Text and images by CK Lam @ Makansutra
One Corner Food Cafe located on Jalan Bawasah directly behind the iconic Penang Plaza, is another joint for delicious hawker food. Varieties include hokkien mee, char koay teow and not forgetting the deep-fried popiah with laksa.
Diners begin filling the coffee shop as early as eight in the morning to savor the famous Super Hokkien Mee. The proprietors have been dishing out this noodle for decades now, to its loyal diners. The waiting time could be an hour or less.
From the size of the crowd, this noodle with key ingredients like fresh prawns and well prepared stock is worth waiting for. Every spoonful of soup is bursting with prawn flavour, while the noodles itself are cooked just right. The chili paste provides the wow factor.
Char koay teow
Char Koay Teow
As the morning recedes and afternoon approaches, several other stalls come to the fore. One particular stall that never fails to attract a steady and consistent crowd is the char koay teow and assorted fried noodles. With approximately two decades of experience, the husband and wife team dishes out piping hot yet flavorful plates of fried noodle. There are many options available, such as koay teow, yellow noodles, vermicelli and even rice. On top of that, many diners opt for the additional sambal sotong which rounds off this dish beautifully.
Soon before long, the lunch crowd fills up One Corner Cafe, with most of the stalls bustling with orders. Choices available include wholesome chicken rice and porridge, economy rice and Western food.
Yam Cake & Kuih Muih
They remain open throughout tea time, and this coffee shop has an even more attractive variety of snacks to cater to the mid-afternoon crowd. The yam cake, or more affectionately known to locals as or kueh, is an excellent choice. The texture of the cake itself is springy and filled with cubes of yam. Topped with a generous amount of shallots as well as spring onions, this dish is well complemented with the chili sauce.
Deep-fried popiah with laksa soup
The iconic attraction for the tea time session, however, is the Indian peddler which serves mouthwatering laksa, assorted deep-fried snacks as well as kuih-muih! Parking his two wheels cart right in the coffee shop, his signature of deep-fried popiah in laksa soup should not be missed.
With a wide variety of food to choose from, it is no wonder that One Corner Cafe is constantly filled with diners throughout the day. Parking is limited along Jalan Bawasah and it can be quite packed on a working day; however there are ample lots in Penang Plaza itself.
One Corner Cafe is open daily except Tuesdays, with business hours from 7.30 in the morning.