Steamed Sang Yu @ Billion Sungai Petani

There’s always a hidden gem everywhere, and this small little stall, located just outside 1 of the abandoned shopping mall (Billion) in Sungai Petani, is a true gem.

Ok la, it’s not really abandoned, just that instead that it’s a shopping mall with many retail shops in it, there’s only “The Store” departmental store inside. Most of the time it’s quite empty, since peeps in Sungai Petani will go to Tesco (we got 2 tesco here okay?!) or Giant for grocery, and Central Square if they want more. However, during festive seasons, those that hate crowd will come here since most places will be way way too overcrowded.

Well, guess it’s enough talk of shopping mall. This small stall is those that you won’t bother to give it a second look even if you walk past it. It’s only operate during dinner time, and are run by Chinese from China.

20110619 Steamed Sang Yu @ Billion Sungai Petani-11

They do served rice, but you should try their porridge when you are here. Although it’s just plain porridge, but the porridge itself is very damned smooth. Just superb if you eat it along with the main dish! 8.0/10

20110619 Steamed Sang Yu @ Billion Sungai Petani

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Mee Thajudeen @ Sungai Petani

Mee Thajudeen, definitely 1 of the most famous food in Sungai Petani. However, 1 might ask, what is Mee Thajudeen? Well, I don’t know LOL. I only refer it to as railway station mee goreng and Pasembor.

Both the mee goreng and Pasembor are known as the best here in Sungai Petani, and yes, they never disappoints me whenever I came.

The Pasembor, also known as Rojak (no not the Penang version of Rojak which uses fruits), but instead uses vegetables, potato, beancurd, prawn fritters and egg. It’s mainly down to the gravy that define a good plate of Pasembor. The gravy here is abit sweet though, and it’s blend really well with all the ingredients 7.0/10

Mee Thajudeen @ Sungai Petani-1

The mee goreng is good too. You can enhance the taste by adding a bit of lime, ask them to increase the spiciness and it will be really awesome. 7.1/10
Mee Thajudeen @ Sungai Petani-2

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Old Town Koay Chap @ Sungai Petani

Well well well, there is this 1 koay chap which is very famous in my hometown, but I never heard of it, neither I had the chance to eat it until recent time. Reason is, the operating time of the stall is absolutely out of the time I eat.

Well, firstly its only a small mobile stall, and the “ah pek” who sell it will ONLY slowly cycle it to it’s usual place at around 10 PM. It will then take around 20 minutes for him to set up the stall. However, the problem is, I was told that the “ah pek” only sell when he feels he want to, and there ain’t any indications on when is his off day or such.

Another problem is, it’s only a stall by the road side, so you can’t like say, wait at the coffee shop, order something to eat first while waiting for him and pray that he come. What you can do is, come at around 10.30 PM, if he is there, stopped and buy. If he is not there, then sorry, come another day.

Old Town Koay Chap @ Sungai Petani-2

HOWEVER, this will lead to another problem – waiting time. Just look at the picture above.  The crowd is usually at it’s peak at around 10.30 PM, and you will just have to stand and wait wait wait (usually around 30 minutes). The waiting time is not because the “ah pek” is working in slow motion, but rather because he do waste a lot of time doing nonsense which greatly slows down his speed. If you think you can come late to avoid the crowd, sorry to say that if you come after 11 PM, the chances of it sold out is very high.

Yes, you can come early (which I did), but if you are out of luck and the “ah pek” decided not to sell that day, then you have only yourself to be blame. I did come and waited there at around 9.50 PM, but the stall was no where to be seen. There was already 5 customer waiting there although the “ah pek” was not here yet. Luckily at around 10.10 PM, he was here. PHEW!

Since it’s only a mobile stall, all you can do is take away, and yes, for such a huge bowl, it only cost RM4.70! I opt for extra ingredient (as usual).

