[Penang, Malaysia] Hot dogs from ๐—š๐—”๐—ง๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—– ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป, Victoria Street

Late lunch today - grabbed a couple of hot dogs from IT security specialist-turned-cafรฉ owner, Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiranโ€™s 4-month-old ๐†๐€๐“๐•๐ˆ๐‚ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง.

Despite the proliferation of cat motifs (Dhillon is a cat-lover), the cafรฉ did ๐ง๐จ๐ญ get its name from some Catalonian name for cats (remember ๐„๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ซ๐ž ๐†๐š๐ญ๐ฌ or โ€˜The Four Catsโ€™ - Pablo Piccasoโ€™s favorite cafรฉ in Barcelona?). Rather, it was an amalgamation of ๐†๐š๐ญ Lebuh Melayu and ๐•๐ข๐œtoria Street - the intersection it stands on.

We had:
Hot dog (beef) with sweet relish, onions and mustard

Hot dog (chicken) with 1337 beef chili topping

As far as I know, this is George Townโ€™s only hot dog specialty spot. Iโ€™ll need to return to try its Sloppy Joe, and its โ€˜Beyond Meatโ€™ plant-based burger.

Some unusual coffee options:

And some interestingly-named craft beers:

GATVIC by 13 Thirty Seven
2, Gat Lebuh Melayu, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 14-234 1337
Operating hours: 9am to 9pm daily, except Wed (closed)


Plant based burger sounds like a crime against humanity to me.

:joy: :joy: :joy:
Iโ€™ve had plant-based Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsayโ€™s Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore a couple of years back! The โ€œImpossible Meatโ€ product actually bled when I stuck my fork into it!


OK, a non-meat dish โ€œbleedingโ€ is a very clever trick. I have no issue with plant based food and we eat a reasonable number of meals at home. But I am never keen when it is trying to replicate a meat dish. Please take my advice here - and never, ever, even try to sample vegan cheese. Simply vile beyond belief.


Iโ€™m definitely with you on that, John. Never tried vegan cheese ever myself, but a โ€œcheeseโ€ sans the dairy component?! :scream:

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Back to GATVIC for lunch today, as we wanted to try other items on its menu:

  1. Chicken tacos & nacho chips with salsa


  1. Chicken hot dog

  2. Beyond Meat smashed burger

Fully-vaccinated folks in Penang are still slow in emerging from self-imposed quarantine, so we practically had the whole place to ourselves at lunch today.


How were the tacos? Did they really have tortillas in Penang?

Oh yes, we do get tortillas quite easily here, Mission and El Paso are a couple of brands we find in every supermarket in town.

The tacos at GATVIC are freshly-prepared but seemed to miss that โ€œMexicanโ€ spice scent/aroma. Not sure whatโ€™s missing, but Letโ€™s Meat has that authentic scent/flavor I looked for.

Ah nice!

The magic of lard? :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Oh no. :joy::joy::joy:

Itโ€™s that combination of aromatics used to scent the cooking. I really missed that!

If there isnโ€™t COVID, you should fly to Mexico and eat. The fx rate is really favorable nowโ€ฆ

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Oh yes. Iโ€™m definitely yearning for some authentic flavors.

One thing about โ€œMalaysianizedโ€ American/European foods here - the localized versions tended to be flooded with gravies or sauces, so weโ€™d have burgers drenched with copious amounts of ketchup, chili sauce and mayonnaise, or even sitting in pools of brown gravy.

One can see the standard order of a hot dog we get outside here:

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You need to try the chips (fries) that you get in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium (and probably the Netherlands). Patatje Oorlog - literally โ€œwar chipsโ€. Your portion of chips, from the takeaway, comes topped with mayo, ketchup, peanut satay sauce and chopped raw onion. Delish - but hard on the digestive system.

It sounded like a meal in itself!

Itโ€™s impressive that beyond burgers have already made their way to Asia!

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Reminds me of the line by the late โ€œHovis Presleyโ€, a comedian from near me, who had this to say about the English breakfast:

โ€œDo you not find that bacon, sausage, egg, chips, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread and a cup of tea is almost a meal in itself reallyโ€


The English breakfast is a veritable feast - love it.