The Hawker Street @ Taman Desa & Penang Koay Teow Kitchen @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

April 3, 2015

The Hawker Street strives to be a credit to Penang; it received a reasonable measure of endorsement from our companions who were born on or studied on the island, making it a serviceable stop for customers who crave northern comfort cooking.

The menu remains limited; assam laksa (RM6.90) tops the list, hitting the right notes for harmonious proportions of tangy, sweet & savoury nuances. It does kinda take us back to 1999, to the backstreets of Georgetown on a Sunday afternoon.

Curry Mee comes topped with cockles & prawns for RM6.90 too; if you feel like a splurge, the Premium Hokkien Mee is loaded with prawns, pork spare ribs & boiled egg slices for RM17.90. There may be a nagging sense that the food could stand to still be more robust; the broths tend to be light. Snacks include lor bak (RM4.90) while pat poh herbal tea is the beverage highlight.

Not far from The Hawker Street, another Penang-inspired stop opened recently, vowing to also dish out authentic street eats.

 Penang Koay Teow Kitchen's assam laksa clocks in at RM4.50 & is a fair purchase for the price, thanks to its thick fish base.

Our other orders missed the mark however; the duck koay teow soup left scant impression (though for just RM7.50, it wasn't a rip-off), while the duck egg fried koay teow (RM8.50) was a wan shadow of the best renditions. We'd probably pass on the D24 Durian Popiah too - reheated to order & artificial-tasting at best - & search somewhere for the real fruit.

 The Hawker Street
33 Jalan 109F, Plaza Danau 2, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-10pm

Penang Koay Teow Kitchen
19-G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur

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