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Ka Bee Cafe, Penang

Ka Bee Cafe, Penang

Ka Bee Café in Weld Quay, Penang is said to serve one of the best tom yam noodles in Penang Island, a claim that got me excited and eager to pay them a visit. The shoplot is small and basic, but it is what they offer on the menu that matters – piping hot bowls of noodles and rice porridge, customizable according to one’s preference.


Old school coffeeshop


Deep fried items — mantis prawns and fried fish pieces

English isn’t spoken much here; you have to rely mostly on Hokkien or Mandarin, both I happen to be hopeless at. But perseverance gets me somewhere and in this case, it yielded me piping hot bowls of tom yam and fish noodles. The former was really good stuff – spicy, sour and relatively thick, with a good aroma from the kaffir leaves.


Tom yam noodles with deep fried mantis prawns and fried fish pieces


Instant noodles, cooked just right

I added fried fish pieces, deep fried mantis prawns, fish balls and pork balls into the tom yam. You get a few choices of noodles such as vermicelli, yellow noodles, kuay teow and instant noodles – the instant noodles seemed to be a crowd favourite and rightly so. This was cooked just right so the texture was still springy.


Fish noodle soup


Fresh fish slices

The fish noodle soup was also good stuff, where the broth was sweet from the stock and fish slices. I liked how they add deep fried garlic and oil, as this gave the dish a lovely aroma and flavour. The couple at the next table had a bowl of rice porridge which looked and smelt terrific, so I ordered one to try.


Rice porridge


With minced pork and fish slices for extra flavour

For this, I asked for minced pork and fish slices and it turned out to be a good choice. Both rif and I aren’t fans of porridge but Ka Bee’s version was delicious from the addition of meat, fish and fried garlic bits. I wouldn’t mind having this again and maybe, with some large prawns for more oomph.


Made to order

The bill wasn’t cheap though – the tomyam noodles came up to RM11.50 per bowl while the other two items were priced at RM9 each. That said, it was a good lunch and one I wouldn’t mind having when I’m in Penang again. :)

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 7.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I found the noodles pretty good, especially the tomyam. Give this a try when you’re at Weld Quay, but be prepared to fork out a sum if you opt for premium items.

Ka Bee Café
9A, Seh Chiew Jetty,
Weld Quay, George Town,
Business hours: 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm
(close Sunday)

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Restaurant 38, Old Klang Road

Restaurant 38, Old Klang Road

Two Indonesian helpers work behind the hot station at Restoran 38 in Old Klang Road, blanching noodles in hot water and tossing them in dark sauce or soup. They’re loud and cantankerous, almost as though the customers owe them a living. But that’s how they’ve always been apparently – grumpy but harmless.


The ladies in charge

It was my first visit but rif has been here a few times with his colleagues, and decided to bring me here for what Restoran 38 is famous for; the fishball noodles. We placed an order with one of the helpers, smiling politely despite their demeanour because they are after all, the ones behind these piping hot bowls of deliciousness.


Cooking station


We ordered the dry and soup version to try

You only get two options here – soup or dry – but what you also get is your choice of noodles (hor fun, vermicelli, yellow noodles or lai fun). We went for the hor fun, one cooked dry style and the other, with soup. The fishballs are more of a highlight if you ask me; firm yet springy and seasoned just enough to allow us to still taste the fish.


Kon lo (dry) noodles with minced pork and dark sauce

Between the dry and soup noodles, I enjoyed the former better. Silky strands of hor fun tossed in a mix of oil, soy sauce and dark sauce, topped with a spoonful of savoury minced pork and a sprinkle of chopped scallions. A bowl of fishballs in soup is served at the side. Basic stuff, but it is sometimes the simple things in life that excites.


The fishballs are a highlight here


Kuay teow soup

The soup version also comes with minced pork and chopped scallions; I reckon this is ideal for those who prefer soupy noodles. Eat this with some chopped cili padi and soy sauce for extra oomph. At least I do so because I like fiery accents from the chilli.


Smooth texture

Each bowl of noodles cost RM6 (small) – not too shabby a price and the food is pretty good. Give this a try if you happen to be around the area; this coffeeshop is located near Pearl Point Shopping Mall.


Fuss free interior

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Pretty good fishball noodles but the ladies manning the stall can be rather cranky.


Restoran 38

Restoran 38 Fishball Noodles
No. 38, Jalan Sepadu,
Off Jalan Klang Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Bankara Ramen, Avenue K

Bankara Ramen, Avenue K

There’s just something about ramen that I find appealing – springy noodles in thick pork broth, laced with sesame oil and topped with meltingly tender pork slices. Just the thought of it makes me salivate. While I haven’t tried every single ramen bar in town, I do have a few favourites such as Bankara Ramen in Avenue K.


Located on Level 2, Avenue K


Bankara Signature Ramen, with pork belly and char siu

It gets a tad crowded during lunch hour, so meals here are generally quick. We tried the Bankara Signature Ramen, where the broth is made using pork bones and shoyu. The noodles had a good bite; different from the types of ramen noodle I’m accustomed to. I liked the pork belly it came with, as each bite was tender, terrifically seasoned and tasty from the fat.


Love the noodle texture!


Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen is also fairly popular, a sumptuous, milky broth attained by long-cooking the pork bones. The noodles are thinner but just as toothsome, complemented by the fatty slices of char siu.


Springy noodles in rich pork broth

I can’t decide which is better between the two, but I’m more of a milky broth person so I would still pick the Tonkotsu Ramen. If you like your soup less fatty but just as flavourful, then the Bankara Signature would be ideal.



Gyoza is also available although it was nothing to shout about. It does however make a good snack to go with the ramen, especially if you’re a big eater. Note that MSG level is fairly high – I felt thirsty after an hour or so. But I would still go back as the ramen is good.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5.5/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: One of the better ramen places in town, I reckon.


Bankara Ramen
2nd Floor,
Avenue K
(next to Taste Enclave)
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