Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Penang Seafood Restaraunt, Geylang Lor 25 (next to Aljunied MRT)

 Penang Assam Laksa - one of the few dishes that make me salivate just thinking about it. After having my virgin bowl of good assam laksa in Petaling Jaya, the search began!

After being to Gurney Drive Restaurant (GDR) and trying the abhorrent one at Laksania Express,  learnt of the 'bestestest assam laksa' in Singapore, and reliably endorsed by Penangites and other food bloggers as well. Even better news - it's a 30 second walk out from Aljunied MRT - woot!

 I know of this place thanks to my sister who one day had an intense craving, googled 'best assam laksa in Singapore', found this place and has probably gone back at least 5 times. She was born in Penang, so no nonsense here!

 Of their 6-7 page menu of zi char items which are all supposedly straight out of Penang, the first page proudly presents the 3 dishes people like us are looking for - Penang Assam Laksa, Penang style Char Kway Teow, and Penang style Prawn Mee. Oh please let it be!

{ Penang Assam Laksa ($4.50 / 5.50 for Small / Large) }

 And then it came, and I was like, "Wait, is it supposed to be this colour?", and  was like "YES". Apprehensive, I stirred and slurped and soon found out ... that this was leagues better than I expected. Better than the one I had in PJ, better than GDR, this - was - the - shit said it was 100% authentic and even better than some she had back in Penang, how is that even-- mind blown!

 Soury and very spicy, super rich and full of flavour, I'm quite literally salivating looking at the photos again as I type. Noodles were thin and soft yet firm, which was perfect with the thick gravy. And the generous portions of mackerel going so well in the sour gravy, and the veges and cucumber for the crunch in between. Why oh why do I stay so far from Aljunied??!?!!

 I'm still amazed by how much fish there is in the soup! The very gao sour-ish soup infused with the fragrance of shrimp paste assured many tears of joy were wept. I can also confirm that both of us cleaned our bowls dry.

 And it's only $4.50 for a small (but still substantial) bowl - less than what some places are charging for the local version.

{ Penang Fried Kway Teow ($5 / 7.50 / 10 for Small / Medium / Large }

 Unable to resist, we ordered another plate of char kway teow to compare, and it was super duper awesome as well. Not too oily despite the liberal-ness of lard, ultra-fragrant and tantalizingly delicious, lots of stuff in it for just $5. Definitely better than GDR.

 Ooh this CKT was really nice and smokey ('wok hei'). For a 'small' plate this was actually quite a large portion, even more so after finishing up an entire bowl of assam laksa each!

 I weep as I walk away from one of the few restaurants in Singapore serving food true to or even better than that from it's origin, and for the price you cannot get any better than this. Even comes with the ambience of a small Penang restaurant. Whole-ley-crap.

Penang Seafood Restaurant
76, Geylang Lorong 25 

HGW Link (44% recommended at time of posting - what's wrong with these people??!?!!) : http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/penang_food_restaurant/
Rating (out of 4) : 

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