Another eating expedition to Penang. This time: New Lane, off MacAlister Road in downtown Georgetown in Penang, a real culinary haven of sorts for Penang street-hawker foods. I found almost all the food there to be very good: Penang "loh bak" (somewhat similar to Singapore "ngoh hiang"), Cantonese "sar hor fun" & "yee fu mein", Penang fried koay teow, oyster omelette, Penang-style nyonya popiah (fresh spring rolls, not the deep-fried type), curry mee (Hokkien yellow noodles in a mild coconut-curry soup), barbecued chicken wings, fried "koay kak" (similar to Singapore fried carrot cake), etc.
But the best item I tried there last weekend was the famous New Lane "Chee Cheong Choke", Cantonese-style pig's intestines porridge. I was told that the stall has been operating there since the 1950s, and the current operators are the third-generation. The white, smooth rice porridge was very flavourful by itself - but it comes chockful of delicious slivers of pig's intestines (both boiled & also crisp-barbecued varieties), pig's liver, pig's stomach, thinly-sliced "char siew" (barbecued pork), a sprinkling of chopped green spring onions, finely-julienned ginger, and a generous dusting of white pepper. The result - an extraordinarily delicious pig's intestines porridge. We have such porridge in Singapore, but I've not tasted any which comes close to the Penang version. A definite 10 out of 10 in terms of taste!! Now I know why the stall's been there for more than 50 years.
New Lane Pig's Intestines Porridge
43 Jalan MacAlister Penang
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