[Penang] Lunch at Jaloux, 24 King Street

Fans of the temperamental but supremely-gifted 44-year-old Loh Choon Kueng (aka Chef Hong) and pastry chef Khor Gaik Ee (aka Chef Yen) of the now-defunct Cozy in the Rocket can finally breathe a sigh of relief - the dynamic duo is back at their latest venture, Jaloux, on 24 King Street.

Ever since they started the tiny but quirkily-pretty Amelie Cafe on Armenian Street back in 2009, Chefs Hong & Yen have built up quite a loyal following through their culinary offerings - using the best ingredients they can source from within Penang to churn out rustic, hearty Italian-inspired dishes.

In 2013, they upsized from the 6-table Amelie to a much larger Cozy in the Rocket, offering pretty much the same pasta-based menu at lunch & dinner, besides an ambitious addition of breakfast offerings.

With Jaloux, Hong & Yen seem to have decided to move a bit closer back to their Amelie roots, with a smaller, tighter menu, and only does lunch & dinner. ·

Loh Choon Kueng aka Chef Hong, is a trained graphics designer, but can also cook up a storm, with his meticulously prepared Italian-inspired dishes using the best ingredients which he and partner, Yen, carefully sourced themselves.

  1. Bruschetta Ricotta, with house-made salted caramel, ricotta and toasted almond flakes on grilled bread. Singularly, the best-tasting toast in Penang, bar none.

  1. Soup of the Day - chicken in spicy-tomato broth.

  1. Pasta Spaghetttini in White Truffle Oil - with mushrooms, French butter, shaved parmesan, onion confit & white truffle oil.

  2. Pasta Carbonara - spaghettini with bacon, parmesan cheese, cream and free-range hen’s egg-yolk.

  1. Smoked Pork-rib Ragu, served with Grilled Country Bread.

  1. Seafood Stew with Spicy-Cream Sauce - with king prawns, clams, bacon & grouper fish fillets.

  1. Cempedak Creme Brulee.

  2. Coconut Panna Cotta with Palm Sugar Syrup.

Best Italian in George Town - by far.

24, Lebuh King
10300 George Town
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-452 9882
Opening hours: 12 noon - 3pm (lunch), 6pm-9pm (dinner) Daily, except Tue & Wed.


Delicious, make me want to make mine too!

The smoked pork and the seafood stew looks also very promising, even the pasta!
How much was the meal may I ask?

Their shop front is so discret though. If I was walking on the street, I might have missed it.

The main dishes cost an average of MYR40-60 (US$9.30-11.60), so a meal there is not expensive at all.

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Back to Jaloux today - tried their shrimp risotto - perfect texture - al dente, the way Italians like it. I like the fact that Chef Hong doesn’t try to appease local Penang preference for fluffy rice, but stuck to authenticity.

Also had the day’s special: Tequila & orange grilled prawns with mashed potatoes. It was competently turned out, but didn’t really wow us. Maybe our expectations have become too high - Jaloux is still head-and-shoulders above its peers in Penang in delivering good, authentic Continental cuisine.

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