Cheng Sim Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: No. 69E, Jalan Trengganu, Penang
Contact: 04-283 2615/016-452 4163
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am-8.30pm. Tuesday 7.30am-4.00pm
Economic Rice and Dishes options that are available. Malaysian vegetarian eateries really know how to do economic rice much better than Singapore. With each shop having their own unique dishes, unlike in Singapore where every stall is more or less selling the same items, cooked the same way. I absolutely adored the dishes cooked at Cheng Sim, so much so that I subsequently became a regular customer just for their ever-changing dishes.
Price: RM5.00. 8/10
Wanton. Fried wanton has always forever been one of my guilty pleasure in the world of Chinese cuisine. I adored the creamy and slightly salty filling that could be found in these wanton. There are a total of eight pieces of small wanton on the plate, which equates to RM0.50 per piece. Great
Price: RM4.00. 7/10
Assam Laksa from Luk Yea Yan in Georgetown. Well, I would say that the Cheng Sim laksa is just as impressive - If not better. I recently talked to an ang moh travelling in Penang, who remarked that when he first sampled assam laksa it tasted like dish washing soap. I would agree that a poor assam laksa might have that sort of flavour. The laksa available at Cheng Sim is absolutely incredible, though. Easily one of the top 3 dishes I've eaten so far in Penang. A spicy, aromatic, powdery, sweet, sour concoction of beautiful unforgettable flavour. This dish is only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - You must visit and try this laksa. Insanely good value for only RM4 also.
Price: RM4.00 10/10
*Update (11/08/2016 - Famous assam laksa is now only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and when it sells out it is gone, so go early!
Conclusion - Since spending time in Penang, Cheng Sim has become one of my regular haunts mainly due to their excellent economic rice and laksa. Although this place is outside the city of Georgetown, and can be a little troublesome to get to, for those unfamiliar with the area - It is without question worthwhile finding this place. Truly phenomenal vegetarian food.
Food - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 9/10