Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gurney Drive @ Penang

Like a lost soul, one has to resort to the usual tourist spots for "good ol Penang food", so it was as we headed down to Gurney Drive, with the hangover cured from a good cocktail while lying down on the deck chair enjoying the sun.

With an ultimate objective to sing karaoke and visit Red Box like it was another tourist spot, where else can i go but down the street to Gurnery Drive.

Gurney Drive then sing Jay Chou, ohh what a brilliant combination when we stepped into the long alley of stalls.

Quench your thirst with soya bean and their gula melaka or was it their ginger sugar? RM 1.20 per cup and we gulped down 3 cups before we left.

We had to have the classics, and the assam laksa was bearable, but i have no idea which stall we bought it from, because you got like 3-4 stalls selling assam laksa, its crazy! Do they even have such demand with such supply around this area?

Another classic, or chien, and this also was quite impressive too..

Prawn Mee, this was not the special one that i had in Batu Feringghi that came with huge prawns. Edible i suppose, but no wow factor, mainly because that time i was drowning in my own sweat.

Some rojak to cool down, and before i knew it..my friend presented a nice big plate of lor bak..(or in this case, it was called deep fried lok lok)

The chicken gizzards were the highlight of the whole dish. The minced meat roll was also filled with flavour, avoid the puffy thick battered prawns, save your stomach for something else.

When you think we slowed down, we got back straight up with our cholestrol clogging exercise, another decent seafood laksa with blood cubes and various kinds of seafood. It wasn't great again, but i suppose it was an eye opener to all of the Penang delicacies that exists in the small island.
Wah, one of the worst char kuey teow, crappier then the Lorong Selamat one. With that, ended up our quest to find a decent char kuey teow in Penang, till next time.

Ended with a nice plate of lala and ikan pari (god knows where the picture is), spicyness all the way.

If you are looking for a bite here and there that shouts Penang, here is the place to go, but if you really want to find the gems among the bush, then i suppose you got to try every single stall out to find out, evident from our search, some were great and some ok at most.

With a full and satisfied tummy and a dwindling hangover, it was finally time for Jay Chou.

That though, wont be posted as i avoid losing any more readers with 3 emotional guys singing heart breaking love songs..

The End..

26 comments:

christine said...

since planning to go Penang real soon, this is certainly going to be a good guide

J2Kfm said...

Gurney Drive? erm, I doubt the locals go there anymore for the food.
I went there during my 1st yr in uni. but only once or twice throughout the 4 yrs I was there. the food there is horribly over-rated, and some rather pricey and smaller in portion.

CUMI & CIKI said...

thank u la.. now i've got a hankering for deep fried fatty GIZZARDS!

mimid3vils said...

I think Gurney Drive is for tourist like us, the local will have their better place to have those yummy food :(

550ml jar of faith said...

I think you managed a decent sweep, considering it was over a crowded long weekend and you had Jay Chou waiting on end! Those pink shrimps in the seafood laksa (or curry mee as we call it in Penang) are just delightful!

ling239 said...

i want the assam laksa...
i want the or chien... >.<"

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha you can have everything there..

550ml: yes it was bloody crowded..and i suppose we did good as we got diff ppl ordering diff food at diff times..

mimi: wat to do..and its still packed!

c&c: tell me abt it..just when i thought deep fried pork intestines were the best thing on earth..

j2fkm: i think pricewise is all too relative nowadays..i be contradicting to say its dirt cheap bcoz it isnt really dirt cheap nor is it expensive bcoz i spend way more then that on meals too..

but yes, quality is left to be desired..

christine: tip..go to the penang foodie blogs..

sc said...

only a few stalls that i'll go for at gurney drive..the muar chee stall, the grilled cuttlefish stall and the stall that sells all types of deep fried stuff (esp the chicken skin)..others are just mediocre. hmm, sorry to read the bad experience from the goggles ladies of lorong selamat. the last i went, it was darn good though. no QC i guess

Seaqueen said...

Oh. Looking at the food, I'm totally salivating already. Especially d or chien. :)

kampungboycitygal said...

try sister's ckt..its much better than the lorong selamat one

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kbcg: yeah i heard abt it..regret regret..

seaqueen: hahah isit?

sc: yeah the moo chee was damn good..hot peanuts and gooey dough woot!

Jun said...

haha and i thought u din try the muar chee. why no pic of that? it's actually the only food i eat in gurney. every other thing is overrated and too "touristy" for my liking ;p

UnkaLeong said...

Been told that the best fried innards come from the McTucky stall. Hahaha.. as for the quest for good char kuey teow in Penang, were'nt you paying attention to Bald Eagle's comments on the ducks egg fried Keuy Teow that sets you back RM8 a pop? Hahaha...

Christy said...

Wow, you went to Gurney Drive for the local Penang food? Usually they're not so good compared to the rest but it is the main center with the compilation of all hawker food you can find lar:)

Haha...those laksa beats me....they always seem to have those stalls everywhere, and I really mean EVERYWHERE on the island:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: the muar chee well..lets say we bought it on the way out..and finished b4 we realised a picture was needed..

unkaleong: his comments shall be left for my next trip..dis was 2 weeks ago d..

christy: i suppose its abit like going to a food court for all the food..

Nic (KHKL) said...

jay chou got new album!!! but no china-wind song this time..sigh...

my frens told me pulau tikus oso got lotsa good makans! :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

all that food and jay chou...ohhhhhhhhhh that's my dream. hey, have you checked out his latest album? it's yummy :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: we have been singing ever since the bootleg version came out from the net! hahaha...

rita: its brilliant!

PureGlutton said...

You are right - i have yet to find a good cha kway teow in Pg! Most are crap - i think KL or PJ has better ones!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: i think got la..i read from the penang foodie blogs got somewhere damn shiok..can wait to try

Lingzie said...

aiyo the gurney drive CKT tak boleh makan liao! used to be good in the hey days...but sadly not anymore.
ah leng CKT is the way to go! lol :)
next time come penang...dont be lost soul la...call us la... :P

Snapshots said...

This place is a tourist trap, it's pricey (for a penangite), though the food is ok, try the New World Park, food is closer to Penang Price, Quality is about the same, though the ambiance is different, one is a open air, road side food court next to the sea, while the other is a nice food court with all a food court trimmings

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lingzie: will do..learnt my lesson!

snapshots: haha they probably smiling you as they charge more..then again got hokkien lang..try to act more local lor..

JC @ Jessey said...

Gurney Drive.. Seriously, as a Penang gal, I seldom drop by Gurney Drive and having dinner there unless my friends come to Penang for a tour.

I myself come from Bukit Mertajam and I claim that BM foods is good! You gonna check it out one day if you drop by there! Cheers

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jc: is BM food good? ok i shall try if i go up to penang again..learnt my lesson..must definitely do my research b4 going!

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

BM got very good yam rice.. =)

Penang's good food are all over the corners and lorong.. So, don't be too harsh on urself.. only locals know those places.. =p