Penang 2011 - New World Park Food Court

We had been to New World Food Court before during our last trip the Penang as our hotel was nearby, but didn’t realize how good it is until this trip. In fact our friendly tour guide who took us on a couple of half day tours around Penang highly recommended this place, so did a few taxi drivers. During our last visit a few years back this place was newly open and not all the stalls were occupied. This time round the place is fully humming and also quite packed with people - though not as crammed as Gurney Drive. The open concept is nice, and the high roofs allow air to flow freely and hence it was quite pleasant.

Everything we ordered was good. The Pasembor (Indian Rojak) was very expensive - RM15 for the plate - but excellent. The sauce had a great balance of sweet, savoury and spiciness. The pakoras were very crunchy and yet had great complexity of flavours.

The Asam Laksa was the best we had during the trip. Rich flavours spiked with lots of bird eye chilis which gave it a real kick. I could have ordered another one if not for the Prawn Mee that was waiting to be tasted. And it was also very good.

The Char Kuih Tiaw was also one of the better ones we had this trip. It was topped with some crispy bits for added interest.

The kids had Kuih Tiaw Soup with fish balls which they loved.

New World Park Food Court is located on Swatow Lane, not far from Komtar/ Prangin Mall. Besides the food court, there is also an open air retail centre attached to the complex which even boasts a Starbucks Cafe. The retail side doesn’t seem to be doing very well. Go there mainly for the food.


The child who refuses to travel in the father's harness, this is the symbol of man's most unique capability. "I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father's rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I can make my own choices of what to believe and what not to believe, of what to be and what not to be.

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