Penang Bagus in Tanjong Katong is a new Penang food & dessert place serving authentic street food prepared by cooks from Penang. There is nothing too fancy about the little restaurant or its menu. However, Penang Bagus is rather unique in that it doubles up as a Korean bingsu cafe.
Penang Bagus in Tanjong Katong took over the premises of a bingsu cafe. Very little was done to change the interior decor. However, as it is now a Penang eatery, the iconic Penang wall murals must feature – and so there is the Penang street art wallpaper.
Penang Bagus Menu
Penang Bagus offers the Korean dessert, bingsu. It is emphasized on the publicity material and by the staff that the bingsu is prepared personally by a native Korean.
The food items on the current Penang Bagus menu are quite limited. The restaurant is planning to add more items to the menu gradually. Below are photos of the menu of Penang Bagus.
Penang Bagus in Tanjong Katong is a self-service eatery. You order and pay at the counter and collect your food when the buzzer pages you. We ordered the Penang Char Kway Teow ($6), Penang Assam Laksa ($6) and the Penang Bagus Fried Chicken ($6). There is no GST or service charge.
The food was ready after a very short wait. There is no fancy plating and the food looked and tasted like simple authentic Penang hawker food.
The Penang Assam Laksa had lots of ingredients in the bowl – including sliced pineapple, cucumber and lots of shredded fish. The sour, fish-based soup has a real kick. It was a satisfying bowl of Penang asam laksa that tasted quite like those from the popular laksa stalls in Penang.
The Penang Char Kway Teow had all the right ingredients – prawns, egg, crunchy beansprouts, slices of Chinese sausages, chives and, of course, la pok or deep-fried, crispy pork lard. It lacked the smokey flavour but the taste was not bad.
Penang Bagus Fried Chicken was a dish of small pieces of deep-fried chicken. They got the batter just right – not too thick and very crispy. Beneath the crusty layer was succulent and tender flesh. A hint of the taste of belacan made it a very Penang dish. Some black sweet sauce would also enhance the enjoyment of the crispy fried chicken.
Penang Bagus serves the usual variety of bingsu, However, it added a Penang twist by having the Chendol Bingsu ($6.90).
We like chendol and we like bingsu. So the chendol bingsu was a must-try. The green worm jelly was probably manufactured in a factory and lacked the pandan taste. However, the texture was not bad. On the whole the chendol bingsu was enjoyable.
Overall, the Penang dishes at Penang Bagus in Tanjong Katong are simple and authentic. The air-conditioned dining space is pleasant and the service is friendly. The prices are very reasonable. We overheard a lady from Penang saying, after her meal at Penang Bagus, that the food was nice but, of course, not as good as her mom’s. That was still some endorsement by a native Penangite.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
232 Tanjong Katong Road
Opening Hours : 11.30 am to 10 pm