Words and pictures by Phuah Ken Lin
Hungering for tantalising Penang street food being served at its best under one roof, look no further than at the Lebuh Cecil hawker centre cum wet market.
It promises not only to satiate your craving, it behoves you to return for more.
The food section has over 50 stalls, doing brisk business even at late morning to evening daily. Be sure to check out the place with an empty stomach so that you can try more different types and as the saying goes – resistance is futile because the taste of the wide variety is simply second to none.
Known as Pusat Penjaja Lebuh Cecil in Bahasa Malaysia or Chit Tiao Lor Ban San in Hokkien, it is located next to the busy Lebuh Cecil wet market.
Inside, the food stalls that seem so haphazardly placed are selling local favourites like Char Koay Teow, Pasembor, Wan Tan Mee and Koay Teow Soup.
Foodies are spoilt for choice to savour the mouth-watering delicacies made up of an assortment of colourful and delectable Nyonya Kuih (local dessert)
Others must-eat are the white porridge and congee, the aromatic 850 Char Koay Teow as well as duck meat koay teow soup outlets.
Char Koay Teow
Step near the stall known as 850 Char Koay Teow, the unmistaken aroma from the popular dish known for its “wok hei” fills the air while the chef is busy stirring up the sizzling hot wok.
It is a hive of activity with streams of orders to savour the concoction of fish and bean curds and vegetable topped with thick gravy.
Koay Teow Soup
The stall uses shreds of duck and chicken meat to churn out the soupy delicacy. Be sure to slurp the last drop of soup because the best part of the dish is in it.
Colourful dessert on display is a feast both to the eyes and the stomach. A must-visit stall with close to 20 types of items on sale.
Some 30 types of meat and vegetable dishes as well as condiments blend well with the local staple food that remains popular among diners who are spoilt for choice while placing orders.