02 October 2010, Saturday –After our overnight stay in Penang Island via a short but restful sleep at Tune Hotels in Burma Road, 2 of my friends and I checked out at around 10AM and walked toward New World Plaza which is a stone-throw away. It was a hands-down decision to try and eat breakfast at OLD TOWN...
My wife knows how breakfast is so important to me. I cannot function fully when my stomach is empty. I need power breakfast or at least a warm cup of coffee. And so when my 2 housemate-colleague-friends and I headed to Old Town, I was silently jumping for joy like a kid for finally, I’ll get to try their goodies.
I ordered ROTI KUKUS KAYA and MENTEGA or
KAYA and BUTTER STEAMED BREAD, RM 4.20 (PhP 58.80)
Other than dimsum and dumplings, I haven’t eaten other stuffs direct from a steaming basket, have you? This makes this bread fascinating; they’re one of the softest and a sure must-try when you’re in the region. The combination of kaya (that tastes like mildly sweet coco-jam) and butter is just perfect.
As you may know now, I’m a coffee person, so I didn’t let the chance pass without sampling OLD TOWN WHITE COFFEE, RM 3.50 (PhP 49), hot also available for cold at RM 3.90 (PhP 54. 60). It’s neither that bitter nor too sweet; was fine for me.
Other than coffee, I wanted something to further warm my tummy. So we asked the wait staff her recommendation; like the best seller from Old Town; she pointed in a blink the first page of the menu…
HOR FUN (KWEOY TEOW HALUS) AYAM IPOH or
OLD TOWN IPOH CHICKEN HOR FUN, RM 7.50 (PhP 105).
Doc Ronnie and I ordered the Hor Fun and it was indeed comforting. I like the fresh flavor of prawns infused to the soup. We both like anything with prawns, actually. While Doc Alvin got himself CHICKEN BARBECUE RICE; however he was told that Ayam BBQ (ayam=chicken) is finished (yes, they use the verb “finished” frequently, like I hear it more than 3x daily) so he opted to have the white chicken toppings and preferred noodles instead of rice. His order came with a fried dumpling soup and he got himself a tall glass of cold chocolate drink. Solb!
After our satiating breakfast at Old Town, we walked through Burma Road and reached an Indian-owned shop for clothes called Kamdar where we bought some pairs of pants and denims at cheap prices. In the afternoon, we went again to Queensbay Mall to shop for much needed-grocery supplies and finally headed home before dusk.
Although I am seriously missing my usual choices for breakfast like tuyo, daing, itlog na pula, danggit, HOTDOGS and BACON STRIPS, LONGGANISA and TOCINO, with diversity of cultures and religions here in Malaysia, food variety is as wide as you can ever imagine.