Penang Chiak is a new eatery which has just opened for business. Situated along Beach Road, opposite The Concourse, this small self-service restaurant serves a variety of Penang street food including Lok Lok. The prices are very reasonable and the Assam Lasak and Koay Teow Soup we tried were good authentic Penang-styled versions.
The small restaurant is simply decorated with a road-side stall theme. It is neat and tidy and bright colours give the place a cheery atmosphere. A few decorative ornaments and use of retro enamel mugs added a little nostalgic charm to the place.
Penang Chiak has a self-service system. Select what you want by ticking on the menu chit found on the table and pay at the counter. You will be given a number and when your number is flashed, you collect the food from the counter.
The current menu is quite limited. There are four set meals on offer – where you get Curry Mee, Koay Teow Soup, Laksa or Nasi Lemak with a barley drink. You can change the barley drink to any other drink on the menu by paying the difference in prices. Besides the set meals, there is Lok Lok, where you have to order a minimum of five sticks. Lok Lok items available include prawns, fish ball, octopus, quail egg and fresh clams. Prices range from $1 to $2 per stick.
You can also order plain rice or nasi lemak and eat with dishes such as Deep Freid Fillet Fish with Exotic Sauce, Prawns with Exotic Sauce and Deep Fried Chicken Wings.
We ordered the Penang Koay Teow Soup Set ($5.50) and the Penang Laksa Set ($6.50). Both were freshly prepared and ready within a few minutes. They were quite nicely presented and the portions were reasonable.
The bowl of piping hot Koay Teow Soup was served with fish balls, slices of fish cakes and a generous amount of la pok (deep-fried pork lard bits). The koay teow (flat white rice noodles) were smooth and the clear stock had quite an intense flavour. The dish was tasty and enjoyable.
The classic tamarind-based Penang Assam Laksa came with thick white rice noodles (or laksa noodles). You add the amount of prawn paste to suit your own taste. The ingredients for the laksa included shredded fish and sliced vegetables such as cucumber, onions, red chillies and pineapples. Shredded fish meat was added sparingly so that the soup base was not too thick and pasty. The Assam gravy was well-balanced, neither too sour nor too spicy. We were told that Singaporeans had commented that Penang Chiak’s Assam Laksa was not sour enough. It was explained to us that the taste of Penang Chiak’s version was closer to those of Assam Laksa sold in the popular stalls in Penang such as the one in Ayer Item. We quite enjoyed the laksa.
We were hoping to tried some desserts but there was none in the menu.
Penang Chiak is a good place for authentic simple delectable Penang fare in a nice pleasant setting. The choice is limited but what you can get there is simple tasty food at very reasonable prices. We are glad that there is another new place for good Penang street food.
325 Beach Road
Mon-Fri : 11 am to 2.30 pm; 6 pm to 10 pm
Sun & PH : 10 am to 2.30 pm
Closed on Sat
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