Friday, May 09, 2014

Penang Culture at Century Square

The last hearty meal I had at a restaurant, before I gave birth to my girl. Had a meal with my hubby's extended family, for an early Mother's Day celebration. Good thing also, for I gave birth on Mother's Day itself.

I was excited at the prospect of dining here because I've always been curious about Penang cuisine, aside from the famed Assam Laksa. Another reason was that I sorely missed having the Assam Laksa,


Teh 'O'

My hubby's favourite drink order. Love the 'old skool' style teacups. Even the spoons.

Hot Yuan Yang

A coffee-tea mix. Typical of me to be unable to decide between the 2. So I chose this.

Iced Milo Float

Ordered this for Kiddo. Or was it my Hubby? Because I will never order for him a drink as sinful as this (note the ice-cream) as part of his meal.

Vitagen - part of Kid's set meal

I wasn't aware of the Vitagen being part of the kid's meal and ordered the iced Milo for Kiddo. After the luscious drink, he naturally rejected the Vitagen.

I saw that they also have this drink that's unique to Penang. The Ampla juice (buah long long/kedongdong). Slightly sweet, sour and pretty tart. I think it comes down to personal preference. I don't really fancy it. I don't mind the actual fruit, though.

Penang Rojak

Mix of fresh fruits and vegetables in spicy prawn-paste sauce with ground peanuts. The sauce wasn't as spicy as I prefer. Also have pieces of cuttlefish.

I much prefer those rojak at hawker centres. More kick.

Kiddo's meal - 
Sweet & sour fish + nuggets + rice + Vitagen$7.65

Other items on the Kid's menu are:

Kid's Nasi Lemak - Fried belachan wings + rice + broccoli + Vitagen - $7.65

Penang Kway Teow soup + Vitagen - $6.95

From the 'Specialty Rice' menu

Black Pepper Beef w/ rice - $8.95

My helper's choice. She's the type who wants to eat white rice for dinner so she chose something out of the 'Specialty Rice' menu.

Penang Thai Apple Chicken w/ rice - $6.95

Very interesting dish. The sauce taste like a milder version of the typical sweet & sour, anyway.  Just that the addition of green apples made it more interesting.

Nasi Lemak is the typical fried chicken-ikan bilis-omelette combo, save that the one here also comes with Nyonya achar.

From the 'Wok-Fried' menu

Penang Special Fried Rice - $7.65

Hubby's nephew was busy picking out any veggies he saw on that plate. Pretty mild dish. Kids will like it, I guess.

Fried Glass Noodles - $7.65

This honestly don't look filling to me. I think I will order a side of plain rice to eat with this instead. Like the Korean 'japchae'.

From the 'Noodles' menu

Penang Assam Laksa - $6.95

Ahh… My long awaited bowl (literally waited long because they almost missed out my order).

I love the rice noodles they use here. Rough, wavy and thicker type, supposedly imported from Penang. Makes this a very filling dish. However, I wished there are more greens; like the one I had back in Banquet Eastpoint.

The gravy is such 'umami' goodness. Spicy, tangy with chunks of mackerel floating around. Love it.

We also Belachan Chicken wings (Har Cheong Kai), Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Premium Crayfish Prawn noodles but they were far away from me that time. I won't be easy for me to waddle there and bend over the table with my heavily pregnant belly (did I mention that I gave birth the next day?).

You can check out their menu HERE 

Penang Culture
2 Tampines Central 5
#04-11/12 Century Square
Singapore 529509.
Tel: 6789 8180.
Operation Hour: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Last order at 9.30 p.m.).