Old Street Taiwanese Delicacies (台湾老街) at 8 Row is not new... probably opened for business in Penang for more than 5 years but recently, they came out with a new business strategy- to convert the place into a Vegetarian restaurant. The interior decor has not changed much since then; the menu; however, has some new items added in which some of the delicacies are not commonly seen in Penang.
One of their signature dishes- Vegetarian Gua Bao (Rm 8.80) is a rare scene here in Penang. Served to us warm, the cotton-light bun was fluffy; sandwiching a Mock Patty (bean-curd slice), Chinese preserved Mustard Greens, Fried Egg and sprinkles of crushed Peanuts. The mock Patty barely registered any flavor or rather, the Chinese preserved Mustard Greens/ Mui Choy outshined the bean curd. Generally okay but I was not quite thrilled with the taste and I thought it might be a little overpriced for that portion.
We were in search for a dish with an appetizing tease and so, we had Hot and Spicy Vermicelli Noodles with Mock Fish (Rm 8.80). The seemingly bland clear broth surprised us with its avalanche of flavors. Our palate was struck with a jolting sourness followed by a gentle chili kick. The bowl was loaded with aplenty ingredients- Egg Tofu, Cabbage, Deep Fried Mock Fish, Tomatoes etc. The Deep Fried Mock Fish was veering towards the salty side but it provides a crisp-crunch to the dish. The Egg Tofu was equally delicious- silky smooth with an eggy aroma. The portion may be a little small though.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: no
Address: 2, Jalan Krian, 10400, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 9 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6012- 489 9384