When in Malaysia, my instinct is always to hunt down something spicy and deliciously sinful. The Little Penang Cafe at KLCC is a treasure trove of Penang hawker street food delights – all packed into a comfortable, aircon space. To spread the sin, we ordered a couple of the Penang must-haves to be shared amongst the four of us. This way, we all got to taste a variety of dishes and no one would end up slurping up an entire bowl of irresistible assam Penang laksa gravy. Heh.
Our favourite was the Penang Char Kway Teow. This was also the cafe’s most popular dish and the menu warned of a 20-minute wait time. It was one of the best we’ve tasted. The thin kway teow noodles were full of "wok hei", flavourful and served with generous portions of prawns and crunchy beansprouts. This dish got the thumbs up from all of us and I would return to Little Penang Cafe just for this.
The mom-in-law had a craving for Penang Assam Fish Laksa and so this was another must-try. The steaming bowl of spicy and sour laksa gravy was served with thick rice noodles and topped with a generous serving of sliced cucumbers, onions, pineapple and thick chunks of fish. I liked that the prawn paste was served separately, and you could decide whether you wanted the additional flavour.
Little Penang Cafe also serves a number of rice sets. We tried the one that came with beef rendang and lobak. It was good . The beef rendang was tender and fragrant, and the lobak was well done with thick, juicy pieces of meat wrapped up in beancurd skin.
Being the greedy lot that we were, we also tried the Penang Prawn noodles and Penang Jawa mee. Both were good but nothing to shout about. This cafe is a great spot for lunch or dinner in the KLCC area.
Little Penang Cafe
Suria KLCC Jalan Ampang
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Lot 409 – 411, 4th Floor