I was in Kuala Lumpur to meet some investors. As the meeting was held at
Suria KLCC, I couldn’t resist a quick visit to my fave lunch-place there – Little Penang Kafe.
Suria KLCC is Malaysia’s premier shopping destination located at the foot of the Twin Tower in the heart of the city. The spectacular 88-floor towers, constructed primarily of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, were designed by Argentine – South American architect Cesar Pelli.
The twin towers look even more majestic when lit-up in the evening.
Little Penang Kafe is renowned for its famous street food as well as traditional Nyonya specialities. The design of the cafe -floor with ethnic-style tiles; mirrors on the walls and booths with formica-covered backs – evokes the nostalgic atmosphere of the Malaysian traditional “kopi tiam”.
The raison d’etre for coming here is the Char Kuay Teow. Served with a generous portion of prawns, crabmeat, cockles, eggs and bean sprouts, the dish carries that smoky wok-hei with just the right hint of piquant spiciness, and not too oily. An absolute must-order.
The Lobak was filled with chicken instead of pork to keep it halal. It was just as delicious, with crunchy water-chestnut still discernible, served along with a tangy chilli dipping sauce.
I felt the standard of the prawn mee, while still flavourfully, has dropped recently.
The Rojak was refreshing; fresh crunchy fruits beautifully coasted with a pungent prawn-paste sauce sprinkled with a generous douse of grated peanuts.
The Chendol was sinfully addictive, with the fresh suntan on shaved ice making it irresistibly creamy.
Little Penang Kafe is a lunch spot haven in the busy KLCC shopping mall. The food is authentic Penang street fare; service is brisk; and prices are reasonable. What more can we ask for? I highly recommended this eatery – they have branches in most major malls in Malaysia.