A dining promotion which has been running for nearly 30 years in Singapore is no joke. As seen by the queues of hungry diners who were waiting for a table even at 8.30pm one evening, York Hotel's Penang Hawkers' Fare is really popular!
Available three times a year, the current instalment runs from 4 to 20 September for both lunch and dinner. 11 stalls serve up Penang favouites like Penang Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Char Kway Teow, Oyster Omelette, Cuttlefish Kang Kong and Lor Bak among others. Yes, it's a buffet ($25.80++/adult for Monday to Friday; $28.80++/adult for Weekends) so have as mooch as you like. Moohehe.
I really liked the Penang Char Kway Teow with its smoky, savoury notes. But it's hard to beat a comfortingly warm bowl of Kway Teow Soup especially after indulging too mooch. The stock, made with pork ribs and chicken bones, was very tasty.
The Oyster Omelette could have been a little crispier but paired with a tangy chilli sauce, the gooey starch bits are quite a delight. I'm not a huge oyster fan but I still whacked two plates of this. Moohehe.
For dessert, there was Ice Kacang (even saw an Ice Ball for a diner who requested for it) and Chendol but my favourite was the crisp Ban Chang Kueh, a thin pancake shell filled with crushed peanuts and sugar.
Overall, though not all dishes seem to be identical to the ones I have had in Penang, it is still reasonably priced with decent variety. Not crazily extensive so it is possible to makan your way through every dish.
No table reservations are entertained so go early!
Thank you, York Hotel for hosting me.
White Rose Café
Level 1, York Hotel
Tel: 6830 1156
Chew On This: Stand to win accommodation and meal vouchers when you dine here for the Penang Hawkers' Fare. Top prize is a weekend stay at York Hotel's Premier Room for a family of up to 4 persons plus dining vouchers!