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Old Jul 14th 2011, 3:25 am
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I live near the Old City food court in Prima Tanjung and eat there quite often. I like the Century Egg Porridge, which I have for brunch quite a few times. The Thai stall next to the porridge stall has some of the best Pad Thai on the island according to my tastes. The Thai stall opposite has a great and spicey Chicken Cashew dish which I think is out of this world. It is my favorite at this food court. I also like the Curry Stingray claypot stall which is in the same area as the porridge and Thai stalls. He will make it as spicey as you like. Personally the spicier the better for me.

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Went down there on Monday and I had the Curry Stingray Claypot, asked for spicy, and it jolly well was Mr bakedbean tried the Pad Thai next door and said it was nice. But... it was sooooo hot down there. The foodcourt is virtually enclosed, a few roof fans going but there was a whole row of big industrial fans up one end and not one switched on, and that was a real hot evening. Like the food, but think they need to get their act together to make it more pleasant. There's so many other foodcourts to choose from - big competition.
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Old Aug 17th 2011, 10:04 am
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Do you find you keep eating the same old dishes in eateries? I think we're stick in the muds.

Went to Pang Hainan Seafood last night but just keeping ordering the same dishes... Sambal Kangkong with chillies, Fried Rice (more like a special fried rice) and Black Pepper Sotong. Very nice which is why we keep ordering it. Must branch out a bit though.
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Old Aug 17th 2011, 10:15 am
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In the old days my wife used to say that we...round eyes...don't know how to eat some Asian dishes. She was probably right, as the longer I'm here, the more I find dishes that I was not so keen on, now taste good...and I have become much more adventurous. I think getting used to some sights and smells help a bit also.
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Ya I think you're dead right there. I've recently learnt how to eat kangkung properly with a fork. What a fiddly little veggie that is Remember attempting to eat it with chopsticks at a bar in Singapore many years ago and I think it was stone cold by the time I'd got most of it consumed
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No never had trouble eating kangkung (Chinese spinach or swamp cabbage) with chopsticks. Lovely with cuttlefish or as kangkung belacan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_aquatica
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The Sambal Kangkong we have at Pang's definitely has belacan in it. Had it again last night.

Has anyone got any new eatery recommendations up on the northern part of Penang?

Anyone tried the restaurant that has replaced Yyu Yuan in Tg Bungah?

What's happened to the Yorkshire Cafe? I never got around to trying that one but, see from their facebook page, that they are "temporarily closed until further notice, in order that we can gain some peace and quiet to think, and hope to be able to move to a better area and environment"

Here's a kinda bizarre recommendation. We saw a place called Mizi's Bistro in the new Tesco complex (of all places) in Tg Pinang. Quite intrigued as it looked like one of those dreadful Harvesters that you used to get in the UK. It's also got some olde pub signs and pictures and ancient memorabilia like an old wind-up record player. The sad thing is that there's a bit that looks like "the bar" (it isn't) with a whole load of decorative wine bottles along the top, but when I inquired hopefully if they do wine, they said No Anyway, they do have beer and Guinness too. The food was pretty good if you fancy some British-cum-Western grub and big portions. I had a hybrid chicken stroganoff with green peppercorn sauce. Very filling lah. Anyway, it made a change.
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Anyone tried the restaurant that has replaced Yyu Yuan in Tg Bungah?
I'll answer my own question. We went there the other night. It's now called Kai Ma. The menu is very similar to when it was Yyu Yuan.. Chinese Dishes, local dishes. Beer available. Just okay lah.
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Any recommendations for places to eat around the Evergreen Laurel on Gurney Drive? Looking for cheap and cheerful, the less we spend on food the more we have for socialising. The food courts sound just the ticket, any nearby? I will treat myself to some of the other suggestions sometime too of course, as we will be there for the best part of a month.
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Kapitan is really good although don't expect to receive any kind of happy smiley service in there! This is opposite Gurney Beach Resort (next to where you are staying), which is next to Starbucks and around the corner from Subway.

Another few good cheap places are Song River (Chinese food and the best chicken in Penang!) and also Khaleel (Nasi Kandar) both on Gurney Drive - just a few minutes walk from Evergreen, just head in the direction of Gurney Plaza. Song River is on the corner and Khaleel a bit further down.

Also, right down the end of Gurney Drive next to Gurney Plaza, there are lots of hawker stalls to choose from.

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Thanks for that mate. We've now found out we are on a piddling £20 a day for food, so now looking for mega cheap places to eat in.
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£20 is a lot out here for food so you'll deffo do ok! Just stick with Gurney Hawker stalls and Kapitan and you'll be eating great for that.
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£20 is a lot out here for food so you'll deffo do ok! Just stick with Gurney Hawker stalls and Kapitan and you'll be eating great for that.
Aye, but the trick is to spend as little as possible on food and have the rest for drink . Thanks for the pics bud, looking forward to coming.
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If you're talking Drink as in Beer, some of these establishments don't have. I heard that Kapitan doesn't have booze - Indian muslim? Scrasey, does the Gurney Drive foodcourt have booze?

The trick is to look out for a Beer sign, usually Tiger or Carlsberg or Heineken, then you can be sure it's got alcohol. Or can always drink after you've ate I guess.

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Yes, there are few stalls in Gurney hawkers that sell cans of beer but you're right, Kapitan and any other muslim food place won't sell beer but usually there is somewhere else close by to get some.

Next to Kapitan there is the Roadhouse Grill which sell beer and there are tons of other places along Gurney Drive to get beer too.

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Average prices for a bucket of Tiger/Carlsberg (330 ml) in UPR is approx RM 45 for 5 bottles. RM 9 each. The posher the place, the more it goes up. Food courts and such like will be around RM 8 for standard bottles and RM 13.50 for the larger 640ml. A pint at QE2 is RM 20 net, at Soho, RM 17 net. be prepared because a night out on the beer can be expensive!!!
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