Still can’t forget eating nervously with then PM Dr M (1981 to 2003) watching over us. He was a regular there and his picture was hanging on the wall as an endorsement or reminder of sorts. Such vivid memories a benevolent dictator evokes.
One of the signature dishes there that captivated me then was Ju Hu Char. Pronounced Jew Hoo Char.
Happy to see Little Penang Kafe at IOI City Mall and am glad they retained the menu offerings even though they have now grown into a giant chain. This dish is like a misnomer as Ju Hu Char means stir fried cuttlefish in Hokkien. There was more stir fried turnip or pang kuan (jicama to hipsters) but it was still tasty. Imagine eating popiah fillings without the skin. The shredded dish is a side order at Little Penang restaurant. It is not a Penang dish you can find easily at hawkers. It is more a home cooked festive dish in Nyonya or Peranakan homes.
Little Penang is good in that it allows the Malays to try normally non halal Penang dishes such as Char Kuey Teow, Lor Bak and Curry Laksa. The halal versions still taste authentic. Kudos to them.
Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 800, f3.5, 1/60 sec.
Where is IOI City Mall? See MyCen Maps http://www.mycen.my/ioi-city-mall/
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