What we had for dinner this evening at the Red Garden:
- "Oh chien": Penang-fried oyster omelette. This is a common Hokkien (Fujianese) dish and the version in Penang is extremely tasty - closer to the one we have in Singapore than Taiwan's blander version. Small oysters are used in this dish, together with tapioca starch, eggs and copious amounts of lard. I like :-)
- Thai-style stewed pork-leg with rice, hard-boiled egg, "kai lan" greens and salted mustard ("Khao ka moo"). Very authentic-tasting and delicious version here, reminding me very much of the ones I had in Bangkok.
- Stir-fried "chee cheong fun" (rice rolls) with spicy XO sauce, eggs, sprouts and chives. The first time I'd ever seen this dish, let alone taste one. It was a bit too spicy for me.
- "Penang lor bak": Selection of deep-fried "lor bak" (Chinese 5-spiced pork-yam rolls wrapped in beancurd sheets), shrimp fritters and deep-fried tofu. Decent version here, nowhere near the best though.
Red Garden seemed popular with foreigners/tourists (there were a *LOT* of tourists from Mainland China when we were there this evening, then I remembered that it's the "Golden Week" holidays in China this week due to the Chinese New Year), and we hardly saw anyone that looked like a local Penangite.
The barbecued seafood joints were doing roaring business, but I guess the popularity of this place stems from its large selection of Penang hawker/street foods, plus Indian,Thai, Filipino options thrown in.
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