Thai Food @ Fong Garden, Terengganu Road, Georgetown, Penang.
Fong Garden appears to be just an ordinary hawker centre in the neighborhood but what hidden inside the place is extraordinary. Firstly, there's this Chu Char corner- New Anson Park Seafood (not to be featured in this blog post) moved from Anson Park which dishes out lip-smacking dishes and we particularly recommend their Curry Fish Head but if Chu Char is not on your list, watch out for this humble stall selling Thai delicacies. While there are plenty of interesting eats inside, there is nothing worth-mentioning about the interior decor. If you are coming from Heng Ee High School towards Jalan Air Hitam/ Han Chiang Schools, Fong Garden is on your left, right next to a Chinese Temple on the same road.
The staple Tom Yum is a good test of the culinary skills of the Chef. We tried their Tom Yum Chicken and Seafood (Rm 9), we got a generous helping of tender Chicken strips but the Squid and Shrimps were on the scarce side. The creamy broth was flavorsome with a medley of sweet, acidic, spicy notes, veering towards the sour side. You may opt to add in noodles like Vermicelli or Instant Noodles (Maggi) but we had ours without the noodles. Extremely comforting concoction that goes perfectly well with Rice.
Seafood and Pork Glass Noodles (Rm 8) was appetizing, it has some minced Pork, Shrimps, Squids with a generous helping of Glass Noodles, chopped Chilies and Coriander. The sauce was tangy with some salty essence, potentially from Fish Sauce. The flavors were a lot milder than we first had it but it was good enough to satiate our cravings for Thai-influenced Salad.
Their Thai Boat Noodles (Rm 6) may not be the best but the meaty broth was comforting. Flat Thai Rice Noodles were used (something similar to those used in cooking Pad Thai) and served with a generous amount of Water Spinach and Pork meat. The well-spiced soup possessed a sleek meaty flavor but it was slightly oily to my liking. For a spicy touch, add in the Vinegared Chilies, Chili flakes and crushed toasted Peanuts.
While you are at Fong Garden, check out this stall that serves Fish Head Bee Hoon but not the Fish Head Bee Hoon that matters. They serve these Chives Cake (3 pieces for Rm 5)- soft, salty greens well-sheathed in a paper-thin Dumpling skin deep fried to perfection. It has crunchy vegetable filling with crispy edges. The flavors were precisely measured and best to dip in sweet Chili sauce. What a delightful serendipitous find!
Taste: 7/10 (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: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Address: Jalan Terengganu, 10460, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 6 pm to 10 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6016- 468 3630