I googled for the above phrase and found some unflattering mention of how cut-throat Penang economy rice is.Â 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.Â The place is located near the end of Jalan Macalister and Jalan Anson, just before EON showroom.Â 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.Â My toddler insists for the fried mantis prawns every Sunday and sometimes, we gotta wait for the kitchen to prepare it.Â That’s how good the mantis prawns are.Â (I lost my photo, too bad.)
This stern looking auntie just charged me RM7 (WTF!) for a plate of rice today.Â I had stingray and salted vegetables fried with chillies, sweet & sour fish fillet cooked with tumeric and sambal okra.Â RM7, dude!Â *press heart*Â My hubby had otak-otak, pumpkin and tofu and it costs him only RM3.70.Â (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.Â Â 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.Â ‘Hai hamik, kah meh, kah meh.’Â (what you want, faster-faster)
Trust me, their dishes are good.Â But don’t expect cheap prices or good service.Â Oh ya, don’t you dare try to scoop your own dishes.Â They will chop off your hands with the cleaver they have there to chop the meats.Â There aren’t free soup too.Â Chargeable at RM3 per bowl.