rif has a tendency pf showing me pictures of his meals lately, including a dinner he had at Penang One when I was away in Sydney. His char kuay teow with duck egg cost RM10.90, which I got to enjoy the following week when I returned to KL.
There are two Penang One outlets — one in Puchong and the other, in Kota Damansara. We dined at the latter as it was nearer to home. The shoplot was fairly spacious with basic tables and chairs. Save for some pictures on the wall, the decor was quite spartan. Not that I cared, since I was there for the food. The char kuay teow (RM10.90) was fluffy with a creamy-rich flavour from the duck egg. That said, portion was a tad small and it could have done with more wok hei.
I ordered the Hokkien Mee (RM8.50) and found this to be quite good. The soup was aromatic, presumably because the prawn heads were fried for extra oomph before being cooked in broth. It was sweet, rich in flavour and delicious with my choice of yellow noodles and vermicelli. I would have liked for them to be more generous with ingredients, but that means a bowl would have to cost more than RM10.
The asam laksa wasn’t as great (RM8.50). While there was a good amount of fish flakes, the laksa broth wasn’t sour or spicy enough. Also, the noodles were a tad soft so they didn’t offer the lightly chewy texture I love in laksa noodles.
Do try the ais kacang (RM6.50) here, said to originate from Swatow Lane. I found this better than the original in Penang because the ice shaving was finer and absorbed the sweet syrups better. That night, the scoop of ice cream on top was peanut flavoured; my favourite ice cream flavour for ais kacang.
The bill came up to RM60 for three of us. Not exactly cheap, but it’s a good alternative if you’re craving Penang dishes. I’ll be back to try the chee cheong fun and curry mee next!
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Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Try the prawn mee and ais kacang.
16-1, Jalan PJU5/7,
47810 Kota Damansara,
Tel: 03-6151 1083
GPS Coordinates: N03 09.071 E101 3.396