Backlane of good foods

Penang is unique because of the several backlanes hawker stalls that have brisk business. Often, broken table and chairs, clogged drains, rats scurrying by, rusty zinc roofs and other unmentionable stuffs failed to dampen the appetites of the patrons if the food is very good.


This is an example of a backlane. This backlane is not just any lane. It isin the area of the ‘Lam Chan Nah’ or the coffin road! This is Carnavon Street where all the coffin shops are located. (Junction from Prangin Road)


On weekends, the place is so packed, one has to stand a wait for a while before getting a seat. They are famous for their Loh Mee, Char Hor Fun, Hokkien Char and Bak Kee Th’ng.


Probably the attraction is the height of the fire when the cook is frying his hor fun. Fire will leapt out of his wok, making dramatic scenes. (sorry , my photo did not turn out well to illustrate it)


This is the other end of the lane. The places are empty because we reached there when they have just opened stall, around 6pm.

Personally, I wouldn’t say this place has the best food but we still do eat there once in a while because their loh mee is a little like the one sold in KL. It is also one of the few places selling Bak Kee Th’ng. (tapioca flour coated meat soup)

Post Author: Lilian

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6 thoughts on “Backlane of good foods


    (August 9, 2005 - 3:55 pm)

    I like the tuft of hair in the first pix and the grinning kid at the last one.

    Yeah, good food is always found at these places. Must be the combination of it all that produces great food.


    (August 9, 2005 - 4:19 pm)

    ooooooo i suddenly crave for penang style loh meen… sigh which means i need to get to back lane of yut kee!!!! far from opis and its rather hot leh… grrrr… slurps


    (August 9, 2005 - 4:51 pm)

    I’m hungreeeeee!
    *slurp slurp*

    Of course… It’s more fun to eat with some leng lui who are actually afraid of cats and rats. 😛


    (August 9, 2005 - 6:33 pm)

    n305er – Then you can play knight on white horse?

    babe – It must go with the ambience. Do you have rats there. :O)

    boo – That notty son of mine likes to block my view. So, I usually end up with his faces.


    (August 10, 2005 - 2:44 am)

    you can find bak kee in goh diao loh area. at the shophouses opposite the big temple at the seaside. i think ang hoey loh also got sell. not sure tho.


    (August 10, 2005 - 9:19 am)

    back lane wor… sure got la since beside 2 longkang kekeke

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