My first family holiday was at Penang, when I was 12, fresh out of PSLE, intrigued by this little town very different from Singapore. And there was Gurney Drive, a food street famous for its roadside food stalls serving hawker food. The fried koay tiao, laksa and prawn noodles then were very different from what I was familiar with. But I fondly remembered those tastes.
Two decades later, a “Penang Kia” has brought over these memories from George Town to Suntec City, with the Heaf Chef Wong Thin Lipp and a team also coming from Penang.
So if you have a craving of lok bak, rojak, fried koay teow, hokkien prawn noodles and assam laksa, the fountain terrace can be where you want to head to. The ID and ambience could remind you of Old Town White Coffee, where they also serve breakfast and toast sets.
Of the many dishes I tried, I would recommend the Penang Rojak ($3.90) with a strong distinct flavour of ‘hae koh’ (fermented shrimp paste) that is a very much thicker and darker version. Along with crunchy you tiao and fruits and roots such as green mango, guava, pineapple and turnip, this makes a delicious starter to the meal ahead. Of course the dough stick is wiped out first.
I like my prawn mee stock to be thick, tasty, flavoursome and therefore this Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodles ($5.90) hits the right notes with me. The bowl had a mixture of bee hoon and yellow noodles, tender pieces of pork rib, huge prawns and generous serving of prawn head broth which I finished till the last drop.
The Penang Cendol is a must-have at $2.50, made up of shaved ice with generous drizzling of brown sugar syrup, rich coconut milk, green cendol jelly and red kidney beans. While I am constantly reminded of the calories pounded, this very lemak dessert is a good-to-share with friends.
This is really one place to satisfy your Penang cravings at so affordable prices. Did I mention I am already the mayor of this restaurant on FourSquares?
Gurney Drive Restaurant, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-058 Fountain Terrace, Suntec City Mall, Tel: +65 6336 8847 (Also available at Ang Mo Kio Jubilee Entertainment Centre)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm Daily