Penang has always been one of my favourite cities to visit in Malaysia, because of the abundance of good food. It’s been more than half a year since I last visited this city of good eats so I’ve been on a lookout for a decent alternative in Klang Valley.
That was when I checked out Penang Corner in Kepong – said to serve “pretty legit” Penang white curry mee, with pork blood cubes, cockles, cuttlefish and all the works. Parking can be a hassle if you’re there during peak hours and crossing the road can be quite intimidating when there are so many cars driving past this main road.
The Penang white curry mee is actually pretty good. It reminds me slightly of the curry mee I had from Hot Bowl in Penang. I also like how they are generous with the pork blood cubes and cockles, which add a certain depth and flavour to the curry noodles.
Penang Corner also serves Char Kuay Teow, which is just average by my books. While it boasts a good amount of char and each strand of noodle is nicely coated, I feel the seasoning isn’t as rich as what I’d expect in a good plate of char kuay teow. Again, good amount of cockles but nothing that rocks my boat.
The lady boss gave us a sample of Penang chee cheong fun on the house – the version with prawn paste. The paste is a tad lumpy for my liking and the rice rolls aren’t smooth or silken enough. I think you’re better off sticking to the curry mee.
Hokkien mee (known as prawn mee in KL) is available on weekends so if you’re a fan of that, you might want to check it out. I didn’t try it for myself since I was there on a weekday afternoon.
Prices are reasonable; RM6.50 or RM7 per plate/bowl if I remember correctly. Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s the best option for Penang food in KL but if you’re in the area, you might want to give the Penang curry mee a try. I think I’ll go back for that!
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Go for the Penang curry mee IF you’re in the area. The other items didn’t stand out for me.
Gerai 28B, Jalan Besar
Business hours: 8am till 4pm
Closed alternate Mondays.