#453 EATS @ Balik Pulau, Penang

Posted by swisscheese on Jan 12, 2016 in assam laksa, pau, penang, siamese laksa, soya beancurd |

Balik Pulau Laksa

I have been wanting to write about Penang for awhile but never got to it because I had so much to write about the countries I went to last year. Well, I went to Penang twice and during both times, I managed to try all the good eats at Balik Pulau.

Balik Pulau

Kim’s Laksa 金叻沙
Kim Seng Kopitiam
20, Jalan Sungai Air Putih,
11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
+60 12-428 6235

Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa
Balik Pulau Laksa

As they say, “the grass always always greener at the other side”. The greener side of Penang is no doubt Balik Pulau as there are much more trees and undeveloped lands here. People usually drive to Balik Pulau to consume durians during the good season and of course to also eat the highly raved laksa. Assam Laksa (5th & 6th pictures) can be found in many places at Penang but I had my first and second encounter with Siamese Laksa (3rd & 4th pictures) at this quaint little town. If you know Singaporean food very well, you should know that Singapore is famous for their coconut-based curry laksa. On the other hand, tamarind-based assam laksa is highly sought after in Penang. You can have the best of both worlds with siamese laksa as it is a mixture of coconut milk and tamarind based. Thus, the laksa is creamier than assam laksa but less tangy than assam laksa. The ingredient that gave the siamese laksa the X factor is the thick sweet prawn paste. I really enjoyed this dish the most out of the two laksa dishes. Each bowl costs RM3.50 regardless of the flavour. What I love about Penang is the variety of fresh juices available such as Ambra Juice, Lime Juice (the picture below) and Nutmeg Juice (the last picture above). I believe I had nutmeg juice in my first trip there and shared lime juice and ambra juice with Crystal on my second trip there and it was slurpilicious!

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On the opposite side of the coffeeshop, there is a portable stall serving cuttlefish with kang kong / 鱿鱼应菜 topped with peanuts. We got the small serving size for RM10. I have never tried anything like that before so I concluded that the dish is delectable on both my visits. However, Crystal had food poisoning and my stomach was churning after our meal here. We are unsure if this is because of our multiple tries of different assam laksa dishes we had that day or was it because of the assam laksa served in this coffee shop or whether it is due to this cuttlefish dish. On my first trip to Penang, nothing like that happened though.

Opens Thursday to Sunday
Payment Methods: Cash Only!

驰名黑糖包

Balik Pulau Pau
Balik Pulau Pau
Balik Pulau Pau
Balik Pulau Pau
Balik Pulau Pau
Balik Pulau Pau

2-3 stalls away from Kim Seng Kopitiam lies a famous Chinese bun shop selling the different types of pau such as Black Sugar Pau / 黑糖包 (RM1), Sweet Potato Pau / 香薯包 (RM1), Pumpkin Pau / 南瓜 (RM0.60) and Coconut Pau with Black Sugar / 椰子 (RM1.30). Just the sight and aroma of it is already appealing so you can imagine how I ended my meal sweetly with these mild desserts – Totally love it!

Beancurd

Balik Pulau Beancurd
Balik Pulau Beancurd
Balik Pulau Beancurd
Balik Pulau Beancurd

Near the carpark of Kim Seng Coffee Shop, there is another portable stall which sells fresh soya milk and soya beancurd for RM2.30. This dessert totally refreshes our palate when we were sweating buckets.

It is amazing that we managed to find many hidden jems in this laidback town. I will be writing about the activities to do at Balik Pulau so stay tuned!

*swisscheese

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