York Hotel Presents 22 of Penang’s Best Hawkers at Penang Hawkers’ Fare From Dec 12-Jan 1

York Hotel’s annual Penang Hawker’s Fare is back for the 28th year. From December 12 to January 1, celebrate 22 of Penang’s best hawkers with a dozen authentic traditional Penang dishes.

York Hotel’s Penang Hawkers’ Fare 2014

York Hotel's Penang Hawkers' Fare 2014 - News by Gourmet Adventures

One can look forward to unlimited servings of authentic Penang street food such as tart and tangy Penang laksa, smoky char kway teow, Penang prawn mee in a rich prawn broth, crispy lor bak, Penang rojak, kway teow dry or soup, spicy cuttlefish kang kong (fried morning glory), oyster omelet, as well as all-time favorite nasi lemak with nonya chicken kapitan.

Nasi lemak with nonya chicken kapitan at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

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Tastefully nostalgic is the lor bak, a traditional favorite consisting of prawn, chicken meat, sweet potato, fish cake; each deep fried and presented in the form of a fritter smeared in a sticky, sweet braised sauce. The prawn offered a nice variation of texture and crunch while the chicken; flavorfully reminiscent of ngoh hiang.

Lor bak at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Lor bak - Review by Gourmet Adventures

A very authentic dish one would be wise to try is the Penang (assam) laksa. One won’t find anything similar in Singapore (save for maybe our favorite Penang assam laksa spot in Aljunied) as most restaurants use lime in place of tamarind to achieve its sourness. Nothing akin the local laksa of coconut milk, the Penang style laksa features an appetizing spicy and sour assam based soup garnished with mint, cucumber, onions, shredded lettuce and pineapple, with an additional dollop of fish sauce to seal in its flavor. So good this was that we went back for seconds, after trying every single dish.

Penang laksa at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Penang assam laksa - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Another stellar dish, the char kway tiao is a plate of excellently fried chewy, springy flat rice noodles coated with fried egg, bean sprouts, spring onions and chili spice. The distinctive wok hei flavor in this is hard to beat.

Penang char kway tiao at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Penang char kway tiao - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Falling short of expectation is the kang kong (morning glory) cuttlefish—the briny creature lacking in bite and flavor; its accompanying kang kong tasting like it was blanched in boiling water too long before doused in a thick sweet sauce (often served with chee cheong fun) and crushed peanuts.

Cuttlefish with kang kong at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Penang cuttlefish kang kong - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Doing way better is the oyster omelet (better known locally as orh chien), served with complementing house-made chili sauce that does wonders in upping enjoyment levels.

Oyster omelet at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Oyster omelette - Review by Gourmet Adventures

More comforting is the kway tiao soup of flat rice noodles, fish cake, chicken strips, chopped spring onions and fragrant shallots in a delicious chicken broth.

Kway tiao soup at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Penang kway tiao soup - Review by Gourmet Adventures

End off the meal with traditional Penang desserts like crispy ban chang kueh with roasted crushed peanuts, ice kachang and chendol. Also included in the buffet are two drink options: calamansi and bandung.

Ban chang kueh at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Ban chang kueh - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Chendol at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Chendol - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Ice kachang at Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel

Penang Hawkers Fare - Ice kachang - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Penang Hawkers’ Fare 2014; Dec 12-Jan 1. $25.80 on weekdays; $28.80 on weekends. White Rose Café, York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mt. Elizabeth, 6830-1156. Available daily noon-2:30pm; 6:30-10pm.

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Categories: Buffets, Casual Dining, Communal Dining, Dining, Events, Family friendly, Food Enclaves, Hotel Dining, Penang

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