Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Canteen at Moh Teng Pheow, the Nonya Kuih Factory

Moh Teng Pheow, a nonya kuih factory right in the heart of Georgetown, has been churning out colourful little bites of delectable kuih for more than half a century. It recently opened up a space at the back of its space to serve foodies with tasty treats such as assam laksa, nasi ulam and mini pizzas.

There is limited parking around the area and it's controlled by a jaga kereta. Look out for the distinct red building. Do note that it's old school, so there isn't air conditioning but the place is well ventilated with ceiling fans.

The front part is still being used to make nonya kuih and we were lucky enough to spot some workers churning the giant vats. This is a tray of freshly baked kuih bengka with its distinct charred brown top.

The back is termed as the "canteen" where it's chockful of nostalgic bric a brac. Bubs was fascinated with the trishaw.

Hubs has a tough choice narrowing down his nonya kuih selection.

I love that the tables are re-purposed from discarded bits of old houses. This striking yellow and green trimmed table used to part of an old door! The must haves: a mini assortment of kuih (50 cents each): from clockwise: pulut tai tai, kuih talam and sri muka in addition to spring rolls (RM1.50 each).

We've heard so much about the assam laksa (RM5) so there was there was a build up of anticipation when we took our first mouth. The rich, fishy flavours were strong, well balanced but be warned, the spices was extremely fiery! This is something that you will need a tall, cold glass to wash the heat away.

Nasi ulam (RM7) is a bit of an acquired taste. If you like your greens, this is something you will fall in love with. It's a healthy dish loaded with lots of fresh herbs and sliced onions. I thought that this dish could have benefited from a tad of fried salted fish just to add some oomph to the flavours. The gu leng peng (milk with bandung/rose syrup - RM2.50) was something new to Bubs and me. It's Hub's staple during his high school days so that makes it a really old school drink ;) I liked the light, sweet taste flavouring the creamy milk, almost like a liquid version of ais kacang.

Moh Teng Pheow
Address: Jalan Masjid (Off Chulia Street), 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays.
Telephone: 6012- 415 2677

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