Truth be told, beef isn’t exactly a staple in Chinese cuisine in the Northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Growing up in Penang I could probably count with one hand the number of beef serving hawker stalls there operating on the island at the time.
Luckily, when they do serve beef, it is often not disappointing. Case in point – the old beef noodle stall at Taxi Station in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah
From what I can gather, this beef specialty stall is manned by Mr Tan, who is now over 80 years old. The stall was originally started by his father in 1950, with the current location now manned by him & the brother since 1974. Chances are most of the customers were not even alive yet when the first cow is scarified for this stall.
mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle
There main offering is beef slice, tripe, brisket, tendon, and beef ball (most often called mixed beef soup) to go with with noodle or if you’re hungry – rice. We opted for the latter when my brother brought me there for lunch some weeks back.
The old master definitely got everything all figured out, the soup is flavorful but not over powering, with the beef cooked just so and not overly done, the tendon was soft, and the garnish supporting the dish perfectly. I also enjoy their unique sambal condiment. Overall this was just a very pleasant dish to have, doubly so on a rainy day.
old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered
I recommend anyone who find themselves at Sungai Petani to give this a try, unless you don’t eat beef.
Address: Beef Noodle at Taxi Station Bangunan PKNK, 12 A, Jalan Petri, Taman Pekan Baru, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.639290, 100.487675 Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
My brother works at Sungai Petani, and the passion towards food runs in the family, so whenever I’m up north at his place, he always make sure there’s something interesting to try.
On my last visit it, it was something I’ve never had before – Prawn mee with salted pork.
May Lin kopitiam’s hokkien mee stall
Salted pork is one ingredient that I’ve never really seen anywhere else. It is a delicacy among locals here that’s made from fatty bits of pork with some chunks of meat not entirely unlike pork cracklings – crunchy, full of flavor, and in this case,a bit salty too.
One place to have this is at May Lin kopitiam, one of the popular spots for late dinner and supper among the locals.
prawn mee with salt pork, the Sg. Petani way
The prawn mee stall offers both hokkien mee and loh mee, with a number of “extras” – including prawns, intestine, pork ribs, and of course – salt pork.
For anyone who loves pork crackles or lard, the salt pork is definitely the way to go. It really adds a great dimension to the entire dish, especially after the good bits soaks up some prawn mee soup, heaven!
grilled chicken wings as centreplate
May Lin also have stalls offering BBQ chicken wings, satey, loh bak, and so forth. We’ve tried wings & satey and these definitely make for good side dishes.
Address: May Lin Kopitiam 552, Jalan Kuala Ketil, Kampung Sungai Tongka, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.638794, 100.493260 Hours: 7pm to midnight
While up at Sungai Petani a couple months ago, we took the opportunity to get my brother to introduce some of the more unique dishes the biggest city in Kedah has got to offer. Since we already had those awesome curry mee at Eupe food court, it was time for laksa fish at Restoran Piao Siang.
Restoran Piao Xiang at Sungai Petain, Haze & Win Sern
Restoran Piao Xiang, or Sin Piao Xiang, is located just a stone’s throw away from the Sungai Petani Utara toll plaza, and like most places in Sungai Petani, you won’t have too much of a problem trying to get a parking spot.
The restaurant opens for both lunch and dinner, and is considered one of the bigger eateries in the area, well, big enough to hosts wedding functions every now and then.
the famous laksa fish, with fish, and some laksa noodle too
For the three of us on a very hungry afternoon, we ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice.
The claim of fame here is the laksa fish (RM 26), a dish that is so simple in its ingredients you wonder why we don’t see it anywhere else. You make some awesome laksa broth, throw in steamed fish, mint leaves, and some laksa noodle for good measures.
I think having this dish as is as a whole meal is certainly viable, especially for laksa fans.
eggplant with sambal, stuffed chicken skin, seafood tofu
The eggplant with sambal (RM 7) is a musts order for those who like northern style sambal that comes with a kick. Seafood tofu (RM 9) is pretty decent as snacks, but the stuffed chicken skin (RM 17) actually surprised me, chicken skin stuffed with minced pork, reminds me of the first time I had something like that from Elegant Inn (stuffed with prawn meat tho).
Over all it was certainly a satisfying lunch, and one that is pretty reasonably priced too. If you’re up North, this is certainly not a bad place to check out.
Last weekends I went back up north for cheng beng (Hokkien for prayers to ancestors & grave cleaning), and this time around instead of heading back to Penang, we slept over at my brother’s new house at Sungai Petani instead.
More reason to try some of the local hawker fair my brother talked about.
Curry Mee is the busiest stall at Eupe food court, sungai petani
We went to the (I think) the number one hawker attraction in Sungai Petani – the curry mee stall at Eupe food court.
