[Penang] Lunch at Bee Hwa Cafe, Dickens Street

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ on 10 Dickens Street was started way back in 1967 by the Sum family as a traditional Hainanese coffeeshop. At the time, it served only coffee & tea beverages, plus toast and soft-boiled eggs. Its clientele included policemen from the Penang Police HQ just across the street.

In 1992, Mr Sumโ€™s daughter-in-law, Madam G N Ng, known to her customers as โ€˜Ah Lianโ€™ took over the running of the coffeeshop as well as raising her family as a single mother after losing her husband.

Mdm Ng, a stoic, strong & resourceful Teochew woman, decided to introduce cooked dishes in her coffeeshop to satisfy her customersโ€™ demands for more substantial dishes. She cooks everything herself. Respecting the fact that many of her regulars are Malays/Muslims, Mdm Ng only uses chicken (procured from halal suppliers) for her noodle dishes. Sheโ€™ll ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ use, or permit any pork products to enter her premises.

Today, Mdm Ng still mans the stove, doing all the fried dishes herself - char koay teow (fried rice noodles, with shrimps, fish-balls, beansprouts, egg and chives), and fried rice (with shrimps, fishballs, Japanese kanikama/imitation crab sticks and egg) , two of the ever-popular dishes.

Her daughter, Yuki Sum, assists by serving out the equally popular Penang-style white curry mee and Hokkien mee (prawn noodles).

Her son, Ah Ming, takes orders and collects from an ever-present queue at the cash-counter. The family works with clockwork efficiency, and systematically serves out a train of freshly-cooked dishes to their multi-racial clientele. Come early for lunch, or be prepared to wait as the coffeeshop can get busy at peak meal hours.

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜„๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ opens 7am to 3pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sundays. Tel: 04-263 6092/+60 12-854 0005.
10, Lebuh Dickens (Dickens Street), 10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.


Everything looks delicious!

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