Old Town Koay Chap @ Sungai Petani-3

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Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani

Nasi Lemak stalls are everywhere, as almost anyone who can cook can simply set up a small stall by the road. Basically no set up cost is needed, since one can use their house dining table for the stall, plates for putting the dishes, and most important, usually just a few dish will suffice. However, it’s very rare that these types of stall will success as usually they won’t have enough business and hence enough revenue to cover their cost of cooking materials. I don’t know if it’s because their cooking sucks, or did they think that it’s really so easy to simply just set up 1 stall in front of their house and expect customers to fly in.

HOWEVER, there is this 1 stall, just outside Cinta Sayang Golf & Country resort, whose business is really growing rapidly. Initially, they are also just another nasi lemak stall by the road side, but their business boom in just 1 year ++ and from just 1 more stall, it became something like this.

2010.03.28 Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani-4

Amazingly, all their workers are also wearing uniforms! How professional! Besides uniform, this nasi lemak stall is clean too especially if you compare to their competitors. Well, sometimes I do think, referring them as a stall might be a bit underestimating them, but it’s ain’t a restaurant either.

2010.03.28 Nasi Lemak Cinta Sayang @ Sungai Petani-3

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Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani

Since Kedah is located by the border of Malaysia and Thailand, and since it’s only 2 hours ++ of driving from Sungai Petani to the border, there are loads of Thai people who had stay in Malaysia permanently and are setting up restaurants selling Thai food, which is good for me since I love hot spicy and sour food! However, not all Thai people are good in cooking Thai food (just as many Malaysians don’t know how to cook), and luckily, there are a few restaurant here that serve some nice Thai food.

The owner of this stall actually shifted few place when they just started business, and finally they had settle down here at Restaurant 398 at Taman Intan for some time. I still love their Thai style steamed fish here. They use charcoal to make sure the soup of the fish is always hot. You can also always ask for extra soup if you wish, as that’s what I do all the time, as I absolutely love it. Thanks to the chef choosing not to skip the ingredients, the soup is wonderful, hot spicy and sour enough, although there’s sometime I wish it was even more spicy. Besides, they do have white cabbage under the fish, which is really nice. 8.0/10

2010.03.27 Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani-1

Besides the fish, the otak-otak here is something I love too. Again, thai style otak-otak is totally different from Malaysia version one, as they use more seafood to cook it instead of fish only. Thai style otak-otak usually have prawns, squid, fried fish and sometimes even crab meat inside. Marvelous! I actually love the otak-otak itself more rather than all the seafood in it. 8.3/10

2010.03.27 Restaurant 398 Thai Food @ Sungai Petani-4

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Bi Ah Dong (Mabrown) Restaurant @ Sungai Petani

Bi Ah Dong? Mabrown? I always find that this restaurant name is very funny. In Chinese the restaurant was read as “We Ye Tong”, or “Bi Ah Dong” in Hokkien, but in English it was known as Mabrown, and which I always read as “Mabolo” when I was still small, err….what? Well, in any case, this restaurant had started their business for a long time already, as long as Restaurant Sai Gao, and if not mistaken, they are 1 of the 1st restaurant in Sungai Petani that provide air-corn room for their customers.

However, in terms of customers, Sai Gao always had the upper hand. I had also notice most of the time Sai Gao is the first choice of most customers, and only if they can’t find a place there then they will only opt for Restaurant Bi Ah Dong. Besides, whenever Sai Gao is off, the business here will be tremendously good.

However, I still love both restaurant, and I find that both of them got their specialties that make me always come back to them.

They had a few ready cooked dishes, such as those you found in economy rice stall, and the beancurd below is 1 of them. Although it’s cold already (duh obviously) but it still taste nice. Even though the skin is not crispy, but the gravy is good. I take it as an appetizer before my meal. 7.5/10

2010.03.26 Restaurant Bi Ah Dong @ Sungai Petani-2

The eggplant is another ready made dish. However, I find that it’s so-so only as it’s a bit tasteless. But still, ok la. 6.2/10

2010.03.26 Restaurant Bi Ah Dong @ Sungai Petani-3

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