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Somewhere in July, I was at the REAL Penang Gurney Drive - the must visit outdoor seafront hawker centre boasting the best local food-fare Penang has to offer. I remembered rampaging through the long stretch of food stalls trying to find the most authentic Gurney Char Kway Teow, Asam Laksa, Rojak, Chendol, Poh Piah, Curry Noodles, Nasi Kandar, Satay... and the list goes on. But as Fawn can testify on my behalf, I kindda lost my sense of taste in Malaysia's Food Paradise. No thanks to one of the more deadly flu I contracted. Though I was eating, I wasn't really tasting. And I sometimes wonder if I felt more sorry for myself or for Fawn, cause I supposed my lack of appetite rubbed off a little on her.

Gurney Drive Restaurant at Suntec Fountain Terrace

Authentic looking floor tiles

Having learnt that Gurney Drive Restaurant opened their second outlet in Suntec City receiving positive reviews, I figured I had to get Fawn out to reminisce our good times in Penang. There's a certain joy in that gal when it comes to good food. While hunting down the restaurant around Suntec Fountain Terrace, I was actually surprised that it was an actual restaurant, occupying a decent floor area. For the average price of SGD$5.50 per dish, I speculated the outlet to be in the Fountain Terrace Food Court! Considering my usual economic rice these days cost SGD$4, I was presently pleased with the ambiance and price tag

We started off the main dishes to share:
Penang Char Kway Teow

The chef uses a homemade chilli paste to bring out the flavours of the dish, known to food lovers as the ‘white’ version of the noodles. This dish, in my opinion is the Must Eat. You haven't really eaten Penang street food till you've eaten a good plate of Penang Char Kway Teow!

Penang Asam Laksa

But Penang food lovers will tell you that you haven’t tried Penang street food until you’ve had Penang Asam Laksa! The dish consists of ingredients like mackerel, shreds of sardine, ginger flower, laksa leaves and assam; served with a generous dollop of prawn paste to make a very aromatic and tangy dish. Gurney Drive Restaurant's Asam Laksa was right in the ally of a powerful mix of sour, spicy and sweet. It leaves a very satisfying after taste.

Penang Lor Bak

It was between the Rojak or the Lor Bak and we choose the latter simply cause it sounded more mysterious. We later found out that it was another fancy name for Ngoh Hiang!
Wrapped with a crispy beancurd skin, these Ngoh Hiang rolls came chock-full of chunky strips (rather than the usual minced meat) of tender pork marinated with five-spice power, garlic and leek.

Ice Kachang - Seen here with crushed peanuts toppings

Ice Kachang - Seen here with slices of nutmeg?!?!

We left room for dessert, and it was a fight between Chendol or Ice Kachang. But on second look into the ingredients of the Ice Kachang which had toppings of crushed peanuts and thin slices of nutmeg, we decided to give it a shot. Personally, the unique toppings didn't quite do justice, but you generally can't go wrong with shaved ice sweetened with sugar syrup (flavoured Sarsi, Rose and this Green stuff), milk and sweetcorn

But the best item for me was actually the Ampla Juice or lovingly called "Buah Long Long" in Penang! Served with crushed ice, the "Buah Long Long" fruit is mixed with a sour plum and is known to contain antioxidants and is high in Vitamin C. Sourish on the first few sips but definitely refreshing overall.

If not for anything else, I will be back for the Ampla Juice going at SGD$2.50. A superb deal, considering what you pay for bubble tea these days!

Still there are lots on the menu worth checking out, such as the grill items, Rojak and Cuttlefish Kang Kong.

Category: Food and Drinks

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