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Best Zichar

Best Zichar

Featuring JB Ah Meng, Island Penang Kitchen, A-Poh Kitchen
Ben Chia
Ben Chia
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This dish was simple, and delicious, although there was no wow factor.
We did like the generous topping off spring onions and ginger fried together to create a heart warming dish to be eaten with rice.

But our family loves eating fish head so we enjoyed this dish!

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Yummy, yummy, yummy! Umami, umami, umami!

Very fragrant, very fresh lala, best eaten with a bowl of hot Jasmine rice. Everyone loved this dish alot, except my sister, because she just dislikes lala generally.

Bad news, I thought I could use this dish to convince my little sister to try liking lala. Failed.
Good news, I still have more lala to eat at family dinners!

I am not a fan of white pepper. If given a choice between local white peppery Bak Kut Tell, and the Malaysian herbal counterpart, I'd choose the latter anyday. But the sauce of JB Ah Meng's white pepper crab is simply magical, so much so that I forget that I'm eating a dish that has White Pepper in it and in it's name.

Whilst it can be a tad bit salty, I really enjoyed the dish alot. Its our first time here so I didn't reserve any crabs when I called to reserve the table, thinking that there might have stock. Oh boy were we wrong. Whilst we were ordering our food, we could hear staff from the kitchen shouting out the remaining stock of large and medium crabs, and the wait staff hustled us to quickly get the large ones before it was snapped out. And she was right. It snapped out before we finished our order. We settled for the small ones.

Lesson learnt. Reserve dem crabs, people!

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With an all-star show, this dish became the weakest link. I enjoyed the dish but felt that it was perhaps boring after just 2 pieces. I got confused by the name of the dish: Prawn balls, which was simply deshelled prawns, deep fried in a salted egg yolk batter. Not sure how fresh the prawns were, but they did try to peel and devein the prawns, but I picked up a two prawns which still had some veins dangling (not properly removed).

Next. Wouldn't order this next time.

The second star of the night was surprisingly the vegetable dish! My whole family agrees that this dish was executed so well. The vegetables were fried al-dente; seasoning just right with fermented black beans used. Such a simple dish but when done well, brings so much joy. Wished I could have a second large plate.

This dish is such an underdog. I would be fooled by appearances - if you put this in front of me, I might have second thoughts about eating it. But oh boy, the taste is phenomenal. So much flavor fried into the beehoon, along with what I think is cuttle fish and pork. And to top it off, it's not oily (as with other fried beehoon you get outside). This was the first dish that came out for my family dinner and it was destroyed and wiped clean before the next dish could come.

I'll be craving for this very soon.

Super love Island Penang Kitchen. Today I tried their Curry Noodles (changed it to kway teow) and I like it alot! Think of it as Singapore Laksa but more watered down but still as tasty. There was alot of ingredients inside as well - prawns, fish cake, Tau kee, long beans. This dish costs $5 nett.

Island Penang Kitchen is a heartland restaurant near West Coast Market that serves up really authentic Penang cuisine.

I find this dish generally ok - well fried dry beef horfun, decent portion, not too oily and is quite tasty. Only longing for more wok-hei and nicer presentation of the dish(it came out looking flat and lacking color). This dish cost $4.80.

Ah-Poh Kitchen is a true heartland gem, serving up great zichar at affordable prices. And best of all, it's halal too!

Always a go-to dish for me when I dine here. Tanghoon is cooked well with a nice hint of wok hei (could do with more though) and topped with a generous sprinkle of shredded crab meat! But unlike many fried tanghoon dishes elsewhere, this one isn't too oily, so it doesn't leave you feeling "jelak". Accompany it with cut green chili for acidity and it's lovely. This dish is $6.80.

Ah-Poh Kitchen is a true heartland gem, serving up great zichar at affordable prices. And best of all, it's halal too!

I live to eat. Mmm.

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