No, I’m not talking about the actual Gurney Drive in Penang which is a popular seafront food promenade. I’m referring to the restaurant with the same name that is in Singapore. It seems to be mum’s favourite eating place and I finally had the opportunity to lunch there recently.
It is located at Ang Mo Kio Central, in the same building as Popeye’s (Jubilee Entertainment Complex). We were there at lunch hour but there wasn’t much of a crowd. Then again, right across from the casual restaurant is S11 hawker centre so there’s definitely competition in the area.
We ordered the Penang fried koay teow, Penang rojak, Penang lor bak and sambal chicken wings (not in picture) to share.
The fried koay teow is not the typical Singaporean-style char kway teow with the sweet black sauce. I’m not sure the type of sauce they used but the taste is definitely a lot lighter than the ones we’re used to. The Penang rojak was pretty good but if you like rojak for the you char kway (like me!), you will be sorely disappointed as this was mainly made up of fruits with about 5 pieces of thinly-sliced you char kway. The Penang lor bak (bottom left of picture) is essentially what we commonly know as ngoh hiang. The only difference is, this was made up almost entirely of meat without the usual crunch of ngoh hiang. Can’t say I’m a fan of it – I much prefer the ‘usual’ ngoh hiang. The sambal chicken wings took forever to arrive so in the end, we asked for it to be packed so I have no idea how it actually looked or tasted (mum took it home).
I’m really not sure why my mum likes this place so much. The food is mediocre at best and if I’m in the area, there’re loads of good food at much cheaper prices that I can choose from.
Jubilee Entertainment Complex,
61 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
#01-07 to 10 (next to Blk 722)
Tel: 6455 1202
Opening hours : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.