Penang Economy Rice

I googled for the above phrase and found some unflattering mention of how cut-throat Penang economy rice is.  Well, folks, don’t expect a RM2-a-plate unless you want discards from the markets, dead corpses of pigs and bird-flu infested chicken for your meals.

This is THE economy rice that you should try.  The place is located near the end of Jalan Macalister and Jalan Anson, just before EON showroom.  You can’t miss the orange building.

We have our lunch here on most Sundays because this is where you get large tamarind prawns, crispy deep-fried mantis prawns, all kinds of curries, fishes cooked in various styles, green vege and lots more.  My toddler insists for the fried mantis prawns every Sunday and sometimes, we gotta wait for the kitchen to prepare it.  That’s how good the mantis prawns are.  (I lost my photo, too bad.)

This stern looking auntie just charged me RM7 (WTF!) for a plate of rice today.  I had stingray and salted vegetables fried with chillies, sweet & sour fish fillet cooked with tumeric and sambal okra.  RM7, dude!  *press heart*  My hubby had otak-otak, pumpkin and tofu and it costs him only RM3.70.  (probably my hubby charmed ’em old ladies)
Well, I can’t exactly call this stall economy rice but their dishes are freshly cooked, piping hot, full of flavours and there are so many varieties till you can’t decide.   However, you can’t afford to stand for too long to ponder because people will be pushing and nudging and that stern looking auntie with equally stern voice will be barking her orders.  ‘Hai hamik, kah meh, kah meh.’  (what you want, faster-faster)

Trust me, their dishes are good.  But don’t expect cheap prices or good service.  Oh ya, don’t you dare try to scoop your own dishes.  They will chop off your hands with the cleaver they have there to chop the meats.  There aren’t free soup too.  Chargeable at RM3 per bowl.

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

6 thoughts on “Penang Economy Rice


    (July 3, 2006 - 10:04 am)

    looks like a lot of choices. actually i dun mind paying provided they have loads of choices and delicious


    (July 3, 2006 - 11:39 am)

    not exactly economical heh?


    (July 3, 2006 - 1:04 pm)

    I frequent this place for lunch with my friends. Nice food but I wish they would change their dishes daily. I always order almost the same dishes when I go there.


    (July 3, 2006 - 3:19 pm)

    RM7 is still very cheap la, auntie. Come to Melbourne and visit Wuching. 2dishs + rice are RM30…that’s 10xWTF. LOL


    (July 12, 2006 - 1:56 am)

    I frequent this place on alternate Sundays too and i remember they charged me RM 6 the last tiem i went.

    Prometeuz, this is not Melbourne la. Why dun u compare Tokyo, duh!


    (February 26, 2007 - 12:27 pm)

    yes, the economic rice in penang is getting expensive. Anyhow, is worth it if u have a delicious food.
    When i stay in seremban and kl , i hard to find a delicious economic food in most kopitiam. Friends alway scold me fussy in food.
    I moved to Canberra, Australia last year and did my study. I have visited some of malaysian restaurant. Ayoyoh , expensive and the taste was so normal , cant compete with the kopitiam food also. Have to eat although is expensive because i really miss the food.
    From this moment , i will appreciate everyfood in Malaysia. Consider quite cheap and more important DELICIOUS.

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