It’s not my first time to Pulau Tikus to search for good hawker fare, but this time I must say I am more prepared, having done some homework on what’s good to eat here prior to the trip. 😉 4 years ago, I was staying at the nearby G Hotel & a taxi driver recommended us this upper class residential neighbourhood for good food but we didn’t manage to eat anything marvellous then.
This round, with another friend, we took the public bus 101 (bus fare MYR1.40 each) from the bus stop outside Copthorne Orchid Hotel where we were staying for our first night. The ride took less than half an hour & it was pretty easy to spot Pulau Tikus because I could still roughly recognise the building housing Baskin Robbins / Haagen Dazs along Jalan Burma.
The coffee shop where the famous Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng is located wasn’t as easy to find though. After asking some locals & trying to search for Jalan Burma under the hot sun, we finally arrived at Seng Lee Cafe (280, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia). Located at the junction of Jalan Burma and Bangkok Lane, the cafe, or kopitiam like what the locals say, is pretty small. Even around 2pm, it was crowded & we could see almost every table with a plate of Mee Goreng.
We ordered a plate of Mee Goreng (Tambah Sotong at MYR7/ S$2.40) to share (so that we can try more food later). When our Mee Goreng (spicy version) came, we thought the food looked good, with generous serving of vegetables & sotong (Malay word for “cuttlefish”). It sure looked appetizing! 😉
For those who know me well, Indian food is usually not my preferred choice of food. But this plate of Mee Goreng was so flavourful that I didn’t need to force it down my throat. 😛 The chilli was not overly spicy, the sotong was chewy & tasty, best of all, it didn’t feel too greasy! No wonder Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng has been popular for so long! My friend also ordered an Iced White Coffee from the kopitiam drinks stall & she commented it was the best white coffee throughout the trip.
After this satisfying meal, we headed to the Rainforest Cafe just next to Seng Lee, as it looked rather cosy in an old-school shophouse setting when we passed by earlier. We decided to share a slice of Red Velvet Cake & a glass of Iced Peach Tea for myself.
We sat in the indoors section of the cafe (with air-conditioner & ceiling fan) but it still felt warm, probably because the vintage-style doors are open, with alfresco dining area in the centre. I can’t remember the exact price of the items we had, but I remember the bill came close to MYR25. Sadly, it’s $ gone down the drain because the cake was just too dry for our liking. Though it looked pretty, it wasn’t nice at all, so lesson learnt: don’t judge a cake by its appearance. 😦 Iced Peach Tea was just refreshing for such hot weather, but I guess it’s really hard to go wrong with this beverage, isn’t it?
After that we did try a small plate of Char Kway Teow at another coffeeshop (think it’s called Hup Kee) near the building where Baskin Robbins is for MYR4. It’s OK but not fantastic. Maybe due to the unbearable heat, we were kind of under the weather & didn’t feel like stuffing ourselves with more food. Furthermore, not many coffee shops were open in mid afternoon. Hence, I shall continue the food hunting in Pulau Tikus for the next Penang trip! 🙂