A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
Published June 30th 2016
Noodles and more- from Malaysia
Okay, this was something we did on a whim last Friday, finding ourselves in Central London for a meeting. With childcare being taken care of, my husband and I following our appointment, looked at where we could have a bite. Now, we have some tried and tested places in Central London we know where we won't be met with nasty surprises, either in taste or price. By tacit approval we headed towards one of those regular ones, when on the way we suddenly saw Penang! (yes the exclamation is their idea and not mine, at least not so early into the article!). Having made some favourable business trips to Malaysia years before, anything from that country always finds a soft corner in hubby's heart and I, being a foodie, am always open to something new.
Penang! is located in the Westfield shopping mall. We just walked in on Friday evening and though it seemed reasonably crowded, we found a table for two without much ado. For starters we tried the Malaysian roti flatbreads with dipping curry. It was quite tasty but seemed more Indian in origin. However, the mains more than made up for this. I was recommended the 'Char Kway Teow' which is a dish of rice noodles, cooked with soy sauce, prawns, chicken, beansprouts, spring onions, while my other half ordered a Prawn Mee Goreng, which apart from prawns, contains wok-fried noodles with sambal olek, spring onion, carrot, mange tout, beansprout and soy sauce. Both of these were perfect and were pronounced 'authentic' by him.
Whilst glancing at the menu card, I did see that the owner had also mentioned that apart from running his own restaurant another dream of his was to become a rock star! Well, that might explain the photo on their website, mentioning something about the fusion of food and song!
We didn't feel like dessert though I did see some about bananas fried in batter and drizzled with palm sugar. We (rather hubby) did end up having a little chat about all things Malaysian with the friendly head waiter from Malaysia. Seeing that I hadn't yet been there, he made hubby promise to take me there to sample even more authentic Malaysian cuisine. So, yes, I'm now hoping that I will be surprised with a holiday trip to Penang! (exclamation mine, this time!)