Economy rice is found everywhere, as it’s to cater people who just want to grab a fast lunch or maybe dinner, and most importantly, not paying too much on it. It’s sorta Malaysian version of fast food, as in fast fast food. Hence, most economy rice stall are found in normal coffee shop only, without bother much about the place of dining.
However, Annathai Kitchen at Pulau Tikus, Penang is doing something different. Not only it’s located inside a house which give you some small little cafe style feeling when you are inside, it also serve Thai food instead of the normal Chinese food we found in most economy rice stall.
Due to LY is a Siam Laksa freak, and as long as it’s on the menu, she will order it. And yes, although Annathai Kitchen is selling economy rice, they do have a small menu for few other Thai dishes that you can order.
The Siam laksa here come with a very different setting from what you usually get when you order a bowl of noodle.Yea, we have to mix all the ingredients including the noodles ourself, and the only reasons I see them doing this is they can speed up their preparation time only. However, this had certainly lead to the noodles and ingredients are not hot enough when served, especially the soup is not piping hot too.
However, the Siam Laksa here is still good. It only cost RM3 but it taste really really good. LY even say that this is her favorite now as it taste much more better than the one at Tan Jetty.
I beg to differ though. Besides, although the first time we ate it was awesome, and when we return here after 2 weeks, the standard drop a lot. Consistency is very important for anyone in F&B business, and if you can’t freaking maintain your standard it’s a fail. All of us were disappointed one our 2nd trip and surely I will come back again once soon to see what happened in the next trip. (8.5 for 1st trip, 6.8 for 2nd trip)
The desert available here is the Glutinous Rice with Banana. My mum absolutely love it, but well, for me is just above average as I don’t really fancy this type of desert. 7.0/10
While LY is the Siam Laksa freak, Sam Lee is the Otak-Otak freak, which the one served here is awesome! The Otak-Otak is steamed and served in small metal bowls, and was top up with coconut milk and chili. The Otak-Otak is very soft, and taste superb! 8.9/10
The Roasted Minced Pork with Chili is a bit too salty for most of us though, but I still find that it’s nice, and I am thinking, it will be a good snack for beer. Weird? Yes I do think so but what the heck? 7.5/10
The curry mutton taste extremely good also. A superb dish to go with rice as the curry is really fragrant, and the meat is really tender. 8.6/10
I don’t know what is this called, but it’s crab meat and some other stuff cooked in the crab shell which taste nice too. 7.5/10
The Thai Pork Knuckle Rice is usually served with rice together, but since all of us are too full, we just opt for the meat. However, it just taste normal although the Thai chili paste are able to enhance it very much. 7/10
While we were eating happily, 1 of the waiter told us that their Vinegar Pork Knuckle is ready, and we should try it since it taste very very nice. So here it is, by far 1 of the best I had tried before. The pork knuckle is cooked until very very very tender, the gravy taste superb as it’s sour enough. This is how Vinegar Pork Knuckle should be cooked man! However, during our 2nd visit, it was not ready yet as we are too early. 9.8/10
I ordered another plate of Thai Chicken Rice just to try the taste which taste not bad too. 7.0/10
Total Damage: RM45 for 4 person (Sorry I lost the receipt hence unable to give the details of price for each dish)
Operating Hours: 10.30 AM to 2.30 PM, 5.30 PM to 9.30 PM
Location: Jalan Moulmein, Penang