Kocha Express @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.
A sister restaurant of the famous Taiwanese-joint in town- Taiwan Kochabi, Kocha Express seeks to offer value-for-money Taiwanese food for the workers working in the vicinity. The menu is a mix of some of the country's greatest hits but less-extensive as compared to the main branch in town; essentials like Taiwanese Beef Noodles, Drunken Chicken, Three-Cup Chicken, Salty Deep Fried Chicken are all available. Ala-Carte orders may seem a little grueling to the wallet but their Set Meals worth every penny spent. We dropped by for lunch on a weekday, the air-conditioned restaurant was comfortable but the service could be more swift. There were not many around yet we had to wait close to 20 minutes for orders to arrive..... If you must know, Kocha Express is the new tenant of the now defunct Sticks & Spoons.
Taiwanese Beef Noodles Set/ 台式牛肉面 (Rm 20)
Bountifully served, Kocha Express's Taiwanese Beef Noodles' broth comes in a dark hue, with familiar elements such as julienned Chilies, Scallions floating around. The broth carried an indelible sweetness with a sleek salinity, it was not too beefy but the seemingly invigorating broth carried complicated taste with a hint of herbaceous flavors. If there was something we could add on, it would be picked Mustard. We'd prefer the extra touch of acidity as well as crisp to it, for an extra layer of dimension. Texture of the Noodles was great nonetheless.
Three-Cup Chicken Set/ 三杯鸡 (RM 23.50)
Kimchi Ramen Set/ 泡菜拉面 (Rm 20)
Iron Eggs/ 铁蛋 (Rm 5.50)
There is no definite recipe for the national dish of Taiwan- Three-Cup Chicken, every family in Taiwan owns their very own recipe but essentially, there must be four ingredients- Sesame Oil, Chinese Rice Wine, premium Soy Sauce and Basil. Kocha Express's rendition turned out to be decent but we thought the Basil element could be stronger. It lacked the alluring aroma. Also, the edges of the Chicken pieces were not browned.... lackluster. Kimchi Ramen was alright though some of us were in the opinion that the broth was a tad too sweet.
Complimentary Drinks with every Set Meal ordered
Complimentary Dessert with every Set Meal ordered- Caramel Pudding
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No *Prices are inclusive of GST*
Address: No. 1-1-3A, Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 611 7151