龙珠饼

Dragon pearl biscuitsThey are not the most famous Penang tau sar pneah , but I find that their version (called dragon ball biscuits) is less dry compared to the likes of Ghee Hiang, and these biscuits retained the fragrance that I look for when I bite into the traditional Penang cookie. Him Heang is supposedly much much better (no individual packing) but was just a little far from where I was. Just not meant to be I guess 🙂

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黑糖饼

Brown sugar cookiesI haven’t seen these biscuits or tasted them for aeons. They are not too sweet, with a distinctive molasses flavour, and a soft crumbly crust. Perfect with a good cup of chinese tea in the afternoon while chatting with my mum! And they can be quite addictive too. I should have bought more when I had the chance.

trusty beef kway teow in penang

Penang beef kway teowPenang beef kway teow (dry)
I am not sure if this is the *best* beef kway teow in Georgetown, Penang but it sure did it for me as a hearty, no-fuss breakfast item along with some local kopi (coffee) with condensed milk. Every item in the bowl is cooked perfectly, the broth is light and clean, and none of the flavours in the bowl is too dominant. This is what “balance” is all about when it comes to a bowl of soupy beef kway teow with all the lovely spare parts (offal). I chanced upon this without any guide books when I visited the island a few years ago and the stall is still run by the same family and taste just as good. It’s located right opposite the bomba station along Lebuh Pantai in a small coffeeshop called Nam Ah. Apparently the deep fried oyster omelet and deep fried oyster cakes (another stall in the same kopitiam) are pretty good too but I guess they only open later in the day – my loss since I had to leave the island today. If you are looking for a more robust, powerful beefy kinda broth in your beef kway teow with a distinctive coriander aroma, the stall at New Lane rocks, and they have some good tendon in the mix too! Also, if you happen to be there, order the BBQ stingray on banana leaf and the curry chee cheong fun. Didn’t get to try the 猪杂粥 but it sure looked damn good to me 🙂

penang pepper biscuits

Ng-Kee pepper biscuitsthis is the famous pepper biscuits from Ng-Kee along Lebuh Cintra: 伍记咸切酥. Still pretty much the same flavours and texture that I remembered loving as a kid. Savoury, peppery and crunchy. I finished almost the entire packet in one seating! And I do think that it’s far more superior than the ubiquitous (and more popular) tambun pneah (mung bean biscuits).