Monday, November 20, 2017

Li Er Cafe (莉儿) @ Burmah Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

Many would pass by Li Er Cafe without noticing its presence, it has got to be one of the low-key cafes in town. The name has been established for quite a few years and has since garnered an appreciate following. Most regular patrons are back for their Nyonya Kuih, particularly their catering service that offers outstanding presentation. They are able to customize your orders based on the number of diners and it goes as low as a few pax. While they are known for the Nyonya Kuih, their daily offering is not to be forsaken as well; the daily specials include traditional-dishes with a modern touch. Notable highlights include Nasi Kerabu, Tom Yum Bee Hoon, Nasi Lemak Special, Nasi Kunyit, Jawa Mee etc.... at unbeatable prices. Though not everything is praise-worthy, the effort in plating and presentation is applaudible. Li Er Cafe is housed in one of the shop houses along Jalan Burmah, facing the junction to Bangkok Lane.

Lunch Set- Nasi Kerabu (Rm 13.90/ with Drink and Kuih of the day)

Add On- Assam Fish (Rm 2.50)

Kuih of the day

Gula Melaka Sago

The Set Lunch is a value for money offer, every order comes with a drink, a main and a small serving of Nyonya Kuih (specials of the day). We had Nasi Kerabu, one of the signature dishes of Li Er Cafe. Unlike classic Nasi Kerabu, Li Er's rendition has innovative touches like Fried Chicken bits, Fish bits, pounded Dried Shrimp and fresh Lettuce... on top of the familiar items like Long Beans and Winged Beans; served over its home-made Sambal. The combination carried an avalanche of flavors- the Chicken/ Fish provided the salty-meaty element while the greens offered a juicy crunch complemented by the irresistible Sambal with a spicy kick and a hint of refreshing acidity. They seemed to be very generous with the serving of rice too.... Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Rice.

With every order of the main, diners are entitled to top up Rm 2.50 for a piece of Assam Fish. The Mackerel was evenly coated with Assam paste but the indelible sweetness left us underwhelmed. We would prefer it to carry bolder acidic touch in lieu of monotonous-sweetness. The Nyonya Kuih that comes with the Set Lunch was nothing out of the ordinary but one thing for sure, the sweetness was greatly reduced and offered a healthier variety for the health-conscious.

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average. 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Pork Free
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 349, Jalan Burmah, 10350, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 7 am to 5 pm. Closed on Thursdays.
Contact Number: 6017- 464 3757


  1. That sure doesn't look like any nasi kerabu I've seen before but of course, what matters most is the taste. Everything else is secondary.

  2. That gula melaka sago doesn't look like what I've envisioned.