The food court itself is converted by stripping off the walls and ceiling of 28 shop lots to create a giant dining area under one roof, there are dozens of stalls offering various types of food, with the curry mee stall being the one that’s easiest to spot – the one with a long queue.
slices of fresh mackerel is what made this awesome
The ingredients for this curry mee is very different from the ones in Penang or KL. Instead of pork blood, prawns, and cockles, what we have here is a couple slices of fresh mackerel, lady’s fingers, tomato, potato, and half an egg. Of course, there’s the curry broth and sambal. You can also ask for pork ribs as additional topping.
The mixture worked pretty good, felt unusual at first but it proved to be really worth the wait. The best part about this curry mee is the freshness of the fish. According to my brother, if the market doesn’t have fresh fish for the day, the stall isn’t opened.
me & my younger brother, who’s a doctor at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim
If you’re at SP, get on the queue and spend the RM 6 for this, you’ll not regret.
Address: Eupe Food Court Jalan Gamelan 5, Taman Ria Jaya, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.652733,100.517535 Hours: 9 am till around lunch time
My siblings and me share the same passion when it comes to food – we want to eat everything and anything that is delicious, and usually would travel to illogical distances just for this purpose.
Over the last CNY holidays, we paid a visit to my younger brother who works at Sungai Petani as a houseman and he brought us to this little hidden gem that is Mae Salong Thai Restaurant for dinner. Most of us are tomyam fanatics, so the destination suits us very well.
Mae Salong at Sungai Petani, crazy decoration
Mae Salong resides in an unimpressive part of Sungai Petani, which is a pretty unimpressive town in a state that isn’t known to be impressive. The restaurant however, is anything but.
Nestle in the kampung is a structure that could easily confuse diners as a set for fantasy movie. There’s hanging bridge, a huge koi pond with a two level dining area that is half submerged, and even a massive water wheel and fountain and the center. Oh, it is also some sort of a mini zoo as well.
All these fancy decoration proved to be useful when we had to kill time waiting for table on the Saturday evening when we were there. (booking highly advisable)
the drinks come in a big bottle, red ruby’s nice!
After securing a seat, we were given some Thai tidbits as some sort of appetizer, and they come in the form of dried anchovies with curry leaves, peanuts, and dried chili padi. That thing was quite awesome, and you could actually buy them at Thailand in packets, beats potato chips anytime. 😀
We made our orders with the friendly Thai lady, and asked for desserts to be served first since we knew it was gonna take a while before food is ready. The red ruby (RM 2.50) was delicious, with the right amount of santan, fresh nangka, and that chestnut in tapioca. Yummy.
We ordered honey dates with sugar cane drinks (RM 12 for all) to quench our thirst, and was happy that they come in big bottles instead of individual cups.
thai style lala, mantis prawn, otak otak
Our first dish that came was the the Thai style lala (RM 15), though the shellfish wasn’t exactly big in size, the taste more than make up for it. There’s chili, green onion and garlic all mixed up with the lala soaked in spicy sourish broth that’s kept warm with a small fire under. The soup itself was very very delicious.
Mantis prawn (RM 15) is deep fried with salted egg yolk, another dish that never disappoint. Again you find chili padi in the mix, spicy, savory, with the hint of saltiness, love it.
Thai otak-otak (RM 15) was perhaps the only thing that was a bit disappointed. It was packed with seafood, but somehow the otak otak paste wasn’t exactly up to the level of standard I was expecting. Not a bad dish per se, but nothing special.
steamed siakap, omelete, and of course, tomyam
Of course, no Thai meal is complete without an order of tomyam (RM 20). The seafood tomyam is hot, flavoful, and absolutely packed with ingredients – prawns, fish, squid, and more lala in addition to tomato, chili, and other ingredients that make up a proper bowl of tomyam soup. We enjoyed this a lot.
We also had a fish to go with all the other seafood dishes, the steamed siakap (RM RM 27) was the most expensive dish we ordered. It was fresh and does taste very good, the soup made me suspect that it is a cross between the lala and tomyam, and hence didn’t make a very good combination to the other dishes we oredered. It was however, a quality dish nonetheless.
Last but not least, there’s omelete (RM 8) that again, has a hint of seafood in it – very tiny baby prawns, the same size that you find in cincalok. It brought back some childhood memories when we’d catch them in the sea, good times. The omelete was pretty decent as well.
mom, sister, brother, haze, niece – happies!
By the time we are done and headed back to Penang, it was already some 11pm, but that was after a very good dinner that only cost less than RM 140 for the 6 of us. If you find yourself anywhere within 50 or even 100 km from Sungai Petani, give this place a try, but do call and book your table if it’s on weekends.
Address: Mae Salong Restaurant 199-E, Kampung Bakar Bata, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.62594863, 100.46545 Tel: 016-424 6842