Starved during late night like 2-3am? Feel like eating supper but not knowing where and what to eat ? Do not feel like eating Nasi Kandar and Fast Food ? Well, here is one of my recommendations for night owls. In De Happy Restaurant, they offer supper in terms of economical rice and porridge in Teo Chew Style with a wide variety of dishes to go with the rice/porridge. Located strategically at one the busiest streets in Penang, Macalister Road. The restaurant is located exactly opposite to the famous New Lane hawker stalls. The restaurant serves seafood dishes during dinner time as well. As for supper, one can opt to order some stir fried dishes from the kitchen instead of choosing from the dishes prepared earlier. Parking obviously is not a problem during late night; the only draw back is the prices but it does not really matter as it could be very problematic to find such places for a satisfying supper. The best part is the business hours of this restaurant, they operate from 9pm until 5am in the morning.
The Teo Chew style porridge is quite different from the Cantonese version which it has less-watery and the rice grains still remain as a whole. The Teo Chew style porridge comes in an okay portion but since its a supper, I suppose its okay. The porridge has some cubes of sweet potatoes in it.
One shall never missed salted egg when having a bowl of porridge. They are the best combination ever. The Teo Chew prefer preserved food as in preserved vegetables (ham choy), preserved eggs (ham tan). Unfortunately, they do not have cold crabs. I would definitely love to try those cold crabs.
Their curry chicken was quite nice as in the chicken was quite tender and juicy but the combination was a bit weird as mixing porridge with curry does not seem right. It would definitely be better to eat this curry chicken with rice.
Their Chinese sausages were just decent as in the texture was quite hard and chewy. They do looked like they are over-cooked either as they were a bit too dried out.
Stir fried bitter gourd with bean paste (豆瓣酱). The bitter gourd was stir fried to perfection where it remains the crunchiness, the dish was more to the salty side but it was perfectly okay since the porridge was rather tasteless.
Stir fried vegetables with chilies, sort of a good match with porridge.
An overall picture of the dishes we had that night. I can not tell the individual prices as there was not any bill given to me, but the total damage was Rm 52 (7 bowls of porridge and drinks).
Government Tax: No
Service Charge: No
Address: 58, Macalister Road, 10400, Penang. (directly opposite to those hawker stalls at New Lane)
Business Hours: For supper, 9pm to 5am; Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 227 7809 / 012- 485 2388