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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Taste of Penang South of the Causeway

Every year a little piece of Penang descends on Singapore via the 'Penang Hawker Fare' at the York Hotel. With a craving of late for Penang staples such as Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa and Prawn Noodles the family and I decided to revisit this yearly event.

Sadly to our disappointment every dish was laden with so much chilli and spice we could hardly taste anything; to me the biggest indication that food quality has gone awry is when the cook tries to mask everything with chilli!

The free flow bundung and line juice were so watered down I could have almost swam in it. The only real saving grave of the evening were the desserts of: ice kachang, chedol and ban chang kueh. Such a stark contrast to the last time we were in the exact same place two (or was it three years ago?)

They say that 20 famous hawkers from Penang were on hand to prepare and cook the food; sadly it seems in the time since my last visit they've lowered their expectations and are more interested in perusing the '$' than to serve tasty food.

I left stuffed but not happily stuffed, sure it's a buffet but at the end of the day no matter how much you eat, if you can't walk away happy then there's no point returning again!

























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