[Penang, Malaysia] Art Sim Kitchen on Kelawei Road

Art Sim Kitchen is well-known for its authentic Penang-Nyonya cuisine, as much as for its impressive collection of wonderful oil paintings by talented Penang & other local Malaysian artists displayed on its walls.

  1. Tri-colour nasi lemak with chicken rendang and asam fish. This is one of the best renditions of nasi lemak I’d ever tasted. It comes with a choice of chicken rendang, fried spiced chicken or chicken curry Kapitan. I opted for the chicken rendang which was delicious.

  2. Kerabu beehoon. Very good rendition of anther Penang-Nyonya staple. This one doesn’t hold back on the chilli spices as the cafe’s wholly targeted at the local Penang crowd which favours a very high level of chilli heat.

  3. Sambal toast - a playful (and very spicy) variation on the humble toast: spread with ultra-spicy sambal belacan and grill-toasted. A must-try.

Wash that down with strong, sweetened local black coffee (kopi-o)

  1. Kwang chiang - a popular pan-fried Teochew rice-flour cake, studded with peanuts, with a polenta-like texture. This cake is first steamed till firm, then cut into pieces before being pan-fried to give the cakes a crisp exterior. Served with a sweet chilli sauce.

  2. Selection of Nyonya kuehs (sweets), including ‘pulut inti’: steamed glutinous rice with grated coconut-palm sugar topping.

What sets Art Sim Kitchen apart from Penang’s many other cafes is its fine collection of local artworks by Penang & other Malaysian artists. The oils on display today were beautiful:

Art Sim Kitchen @ Just’s Wardrobe
161B, Jalan Kelawei, opposite Gurney Plaza
10250 Penang
Tel : 04 2276229, 0126696486
Opening hours: 11am to 5pm Wed to Sun (Closed on Mon & Tue).