Hai Nan Town 海南 – Penang

My dinner in Penang was with some old friends and we went for Nonya style cuisine.  A nice little restaurant called Hai Nan Town at 25 Lebuh Nipah 5 Bayan Lepas. This is one of two outlets in Penang, the other is a little further out, with a better view, but because of timing, we went for this one.

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I let my friends do the ordering, because they also love to eat.  So I trust them implicitly!

We start with a little herbal tea to cool ourselves down.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been to Penang many times.  And each time, I can never seem to get fully cooled down, unless I put the aircon at full blast in the hotel.  Outside, I just can’t seem to get cool.  But, that’s Penang!  So this was just a great cool down.

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First up, some prawns in an assam style curry.  Flavorful and just yum!

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Some Assam Prawns grilled.  The flavor was great and the prawns cooked just right!

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Some shredded meat with vegetables meant to be eaten in the wrap.  Sort of Korean style I guess.

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Not very Nonya, but nice simple vegetables to aid digestion.

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One of the stars of the evening was the Assam Curry Fish.  In the lovely Assam Curry there were two types of fish, the pomfret and a nice flatfish.  Mixed with the fresh onion, lady fingers, tomatoes and spices, what a wonderful dish!

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Some Nonya Spring Rolls.  If you know me, you know I am sucker for spring rolls and dumplings.  These spring rolls, yum!

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Some Prawn Paste Chicken.  Still nice and juicy!

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Otah.  Now, I don’t necessarily like Otah a lot, I think it’s the rubbery consistency of it.  Every time I have eaten it in Singapore, I don’t go for it again.  Lena loves it, me, not so much.  So when it came, I had my doubts.

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When we opened it up, I had even more doubts.  But, as an adventurist and someone who must try before fully deciding, I did.  And I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised.  Soft and creamy, the right amount of fish and spices mixed together.  Not rubbery at all like in Singapore.  I give it a thumbs up!  Doesn’t mean I will order it again, but I at least enjoyed it.

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So there you go, my lovely Nonya meal in Penang.  Always great to see friends and share a meal!

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