Penang One, Kota Damansara

23 Sep

While almost everywhere in Malaysia is famous for some food or other, Penang food is one of the most recognisable. After tasting the delicious food in Penang, people hunt for the same stuff where they live or work elsewhere in Malaysia. Often, you have Penangites saying the food offered elsewhere is not authentic enough or doesn’t taste the same.

This is a gap which Penang One hopes to bridge. Bringing food made by the original stall owners in various famous shops in Penang here to the Klang Valley, it allows people to enjoy authentic Penang delicacies without having to travel all the way.

Penang One front

We tried the branch in Kota Damansara although they have another outlet in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Penang One wall

The wall shows the original stall owners where the food is from and which part of Penang they are located in. The shop is decorated with faux road signs where the stalls or shops are.

Penang One

The open kitchen lets diners see what’s going on. Some of the items on the menu include Ais Kacang from Lorong Swatow, Chee Cheong Fun from Macalister Lane, Kampung Jawa Char Kuey Teow and most recently, Kuey Teow Thng from the Pulau Tikus market.

Penang One curry mee

Clockwise from the top is Special curry mee from Keong Curry Mee (RM8.50) on Jalan Burma, guleng peng (RM3.80), curry mee again, assam laksa from Lorong Selamat (RM8.50) and ice-blended lemon tea (RM5.80). The curry mee is filled with ingredients like prawns, cuttlefish, bean curd skin and pork blood. My sister doesn’t eat pork blood but ordered it anyway and left that part out. While I don’t remember how it compares to the original (it was some time ago), I’d say it’s quite similar.

Penang One laksa

I also enjoyed my assam laksa with the chunky soup and generous fish slices, with the right amount of sour and spicy. Needless to say, I finished every drop of soup.

Now I have heard varying opinions on this. All from local Penang people. Some friends say it’s not as good as they claim, some say it’s pretty much authentic. I think that on the island itself there are many variations of the dish so it’s hard to say what is the original version. It’s pretty good, methinks, although I do wonder how they replicate something like char kuey teow since it’s not just a matter of assembling the ingredients, no? Anyway, if you’d like to check them out, they’re at:

Penang One (non-halal)

Petaling Jaya Outlet   : 16-1, Jalan PJU5/7, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Kota Damansara, PJ  

Phone: +603 – 61511083

Monday – Sunday
10.30am – 10.30pm

 

Puchong Outlet         : G5, Jalan Puteri 2/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Puchong : +603 – 80520181

Monday- Friday
9.30am – 3.30pm

5.30pm – 9.30pm

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