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Penang Ikan Bawal

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by Justin Ong (subscribe)
Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Published May 17th 2014
Fancy some fish?
It may not be Penang's definitive Ikan Bawal stall, but I reckon it will rank highly among locals and foreigners alike.

But first, to look for it, you will need to be looking out for Medan Selera Tanjung Bunga, or Tanjung Bunga Food Court in the Tanjung Tokong/Tanjung Bunga area, on the way to the beaches and hotels of Batu Feringghi and Teluk Bahang.

The biggest hint I can give you in terms of location is that it is perched on an uphill road, leading off to a condominium, and overlooking the Floating Mosque. It makes for an alternative or detour for tourists heading north. Or you can just try asking locals about the Ikan Bawal stall in Tanjung Bunga.

The not-so-obvious sign saying you're at the right place

Ikan Bawal means pomfret in Malay, and this form of dish is steeped in Malay origin. It is fried in such a way that it is crispy on the outside, but the meat inside has a very tender quality.

For a criminally picky guy when it comes to fish, or food in general, I found the ikan bawal to be rather delicious. The crispy skin and tender meat made a decent combination.

Pomfret & rice & bean sprouts & curry & iced lemon tea = MYR7.00

If the length of the queuing line is an indicator of how good the food was, the queues here at peak hours are nothing to be laughed at. Having the floating mosque nearby certainly helps to attain a steady stream of customers everyday.

Lining up for the mid-day buffet

Along with its famous dish, they also serve a buffet-style selection of meats, vegetables and curries to make for a simple eat-and-go, or a satisfying meal. Start with the rice at MYR1.50, and work your way from there. If you opt for some curry, but don't necessarily have the stomach for it, ordering some drinks to wash it down is a very good idea.

If you are up for well-priced, local fare, look no further. As long as you can look for it.

Preparing the fish & the chicken. Caution: not for the health-conscious

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Why? Cheap Penang food
When: Everyday, morning - afternoon, please ask stallpeople for details
Where: Pesiaran Tanjung Bunga Tanjung Bungah Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Cost: MYR 5-15
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