There's an unexplained relationship of food courts and Penangites; it excites us like a child when we get to know there is a new food court opening (especially a big one!). At the new township of Karpal Singh Drive, there is a new food court that has opened its doors to the public recently. There are ample parking lots available with myriad of hawker stalls housed within the food court. Expect to see a wide range of not only local must-eats like Hokkien Prawn Mee, Char Koay Teow, Curry Mee but international cuisine like Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese food either. Prices are standard-average but what the place really offers is the vast selection of street food, everyone of different age group will eventually find something that suits his/her palate. To find this new food court, drive from Automall towards McDonald's at Karpal Singh Drive, keep driving (after McDonald's) and you will find it on your left within a few seconds.
Something unique but utterly lip-smacking- Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles with Mud Crab (Rm 25/ small) surprised us with its robust-dimensional flavors. Start with the Vermicelli Noodles, they carried a delightful hint of charred aroma with reasonable seasoning. The texture was at its perfect state- not overly hard nor slouchy. The seafood sweetness seems to have penetrated every single string of the noodles. The Mud Crab was fresh too, but it was not as meaty as expected; satisfying enough nevertheless. Other options from this stall includes Mud Crab Claypot Rice, Cheesy Mud Crabs etc.
For those who prefer to have something to spice up their days, go for Curry Fish Head (Rm 25/ 2 person)- a generous serving of Fish Head with various condiments such as Okra, Onions, Tomatoes. The Curry possessed a thick, rich and creamy texture; probably a little too creamy for us though. The Fish was fresh- pristine with nary fish stench. Flavors were perfectly balanced, there was not a single element that dominated the whole scene, everything amalgamated perfectly. Something that we would not mind to eat again.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls (2 rolls for Rm 5)
Vietnamese Beef Pho (Rm 7/ small)
Have a taste of Vietnam by ordering some of their signature local Vietnamese delicacies at a humble, quiet stall at Section B. Their Beef Pho comes in a crystal clear broth but a touch of zingy Lime juice changes everything. The meaty flavor becomes more intense while the noodles were silky smooth. The Beef, however, was not praise-worthy. The Thai Basil flavor was present but we thought it could be stronger. A pity that they did not provide a basket of crunchy greens; the Beef Pho would be perfect otherwise. Spring Rolls were mediocre, probably the meat element was less-intense and lacked of a "wow" factor.
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: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7.5/10 (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: Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown. (Right next to McDonald's at the same district)
Business Hours: Lunch/ Dinner