New Lane Hawker Food Corner, George Town, Penang
New Lane or Lorong Baru is a small road just off Macalister Road, a short distance from Penang Road. The Sunway Hotel and My Crystal Museum is located along this road. The coffee shop, Kedai Kopi Goh Chew and Wisma Central is located on either sides of the junction of New Lane and Maclacister Road.
Hawker stalls along New Lane (Lorong Baru) generally opens for business only from late afternoon or in the evenings. Customers sit inside the coffee shop or the along the roadsides. You can find many of Penang's authentic hawker food here: Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Porridge, Kueh Teow Soup, Fried Oysters, Tong Sui, etc
Tucked at the back of Wisma Central is Mimi's SL Coffee House where you can find good Penang Nyonya Laksa and Nasi Ulam. (Opens till lunch, on weekdays).
If you are looking for great filling bowl of porridge meal, go to Kafe Chok Kee in Lebuh Kimberly.
There are basically three types of porridge (or Cantonese-style Chok), to choose from and you can top with some vegetables or pork.
Its a small cafe that opens daily.
- Mon-Fri : 11am-4:30m
- Sat-Sun: 8:30am-2:30pm
Saint Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam
This famous church is the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Anne, located in the state of Penang on the Malaysian peninsular.
The Saint Anne’s Church, in Bukit Mertajam (Seberang Perai) was constructed in 1957 in the vicinity of an older church built in 1888. A new church was also built in 2002 and other transformation was done to the church area.
The Origins of St. Anne's Sanctuary can be traced back as early as 1833, when the Chinese and Indian migrant workers came to the area. The earliest records of Church of St. Anne parish is said to have started in 1846. As the Catholic population begin to increased, a new church was built and opened in 1888. This is the church which is now called the St Anne Shrine. (Photo above: white church on the hill)
In the 1950s, when Malaya declared an emergency, the church grounds were designated as a no-go area. It was only in 1960 that the emergency was lifted. In 1977, the church started moving back to the St. Anne's Shrine and restoration works begin.
(The parish moved further down the road and in 1958, the parish opened another church. This church was known as the "new church" for over 40 years, and was the main centre for the parish and the feast celebrations until 2003. In these years of the feast, pilgrims had to commute between this church and St. Anne's Shrine, which is 2 km away. This grounds now occupies the Kim Sen Primary School - wikipedia)
New St. Anne Today
In 2002, another new church was built, and is one of the largest churches in Malaysia. This church has a Minangkabau-styled roofs, but the walls and columns built in the style of old churches and monastaries of Rome. Today, the St. Anne's Church also serves as a pilgrim centre, and the Domus St. Anne is built to accommodate pilgrims who intend to stay over.
The feast of St. Anne falls on July 26 but every year the celebration stretches for a few days. The Saint Anne’s feast attracts pilgrims from all over Malaysia and internationally - the crowd estimated sometimes to reach about a quarter million. The highlight of this celebration is a night mass and a candlelight procession.
St. Anne is the mother of Virgin Mary. Although she is not mentioned in the scriptures - the Catholic church has acknowledged her as the wife of St. Joachim and mother of Mary.
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily.
Location: Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai, Pulau Pinang
Looking for authentic Penang Hawker food? Check out Food Court along or slightly off Burma Road.
If you are driving along Burma Road, look out for these slightly hidden food court or cafes. You will be delighted with the tastes and choices.
One Corner Cafe - Famed for its Super Penang Hokkien Mee, but other stalls sells good authentic hawker food such as Lor Mee, Laksa, Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow, etc. Location: Jalan Bawasah. Or Entrance from Jalan Burma into Penang Plaza parking (behind Penang Plaza).
New World Park - A wide selection of good Penang Hawker food: Penang Cendol and Ice Kacang, Chee Cheong Fun, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Hokkiwn Mee, Chinese Dumpling, Mee Goreng, etc . Location: 102 Jalan Burma. Entrance from Jalan Burma or Lorong Swatow.
Some common Nyonya dishes are:
Acar Awak – mixed vegetables of cucumber, carrots, long beans, etc., are cooked and pickled with spices.
Acar Ikan (pickled fish) – fried fish soaked in a light gravy cooked from ginger, garlic, vinegar, dried chillies and turmeric.
Ayam Buah Keluak – spicy chicken curry cooked with buah keluak (candlenuts). The curry has a creamy and nutty flavour.
Asam Pedas – spicy sour curry of fish and pineapple. Chilli Crab – spicy crab stir fried with chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, galangal,lemon grass, shrimp paste (blachan) and tamarind juice.
Lor Bak – thin strips of pork seasoned with spices and wrapped in a sheet of thin bean curd skin, and then deep fried. Restaurants in Penang often sells this with fried prawn fritters and other deep fried items served with sauces.
Nasi Ulam – rice mixed with finely shredded vegetables, fresh green herbs, shallots, chillies, toasted desiccated coconut, fried and flaked dried fish, etc. Nasi Kunyit – glutinous rice steamed with turmeric and creamy coconut milk and usually eaten with chicken curry.
Jiu Hu Char – a stir-fried dish of shredded vegetables (yambean, carrot, cabbage) and strips of cuttlefish or pork.
Nyonya Kueh – a variety of kueh (similar to cakes and puddings), mainly steamed and made from glutinous rice or rice flour and sometimes rich and fragrant coconut milk. Example: Kueh Lapis (steamed layered pudding), Ang Koo Kueh, Pulut Tai Tai, Kueh Talam, Kueh Kochi, Kueh Kodok, Pulut Enti, etc.
Otak-otak – spicy fish cake with egg, Some ingredients used in Peranakan cooking - serai, bunga kantan, galangal, etc. wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.
Perut Ikan (Pulay Ikan) – shredded vegetables (long bean, brinjal, daun kaduk, etc), fresh green herbs and shreds of fish intestines cooked in a light curry with tamarind juice. This dish is unique to the Penang (and Northern) Peranakans.
Popiah (spring rolls) – turnip, bean sprout, pork, fried egg and bean curd wrapped and rolled with a paperthin steamed pancake. The rolls are sometimes deep fried and garnished with a sweetened bean or chilli sauce. Sambal Blachan – chillies and toasted shrimp paste (blachan/ belacan) mixed with lime and salt. It imparts a piquant flavour to any accompaniment that you choose to pair it with.