known as
kuchai kueh) and kuang cheang
Teluk Anson (yam blended with groundnuts, wrapped in soya bean
skin and deep fried).
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Taman Emas Coffee Shop
A complete pain to find (you'll need the help of a local or a
particularly friendly taxi driver), but this is our choice for Penang's best laksa.
There are also a few minivendors here selling
popiah (spring rolls) and other
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At first glance this open cafe looks like any other popular
Chinatown establishment. On closer look you'll notice that patrons are dressed up -
button shirts and high heels. Once you try the food you'll understand. This is a
step up from the everyday delicacies of Chinatown - just when you thought it
couldn't get better, it did.
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